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Forum Downtime - 02/11/20
« on: February 10, 2020, 04:09:04 AM »

We will be taking the forums down for maintenance tomorrow night sometime between 3AM EST (12AM PST) & 6AM EST (3AM PST).  It may return earlier than that depending on how things go.

As a result of this downtime, you WILL be required to re-log back into the site once we're back online due to some changes that will be happening in the background, and is unavoidable.  Please make sure your email address on record is correct today just in case you need to reset your password to get back in.

Also, the CHAT might be permanently disabled after this maintenance due to compatibility issues, but we'll see how it all plays out.

Thanks! :wave:
« Last Edit: February 10, 2020, 04:18:04 AM by rickmastfan67 »
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Re: Forum Downtime - 02/11/20
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2020, 04:13:49 AM »

Also, the CHAT might be permanently disabled after this maintenance due to compatibility issues, but we'll see how it all plays out.

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Re: Forum Downtime - 02/11/20
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2020, 04:16:43 AM »

Also, the CHAT might be permanently disabled after this maintenance due to compatibility issues, but we'll see how it all plays out.

NOOOOO :no:

It's unavoidable due to it not being updated to work with the latest PHP, and it's on borrowed time right now since Alex payed for extended support for the PHP it runs on.  If it still works after tomorrow, it will stay up till he ends that extended support later this month.

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Re: Forum Downtime - 02/11/20
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2020, 04:18:23 AM »

Any idea if alternatives have been considered?
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Re: Forum Downtime - 02/11/20
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2020, 04:24:43 AM »

Any idea if alternatives have been considered?

We have, but haven't found anything really suitable that will work with SMF that isn't paid.

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Re: Forum Downtime - 02/11/20
« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2020, 04:36:27 AM »

I dunno about other people, but I would definitely consider a donation if it would keep chat functionality available, given that it were relatively inexpensive.
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« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2020, 06:56:47 AM »

Is the forum going to completely change after it comes back up, or will it be the same?
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Re: Forum Downtime - 02/11/20
« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2020, 07:48:49 AM »

Is the forum going to completely change after it comes back up, or will it be the same?

Same.  Just some stuff in the background is going to be changing which is forcing the re-login.

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Re: Forum Downtime - 02/11/20
« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2020, 08:01:53 AM »

Any idea if alternatives have been considered?

I've taken a look and there are not that many options out there, and the couple I did find were prohibitively expensive. Definitely open to suggestions, even ones for purchase.

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« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2020, 08:19:32 AM »

Also, the CHAT might be permanently disabled after this maintenance due to compatibility issues, but we'll see how it all plays out.

NOOOOO :no:

It's unavoidable due to it not being updated to work with the latest PHP, and it's on borrowed time right now since Alex payed for extended support for the PHP it runs on.  If it still works after tomorrow, it will stay up till he ends that extended support later this month.
That kind of thing never really bothers me. Every time I've been involved in a chat on any website, they always drift off topic and end up attracting perverted men my age (give or take a decade) trying to lure young kids. Sometimes I just want to lure them out into the open and tell them I'm not really a middle aged man but a pre-teen or teenage girl just so I can lure them into outing themselves and getting them busted.

Good thing I've saved my password.

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Re: Forum Downtime - 02/11/20
« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2020, 11:07:46 AM »

Also, the CHAT might be permanently disabled after this maintenance due to compatibility issues, but we'll see how it all plays out.

The Golden-Road.net (a Price is Right fan site) forum also uses SMF, and has an active chat. After their chat became disabled, a user set up what was intended to be an interim chatroom on Discord. The Discord solution wound up being permanent.
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Re: Forum Downtime - 02/11/20
« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2020, 01:15:27 PM »

Chat will live on, maybe just not directly linked to the AARoads Forum. Discord in particular has received quite a bit of pushback from the chat community. We're still working on a permanent solution.
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Re: Forum Downtime - 02/11/20
« Reply #12 on: February 10, 2020, 01:28:51 PM »

Minnit.chat is an option as well, though you have to pay if you want more than 40 active users at a time.
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Re: Forum Downtime - 02/11/20
« Reply #13 on: February 10, 2020, 03:33:21 PM »

I don’t use chat but I needed to update my account setting for years, the password lock out seemed as good as time as any to do it. 
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Re: Forum Downtime - 02/11/20
« Reply #14 on: February 10, 2020, 03:40:34 PM »

Discord maybe instead of chat?
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Re: Forum Downtime - 02/11/20
« Reply #15 on: February 10, 2020, 06:29:03 PM »

That kind of thing never really bothers me. Every time I've been involved in a chat on any website, they always drift off topic and end up attracting perverted men my age (give or take a decade) trying to lure young kids.

In that case we're happy you have not gotten involved with the chatroom here, thus enabling us to have not encountered this problem!
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Re: Forum Downtime - 02/11/20
« Reply #16 on: February 11, 2020, 12:48:59 AM »

Discord maybe instead of chat?

Discord in particular has received quite a bit of pushback from the chat community.

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Re: Forum Downtime - 02/11/20
« Reply #17 on: February 11, 2020, 01:08:33 AM »

Anything other than teamspeak please
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Re: Forum Downtime - 02/11/20
« Reply #18 on: February 11, 2020, 01:59:21 AM »

T-minus 1h and counting.

(registration has been disabled till after the update is done)

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Re: Forum Downtime - 02/11/20
« Reply #19 on: February 11, 2020, 06:31:14 AM »

Alright, we should be good to go now guys!

The chat survived the fixes for now, but it's still on borrowed time.

LMK if you see any issues!

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Re: Forum Downtime - 02/11/20
« Reply #20 on: February 11, 2020, 10:00:57 AM »

I want a compensation for being unable to enter this forum during my morning, as this happened in between 9:00 and 12:00 CET. Most of you may have been unaffected due to this happening during your overnight, but I was affected.
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Re: Forum Downtime - 02/11/20
« Reply #21 on: February 11, 2020, 12:37:49 PM »

I want a compensation for being unable to enter this forum during my morning, as this happened in between 9:00 and 12:00 CET. Most of you may have been unaffected due to this happening during your overnight, but I was affected.

I hope this post is a joke and/or extremely sarcastic, because otherwise it comes off as almost comically entitled and you need to get over yourself.
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Re: Forum Downtime - 02/11/20
« Reply #22 on: February 11, 2020, 12:45:20 PM »

I want a compensation for being unable to enter this forum during my morning, as this happened in between 9:00 and 12:00 CET. Most of you may have been unaffected due to this happening during your overnight, but I was affected.

Your BTC-e comp is in the mail.
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Re: Forum Downtime - 02/11/20
« Reply #23 on: February 11, 2020, 12:48:21 PM »

I want a compensation for being unable to enter this forum during my morning, as this happened in between 9:00 and 12:00 CET. Most of you may have been unaffected due to this happening during your overnight, but I was affected.

Your BTC-e comp is in the mail.

I laughed a solid 10 seconds at this response. You win the forum today.
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Re: Forum Downtime - 02/11/20
« Reply #24 on: February 11, 2020, 01:24:38 PM »

I want a compensation for being unable to enter this forum during my morning, as this happened in between 9:00 and 12:00 CET. Most of you may have been unaffected due to this happening during your overnight, but I was affected.

I hope this post is a joke and/or extremely sarcastic, because otherwise it comes off as almost comically entitled and you need to get over yourself.

For someone to say someone else needs to get over themselves when they could easily use one of umpteen number of websites and apps to utilize a live chat function, they need to relax and, even in typed form, realize a joke is a joke.

Besides, if he utilized his time properly, he would've spent it trying to get a broom to stand upright by itself.
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