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« Reply #75 on: March 19, 2012, 08:40:47 pm »

Stout effort, please wear your loudest shirt :-))
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« Reply #76 on: March 19, 2012, 08:43:20 pm »

Stout effort, please wear your loudest shirt :-))

Was it that bad!!!

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« Reply #77 on: March 19, 2012, 08:44:31 pm »

I have managed to reregister but I want to put a sales item up but it doesnt allow me to post a new topic in that thread.  Is it because I am now reset to 0 messages so it automatically wont let me until I have 25 messages?
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« Reply #78 on: March 19, 2012, 08:44:54 pm »

Has all my info gone for good pics avatar etc?

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« Reply #79 on: March 19, 2012, 08:46:45 pm »

In the Avatar section of the profile there are over 11000 avatars , you are in there somewhere..

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« Reply #80 on: March 19, 2012, 08:59:59 pm »

In the Avatar section of the profile there are over 11000 avatars , you are in there somewhere..

Don't I know it ............ mine was around the mid 9000's %%
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« Reply #81 on: March 19, 2012, 09:00:59 pm »

cant find mine and cant seem to upload a new one as it times out.
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« Reply #82 on: March 19, 2012, 09:02:34 pm »

Hey Martin

if it is any help in sorting it out - all my posts are showing mckenzig as the username?

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« Reply #83 on: March 19, 2012, 09:02:50 pm »

I'm back again too.. Hello :-)
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« Reply #84 on: March 19, 2012, 09:07:08 pm »

Thanks for working long hours to get this back up - signed in before it reached 1000 members - must have been some time ago!
Look forward to the always interesting discussions and model boat info.
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« Reply #85 on: March 19, 2012, 09:14:32 pm »

 I'm back but PM's are all gone....I just wanted to tell Frank W his Parcel arrived today. Woo_Hoo!! Thanks, Frank!!!

Martin, I owe you a Jug of "Lamb's"!
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« Reply #86 on: March 19, 2012, 10:00:38 pm »

Hey - Great to be back ! ( even if I have lost six trillion posts ;D - well about 70 actually ), deep appreciation to Martin and helpers for their outstanding efforts, the loss of the forum was worse than loosing a comfy pair of slippers  :}

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« Reply #87 on: March 19, 2012, 10:27:31 pm »

Great work Martin,

Thanks again for performing the Resurrection Shuffle for us all ;)
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« Reply #88 on: March 19, 2012, 11:11:54 pm »

Martin,

Just to add my thanks to all the others -
the sanity almost went there ! %%

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« Reply #89 on: March 19, 2012, 11:52:21 pm »

My ID seems to have been restored in full.

Do we actually know what happened when the wheels came off and if it is likely to occur again?

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« Reply #90 on: March 20, 2012, 04:59:22 am »


Interesting question Colin...

I was working on those annoying '504 timeout' errors  and the web hosting company were being less than helpful. Basically
until I can say to them 'This is what the error is. It's clearly your fault. Fix it.' They are just washing there hands of the whole
affair, basically saying. ‘There’s nothing wrong OUR end!’ So I was pointed by SMF to a  '24 step, self help guide’ and I was
making my way through that, deleting all the old thumbnail etc, 26, 000 of them!  Etc, etc. Some of it makes perfect sense
and some of it you have to go on trust. So I’m working  though the guide and doing what they say... but if something breaks,
all you get is, "well it shouldn't do that!" and then you're screwed stuffed!

Backups and spare tyres
I'm paranoid about backups and take them regularly and you ‘sleep easily’ in the fact you have them safely ‘in the bag’.
( Remember the old Model Boats forum?! From memory it couldn’t be restored for technical and/or commercial reasons.)  
So how many of us have got a new car, (new to yourselves anyway!), put it on the driveway, jacked it up and test fitted
the spare wheel to make sure it's the right one, there's nothing wrong with it &  it fits properly on each corner?!!! .... No?
Me neither. I check it once or twice a year, kick it to make sure it's got air in it and that's about it.

Now we come to "Forum Maintenance".
This is what SMF says it's got air in it and that's about managing a forum:

“Routine
Check all files against current versions - Check!
Find and repair any errors - Check!
Recount all forum totals and statistics - Check!
Empty out unimportant logs- Check!
Optimize all tables to improve performance. - Check!

Backup Database - This area allows you to save a copy of all the posts, settings, members, and other information in your
forum to a very large file. For larger forums, this backup may not be able to backup your entire database, in which case
you may want to backup your data by other means such as using ‘phpmyadmin’, or some other database backup utility.
Frequent backups are recommended, perhaps weekly, for safety and security.”

