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Unread postPosted: Sun Nov 29, 2015 12:17 pm 
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As many of you have probably noticed, the site is in disrepair, and is long overdue for some TLC. I'm concocting a special blend of old content with new updates / features / mobile skin revamp & pagination fix / etc.

Unfortunately, this will require several brief outages during a stressful time of year when many of you have the greatest need the support of this community, so I apologize for that in advance. Unfortunately, it cannot be avoided or delayed any longer. Aside from aesthetic issues and garden-variety annoyances, there are security concerns that need to be addressed before they become actual problems. I'll do my best to have the site tip-top, with as few interruptions of service as possible, ASAP. If you have any questions or comments, please post them in this thread. Thank you.

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Unread postPosted: Sun Nov 29, 2015 4:18 pm 
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Cool! Looking forward to seeing what rolls out.


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Unread postPosted: Sun Nov 29, 2015 6:51 pm 
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Thanks for the heads up!! Much appreciated!

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Unread postPosted: Sun Nov 29, 2015 7:36 pm 
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Thanks M! Looking forward to seeing the changes.

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Unread postPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2015 3:46 am 
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Awesome, appreciate your work! :)

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Unread postPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2015 4:59 am 
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*bounces off walls in excitement* Thank you!

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Unread postPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2015 3:19 am 
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thanks for the heads up, so i wont go into panic mode if i cant get in, look forward to see the changes


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Unread postPosted: Fri Dec 04, 2015 1:08 pm 
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So there don't seem to be many quick fixes available for the current issues - a full upgrade is in order. I'll be doing offline testing over the next week or so. Apparently, the upgrade will require a nearly complete replacement of all site files, plus a major database overhaul.

When the time comes to implement the upgrade, the site will go into an extended outage. There will be nearly no prior notice. During that time, I'll grab a fresh copy of the DB and begin uploading the upgraded site. I have no way of estimating the expected duration of the outage more accurately than "somewhere between 3 hours and 1 day" due to the amount of data being transferred, and the number of direct modifications needed for the live database. Speaking of which...

Eliminating the "immortal spam" will require direct database modification, which is both time consuming and dangerous. It is recommended that you make backups of any important posts that you want to keep between now and the completion of this project. Personally, I recommend saving them in Libre Office Writer. In my opinion, it is currently the best "Office" suite available, and is completely free.

Edit: The cosmetic updates have the lowest priority, so everything is going to look pretty weird for a while after the overhaul. We'll get that part hammered out ASAP.

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Unread postPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2016 8:36 pm 
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As I imagine everyone is aware, not a lot has gone according to plan. Lots of stuff still broken, etc. Should have it hammered out soon. Sorry for the delays.

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Unread postPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 12:32 pm 
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I've just renewed the domain for two more years. I opted not to renew childfreebychoice.com, as it was only set up to be a redirect, and was never a huge traffic contributor, anyway. thechildfreelife.com is secured for you guys until 4-27-18, though.

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