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Everything posted by MDGarcia

  1. Blogs running 4.7.5

    As the subject says! MDg
  2. Blogs running version 4.7

    All blogs have been updated to the latest version of WordPress. MDg
  3. After some feedback and discussion amongst the administration team, we purchased a license from Invision for version four of the application. They've made some significant improvements to the forums, and we're happy to return. For those of you who've been complaining about MyBB and Vanilla, you win MDg
  4. Welcome (back) to IPS!

    In the future, please send information like this to http://support.adastrafanfic.com However, we're performing a memory upgrade on the server to increase capacity. MDg
  5. Welcome (back) to IPS!

    Very much obliged. One year's license has been covered at this point. MDg
  6. Welcome (back) to IPS!

    Yep, PayPal. MDg
  7. Welcome (back) to IPS!

    Let me also add, if anyone is willing to kick in for the license, we're taking donations. You can send them to donate@adastrafanfic.com. Thanks! MDg
  8. Welcome (back) to IPS!

    I'll be fine-tuning things on the forums, so there might be some changes. You can also now change the background in the upper right hand corner, next to the little PM area (it looks like paintbrush icon). MDg
  9. Welcome to Pages

    Welcome to Pages! Pages extends your site with custom content management designed especially for communities. Create brand new sections of your community using features like blocks, databases and articles, pulling in data from other areas of your community. Create custom pages in your community using our drag'n'drop, WYSIWYG editor. Build blocks that pull in all kinds of data from throughout your community to create dynamic pages, or use one of the ready-made widgets we include with the IPS Community Suite. View our Pages documentation
  10. This post will carry all the updates and changes to the site.
  11. Site Updates (Archive, Forums, Blogs, Email, etc)

    WordPress is updated to 4.6! MDg
  12. Welcome to MyBB

    Greetings: As some of you were aware, we tried out another forum platform last week, following our unrecoverable database corruption. I apologize for the sudden jump between Vanilla and MyBB, but although Vanilla resolved our database issue, I received a number of complaints from users stating that the interface was not intuitive, clunky in design, and a little too no-frills for their liking. Since MyBB's merge function had support for the Vanilla software, we're landing here for a bit. We might stay and we might not. Depends entirely on the userbase. So, take a look around and poke at the site. Let me know what you think. MDg
  13. Welcome to MyBB

    1. The look of the forums isn't my department; I just maintain the server and make sure people can use it. Our founder handles the look/feel of the forums and she's a little busy with RL right now. 2. The PM system's cumbersome nature (that means unwieldy or clumsy, in case you weren't aware) isn't really a dealbreaker for me in terms of functionality. 3. YouTube is accessible via the "video" tag, if you bothered to look at the help file or looked at the Video icon in the editor. RTFM. 4. The "funky" characters are a byproduct of the database conversion and there's nothing I can do about unicode conversion issues at the database level, especially when going from one encoding to the next. Not to mention, each browser will render it differently, especially between IE and Firefox, since IE doesn't conform to any known standard. 5. The variation of smilies/emoticons are an even lower priority on my list than the PM system. If you're willing to donate $400+ per year for Invision v4, I'm willing to go back to it. But the problem for me was cost and crap support when things broke under their system, which is why we left IPB in the first place. And here's a YouTube video to prove my point: [video=youtube] MDg
  14. Folks: I stumbled onto this script at AppSpot that automatically converts FanFiction.net stories to eReader-compatible formats on-the-fly. I requested they add Ad Adstra and they agreed. I use my iPad to read a lot, and this makes things easier on me, now that I'm able to read everyone's stuff on the go! http://fanfictionloader.appspot.com/ You will need to use a Google login to access it. MDg
  15. Welcome to MyBB

    How about a little more clarity on what "sucks," since the above doesn't approach constructive criticism. MDg
  16. Site Updates (Archive, Forums, Blogs, Email, etc)

    Wordpress has been updated once again, to 4.4.2 (security patch). MDg
  17. Ranks FAQ

    This FAQ has been moved to the Support Site so that all images can be displayed properly. Please see the following link for the Ranks FAQ: http://support.adastrafanfic.com/solution/articles/5000542569-forums-ranks-faq Thanks, MDg
  18. Ranks FAQ

    This has been updated with the new rank images. Please visit the URL in the first post to see how the new images look. MDg
  19. Site Updates (Archive, Forums, Blogs, Email, etc)

    All blogs are now updated to Wordpress 4.4. Enjoy! MDg
  20. Welcome to MyBB

    I changed it for you in the database. This software uses email addresses for logins anyway, so it doesn't affect your login at all. MDg
  21. Welcome to MyBB

    No worries. And yes, because we've switched platforms, everyone has reverted back to their usernames when they first signed up. MyBB doesn't really allow for the Display Name option anymore. MDg
  22. Welcome to MyBB

    Thanks. You'll all notice there are some changes from IPB and Vanilla... for example, the rank images changed pretty significantly and that has to do with the fact that I wanted to use a bit of a different look for our new site. MDg
  23. Welcome to MyBB

    Yeah, that had to do with the fact that Vanilla's converter broke, and so I had to use the original IPB database to create this one. That meant we had to drop some broken tables due to the corruption, which included some threads and also whole usergroups (like Deputy Archivist, for example). MDg
  24. Beginning on 18 Nov 2015, the forums database was corrupted, causing a critical error in accessing the boards. Â I was driving up from California at that time, for my vacation in Portland, without my laptop, so I had no access to repair the issue. Â When I returned the following Tuesday, the corruption had already permeated into the nightly and weekly backups and so I had to escalate the issue to IPB Support (which we pay for). Â Unfortunately, IPB Support was less than helpful. Â They claim that it was a hardware issue, except everything else was working fine (blogs, archive, etc). Â That left us with very little option except to try and recover from a very old backup we had from the recent server upgrade... it meant we would lose 1.5 months of posts. Â I called in help from a friend who is a pro DB administrator, and he was able to use the very old backup to pinpoint specific corrupted tables (there were 5) that were preventing the whole thing from loading. Â We had it up last night, but IPB re-corrupted when someone went to post a new message. Â As of this morning, we believe the issue to be resolved. Â If you continue to encounter problems, please open a support ticket at our support site (just like jespah and kes did). Â Even if someone else reported it, it's all right to open a ticket so I can update it with information for you. Â Lastly, due to the inexplicably horrid response from IPB Support, I'm investigating a shift to a new software/platform. Â MDg
  25. Site Attacked (26 MAR 2015)

    Last night, the site was being attacked by multiple IPs and this caused a major slowdown in response to our normal traffic. Â We've identified the IPs and have blocked them outright from accessing our sites (the blogs were the target) and have escalated the matter to the abuse offices of the owners of those IPs. Â Thankfully, as we've moved the entirety of Ad Astra to a protective Content Delivery Network (CDN) the impact wasn't as bad as it was in the past. Â In case you saw any site weirdness going on last night, this was the reason why. Â We have it resolved (until the next attack). Â MDg