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Forum Status Updates

Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2020 5:27 pm
by Jen
TL:DR - All Board Posts, User Accounts and Feedback were untouched and have been migrated. Final work being done to finish configuration and get the boards move-in ready.

08/07/2020: FAL Files Update: Working out all the kinks and bugs found while working through the AK Files Restoration. I expect we'll be back up for contributors on Sunday Evening sometime and general members about 24 hours later.

07/31/2020: Quick Status Update: Still some tidying up to do, curtains to hang etc.. But the production server is in the process of being setup and configured. I'll be moving the forums to the new server tomorrow with final config / testing to follow. Expecting contributors to be granted access end of weekend with the rest of the membership to follow about 24hrs later.

07/23/2020: Both boards are having permissions / user group related issues caused by the way our contributor systems worked, which was significantly modified code from the original software. Now that I have that issue figured out, I'm finishing correcting the permissions system and moving on to final config / run through to verify all core functionality is operating as expected.

AK Files: Expecting we'll be up and ready for everyone to return sometime this weekend.

FAL Files: The older board will be lagging behind, possibly by a week depending on my work schedule.
  • Attachments were stored on the web server and not in the database. This likely means we lost a bunch of stuff as the web server was backed up infrequently as the contents hadn't changed in years. I am pulling backups to see what we can restore.
  • The old server (like REALLY OLD) with the forum, posts, etc.. from before our last major server migration has all the original forums on it. My plan here is to get the 'Files up and running and then add an Archive with all the older content. This stuff dates back to the old blue board and I would love to get this all back online. Again, focusing on restoring the current board first.
Once AK Files is back up, I can copy many of the config settings over so that should speed us getting back online quicker. The biggest issue is restoring the attachments which really needs to be done before we open the board back up.

This board will stay active / open until both boards are back online.
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07/20/2020: Making Progress. This wasn't planned, so things are taking a bit longer than anticipated, but edging closer.
AK Files:
  • Feedback System: IMPORTED! Looks like everything imported over finally.
FAL Files:
  • Feedback System: Finishing import now. Should be off the to-do list tonight
Both boards still need some general config work done and a run through to verify Users / Contributors / Vendors have proper permissions across the board. Both boards the permissions system got lost in translation somewhere so I'm having to reset everything and manually update things. Tedious, but has to be done.

Contributor Status / Upgrades: Both boards migrated properly.

07/18/2020: Here's a quick rundown of where we are at:
AK Files:
  • Feedback System: Still working on trying to get all the feedback migrated over. The migration keeps crashing mid-way through the feedback. We're getting closer but haven't gotten the import to fully complete.
  • Contributor Status: Imported and looks good to go. Working on proper configuration for contributor upgrades / features.
  • Vendor Status: Imported. Working on updates so marketplace threads show properly etc.
  • General Board Config: Being worked on. Still a few things to tweak.
FAL Files:
  • Feedback System: Prepping for import
  • Contributor Status: Imported and looks good to go. Working on proper configuration for contributor upgrades / features.
  • Vendor Status: Imported. Working on updates so marketplace threads show properly etc.
    This was not working properly previously - will be working when we go live
  • General Board Config: Being worked on. Still a few things to tweak.
07/17:2020: Working on the FAL Files data imports. Sorry, long day at work so progress is slow today.

07/16/2020: We're temporarily stuck with importing the feedback system. Due to the size of the board it keeps crashing. I am working with the developer to resolve the issue. Unfortunately our options to proceed are limited if we want to retain the feedback system, which I consider essential. I will continue working on the last few things on the to-do list while waiting for resolution of the feedback import so we are ready to go as soon as the feedback system is back up. We are VERY close to reopening AK Files at this point with FAL Files to follow shortly behind.

07/14/2020: Currently Migrating user feedback / ratings over to the new board. This will likely take 8-10 hours to complete for each board. Again, will be verifying everything once the import / conversion finishes.

It looks like we may have lost a bunch of avatars. All things considered, I think that's a minor issue.

