Update 5/26: Well, the site (such as it is) is now back up and running. Yes, things are going to be a little clunky for a few days as it was decided to prioritize getting the front end back up and running over updating backend functionality. For the next step, we’re hoping to have the download library back up and running under the new platform by the beginning of next week. Again, thank you for your patience.
Don’t Panic / Mostly Harmless
No, not permanently. No need to worry about that, but we do need to go offline for a while.
After ten years (holy crap, has it been that long?) the time has come to make some major changes to the site – on both the front and back ends. We aren’t just talking about a change of layout here, this is going to be extensive. Some of the changes will include:
- Downloads: The online library is going to be completely rebuilt. The simple fact is that the current architecture is woefully out of date and no longer maintained by its original designers. This means that the entire thing will need to be rebuilt from scratch.
- Registration: The currently cumbersome (for both users and us) method of registering with the site will be completely replaced.
- Participation: User interactions will be expanded considerably, making both PMs and public commentary much easier to use. Manual and other file submissions will also be streamlined.
- Ads: Yeah, I hate the damn things, too but without them I wouldn’t be able to keep the site up and running. The good news, though, is that logged in users won’t have to put up with anywhere near so much of them – you might see one on a page.
- Performance: Some users have reported problems with certain areas of the site. The server upgrades, along with the other changes mentioned above, should eliminate this altogether.
Most of the preparations have already been made and we anticipate that the conversions and reconstruction should begin sometime Wednesday afternoon and should (should) take no more than 3 days. Thanks for your patience while we get this done.
Don’t worry though, no doubt all will go off without a hitch and we’ll be back up and running before you can say praise the Lord and pass the ammo.
After all, what could possibly go wrong?