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Postby von Zoyton » 29 Sep 2018, 20:13

We are actually going to have to move the forum to a new webhost. The forum software is very out of date as well which is putting it under constant attack from spammers. The forum is secure but just has lots of spam sign ups. Phpbb forum software is hard to hack.

However do to other issues the forum needs to move. Hopefully nothing will be lost and the process will be smooth. I need to test the new location first and then do backups. After that I will let you all know and the forum may have to go down for a day or three.

I'll let you all know soon!

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Re: Forum News!

Postby Fairblue » 29 Sep 2018, 20:26

Thanks for this, VZ. Whilst I have full confidence in VZ can I suggest that for those Fan fiction writers amongst us, that you back up your own stories if you haven't done so already, to be on the safe side. I'd hate those to be lost.
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Re: Forum News!

Postby von Zoyton » 29 Sep 2018, 21:23

That's a very good idea FB
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Re: Very Important Forum News!

Postby Kismet » 30 Sep 2018, 00:41

Anything that you want, back up folks. Think of it as carrying an umbrella to make sure it doesn't rain. I have every confidence in vZ but am continually surprised that I haven't made the forum disappear.
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Re: Very Important Forum News!

Postby Frecks » 30 Sep 2018, 08:03

I was very distressed when I first saw the Email from the Forum - I thought something dreadful had happened :cry: I think it is a great idea to move the Forum and update the software - thanks very much VZ for thinking about the Forum when you are so busy at the moment. I hope all goes well with the transfer. I have complete faith in all the Moderators and Admin. team but I will have my fingers crossed until everything is up and running again.
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Re: Very Important Forum News!

Postby Tracer » 30 Sep 2018, 09:28

Thanks from me too.
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Re: Very Important Forum News!

Postby Fairblue » 30 Sep 2018, 09:52

Frecks wrote:I was very distressed when I first saw the Email from the Forum - I thought something dreadful had happened :cry: I think it is a great idea to move the Forum and update the software - thanks very much VZ for thinking about the Forum when you are so busy at the moment. I hope all goes well with the transfer. I have complete faith in all the Moderators and Admin. team but I will have my fingers crossed until everything is up and running again.

Kismet and I have spent the better part of last week deleting a whole load of Spam posts and members, mainly from Russia. It was, in part, this that prompted a look at updating the forum. We are in capable hands. VZ has the knowledge.
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Re: Very Important Forum News!

Postby kylie_koyote » 30 Sep 2018, 13:27

Good news!

I am pretty sure I have all of my stories on my computer in Word files, but I will double check in the morning.
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Re: Very Important Forum News!

Postby von Zoyton » 30 Sep 2018, 13:45

Really important that everyone gets everything they want to keep backed up. Please don't rely on me getting it all back! I will try, but well, you know...

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Re: Very Important Forum News!

Postby Frecks » 30 Sep 2018, 13:56

Biggles would do his best but he would not worry about it if everything went wrong. Whatever happens he would forget about it and move forward with another plan - have you got a back up plan VZ?
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Re: Very Important Forum News!

Postby fredleander » 30 Sep 2018, 14:13

Good luck everybody!

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Re: Very Important Forum News!

Postby kylie_koyote » 30 Sep 2018, 14:13

Will our private messages come through?

I shall save those with information I wish to keep, but I would like to know if they will all disappear.
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Re: Very Important Forum News!

Postby von Zoyton » 30 Sep 2018, 14:16

I should be able to move everything. I have made a new forum at the new host as a test. However, this will need to wait a few days as I don't have the data to move it. In the Scottish Highlands the internet is very slow and I use mobile data in a mi-fi router. I buy a packet each month of data and after 20gigs it goes slow. In 3 days time I'll get full speed again.

Still, it is best to backup anything you want to keep.
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Re: Very Important Forum News!

Postby StoneRoad » 30 Sep 2018, 14:49

Thanks for all your efforts vZ (and everyone else involved in the admin) past, present and future ...

Spam sign ups are a nightmare.


At least a couple of other fora I frequent use Xenforo software ... (I think at least one of them has an automatic spam account deletion method)
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Re: Very Important Forum News!

Postby OzBiggles1963 » 01 Oct 2018, 09:20

StoneRoad wrote:Thanks for all your efforts vZ (and everyone else involved in the admin) past, present and future ...

Spam sign ups are a nightmare.


At least a couple of other fora I frequent use Xenforo software ... (I think at least one of them has an automatic spam account deletion method)


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Re: Very Important Forum News!

Postby von Zoyton » 01 Oct 2018, 10:40

I'm going to start work on the forum very soon. Today or tomorrow. The forum will be down or funny looking. I'll post a mass email when I start and one when I finish, when the new forum is up (hopefully!!)
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Re: Very Important Forum News!

Postby Frecks » 01 Oct 2018, 10:42

Well said OzB :D The Forum is very well run by people who have the same standards as WEJ & Biggles himself.
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Re: Very Important Forum News!

Postby Frecks » 01 Oct 2018, 10:42

Thanks VZ. I will look out for your emails.
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