07/13/2020: Import of data from AK Files done, FAL Files import in progress. Will be validating the data imports this evening, but so far everything looks good.

Update: Imports look good. Working through a laundry list of settings that need to be configured and some minor tweaks. Contributor statuses are intact. Looks like we may have lost avatars as those were stored on the web server and not in the databases. I'll pull the web backups tomorrow to see if we can recover those or, more than likely, just have everyone update their avatars once the board is open again.

07/12/2020: The databases are intact and backups were confirmed valid. Working out a plan for updates / upgrades.
  • Server Hardware: We haven't done a major hardware upgrade in 8 years, this seems like a good time to update and upgrade things.
  • Forum Software: The software we have been running has been out of date and vulnerable for a while now. I am looking at both the updated software we were running as well as an alternative. We will likely be switching software. I know many of you don't like change, and I understand, but either we fix this or get hacked again. My goal is to keep things as close to the way they were as possible as far as layout and features.
  • User Accounts / PMs / Posts / Etc: All of this is intact in the databases. Once we restore things EVERYONE will be required to update their passwords.
Late night updates:
  • We're staging everything on a new hosting provider.
  • Databases confirmed undamaged and migrated.
  • New software installed. I know you guys hate change, but it's happening. I'll do everything I can to make it feel like a slightly remodeled and painted over home.
  • Importing now. Over 10 million posts to import.. fingers crossed it finishes properly overnight.
  • FEEDBACK SYSTEM - It's looking like we'll be able to directly import from our existing feedback system YAY! Will update status on this once the main forum import completes.
  • To be continued..

IMPORTANT
Any forum user should consider their email addresses and passwords from the original forums compromised and should immediately change passwords on any sites which used the same password as used on the forums. We do not believe the databases were accessed but still suggest users update / secure their other accounts just in case.

Re: Forum Status Updates

Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2020 8:31 pm
by Ol Okie
Thank you Jen.

Re: Forum Status Updates

Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2020 8:51 pm
by sigking
Thanks for the update.

Re: Forum Status Updates

Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2020 9:06 pm
by Savage11
I had a few log in attempts on my email, but I used a different password for akfiles and falfiles.

Re: Forum Status Updates

Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2020 11:15 pm
by Hebrew Battle Rifles
Thank you Jen.

How can I/we financially support your efforts?

Re: Forum Status Updates

Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2020 11:19 pm
by Invictus77
Hebrew Battle Rifles wrote:
Sun Jul 12, 2020 11:15 pm
Thank you Jen.
^^^^THIS^^^^

Re: Forum Status Updates

Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 2:00 am
by Jen
Hebrew Battle Rifles wrote:
Sun Jul 12, 2020 11:15 pm
Thank you Jen.

How can I/we financially support your efforts?
Wait for the board to be back up. We're good for now, but I'm spending money like a drunk sailor in port on software and plugins and haven't even looked at the hardware side yet :shock:

Re: Forum Status Updates

Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 4:44 am
by Jen
Updated posted in the first post.

Re: Forum Status Updates

Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 1:55 pm
by ArtBanks
Thank you kindly for the updated information.

Re: Forum Status Updates

Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 3:54 pm
by But Its A Dry Heat
Does this mean more mods will be approved for thefiles?

Granted bigger fish to fry but this could be the time.

Re: Forum Status Updates

Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 4:04 pm
by nalioth
But Its A Dry Heat wrote:
Mon Jul 13, 2020 3:54 pm
Does this mean more mods will be approved for thefiles?
Possibility of adding to the Moderation staff of AK Files? - The FAL / AK Files Temporary Home

Re: Forum Status Updates

Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 4:14 pm
by 416hsm585he
I registered a new name, used to be hubel585..

Will my big thread on our big bore 416, 460, etc be back..

Good luck, regards Ed Hubel

Re: Forum Status Updates

Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 6:40 pm
by Hebrew Battle Rifles
Jen:
Will there be a "two minute warning" issued before this forum is retired?

