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Author:  Wooster [ Fri Jul 08, 2011 4:48 am ]
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---- Copied from Backup Forums ----
Spoiler: Very Long Summery
I'm not sure where to begin, so I guess as good a place to begin is ... I guess the beginning.

So to recap, trouble started almost a year ago at CR. We had out grown our main host, dreamhost and Hanzi's host because the forums were quite literally the elephant in the room. The issue was not how much disk space, or how much bandiwidth we were using, but rather processing power. You guys are the best and proactive forum goers we could ever hope for. But the forums were so active that loading pages, getting the info from the database, sorting the info, processing the info, and displaying the info. It takes a lot of juice.

So we tried to move CR to the next level of hosting. We had selected servint as the host after looking at a list of virtual private servers. We got the account set up, backed up the site, and then backed up the forums. We had shut the forums down due to not wanting to create a gap between what what on the new server, and what was on the old. Having new topics disappear seemed in our minds to create more headaches then it was worth.

Then we ran into trouble.

What should've been a 2 hour down time quickly became much more then that. This was Croik's and my first experience with 'professional' grade hosting. From my eyes it looked less like it was designed with simple web hosting in mind, and more for resellers. Resellers who's goal was to create web hosting solutions. It was not very fun to unravel. There were two admin panels, for instance. And for a while I was locked out of one of them because Croik got to that admin panel first and the security locked in her IP to the panel as a precaution. We did overcome that problem eventually but were no closer to decoding the host's layout.

At about the same time, problems at home got worse. My Dad had cancer, and it got to a severe state. The next days weeks and months were very time consuming. We made frequent trips to Boston for cancer treatment. Plus I had to take over my Dad's responsibilities around the house and the farm.

Then winter hit. My mom's out door arena got destroyed, and with it her source of income. Considering my Dad was in a state of mental regression and frequent medical trips, he was in no state to work, and a sudden strain of income.

I would say that about then things were the worst for us.

But that's where CR, and a bunch of good friends of mine pulled together and pooled a large sum of money. we paid a few bills and bough grain/corn with that money.



But then Wooster disappeared again?!

What happened? Is it the end of CR? It's been a year now!



First, let me say that I am dreadfully sorry. I owe you guys. Big. And if I could turn back the clock I would.

Now let me put you guys up to date with what happened after my last correspondence.

First, the good.

The arena was repaired. My Mom has been proactive in training dogs again. The mounds of snow we had destroyed a bunch of fences and gates, and we've repaired the majority of them. My Dad's co worker's built a chicken coop for us, using blue prints my Dad designed. We've had eggs coming out our ears. And a local farm shut down, and we inherited some, geese, sheep, and LLAMAS! (Very curious creatures, and curious in disposition. Never seen an animal 'prance' before, and they have a fixation for high ground)

And now the bad.

My dad ceased to be a man, and became an oversized infant. The cancer in his spine spread, and the last radiation treatment failed. His last weeks were hell for us. I don't remember when he stopped talking to us. But I remember his only words were 'ow-ow-ow-ow' when we'd roll him over to clean him when he'd defecate on himself in bed. Or on the rare occasion where I'd hear him call me to his side, only to have him stare blankly at me. Were the speech centers in his brain broken? Or was he actually insane at that point? I'll never know.


He died one month ago. The funeral 3 days ago.


Now, for what I've been doing since he died.

The first week, as you might expect was a blur of phone calls, random visitors, and hurt feelings. But by the second week the shock had subsided and things had developed a cycle. For the first time in almost a year, I had free time. Free time! You don't know what that means. No more checking on my Dad making sure he's still breathing. No more gagging as we try to clean the bed every few hours when he messes him self. No more fighting with him to get any sort of nutrition in him. Just peace. Nice, quiet peace. It was almost giddy. But a very scary sensation. Such relief that my Dad was dead? It was a moral wrong. But I felt happy? That was not something I was comfortable dwelling on.