Now I have backups going back 6 years and several things should rang alarm bells;
1.   No Backup scheduling system,
2.   No real backup verification system.
3.   No restore facility.
4.   Unable to compress files due to size.
5.   Other SMF users experiences with SMF Backup / Restore.

Now not only should I have a backup, I know I should have verified backup – granted. When I run the backup, it run and says
 ‘Completed, no errors.’ – well that’s good enough, surely?! Well over the last week of blind panic, is turns out the inbuilt system
is about as good as a paper propeller! – It looks the part but in actual fact, won’t stand up to any real world test. Doing a lot of
searching on the matter, reoccurring words pop up, such as, ‘useless’, ‘terrible’, ‘rubbish’, ‘contemptible’, ‘ expletive’, ‘double expletive’,
‘Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?’

Now with the growth of Mayhem’s popularity, we had to move the website a couple of times and therefore we/be had to
move all the data (currently about 9Gig) to a completely new system. We’ve successfully done this using the forum backup
system and the help from a host keen to get your new business, so I know that the backup system does work… until your
forum gets to a certain, unspecified size, then things are different!

You’re only as good as your last backup
Having spoken and communicated with several 'Tefal heads' * over the last week and it turns out I could have done some
things better;
1.   Used myPHPadmin
2.   User Cpanel backup
3.   Created individual SQL table backups.
4.   Regularly test the backup on the Temp / test forum that I’ve had for years!
5.   Bang harder on the hosting company door demanding better support with the ‘504 errors’!

One particular Mayhemer has done extensive work for us and it looks like we may well be able to restore the full members list
to about 3 weeks ago but I’m holding off on that until I understand the full implications on all the new accounts we’ve created
over the last day or so.  I must say it’s heartening to see how many Mayhemers have rejoined the forum so quickly!

Thanks again for all the encouraging emails and messages, it really did help in the very late & dark hours of the forum being
down and blind panic setting in. It really is an honour to provide a simple website and forum for you guys!



Just thought that I share this with you because this is OUR forum.
Your comments and observation welcomed.


… It’s 05:00 now… I reedit this into a form of English later today.... after many buckets of coffee.


* Your our younger Mayhemers - Tefal head, see:  http://youtu.be/d3hpYgJCeEc &  http://youtu.be/hU6Wi5voG9U


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« Reply #91 on: March 20, 2012, 05:31:50 am »

Morning
Made a posting yesterday in this section at 05,59 and still not apeared but shows up in my profile when looking at last posts any ideas ?

Regards
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« Reply #92 on: March 20, 2012, 06:29:07 am »

Colin similar story here.....

Last night [AEST] when I re registered I revised my avatar image.......however it took greater than 24 hours to be accepted electronically

I am sure these are just teething glitches that will resolve themselves with the dedication & diligence of Martin & his helpers ..... :-))  O0

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« Reply #93 on: March 20, 2012, 09:40:16 am »

Fergot to add the smiley re my comment about one posting. Although the forum isn't like it was regards Avatars and signatures, perhaps we should wait until Martin tells us that the "Boat" is running on an even keel before trying to sort our own bits out?

  All this hassle to natter about toy boats, A big Thanks Martin for all your efforts.

  Perhaps the manhole the Forum fell down was a victim of the latest metal thefts. {-)

  Regards   Ian
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« Reply #94 on: March 20, 2012, 11:00:45 am »

Thank you Martin for restoring my daily fix. I have had the shakes & all sorts of withdrawal systems for the last few days. Even SWMBO has commented that I have not been sitting in front of the PC as much as usual.
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« Reply #95 on: March 20, 2012, 11:25:13 am »

Morning
Made a posting yesterday in this section at 05,59 and still not apeared but shows up in my profile when looking at last posts any ideas ?

Regards
Colin

This one?  - http://www.modelboatmayhem.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=11159.msg359789#msg359789
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« Reply #96 on: March 20, 2012, 12:11:00 pm »

In some sections on the forum I have 2002 posts (which I suspect was a figure put in by Martin, but looks about right). In others I have none, and am marked as 'Guest'. No great issues with this, but Martin might like to know.

By the way, might we get our PMs back at some stage, or are they unrecoverable?
 
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« Reply #97 on: March 20, 2012, 03:19:09 pm »

ive just re-regestered ( previous lilgoth89 )
however when i look at my old posts im labled as  " thebackways "
good to see the forum back
thanks for all your hard work over the last few days Martin :)
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« Reply #98 on: March 20, 2012, 03:49:56 pm »

ive re registered but it would nt let me us fletch so looks like got to start as a newbie again :((
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« Reply #99 on: March 20, 2012, 05:13:24 pm »

I am getting much better now . . .

I should have waited a week, but in spite of serious ‘Mayhem withdrawal’ symptoms, ie shaky hands, I persevered and tried to brush paint the waterline on my model boat. 

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