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Re: ATTN: The Forum has been RESTORED! Report any problems or issues here.

Post by Winston » October 14th, 2019, 2:20 am

Yohan wrote:
October 13th, 2019, 7:30 pm
Winston wrote:
October 10th, 2019, 7:58 pm
Yohan wrote:
October 10th, 2019, 4:59 pm
Happy to see that the forum is restored, and it seems to work OK again.

However I cannot open this microsoft word file, it seems to be empty... no files inside - only one line with garbled characters.
Did you try sliding the scroll bar to the right? Theres garbage text on the left but if u scroll right you will see the posts. Did you open it in Microsoft Word? If you open it in notepad then select wordwrap.
I tried various programs, and later on changed the *.doc to *.txt and finally got the posts but all is just mixed up, to separate it is very time consuming, anyway, I was only interested to try, I do not really need those posts.

Has anybody successfully open this Doc-File? Which operating system and which program did you use?
I told you to use Microsoft Word. Did you? If you do you can scroll to the right and see the posts organizes in blocks.

Yes the posts will look messy and weird. But still they are searchable. You can use the search function to find your posts by keywording your username or some key words in your posts. Its very easy. Plus there werent that many posts anyway so the file is not even very big to search through.

I also have the same file in XML and SQL format too. If you prefer that, i can upload those too.
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Post by Winston » October 14th, 2019, 2:24 am

Shemp wrote:
October 13th, 2019, 12:49 pm
I'm not going to pester you about this, but experienced computer/datanase systems administrators know that it doesn't matter what other people say about backup/recovery, you have to test everything yourself. That test database idea sounds okay, but make sure you actually do it.
Trust me on this. If everyone says a program works then theres no reason to doubt it. Yes ive done backup restores before. As long as you do them in SSH they will be done properly. Even if a backup wont restore or is corrupted, bluehost has advanced tools that will make a backup restore work, even if it means losing a little data. Either way, all bases are covered here. So dont worry about it man.
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Post by Winston » October 19th, 2019, 7:56 am

Update:

I've changed the backup settings to every two days now, so we have backups from at least 2, 4 and 6 days ago at any given time.

Does the forum appear to work fine so far everyone? Are all functions of the forum working ok?

Also, I noticed that there are only about 25,000 topic threads here. There should be over 30,000 if I remember a few years ago. Or close to 40,000 now. That could mean that some topics were lost or deleted or not recovered somehow. Do you guys notice some topics missing?
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Post by xiongmao » October 26th, 2019, 2:19 pm

I tried Cloudflare (free version) but it wasn't very good at stopping bots.

I just watched that documentary about Reptilians so I'm pretty sure they'll exert pressure on hosting providers making it increasingly difficult to host HA.
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Re: ATTN: The Forum has been RESTORED! Report any problems or issues here.

Post by Yohan » October 28th, 2019, 11:14 am

Winston wrote:
October 19th, 2019, 7:56 am
Does the forum appear to work fine so far everyone? Are all functions of the forum working ok?

Also, I noticed that there are only about 25,000 topic threads here. There should be over 30,000 if I remember a few years ago. Or close to 40,000 now. That could mean that some topics were lost or deleted or not recovered somehow. Do you guys notice some topics missing?
Thanks for restoring the forum !

As fas as I can see, the forum works fine, except the 'latest 100 topics'.
When I click on the 'latest 100 topics', they show up for a second and then there is only a blank page.

Otherwise however it seems nothing is missing, all my comments since 2014 are showing up in existing threads...

Maybe these many missing threads you mention are deleted threads? Maybe threads created by spammers?

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