Apologies for the long down time

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JoeStrout
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Apologies for the long down time

Post by JoeStrout »

It's been a long few months. In case anyone's curious:

1. Dreamhost (our hosting provider) provides "one-click installs" for things like phpBB, with automatic upgrades!
2. But they appear to think (incorrectly) that the latest version of phpBB is 3.0.13. (It's not.)
3. In January, automatically upgraded PHP itself to version 7.
4. phpBB 3.0.13 is not compatible with PHP 7.

And thus, everything was broken for months. With the help of one of our kind users, I tried to find a way to upgrade phpBB manually, but that didn't go well, so instead I have (for now) downgraded PHP back to the previous version, and this appears to have us running again.

I will revisit this in the summer, and try to get on the latest version of everything, when I am confident I can do so safely without losing any of the content we've built here over the years.

So, my apologies for the long delay. I hope you enjoy your discussions!
Joe Strout
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choff
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Re: Apologies for the long down time

Post by choff »

Thankful just to see the site back, world changed a bit while it was gone, what with the plague and all. Now all we need are results from Dr. Parks polywell computer simulations.
CHoff

crowberry
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Post by crowberry »

Hello Joe!

Many thanks Joe for bringing the site back up again! It has indeed been a long time since the problem started and much has happened since then.
I look very much forward to be able to share and learn about the progress in fusion during the past months on Talk-Polywell. It is great to have the site
up and available again!

Good luck Joe with your plans to get the site software updated to the latest releases.

Cheers, Crowberry

Mumbles
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Post by Mumbles »

Could it be, perhaps fitting, that the site came back up today. May the Forth be with you...

Be Safe

pdxpyro
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Post by pdxpyro »

Hi Joe!
I've been checking daily to see if the site's been resurrected. Thanks so much for your efforts. I can't wait to get back to my daily lurking.

CKinCO
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Post by CKinCO »

Just glad to see your back!
Thanks for all of the effort!

CK :D
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ltgbrown
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Thanks Joe for all that you are doing. I have missed Talk-Polywell!
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Giorgio
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Nice to finally see it back in activity and running properly! 8)
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Post by williatw »

Glad your back up; must admit I did miss it.

JoeStrout
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Re: Apologies for the long down time

Post by JoeStrout »

Just to follow up: DreamHost informed me this week that it would soon be disabling PHP 5.6, forcing an upgrade. Fortunately we managed to do this, and I think we're all up and running again on the latest version of phpBB.

If you spot any weirdness or misbehavior, please let me know.
Joe Strout
Talk-Polywell.org site administrator

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