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AW Admin
01-16-2018, 10:42 PM
First, thanks for your patience.

Second, I'll be turning the forums off intermittently for a few days so I can fix things. That means, don't post your only copy of something because if I turn the forum off mid-post, you might lose it.



We have, with the help of Scott Hawkins (shawkins (https://absolutewrite.com/forums/member.php?7907-shawkins)):


Moved to a slightly faster and more robust server.
Indexed old posts so they'll show on Profiles (Use the Google search box at the bottom of the page for more accurate and speedy searching)
Upgraded the forum software.
Added SSL certificates, so https will work.


What's Still Happening


I've turned the forums back on earlier that I'd like; I'm still tweaking things.
I will be turning them off intermittently as I work for a few days.
The forums will look different for a bit; I'm going to be installing some new templates.
That will take time.
I'm still fixing small glitches. Please be patient.


Everyone Should Do These Two Things


Thing One: Clearing Cookies and Cache

Make sure you know your Password and Username.
Log off
Clear Cookies and Cache
Completely Quit your Web browser, closing all windows.
Log back on to AW.
Click the little box that says "Remember me?" on the top right of the AW window if you want to stay logged in.



Thing Two: Editing Bookmarks, Shortcuts or Favorites


With the change from http to https, you should edit your AW bookmarks, favorites and shortcuts (and any other links pointing to AW like your Homepage setting if if AW is your Homepage) to use https:


Just add the s after http, changing the URL from http: to https:
The old URL will work, but your Web browser may complain that the site is "insecure." It isn't.



Glitches I'm Working On and Know About



Sigs can't be edited. Fixed.
Posts can't be edited even during the edit period. Fixed
The New Posts link isn't behaving as expected; This one is . . . complicated, and might not be possible to restore exactly the way it was. This is partially fixed; I'm waiting for some new data from vBulletin.
Subscribed Threads aren't behaving as expected. Still working on this.
Cosmetic issues in terms of the design/colors of the forum. Things like the Rep blobs; it's an easy fix but won't matter when I install shiny new templates, so I'm making it a low priority.
Mobile access—the update kinda hosed the templates, so pretty much nothing is quite right. I'm probably to spend my energy on the new mobile templates rather than fixing ones that will be replaced, but I am looking and fixing what I can.


Ways You Can Help


Please give me time to get things set to rights.
PM a thank you to to Scott Hawkins (https://absolutewrite.com/forums/private.php?do=newpm&u=7907); he put a lot of effort and hours in the upgrade.
The move cost more than we were prepared for; you can Subscribe (https://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?202177-FAQ-AW-Voluntary-Subscriptions) if you'd like to help. Paypal@absolutewrite.com works too, if you have Paypal.
You can buy a copy of Scott Hawkin's excellent book The Library at Mount Char via the Amazon link at the top or here (https://www.amazon.com/Library-at-Mount-Char/dp/0553418629/ref=as_li_ss_il?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1473631795&sr=1-1&linkCode=li2&tag=absowrit-20&linkId=b1d31dc25a504579fd0ced6feb80ffe2).
You can buy anything via this Amazon link (https://www.amazon.com//ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll2&tag=absowrit-20&linkId=6a3c9bb2603a2857bcc6af7e0989f48a) and AW will get part of the price. We won't know who bought what.
Buy a copy of Scrivener for Windows or Scrivener 3 for Mac via this link (http://store.eSellerate.net/a.asp?c=2_SKU28498557428_AFL4439800608&at=) and AW gets part of the purchase price. *Take advantage of the free trial for 30 days before you buy (https://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener/download).



I'll update this post as things evolve. Thanks again.

ElaineA
01-16-2018, 11:49 PM
Thank you, Lisa and Scott for doing so much heavy lifting! :heart:

I also want to thank you, Lisa, for establishing the AW group on FB. It was such a nice way to let us keep in touch, and take the edge off the twitchy mouse-trigger fingers. Hopefully you'll get to sit back and explore all those music recs by next weekend, once you've conquered the glitches and tweaked the tweaks.

AW Admin
01-17-2018, 01:09 AM
Thank you, Lisa and Scott for doing so much heavy lifting! :heart:

I also want to thank you, Lisa, for establishing the AW group on FB. It was such a nice way to let us keep in touch, and take the edge off the twitchy mouse-trigger fingers. Hopefully you'll get to sit back and explore all those music recs by next weekend, once you've conquered the glitches and tweaked the tweaks.

Scott ended up spending a lot more time than I think he expect to, so do thank him.

Thanks again for the book and music reccs.

Chris P
01-17-2018, 02:39 AM
Would it help to post glitches we've observed immediately? Or is it better to give you a couple days to sort things then address whatever issues remain?

AW Admin
01-17-2018, 04:37 AM
Would it help to post glitches we've observed immediately? Or is it better to give you a couple days to sort things then address whatever issues remain?

Just PM me please; that makes it easier for me to track.

Thanks!

Snitchcat
01-17-2018, 04:37 AM
Glad to be back.

Thank you Lisa, Scott, everyone!

Seconding ChrisP's questions/suggestions.

thereeness
01-17-2018, 05:12 AM
Thank you both, Lisa and Scott, for all the hard work you've done on this forum! You both deserve all the cookies and kudos for it :D

Fallen
01-17-2018, 11:50 AM
Glad to see you back safely!!! And drinks all around to you and Scott for getting things working! Subscription being looked at...

regdog
01-17-2018, 08:04 PM
Lisa, and Scott, thank you for your hard work.

Maryn
01-17-2018, 08:08 PM
I echo my thanks--and the recommendation to read Scott's book, which is awesome!

DiloKeith
01-17-2018, 11:10 PM
Thanks for the efforts, the updates, and the list of ways to help. I've implemented all but the last item.

AW Admin
01-20-2018, 08:28 PM
Bumping this.

Jason
01-21-2018, 07:42 AM
Another bump to herald the collective efforts despite nefarious hamsters. Have done server migrations myself, so know of at least some of the precarious pitfalls that y'all may have had to deal with - bless all for your efforts.

Already own Scrivener
Subscribed
Buy regularly off Amazon - does the cookie persist for a time (say 30 days)?

DanielSTJ
01-21-2018, 11:40 PM
Thanks for the toils! : D

Chase
02-06-2018, 08:47 PM
Many :ty: for the awesome labor, Lisa and Scott. :Hug2: :snoopy: :applause: :ily:

AW Admin
02-06-2018, 09:09 PM
Thanks much, and yes, do please let shawkins (https://absolutewrite.com/forums/member.php?7907-shawkins) know he's appreciated.

Fallen
02-07-2018, 10:38 PM
Thank you for the bump: donated via PayPal. :)