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#1 spacedvest

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Posted 30 November 2011 - 09:13 AM

Ok, the site is long overdo for a overhaul, and I need to seriously get it done. After backing up all the databases and files, the first thing I need to do is update the server operating system, then I need to upgrade all of the services that the site uses (mysql, apache). Once that is done, I will upgrade the forum software. Since I use the forum software as a backbone for the rest of the site, I have to upgrade it first. Upgrading and then fixing all of my custom code to comply with the upgrades will take some time. I have wanted to start doing this months ago, but I didn't want to interrupt the football pool.

What this means is that the site and all of its features will be inaccessible for at least a short period of time. I think realistically the down-time will be about two weeks. When the site comes back, it will at first be very "vanilla", and I will slowly add all the features back in. I want to focus on one thing at a time and do this right. This probably will be like a six-month project to get everything back in order.

The past few years I have had to travel quite a bit and it kills my free time, that has changed for the most part since I have relocated to DC. I wanted to also thank evan and rival especially for helping with the site in the past couple of years. If it wasn't for them, there is a chance that this site may have been permanently shut down.

Anyway thanks for sticking around. I have to admit that I am nowhere as big a Pearl Jam fan as I once was, and I think that is the biggest problem with this site and my interest in it. I would be lying if I said that I didn't think about announcing that I need to close the site or move it to someone else, especially in the past few years. But there is a lot of good people here and a lot of memories, and I love coding and statistical things, so after careful consideration, I decided that I don't want to close the doors for good. So this upgrade is an effort to regain some relevance and to make coming here "fun" again.

Upgrading Server OS (need to go from Fedora Core 5 -> Fedora 16)
FC5->FC6
FC6->F7
F7->F8
F8->F9
F9->F10
F10->F11
F11->F12
F12->F13
F13->F14
F14->F15
F15->F16
(*skipped due to potential issues*)

Backup
Database Backup
Files Backup


Forums Upgrade (need to go from version 2.3.1 -> 3.2)
Complete

"Basic" Forums Skin Upgrade
Complete

Award System Overhaul
Complete

Main Page Upgrade
Upgrading

March Madness Pool
Upgrading

Forums Upgrade (need to go from version 3.2 -> 3.3)
Upgrading

Other Skins
"Black" skin (this will look like the old BRY skin)
"Red" skin
"Yellow" skin

Music Review Section

CD Art Upgrade

Gallery Upgrade

BRY Database Upgrade

Token Shoppe Upgrade

Edited by spacedvest, 03 April 2012 - 08:24 AM.



#2 rival

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Posted 30 November 2011 - 09:19 AM

Good to hear Allen. It's great that this place will be getting a 2.0 very soon. Do what you've got to do and maybe we can keep the lines of communication open when the site goes down with a mailing list? I don't know if anyone would be interested in that but it would be cool to hear about the site updates and plans as they happen...

Anyways, along with your sentiment of the band, I think there are quite a few people here who have drifted away from the band but the forum itself is it's own community (pearl jam or not) and you keeping it going will be greatly appreciated.

Now you need to start asking people for donations again...


#3 mam1680

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Posted 30 November 2011 - 09:21 AM

I think MOST of the people who continue to frequent this site has lost their interest in the band, and posters for that matter. But it's still a great forum and hopefully an upgrade will be a nice kick in the pants for the site (bring back the token shoppe).


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Posted 30 November 2011 - 09:33 AM

Always happy to help and glad to hear that you'll keep this going.

Let me know if you need a hand with anything.


#5 stonewastheproblem

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Posted 30 November 2011 - 09:33 AM

most of us have retained our interest in flipping pj merch though.....



will there be burgers again?

Edited by stonewastheproblem, 30 November 2011 - 09:41 AM.



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Posted 30 November 2011 - 09:56 AM

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Posted 30 November 2011 - 10:37 AM

View Postmam1680, on November 30, 2011, 10:32 am, said:

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Can't see it...is it a picture of Heathaz?


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Posted 30 November 2011 - 10:55 AM

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Posted 30 November 2011 - 10:58 AM

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#10 rival

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Posted 30 November 2011 - 11:47 AM

I very much like where this is going...

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Posted 30 November 2011 - 11:49 AM

never forget.


#12 pj101ca

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Posted 30 November 2011 - 12:08 PM

Once a year I sit down and re-read that whole thing.  I still laugh out loud like it's the first time I'm seeing it.   god damn it's funny.


edit: I just realized the 5th anniversary has recently passed.  We should have had cake!

Edited by pj101ca, 30 November 2011 - 12:11 PM.



#13 rival

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Posted 30 November 2011 - 12:21 PM

Do you mind posting the link to said thread? My search skills are terrible. Just finding the Camero pic was tough.


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Posted 30 November 2011 - 12:21 PM

this was our facebook before there was facebook

thanks everyone for the efforts


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Posted 30 November 2011 - 12:31 PM

View Postrival, on November 30, 2011, 12:21 pm, said:

Do you mind posting the link to said thread? My search skills are terrible. Just finding the Camero pic was tough.

Link to what thread?   it doesn't exist.   Never happened.   B)





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