16 months or so ago, I had bought a web programming book, (the nature of the book however will remain secret). I had not cracked it open in the whole time. With my Dad dead, and some spare time, I've spent the next two weeks starting back from the beginning and completing all the exercises, while still juggling the day to day adventures on the farm and life.

I then contacted Croik, gave her a heads up on my status, what I've been upto, and teased that I've been working on a project for CR. But, I wasn't sure if she'd like it or not, and that I'd have something more to show her next week.

And after that, I got some email correspondence from a good fellow from thesauce.net and gave him at the time the more detailed up to date version of what's been happening.

Well, today is next week, and I had planned to show Croik what I was working on, when a few people contacted me asking for statements on what's up. My first inclination was to do/say nothing. After all, in the past, the best events at CR have always been when Croik and I hold our cards close to our chest, wait till the time is right, and then hit you guys hard and fast with our surprises. That's what I loved the most about CR, and why I hated being away for all this time.

But, you guys have been royally patient with us, and it's only fair that I be forthright, if not punctual.

But, I had already made arrangements to talk with Croik this evening. How could I make a statement if the results could change in half a day? So I deferred this post until I could talk with Croik.


First, I showed her what I had been working on the previous weeks. I'm not going to say what it is, because, again, we love our surprises at CR. And, honestly, it may not be smart of me to be coming forward with what I have been working on the past few weeks, because, honestly, we might not end up using it in the end. But you guys do deserve to know that I've been proactive with something for CR, if not the server problem. Guess if nothing else, it shows I don't exactly have my priorities straight. I will say however, I haven't been this excited for something for CR since that major theme revision for the forums. I hope I can get it to work, but while it is promising, it has a lot of show stopping bugs in it. So don't get too worked up about this one. I will say however that the fellow from thesauce.net has a decent idea of what I'm up to.

After we did the project, we turned to the topic of CR's down state. We didn't get to chat on that as much as I might like, in the background at my place there were some squabbling with the in-laws, and I got put on photo-copy duty, and some goats escaped into the front yard.

But the end result was this. My first priority is to get the new server online. When that happens we can upload the backup of the forums, and hopefully end the downtime.

But. The admin panels are as greek as it was when we started, so I cannot give you a guesstimate when things will be back and running. But I will promise that with the nightmare behind me, I can focus on that.

---- End Copy ----

Okay, I've got the place 'working'. However, we're running at half steam, I don't know where the rest of the staff is sans Croik, and I expect more downtime in the future. But hopefully this is a sign of good things to come.

Author:  Bolt Storm [ Fri Jul 08, 2011 5:01 am ]
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Even though we're pretty far from 100%, I think some congrats are in order, Wooster. So... congrats! You saved (or are on the way to saving) C-R.

Author:  nudalman [ Fri Jul 08, 2011 5:06 am ]
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Thanks a ton Wooster! :D

Author:  Unicornfire [ Fri Jul 08, 2011 5:17 am ]
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Good job on getting back up the forums, Wooster. The light at the end of the tunnel is visible, now. ^^

Author:  filipinoamerican [ Fri Jul 08, 2011 5:23 am ]
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It feels so... weird to be seeing the blue background, the clipboard, etc.
It's good to be (sorta) back!

Author:  Mr. Bear Jew [ Fri Jul 08, 2011 5:33 am ]
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Wooster wrote:
Well, today is next week, and I had planned to show Croik what I was working on, when a few people contacted me asking for statements on what's up. My first inclination was to do/say nothing. After all, in the past, the best events at CR have always been when Croik and I hold our cards close to our chest, wait till the time is right, and then hit you guys hard and fast with our surprises.


That you got the main forums back online is surprise enough! I think this calls for a gigantic virtual group hug.

Author:  Shuda51 [ Fri Jul 08, 2011 5:51 am ]
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.....

Me Gusta. Me Gusta Mucho. :acro:

Author:  MrGiggles [ Fri Jul 08, 2011 5:54 am ]
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New smileys... New controls... New post count... Oh man. Congratulations, Wooster.

