Forum and Wiki Downtime
Posted 07 April 2012 - 02:55 PM
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Posted 07 April 2012 - 05:25 PM
We've turned off archiving. We'll probably try to purge or archive a significant portion of the forum -- well over a million posts in 31,000+ topics aren't really necessary -- after the TV show is done, when load will fall back to normal levels.
Posted 08 April 2012 - 08:27 PM
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Posted 09 April 2012 - 02:43 PM
1) Your own hardware, where you just lease the rack space and buy bandwidth for the server,
2) Leased hardware, which includes the rack space and bandwidth (at a much cheaper rate than just leasing the space and buying the bandwidth).
I used to do #1, and when the server there started to die, I moved to doing #2 to save money. There was talk a while ago about moving to self-owned hardware again, but given the current bandwidth use for the site that solution and the difference in bandwidth prices (or rather, the fact that we squeak in under the free-included-bandwidth-usage with a leased server) would make the just-buy-bandwidth approach actually more expensive than leasing is.
What would make *more* sense is adding another server and allowing the wiki and forums to load-balance across them, but that's 1) a very complex setup for someone who does this in their spare time, and 2) adding an entire other server to the mix is not cheap. Linda and Elio do the yearly donation drives, which are awesome, but it's worth noting that the yearly drive usually covers 4-5 months of the hosting costs; I cover the rest of the year out of my own pocket.
Edited by Sparks, 09 April 2012 - 02:59 PM.
Posted 09 April 2012 - 08:46 PM
Is there anything that can be done from a financial standpoint? It seems that the board has simply grown to a point where more hardware or infrastructure is required, and if there are cost issues I'm sure a board pledge drive or Kickstarter could be organised which would raise the necessary funds in a short space of time.
I'm sure I speak for many of our members that a quarterly, instead of yearly, pledge drive would be just fine, no problem. This is our 'home,' our go-to place for every new episode, every new bit of news--and hopefully, it will be for years to come. It's maddening to want to be all involved in the discussions, discoveries, impressions, laughs and rants, but... can't, because, well, the board's down... again.
Not trying to jump in as any kind of expert, here, I don't even understand what you guys are explaining--just saying, as a member who loves this place, if money's the issue, tell us, we'll be there.
Posted 09 April 2012 - 09:38 PM
So far, things seem to be more solid for the most part, though Ran and I have been chasing weird little quirks for a bit; I think we nailed them all, but keep an eye on things for a bit.
Posted 10 April 2012 - 06:43 AM
Posted 11 April 2012 - 04:08 PM
I also support that all the cost of the server(s) should be thru donations, can´t you include a paypal donation button?
I may not been here as long as most of you, but since I discovered the forums I visited the site almost every workday, so I would gladly would donate a monthly amount.