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Update... We have moved to the new server. It feels like we didn't lose much data, but I wouldn't be surprised if an hour or two's worth of posts went missing. Now onto stage 2, upgrading the base software. I don't anticipate any data loss during this step, but it will probably take a day or two.Original post...Hello, we're bringing out the big guns as far as upgrades go. We're migrating to an entirely different server with a new OS, we're upgrading all of the base software vanilla forums runs on, (mysql, php, apache). Then we are going to update vanilla itself. Finally, we are going to attempt to purge all threads older than 2 years in an effort to restore performance.This might disrupt service (more that it already is, ha!), but we don't expect any data loss, and at any rate, we have a good backup from this morning. Some of this work is being performed by our host on contract, some of it will be done by myself, and it will most likely span several days. I will update this post when we are finished with the upgrades. If performance is still not improved we'll discuss with the community potential next steps.Thanks for your patience with the forums, and I appreciate everyone who has stuck around while this thing has been gasping and wheezing!
Yeah, we doubled the server capacity last week and it maybe, took the edge off a little bit. That's what lead me to believe there is a deeper problem because it was humming like a top then took off into 1000% utilization land and hasn't come back. It doesn't match up exactly with a code piece we put in place, but it's within 10 days, and I wonder if there wasn't a threshold.Anyway, yeah, I understand the psychology aspect of it and it's not good. More and more it's looking like the logical step is to move the community to a solution with actual support. Hosted vanilla forums is horrifically expensive, (I think their entry level option is $700/month); other solutions that are robust and less expensive would be a problem to have a VIP solution for. We're preparing a Empire Business to lay the options before the community and see how people feel about the various tradeoffs of the various solutions. In the meantime it probably doesn't make anyone feel any better but I literally lose sleep about it.
Doctor_Nick said:Wait, was Watchmen a problem, controversial podcast for Bald Move? Hadn't picked up on that. Or are you saying it just wasn't as popular for Bald Move because baseline Watchmen fans weren't into it?A_Ron_Hubbard said:re: 2019 as an especially rough year... and a Watchmen series that tackles racism isn't seen as "shit" by half of that fanbase and all the hard work paid off and we're on cloud nine.
re: 2019 as an especially rough year... it's just a year that it felt like most of what we tried to do "extra" just failed. Like, there's a universe where D&D gave a shit and Game of Thrones had an excellent last year that united the fan base and boosted hype for the prequels and I sold a ton of copies of my books and Star Wars was universally beloved by all parties and the Mandalorian becomes a breakout hit for our coverage and we go on Harmontown and don't disgrace ourselves and get a bunch of new listeners completely outside our normal audience and a Watchmen series that tackles racism isn't seen as "shit" by half of that fanbase and all the hard work paid off and we're on cloud nine.A lot of things didn't break our way. This thread also has helped me realized that I guess we're more opaque about what's going on with Bald Move in the moment to moment stuff than if feels like. I thought more of the behind the scenes stuff would be obvious from the public comments we did make. I don't like bragging or bitching about stuff so it always feels to me like I'm talking 10x more about stuff as I should be and usually there are a few people who are pretty vocal with their "just shut up and cast" opinions, so it's easy to default to a share less that still feels like too much kind of model? I dunno, this far along and I'm still feeling like I have a lot to learn!
RyanReeseman said:DoubleT said:ColdRolled7 said:Jim said he keeps waiting for the next movie to be good.
A. Ron also said in that review that one of his favorite things about The Last Jedi was the casino planet stuff. But now he hates it. There’s just something about this particular franchise that allows for wild branch-swinging opinions, and I’ve never understood it.I hope scientists study the brains of Star Wars fans one day.
Regardless of anyone's personal like or dislike of the resulting movies, this strikes me as one of those Bad/Good Process / Bad/Good Outcome type quadrant deals. I think the way you handle these kind of things is either plan things out in advance and coordinate between the directors and projects, or you do them one at a time and wait until you have a good story ready to go before you go ahead with the next one. To do otherwise is a "bad process", and it's a bad process regardless of whether you liked the movie or not ("Good outcome"). I'd rather have good processes that crank out the occasional creative failure than bad processes that occasionally crank out a watchable film for some people.
But that's just me.