Archive Read Only Schedule

2016-02-08

Okay, putting up a schedule for the next time.  

I'll be setting the archive portion of the site to read only access at approximately 10 am on Sunday, February 14.  I'll have it set back to normal access by 6 pm of the same day.  Times are EST.

The table sets and associated subcategories I'll be working in:

cartoon
celeb
comics
ff
games

more if I can manage it

When I get to the final phase, where the conversion has been checked and I'm ready to switch tables, I do delete the old table and rename the new converted ones.  This takes approximately 3 to 5 minutes altogether, where you won't see any data AT ALL in the subdomain where I'm doing this.  In other words, all blank pages, not the white page of doom, but there is no data to draw FROM while I do this last part.  If you do see that, be patient, it'll be back up within a few minutes.  Each table set takes a minimum of 45 minutes to convert and then check, so I might not get all the ones listed above done.  

Of course, the 45 minutes is based on the last set of tables I did, where I ran in to issues and had to come up with fixes.  So, it could very well take less time this time around.  I won't know until I actually do it.  Now that I know for certain the oddball side effects that this conversion causes, I also know what to do to fix it all before I even make the tables live.  That will certainly speed it up.

UPDATE below the cut!!

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REMINDER

2016-02-07
The archive goes read only from 9 am EST to 5 pm EST today, for database character set conversion.  This WILL log you out, so don't be surprised at that.
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Is it spring yet?

2016-01-31
  • Hit Counter
  • Current Reading List
  • Database Character Conversion <------VERY IMPORTANT
  • Story Votes
  • Dribs, Drabs and Doggy Tales!
  • Funding Status
  • Deletion Notifications
  • Disposable email addressses
  • Blocking the site email addresses
  • Email address visibility
  • Forum and archive
  • Disabling anonymous reviews

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Server Upgrade Update

2016-01-14

Firstly, I'd like to welcome all the new users we're seeing daily! Glad to have you here! Please do familiarize yourself with the Terms of Service and Content Guidelines. This IS a moderated archive.

Server Upgrade Update

There are some issues, which I'm sure you'll have noticed. First of all, when we attempted to upgrade one of the core languages a little bit more (after prepping the site files for it), it made visible some big issues that were already there with upgrading php from 5.1 to 5.3. When we went to 5.4, and then reverted back, the issues that were there stayed there and visible. So,this meant a complete rewrite of the file which shows the chapter data itself. Between Manta2g and myself, that was 30 hours combined, on the 12th. Just to get that part working again. In the process of doing that, there were some things we've not added back yet. This is TEMPORARY.

 

Will be working on restoring:

  • “next” at bottom of chapter

  • chapter numbering

  • hits (these still show in the story listings in the archive, going to see about it in other places)

  • review ability

Understand that with the code stuff, I defer to Manta in this (just as she does with me for the database). I will certainly give it my best effort, but any changes I make will not go live until she's had a chance to go over them. We don't want to break things all over again.

Odd characters, (diamonds instead of apostrophes as an example) are the result of the database having been changed to utf8 encoding when mysql was updated as part of the server upgrade. Utf8 is the default for later versions of mysql. For the moment, in your browser settings, change the encoding of the page to utf8 from whatever your browser has defaulted to. To completely fix this I have to do a couple things. First, anywhere any header commands reference charset, I'll change that for utf8. Secondly, I have to convert the data from what was default before (latin1) TO utf8. As the database is 9.3GB, this is going to be time consuming. Further, I have to be very, very careful in that I don't scramble anything when I do this. I'll be doing the conversion table by table.

Thank you for your continuing patience!

 

Please remember that the authors you read do like to hear from you! Leave them a review or two, and let them know how they're doing! (yes, I know, I'll get this fixed first)

DemonGoddess061

 

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Happy 2016!

2016-01-02

Firstly, I'd like to welcome all the new users we're seeing daily! Glad to have you here! Please do familiarize yourself with the Terms of Service and Content Guidelines. This IS a moderated archive.

Server Upgrade

Thank you to all of you for your patience through the process. We all appreciate it! I still have some minor things to do relating to it, but nothing that should affect overall site performance. As to why this was done, in order to implement things that we want to implement, the core languages needed to be upgraded. To upgrade the languages, the server OS itself needed to be updated to the latest version. This required a new build, on a new server. It also meant I fell behind on normal stuff I do for the site. Working on getting all that caught up now.

Dribs, Drabs and Doggy Tales

Funding Status

Birthday Verifier page

Age Verification

Deletion notification

Disposable email

Email address visibility

Forum and archive

Disabling anonymous reviews

Tech Bits

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Questions are welcome!  Login not required to post them to the forum link.



 

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Server Upgrade Is Complete!

2015-12-24

Hi all!  Posting is okay now.  The upgrade is complete.  If you experience any oddness, please post it to the forum link provided.  Thanks for your patience!

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Time for Ghosties and Goblins! 11 October 2015

2015-10-11

We cover the usual, plus we have an original round robin going!

Click for more, you know you wanna!

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April Showers bring...

2015-04-09

mud, rain, winds...you get the picture!

Firstly, I'd like to welcome all the new users we're seeing daily! Glad to have you here! Please do familiarize yourself with the Terms of Service and Content Guidelines. This IS a moderated archive.

 

Moderation Status

Dribs, Drabs and Doggy Tales

Funding Status

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Deletion notification

Tagging

Password reset

Forum and archive

Disabling anonymous reviews

Tech Bits


Please remember that the authors you read do like to hear from you! Leave them a review or two, and let them know how they're doing!

 

DemonGoddess061

 



 

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As the leaves are falling...

2014-10-12

Firstly, I'd like to welcome all the new users we're seeing daily! Glad to have you here! Please do familiarize yourself with the Terms of Service and Content Guidelines. This IS a moderated archive.

Moderation Status (2014)

Dribs, Drabs and Doggy Tales

Funding Status

Domain Change Anniversary

Birthday Verifier page

Age Verification

Deletion notification

Disposable email

Email address visibility

Forum and archive

Anonymous plagiarism accusations

Witch hunts

Disabling anonymous reviews

Tech Bits

Please remember that the authors you read do like to hear from you! Leave them a review or two, and let them know how they're doing!

 

DemonGoddess061

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Summer Insanity is almost done!

2014-08-19
  • Moderation Status
  • Dribs, Drabs and Doggy Tales!
  • Funding Status
  • Search Forums
  • Posting another person's work

Read it please!  

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