March 8 Update:
The Forum is now OPEN!
Click on the link at the top of the Byrneholics homepage to get to the Forum. Other links or bookmarks will not work–or they will take you to an old version of the Forum that does not work!
There are still some known problems, but the New Forum is working in general. Go ahead and try to login and post as usual.
You can contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have problems.
The spam issue has been dealt with, we think, and the Forum should be safe now.
We know that there are issues with some of the oldest postings and also with images.
However, most of the postings are there and your accounts are there and so we decided to go live and see what happens.
Thanks to Craig, the new forum expert, who has been working on this problem for the past few days. He has done a great job!
And thanks to you for your patience over the past weeks as we worked to make the Forum stable and safe.
March 7 Update:
Over this past weekend, I hired an expert to work on the Forum problem. He tells me today that he thinks he can have the New Forum up again and working properly in two more days.
If that does not happen, I will open up a temporary forum and link to it from the main Byrneholics site.
But if it DOES happen, then the great old forum will be up again and we can get back to business!
I will not bore you with all of the details of the past 5 weeks, but I will say this problem is a big one, involving multiple databases and lots of scripting and other stuff.
I think and I hope we are on the way to recovery now. Thanks for your continued patience!
March 2 Update:
The Forum will be down until further notice.
The Forum was spammed again once we made it live yesterday. It is not pretty.
Reinforcements are being brought in–an expert in this sort of problem.
No timeline yet for you, but hopefully this will not take too long.
Until then, the Forum is closed.
Thanks for your continued patience and support during this Forum drama we are having!
March 1 Update:
The Forum is BACK!!
NOTE: You must click on the Forum link on the homepage in order to get to it.
If you have trouble logging in, please email me at email@example.com and I will pass on your login information to the web developer so she can investigate.
It is possible that some of you must re-register. This is a pain, but it might happen.
We are missing some smileys and some photos we shared are not linked yet, but these problems will be fixed soon.
Thanks to Leah Root, our web developer, for all of her hard work over these past weeks! She has made the Forum safer and she also cleaned up a lot of old stuff that needed to be discarded. She did a GREAT job!!!
And thanks to YOU for your patience.
Now go to the Vikings thread and start talking!!!
February 26 Update:
Almost done! I talked to the web developer today and she is finishing up the creation of the NEW FORUM!
This was a complicated project, involving linking to your forum accounts, linking to all of the pictures we have shared in the threads, pointing to the smileys directory, getting all of the function buttons to work, and myriad other details.
BUT it looks like she has done it!
A few more details need to be ironed out and then the NEW FORUM will go live.
Stay tuned for that wonderful announcement. And thanks for your continued and much appreciated patience!
February 18 Update:
Progress is being made. If you do not have access to the Forum at this time, please DO NOT RE-REGISTER.
The web developer is making an entirely new Forum and is trying to bring all of the existing information into it.
This is time-consuming and very detailed work involving several different databases and lots of scripting.
I am sorry this is taking so long but the New Forum will be much more secure and stable when the job is done!
Thanks again for your patience and as soon as the New Forum is ready, I will alert you!!
February 13 Update:
The web developer has been working on the Forum problem.
She has discovered some interesting challenges–the Forum is almost 5 years old now and there is legacy information going back to the beginning which complicates matters a bit.
And there is no guarantee that, by creating a new forum, she can import all of the old forum boards and posts.
So, she is going to update the existing forum to the latest version of the software and see if that does the trick!
A report on progress will be posted here as soon as possible.
Your continued patience is appreciated!
February 7 Update:
The web designer has to be away this weekend. She will do as much as she can before she leaves and then continue on her return. So, the Forum will not be completely fixed until probably after this weekend sometime.
Thanks for your patience!
Heads Up, Everyone!
For some time Ara, who is our Forum Moderator, and I have been dealing with spam accounts that are clogging up the Forum.
I have enlisted my web developer to investigate this ongoing problem.
After looking into the problem, she recommends creating a new version of the forum, bringing as much of the existing content into it as she can, and starting over.
This seems like good advice to me. Forums like ours occasionally experience this kind of activity and starting over fresh with a new forum is a common practice.
How will this affect you? At some point, you will access the Forum and you may be asked to reset your password.
Worst case scenario: you will be asked to re-register.
If all goes well, all of the threads, postings, images, and other data will be maintained and brought over to the new forum.
Thanks for your patience during this process! I will keep you advised here at the main site as things progress.