Topic: So... a thing happened.

Hi folks. It's been a while.

I have some good news, and some bad news.

Sometime last night, GoDaddy encountered a catastrophic hardware failure (I've heard the word "explosion" come up on the internet). We were one of the sites affected by this. It completely took out our server, and it seems that they lost all of our data when they attempted to recover it. It seems a little shady how recovery went down, but that's not the point.

The good news? We have backups of mostly everything. The entire website code, the data for all of the episodes, and Teague has all of the audio files (though at this time, they haven't been re-uploaded). I've uploaded the basics back onto the server, and everything seems to be running okay.

The bad news? We didn't keep an active backup of the forum database. When we migrated to the new server, we knew we would no longer get any free backup services and, due to the fact we weren't going to update the actual site content anymore, we didn't bother to pay for an outside backup to keep things current. We also made a mistake of trusting GoDaddy's hardware to not literally explode, so perhaps that was also a pretty obvious mistake. What this means is that we lost all forum and chat data since November 9th of last year. I'm not particularly happy about any of this, from my general apathy towards the forum lately as well as GoDaddy's miserable failure in providing support to their customers, but it is what it is. I am not going to make the same mistake again and find a way to keep the forum backed up frequently so should something else catch on fire, we can take better care to restore it ourselves.

I want to say that I'm really sorry that we let this happen. I know there was a lot of great content on here that was probably lost, and I feel absolutely terrible that it just up and disappeared without a trace. I hope you guys have a bunch of it still so that you can re-share it. It amazes me how much cool stuff you guys still put out, and I hope this blip doesn't stop that from happening. We'll do better. I promise.

That's all I've got. If we lost any users you guys know of, please let me or Teague know so we can get them set up again.

"Most people don't even know what sysadmins do, but trust me, if they all took a lunch break at the same time they wouldn't make it to the deli before you ran out of bullets protecting your canned goods from roving bands of mutants."

-- http://stilldrinking.org/programming-sucks

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"Life is about movies; anything else is a bonus!"- Me   cool

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Kibouchi is still occasionally active, he's newer.

Also, guys, you've been great. There's only a few of us especially active here, and you really don't owe us anything. It's been awesome to chat and make stuff, and whatever work you've put into this site is appreciated. We aren't entitled to this, by any means. Thank you!

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Added couture back; Kibo apparently got in under the wire, 'cuz his account was still there.

I don't think I'm forgetting anybody, but if I'm forgetting you and you're reading this: teague . chrystie [at] g.

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Okay. We are deeply sorry about this, folks — I'm rather wounded myself. Not everything we post on this forum constitutes a 'gem,' but some of it is meaningful as hell and some of it sure takes a long time to write, so I expect quite a bit better from us in terms of protecting the work people invest in their participation here. We'll figure out how to prevent this from happening again, and see that it's prevented; in the meantime, my deepest apologies.

Also: Thanks to Holden for stopping to explain all this. My plans spiraled and I ended up AFK for most of the day.

Teague Chrystie

I have a tendency to fix your typos.

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Indeed, thank you guys so much! For a space of time there was the prospect of having *nothing* and my heart sank - last bastion of a pre-social media internet experience. There's only around a dozen of us on here as regulars but y'all mean a lot to me as a community. Thank thank thank you to Holden, Teague, and anyone else responsible for keeping this place going.

Boter, formerly of TF.N as Boter and DarthArjuna. I like making movies and playing games, in one order or another.

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Totally didn't spend a good chunk of my day refreshing the page and getting increasingly worried. tongue Echoing what everyone else has said, y'all are fucking incredible for keeping this going so fastidiously for so long. No worries whatsoever.

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Ahhh I am relieved.
I am usually a mere lurker on here (and still listen to WADYM episodes fairly regularly - my commute is long, and familiar voices are nice) but it was scary to think it had all just up and vanished.
Sorry to those who lost quality forum posts in the great GoDaddy explosion of '18. My sympathies.

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