Author:  FenrirDarkWolf [ Fri Jul 08, 2011 5:55 am ]
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We're back! Barely, but we're getting there!

Author:  nudalman [ Fri Jul 08, 2011 5:57 am ]
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What happened to the Press Conference?

(Not complaining, just curious. :p)

Author:  TheBaronAndEma [ Fri Jul 08, 2011 6:16 am ]
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wooster

you are a legend

sankyuu soo mach

:phoenix:

it feels good to be back ^^

Author:  Noa [ Fri Jul 08, 2011 6:32 am ]
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Alright, this'll take some getting used to, with the blue background and all.

But YAY, the main forums are back! Congratulations, Wooster!

:edgy:

Author:  Chips [ Fri Jul 08, 2011 7:51 am ]
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I hope this thing'll be settled soon. Thank you for your hard work and dedication, Wooster (and everyone that helped)! :pearl:

I expect a rush of old members. :udgy:

Author:  Tap [ Fri Jul 08, 2011 8:27 am ]
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Congratulations, Wooster! :D
It's great to have the old forums back.

Author:  FVKWY [ Fri Jul 08, 2011 8:38 am ]
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Wow, this is my first time on this forum. Anyway, thanks for this, Wooster!

Author:  ToonBlade [ Fri Jul 08, 2011 8:47 am ]
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So these are the old forums everyone keeps talking about....... Looks great and all, but I`m still kinda worried about what will happen to the backup forums.

Author:  FVKWY [ Fri Jul 08, 2011 8:49 am ]
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ToonBlade wrote:
So these are the old forums everyone keeps talking about....... Looks great and all, but I`m still kinda worried about what will happen to the backup forums.

As am I.

Author:  Bad Player [ Fri Jul 08, 2011 9:07 am ]
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Feel gooooooooooooood to be home~

So happy it's back!


Wooster, I'm really sorry for your loss... Don't apologize. All this stuff with the forums wasn't yours or Croik's fault. It seems like you've gone through hell these past few months, and not only have you persevered, but you apparently kept us in mind even though you had all that stuff going on.

Thanks so much, Wooster ^_^


And, as gummy would say...

WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOP


P.S: I really missed the smilies :edgy:

Author:  Razor2010 [ Fri Jul 08, 2011 9:38 am ]
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FVKWY wrote:
ToonBlade wrote:
So these are the old forums everyone keeps talking about....... Looks great and all, but I`m still kinda worried about what will happen to the backup forums.

As am I.

Seconded. It might rust down again.

Author:  ShadowEdgeworth [ Fri Jul 08, 2011 9:40 am ]
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The True CR Lives!!! :D Really glad to see it back. :D

Thanks for everything, Wooster. :)

Author:  Manson [ Fri Jul 08, 2011 9:44 am ]
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It feels good to be back on these forums. Feel sorry for the people who grown used to the back-up forums though. Don't worry though, those forums will always be kept as a back up just in case of...well, this forum dying...again. It would be handy to keep the old forum right now for the RPers while the continue on with their threads and the such. Anyway, yay for the old forum returning :redd:

Author:  Neni [ Fri Jul 08, 2011 9:53 am ]
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It feels GOOD to be back!!

*hugs her fanwork threads*

:maya: :maya: :maya: :maya: :maya: :will: :will: :pearl-blush: :pearl-blush: :pearl-blush: :keiko: :keiko: :nick-heart: :nick-heart: :nick-heart: :nick-heart: :hobolaugh: :hobolaugh: :gant-clap2: :gant-clap2: :gant-clap2: :gant-clap2: :jazzedgy: :jazzedgy: :jazzedgy: :jazzedgy: :jazzron: :jazzron: :jazzron: :jazzsneeze: :jazzsneeze: :jazzsneeze: :mina: :mina: :mina: :sparkly-maggey: :sparkly-maggey: :Keko-hands: :Keko-hands: :Keko-hands: :Keko-hands: :ditz: :ditz: :ditz: :ditz: :scientific: :scientific: :scientific: :scientific: :sassy: :sassy: :sassy: :tennis: :tennis:

(I missed the smilies... :larry: )

Author:  jptorres26 [ Fri Jul 08, 2011 10:09 am ]
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Thanks a lot, Wooster. You saved CR, and once again, we are back on the road.

