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Yoggie will be unavailable from 2:30 PM today (UK, BST) as we carry out some planned maintenance and site upgrades.

 

As soon as it's done and everything's back I'll post again here.

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As usual, we're still ironing out a few kinks we can immediately see.

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Our server is in need of an upgrade so there may be a short down time during today (estimated 20:00 EST for 15 minutes).

 

Apologies for any inconvenience.

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The upgrade has now been completed.

 

Hopefully less slow downs in future!

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We have a maintenance upgrade planned for this weekend (Sunday afternoon, UK), so apologies for any downtime that may occur during the process.

 

As usual, if you noticing anything wibbly afterward (well, more wibbly than usual), do let us know.

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This should be going ahead this afternoon. It's a maintenance update, but a fairly big one.

 

YSDC may be offline for a few hours while the work is done.

 

Cheers.

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We've been hitting the last of the switches and pulling the final levers behind the curtain and the site should now be fully updated.

 

Logged-in members will see a new navigation bar tab called "Activity", which may be of mild interest.

 

Thanks for your patience.

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There's a planned (minor) upgrade due this weekend.

 

Apologies for any inconvenience it may cause during installation.

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There is a major upgrade in plan for YSDC (as big as the one in 2010) as we change the site software into its fifth generation in 15 years.

 

We can't give an exact date yet but it will happen sooner rather than later. In theory, unlike last time, links should not break. Accounts, passwords and the rest of the site content will carry over.

 

More news as we have it.

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The site software changeover will happen on Saturday 17th August (this coming Saturday).

 

Please consider YSDC on an effective holiday for the weekend!

 

Once we're back up and running we'll be hunting down any bugs/glitches and getting things back in order (which I anticipate will take a little while, but hopefully not too long).

 

Downloads and the chat room are likely to be things not immediately available.

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There will be a minor site upgrade this Sunday afternoon.

 

Apologies for any downtime.

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Upgrade completed.

 

Thanks for your patience.

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Yoggie will be offline next Tuesday morning, 22nd April (hopefully no longer than that) for essential upgrades.

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Server updates should now have been completed.

 

As usual it may take a short while to iron out any possible kinks from the process but hopefully we should be back to normal (whatever that may be).

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A server update will be happening later this evening for approximately 2-4 hours.

 

Apologies for the downtime involved, but it all helps keep us up to date.

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Updates have been completed, along with a few extra hours of backend maintenance.

 

All stuff that if it goes well you should never actually experience or see. The joys of administration!

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A small site upgrade is pencilled in for this coming Sunday (9th November).

 

As usual YSDC will be offline for a few hours during the process (inconvenient but as usual, necessary - to keep on top of things).

 

Any progress updates during that time will go out on Twitter: @YSDC

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Today's planned (non-critical) site update has been postponed.

 

When its rescheduled I'll post again here.

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The rescheduled site update should happen tomorrow (Sunday, 23rd November).

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Site update completed.

 

A big thanks again to Alli (and for overcoming some not-so-slight hiccups on the way)!

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We're about to do a couple of site (backend) upgrades.

 

This should occur about 08:00 GMT tomorrow morning (Tuesday, 23rd June).

 

Hopefully this won't take too long but as usual it's an involved process so downtime may be between 30 minutes and four hours.

 

Apologies for the interruption. It is a necessary one.

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After soooomewhat longer than anticipated (and with a few more updates than expected) we're back.

 

If you notice nothing different then that is a good thing!

 

We're currently doing some checks to make sure everything's OK but hopefully it's back to normal (whatever that may be).

 

Thanks again to @allicorn for sterling work when needed most!

 

[Update: In the process of fixing the CthulhuWiki in light of the server software upgrades.]

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The CthulhuWiki is now back online (and also updated).

 

The updates over the past few days turned out to be more extensive than originally anticipated (one led to another that led to another and so on), however it does mean Yoggie is now running on more modern code and is in a better position for the next front end update planned for 2016 - when we should move to YSDC Nexus 6 Generation 6.

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The next big update is pencilled in for January 2016 which will see us move to the next major version of the site software (as the code we're using now will no longer be fully supported after that point). Fortunately this time it will be an actual upgrade and not a series of cross-grades from other platforms. This keeps us on track for a roughly three-year upgrade cycle to keep current.

 

So, six-month warning. ;-)

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The recent server software updates while bringing us up to a more modern spec have also led to an increased strain on the server. If you've noticed occasional lags recently this will be why.

 

Some of these issues can be resolved with time and effort but other issues need to be resolved with time, effort and money.

 

YSDC may be offline for periods of time in the coming week or so while we deal with these matters.

 

Thanks for your understanding.

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