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  1. Over the course of the last year, Invision hosting has been forcing certain changes to the software that required us to upgrade our hosting plan, which more than doubled the monthly cost (from $20 to $45). I've tried to stave off the need to do this, and I know everyone LOVES this forum software because it's so adaptable and has a lot of features. We got to the point where the latest version requires SSL certificates and so moving up to the cheapest plan that offers SSL support was now required (they don't even offer the tier we were originally at anymore). Thanks to several people's donations ( @SLWalker @TemplarSora ) we were able to push the upgrade through and pay for at least four months of forum hosting. A full year costs 540USD, and we have a PayPal fund for those costs. Ordinarily, I shoulder the costs personally, but I got laid off last month (July), and so I'm strapped for money at the moment. I'm working hard trying to find a new job, but you know how that goes. The main archive costs are 150 a month for the Archive web server and an email server to send out all the mails. In total, we need about 2,340USD for an annual cost to keep all the servers/hosting up and running. If you'd like to help, the link for donations is at: https://paypal.me/pools/c/8lsWyT6CZx Thank you for any assistance you can offer. MDg Edit: I forgot to mention that there are some graphics issues moving to this new version, so things like ranks will be odd-looking. I'm working on a long-term solution for this so please stand by.
  2. Forums: Now running Blogs: Hard down for now, we've been focusing on the forums. Archive: SQL errors still persist for some, we're looking into other archiving options since it's possible the software may not longer be fully compatible with the database version (eFiction is abandonware at this point).
  3. https://adastra.statuspal.io/ The above URL should show the current status. All reported incidents should be posted here, so if you have an issue and it's not listed as a major or minor incident, please open a ticket at http://support.adastrafanfic.com MDg
  4. All services have been restored. Thank you for your patience. MDg
  5. Due to an emergency issue with the web server, the following services are not available until further notice. We're working as quickly as we can: eFiction Archive Wordpress Blogs All other services remain online and are not affected by this downtime. MDg
  6. Forums Update: We are now running 4.4.7 of IPS, which also includes a theme update. MDg
  7. Hi everyone: The support site got spam bombed this morning, to the tune of over 15,000 new spam tickets. We're working with our support provider's support team to resolve the issue, and until then, we're literally crippled from responding to any new issues being reported on the site. According to what I've been told, it'll be around 48 hours before we can sort through the mess and restore support to a point where we can actually provide assistance. When I say "we," of course, I mean me, because I'm a one-man show and this is daunting under the current circumstances. MDg
  8. Bunch of Updates: Forums have been updated to 4.3.6 Forum theme has been updated to 4.3.6 Blogs have been updated to Wordpress 5.0 Blog themes have been updated to utilize WP 5.0 MDg
  9. A couple of announcements: Forums have been updated to 4.2.7, and I've adjusted the theme to match. Blogs are updated to WP 4.9.4, and I added a new theme option called "Bento" which is extremely versatile. MDg
  10. As the subject says! MDg
  11. All blogs have been updated to the latest version of WordPress. MDg
  12. 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
  13. Very much obliged. One year's license has been covered at this point. MDg
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. MDGarcia

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  18. 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
  19. How about a little more clarity on what "sucks," since the above doesn't approach constructive criticism. MDg
  20. Wordpress has been updated once again, to 4.4.2 (security patch). MDg
  21. 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
  22. All blogs are now updated to Wordpress 4.4. Enjoy! MDg