Author:  Razor2010 [ Fri Jul 08, 2011 10:12 am ]
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Oops, almost forgot.
*shines spotlight*
"Let it be known, that I, Razor 2010, now Razor2011 is now very happy to see. My old fanfics, and my best RP ever! Thank you to Wooster for this momentous return of the old forums"
*fireworks blaze up*
"I MISS THESE FORUMS!!!"
*spotlights fade out*
And that's it. Now, we're back on track :jake:

Author:  VelleVette [ Fri Jul 08, 2011 10:31 am ]
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Wow, this is going to take some getting used to! I tried on the old theme, but it's still kinda weird. ^^"

Great job getting this up again, Wooster! :will:

Author:  Johnny Rotan [ Fri Jul 08, 2011 10:43 am ]
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Image

Nice job Wooster!
Somebody said the templates wern't working. They are for me because i've got the GK one i was using when the forums shut down. For some reason it doesn't show me logged in though.

Author:  nudalman [ Fri Jul 08, 2011 10:49 am ]
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That would be because your online status is set to hidden. ^^'

Author:  Johnny Rotan [ Fri Jul 08, 2011 10:54 am ]
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I had to log in again, and I didn't set it to hidden this time. I'll log out again and see what happens.

EDIT: There we go.

Author:  Triplemathics [ Fri Jul 08, 2011 11:49 am ]
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Well, here we are. Main forums. I always wondered how it would be, but I'm sure things will work out okay, eventually.

Thank you so much for your hard work, Wooster. :rock'n:

Author:  Regy Rusty [ Fri Jul 08, 2011 11:54 am ]
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Wooster you're the best. :)

Wonder what my avatar was. I'm guessing John blasting off with a rocket pack.

Edit: HA I remembered. :yogi:

Author:  General Tommy [ Fri Jul 08, 2011 12:05 pm ]
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Glad to know that we're finally back. I'm glad to know that everything worked out. Thank you very much, Wooster.

(And now I'll probably all but vanish again.)

Author:  Ha¬≥ [ Fri Jul 08, 2011 12:12 pm ]
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Please, gentlemen, a round of applauses for Wooster!

*claps*

Author:  Cold52 [ Fri Jul 08, 2011 12:13 pm ]
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I almost had to do a double-take when i saw the site was back up...glad its back up...gonna take a bit to transition though.

a big thanks to you wooster and glad to hear much of the bad is past :godot:

Author:  mai [ Fri Jul 08, 2011 12:21 pm ]
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Thank you, Wooster!
Ah, I've missed the old forums. It'll take some time until things are settled and we leave the back-up forums, but this is definitely a very good start.

Author:  dullahan1 [ Fri Jul 08, 2011 12:53 pm ]
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Got to say Woost, you are one dedicated dude to come back to this after everything you went through. You got my respect.

Author:  nekonohime [ Fri Jul 08, 2011 1:44 pm ]
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IT'S A MIRACLE! YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!

Ahem. Congrats Wooster for putting up the forums again.

Author:  Nyuugen [ Fri Jul 08, 2011 1:48 pm ]
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Whoooo! Forums are here!

Author:  shadowofedgeworth [ Fri Jul 08, 2011 2:33 pm ]
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YEEEEAAAAAHHH!!! :gant-jazz:

Thanks a ton, Wooster, it's great to be back!

Author:  Regiwi [ Fri Jul 08, 2011 2:51 pm ]
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Well, I've only ever been on the Backup forums, but this looks great, and I'm glad to see things picking up. Well done Wooster! :redd:

Author:  Reverie [ Fri Jul 08, 2011 3:59 pm ]
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Ah, it feels great to be back home! Thanks Wooster!

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