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Restoration Note

Posted by docbyron on Aug 19th, 2017

I've restored most of the following that was lost from about August 1st through the 10th:

-Submissions (that weren't already re-submitted)

-User registrations (that hadn't already re-registered)

-Private messages between users who registered before August 1st

-All story edits

-All user watches where both users registered before August 1st

Things I'm not going to mess with for now:

-Story faves, votes, comments, views, and tags

-Profile comments


-Messages and watches for users who registered after August 1st

The reasoning is I've noticed a lot of people have already re-done a lot of the faves/votes/comments/etc that were lost and I'd like to avoid creating a lot of confusing duplicates. It's also a pain to try to restore the data for for users and stories that were originally "lost" because the ids aren't the same.

Still, if you have anything you'd like restored, please feel free to reach out to me privately and I'd be happy to help out.

Some Good News

Posted by docbyron on Aug 19th, 2017

I've just discovered another incredibly stupid thing my host did during their little "upgrade". It goofed up one member's account, but it also means that I actually still have all that old data that I thought I lost.

I'm going to try to restore any comments, submissions, and registrations that I can (if they haven't already been re-submitted or re-registered). If you have any lost stuff you'd like me to try to restore, let me know in a private message.

Hosting Issues

Posted by docbyron on Aug 14th, 2017

Sorry about the sporadic downtime over the last couple of days.

The TL;DR is that my hosting company performed some "upgrades" to my server that included deleting PHP. If you were receiving a prompt to download a file a couple of days ago, don't worry, it was nothing malicious-- the server just didn't know what PHP was anymore.

When I asked them to reinstall PHP, they decided they should just revert the server to where it was at the beginning of the month, which apparently included the database and all automated database backups. Unfortunately, I can't do anything to restore that lost data. I confirmed with them that they had idiotically deleted the backups, and no, I'm not happy with them.

I discovered today that they ALSO massively screwed up a number of other server settings, which is why the site was down for a chunk of today.

Sorry again about this downtime. I'm going to be looking for another host as a result of this absolutely amateur service. My options are pretty limited due to the type of content on this site, so I'm not hopeful I'll find a better one.

I'll be keeping a close eye on the server for the next week to make sure everything behaves itself. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you notice any other issues.

McAfee Problems?

Posted by docbyron on Feb 22nd, 2016

Someone reported to me that McAfee sometimes shows them warnings about the Lab being suspicious. Has anyone else experienced issues with security software blocking your access to the site or displaying warnings?

Login Persistence

Posted by docbyron on Sep 6th, 2015

Hi all,

I've identified the problem that's causing the "remember me" to fail for user logins. Unfortunately, it's not as simple as the expiration length of a cookie and it's going to take a little time to repair.

I'm in the process of moving right now, so I might not be able to get a final fix up for another week or so. If the fix is simpler than I'm anticipating, I might be able to have it tomorrow.