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We apologize for the downtime

We've been working with our site host to get the park up but there may be a hardware issue. Luckily, we have a backup from last week, but it may take another week or two to get everything at the Forums working again.

It looks like we may be switching servers in the near future. Any help you can give with our server fundraiser would be greatly appreciated - visit http://www.fictionalley.org for links and more info.

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heidi8
Dec. 26th, 2010 04:16 am (UTC)
It's getting extremely old. We've had at least five server crashes in the last 18 months, and every time it happens we have to get our site host to replace the server and/or drives, restore the entire site, which is a few hundred gigs, test everything to make sure it still works, and do a few other ancillary things to get back online - and when it happens on holidays, like this summer over 4th of July weekend, and now during the Christmas holidays, it's impossible to get things done quickly because people at our host, and among our volunteers, are just not as available.

We do still exist and all the fics have been working even while the art and park's been down this week. We are working to get the forums back online again, but we are hamstrung by our site hosts.

Believe me, this is not what we want for the site. We want a vibrant and ongoing site that is useful, fun, educational, entertaining and all that other good stuff. Hopefully with the new year, our server situation will become something that will allow that to happen. We are working on it, and have been for more than a few weeks.

But I am confused by your statement that when you click on the link you get a "your site doesn't exist" message. What are you clicking on when you get that - what's the URL? And can you get us a screenshot of the message? Because that's not something anyone else has reported to us. Is it happening at any of the Razoo pages, like this one?
madderbrad
Dec. 26th, 2010 04:53 am (UTC)
But I am confused by your statement that when you click on the link you get a "your site doesn't exist" message.

Ah. I've looked closer ... your link in your LJ post is encoded with the URL http://www.fictionally.org/, which goes off to generic type of "do you know what you're searching for?" page. I think you dropped the 'e' from 'alley'.

When I manually type in http://www.fictionalley.org/ I get redirected to your 'http://fictionalley.blogspot.com/' blog page, which I where I guess I'm supposed to go.

I've greatly enjoyed my time with FAP ... I only 'discovered' the forums at the end of 2007. The majority of my fandom fun the last couple of years has been in dissecting Deathly Hallows and the series. We'd only slowed down in listing all the errors in the past year. :-)

It's been disappointing to see the activity really drop off. Part of that is inevitable, of course, but part would be due to the site problems as well.

It's sad/bad that it's happened again over a holiday. Oh well. Merry Christmas to you and the staff in any case, I appreciate their work on the site!
heidi8
Dec. 26th, 2010 02:05 pm (UTC)
Yes, the blogspot page is the right place to go - the links to fics are all in the right column - and gah, I feel like such an idiot with the typo - that's what happens when I post from my handheld which doesn't have a customizable spellcheck like my desktop does. Major fail by me, and I apologize.

I absolutely agree that the site problems are contributing to a drop of usage of the site, but we've done multiple, constant calls for techstaff volunteers for the last few years and have had no offers of help that have come through, except that we've recruited the spouse of one of our volunteers to also volunteer on the server side of things, but as they're with relatives this week, he's just not around to help, so we have a skeleton staff working on the server move.

Do you think that some of the error-correctors might want to play in the Wiki and spackle it with error notations and discussions, at least until the Park is back up? I know it's not the same, but it's a nifty resource anyway.

Thanks for the holiday wishes - hope you've had/are having a wonderful one!
madderbrad
Dec. 26th, 2010 09:52 pm (UTC)
Do you think that some of the error-correctors might want to play in the Wiki and spackle it with error notations and discussions, at least until the Park is back up? I know it's not the same, but it's a nifty resource anyway.

I didn't know it existed!! Maybe there were links to it on the FAP pages that I just never saw?

Yes, it's not the same as debating/arguing the various points with others, it's a different sort of 'mode' of fandom involvement.

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