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Mr_Jeff

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PostSubject: What's up with SF?   Fri Jul 05, 2013 5:21 am

The title says it all. Out of service the last couple days. Just wondering what was going on.
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PostSubject: Re: What's up with SF?   Fri Jul 05, 2013 6:39 am

San Francisco has finally bought it? That's a shame; it was such a charming city in many ways. So where's the coastline now, Fresno or what?
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PostSubject: Re: What's up with SF?   Fri Jul 05, 2013 7:29 am

I haven't been over there recently. Everyone has trouble occasionally. Maybe a software upgrade or server glitch. I am confident they will sort it out.

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PostSubject: Re: What's up with SF?   Fri Jul 05, 2013 8:56 am

What this penchant for letters instead of words?  

It is limiting for those of us that weren't born with a pipe catalog up our -- ehh-err -- hands.  But, here too?

SF?
San Francisco
State Farm
Sein Fein
Security Force
Safety Factor
Small Forward

Well, need ONF PDQ.  Need to pack it in.

Meantime...what u talkin bout boy?  Title don't say she-it.

P.S. If you've a penchant for FMOTP would you at least put the full name in the title.  Might turn visitors into registrants.
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PostSubject: Re: What's up with SF?   Fri Jul 05, 2013 9:21 am

They're moving the site to a new server, and probably upgrading the software. Art posted a thread about it earlier in June, and said the transition meant that they would be offline for about three days, though I think it's been closer to five at this point.
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PostSubject: Re: What's up with SF?   Fri Jul 05, 2013 9:23 am

Some weeks ago, Smokers Forums' administrator posted a notice that the forum would be down for several days while they re-imaged the servers, whatever that means. Evidently, some server work was required to keep the site functioning.

Given that the Forum has been down longer than anticipated, it appears that something went wrong. There is an apology on the home landing page letting people know that they are working to get the site up as soon as possible.

I wrote a couple of folks to try and find out what's going on so I could make an informational post on my blog, but I haven't received a response yet.
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PostSubject: Re: What's up with SF?   Fri Jul 05, 2013 10:31 am

ZuluCollector wrote:
Some weeks ago, Smokers Forums' administrator posted a notice that the forum would be down for several days while they re-imaged the servers, whatever that means. Evidently, some server work was required to keep the site functioning.

Given that the Forum has been down longer than anticipated, it appears that something went wrong. There is an apology on the home landing page letting people know that they are working to get the site up as soon as possible.

I wrote a couple of folks to try and find out what's going on so I could make an informational post on my blog, but I haven't received a response yet.

I think it went down on Monday (maybe Sunday evening). I, for one, miss it. The Streets of London social group is a small, but passionate group and unique among pipe forums. Some of the the worlds most knowledgeable collectors (like Mr. Roan!) and pipe makers are participating members. To me, that kind of interaction is priceless.
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PostSubject: Re: What's up with SF?   Fri Jul 05, 2013 6:09 pm

Thanks for the serious replies. Hopefully they'll get their issues figured out.
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PostSubject: Re: What's up with SF?   Fri Jul 05, 2013 9:03 pm

The site was up but I could not register or send email
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PostSubject: Re: What's up with SF?   Fri Jul 05, 2013 9:13 pm

Actually I've never visited SF. Heard good and bad things about it.

Last thing I want to do is establish myself on another board. Life is too short, and I'm already all in here as well on commitments to another board.

Question

Cheers,

RR
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PostSubject: Re: What's up with SF?   Fri Jul 05, 2013 9:20 pm

Ok, the site is back but you have to re-register. See this message from Art:

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Please read

all of our data has become so corrupt that it will take months to put right, so in the meantime we have created a new Smokers Forums so our community can once again enjoy our hobby, we apologise for the inconvenience and hope that one day Smokers Forums will become as good as ever. Perhaps a new and better beginning!

This means that all posts are gone and members must all start over..We have been trying to reload from backups but the hackers did a job on the files and I do not know if it will ever get sorted. So we will just start over again..

Here is the new URL. I did register and receive the email confirming my registration.
http://www.smokersforums.co.uk/forum.php
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PostSubject: Re: What's up with SF?   Fri Jul 05, 2013 9:31 pm

riff raff wrote:
Ok, the site is back but you have to re-register.  See this message from Art:

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Please read

   all of our data has become so corrupt that it will take months to put right, so in the meantime we have created a new Smokers Forums so our community can once again enjoy our hobby, we apologise for the inconvenience and hope that one day Smokers Forums will become as good as ever. Perhaps a new and better beginning!

   This means that all posts are gone and members must all start over..We have been trying to reload from backups but the hackers did a job on the files and I do not know if it will ever get sorted. So we will just start over again..