Re: Forum Status Updates

Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 6:42 pm
by nalioth
Hebrew Battle Rifles wrote:
Mon Jul 13, 2020 6:40 pm
Jen:
Will there be a "two minute warning" issued before this forum is retired?
That's what this thread is for, isn't it?

Re: Forum Status Updates

Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 7:21 pm
by Jen
Hebrew Battle Rifles wrote:
Mon Jul 13, 2020 6:40 pm
Jen:
Will there be a "two minute warning" issued before this forum is retired?
I suspect when we have the forums restored this place will become a ghost town, but with that said, I'll turn this forum read-only so no new threads can be started and leave the marketplace open for 24hrs so people can complete transactions etc.

Re: Forum Status Updates

Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 10:36 pm
by Jen
Quick update posted. Looks like everything migrated over for AK Files, FAL Files still uploading. WIll update again once I get home and verify everything.

Re: Forum Status Updates

Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 10:56 pm
by Broncowilly
Thanks Jen!

Re: Forum Status Updates

Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 11:02 pm
by Fjordforder
Tagging for continued updates.

Will those already banned require a re-branding? I like to pop over to the ban lost to keep up to date.

Re: Forum Status Updates

Posted: Tue Jul 14, 2020 12:32 am
by nalioth
Fjordforder wrote:
Mon Jul 13, 2020 11:02 pm
Tagging for continued updates.

Will those already banned require a re-branding? I like to pop over to the ban lost to keep up to date.
Only the decor is likely to change.

All bans, personal settings, content should be the way it was left.

Re: Forum Status Updates

Posted: Tue Jul 14, 2020 1:31 am
by Fjordforder
That's exactly what I was hoping to hear, many thanks Nails!

Re: Forum Status Updates

Posted: Tue Jul 14, 2020 10:26 pm
by Pvt.Joker
Glad to hear the updated news. Is the URL for either site going to change? Also, with SO many established members needing to set new passwords, is that going to cause an access issue (i.e. waiting to be approved) as if we were all new or will the new passwords migrate into the rest of the system?

Re: Forum Status Updates

Posted: Tue Jul 14, 2020 10:37 pm
by nalioth
Pvt.Joker wrote:
Tue Jul 14, 2020 10:26 pm
Glad to hear the updated news. Is the URL for either site going to change? Also, with SO many established members needing to set new passwords, is that going to cause an access issue (i.e. waiting to be approved) as if we were all new or will the new passwords migrate into the rest of the system?
When the new board(s) are ready for prime time, they will be accessed via www.akfiles.com and www.falfiles.com just like always . .


Resetting your passwords once the revived boards go live won't be an issue (not like everyone's gonna do it simultaneously). Not sure where you're coming up with "needing approval" - if you had an active account before, you're already approved.

Re: Forum Status Updates

Posted: Tue Jul 14, 2020 10:39 pm
by Pvt.Joker
nalioth wrote:
Tue Jul 14, 2020 10:37 pm
Pvt.Joker wrote:
Tue Jul 14, 2020 10:26 pm
Glad to hear the updated news. Is the URL for either site going to change? Also, with SO many established members needing to set new passwords, is that going to cause an access issue (i.e. waiting to be approved) as if we were all new or will the new passwords migrate into the rest of the system?
When the new board(s) are ready for prime time, they will be accessed via www.akfiles.com and www.falfiles.com just like always . .


Resetting your passwords once the revived boards go live won't be an issue (not like everyone's gonna do it simultaneously). Not sure where you're coming up with "needing approval" - if you had an active account before, you're already approved.
Good; that's what I wanted to make sure of. Thanks.

Re: Forum Status Updates

Posted: Wed Jul 15, 2020 2:11 am
by Jen
Evening Update: Migrating user feedback / ratings over to the new board. This will likely take 8-10 hours to complete for each board. Again, will be verifying everything once the import / conversion finishes.

It looks like we may have lost a bunch of avatars. All things considered, I think that's a minor issue.

Re: Forum Status Updates

Posted: Wed Jul 15, 2020 2:13 am
by Fjordforder
I was planning on changing mine already lol