Here is the new URL.  I did register and receive the email confirming my registration.  
http://www.smokersforums.co.uk/forum.php

WOW!

All posts gone. Major league hacking.

Bad juju.

No 

No Cheers,

RR
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PostSubject: Re: What's up with SF?   Fri Jul 05, 2013 9:54 pm

Yes, sad. There was a wealth of information on that board.
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PostSubject: Re: What's up with SF?   Fri Jul 05, 2013 10:49 pm

riff raff wrote:
Yes, sad.  There was a wealth of information on that board.  
Yes, just checked in and re-registered. It's all gone, blank slate. Much of value lost. Unless it's retrievable, don't see myself hanging around there much in the future. But, then again, perhaps I'll start hangin' here again. Laughing Earl
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PostSubject: Re: What's up with SF?   Fri Jul 05, 2013 10:56 pm

I'm sure BoB can accommodate the SF refugees...cheers 
If they can acclimate to our...unusual ways...affraid

Disclaimer: I have no official status with BoB, and I am barely tolerated here myself. Razz 
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PostSubject: Re: What's up with SF?   Sat Jul 06, 2013 6:04 am

Christ on a cross, they didn't keep backups??????????

Any web site owner should back up weekly and keep the last two backups on a remote device, that way if this sort of thing happens worst case scenario is you lose a few days of content. This is horrible news, the resource at SF can't be remade the way it was, there were what, 50k members and 10x as many posts as the rest of the pipe forums put together? So bummed.
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PostSubject: Re: What's up with SF?   Sat Jul 06, 2013 6:56 am

Crazy situation to be in for them. I wonder if they will recover.
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PostSubject: Re: What's up with SF?   Sat Jul 06, 2013 8:42 am

A forum is an online community. It will be fine. Some minor growing pains is all. The loss of historical info is a tragedy, but the community will go on. When BoB was created we knew that the old Knox board had a limited number of days before it too disappeared. People come and go, but the community survives.

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PostSubject: Re: What's up with SF?   Sat Jul 06, 2013 3:09 pm

Well, don't forget that SF let posts age out.  Their archives only ever went back a number of months.  I had a number of conversations with the admins about this, but they never budged, indicating that data retention was neither very important to the community, nor a technical priority.

Mind boggling.


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PostSubject: Re: What's up with SF?   Sat Jul 06, 2013 3:31 pm

Harlock999 wrote:
I'm sure BoB can accommodate the SF refugees...cheers 
If they can acclimate to our...unusual ways...affraid

Disclaimer: I have no official status with BoB,  and I am barely tolerated here myself. Razz 



lol! lol! lol! lol! lol! lol! lol! lol! lol! 

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PostSubject: Re: What's up with SF?   Sat Jul 06, 2013 3:45 pm

Well, on a positive note, when I went to register on SF, my handle "Dutch" was already taken, so I had to register as "Dutch35611."

Now that I had to re-register again this morning, I was able to acquire "Dutch," so now I have matching handles on both forums. This in itself should be some compensation for the inconvenience some folks have experienced.

I know I feel a lot better now.....cheers cheers cheers
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PostSubject: Re: What's up with SF?   Sat Jul 06, 2013 5:14 pm

Dutch wrote:
Well, on a positive note, when I went to register on SF, my handle "Dutch" was already taken, so I had to register as "Dutch35611."

Now that I had to re-register again this morning, I was able to acquire "Dutch," so now I have matching handles on both forums. This in itself should be some compensation for the inconvenience some folks have experienced.

I know I feel a lot better now.....cheers cheers cheers

Winning!!
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PostSubject: Re: What's up with SF?   Sun Jul 07, 2013 10:40 pm

I was able to retain my original handle on the mutual admiration society forum as well!!!lol! 
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PostSubject: Re: What's up with SF?   Sun Jul 07, 2013 11:35 pm

Dutch wrote:
Well, on a positive note, when I went to register on SF, my handle "Dutch" was already taken, so I had to register as "Dutch35611."

Now that I had to re-register again this morning, I was able to acquire "Dutch," so now I have matching handles on both forums. This in itself should be some compensation for the inconvenience some folks have experienced.

I know I feel a lot better now.....cheers cheers cheers

There can be only one Dutch. Glad you scored your proper moniker, Chris.
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PostSubject: Re: What's up with SF?   Mon Jul 08, 2013 3:07 pm

sisyphus wrote:
Christ on a cross, they didn't keep backups??????????

They would have put him back up there after they took him down, but since they couldn't find him for three days, they gave up. Someone got fired over it, I'm sure. Which means, dismembered by lions.
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