Me too Pete
I work in IT and if updates are required, to reduce user impact, they are scheduled outside of typical system usage or at least some sort of pre-warning.Hello all,
Unfortunately, the weekly updates have to run during EST as we need to have staff online to address and issues that could arise.
Note this last week's update took a bit longer than the normal 5-10 minutes due to a performance database upgrade.
So we have thought about and did bring this up for discussion before but it made more sense to run it when we have people available during the day to monitor updates and make sure we can run fixes or backtrack in case there were errors. And we have a lot of communities around the web and around the world so there's never really the 'best' time of the day.I work in IT and if updates are required, to reduce user impact, they are scheduled outside of typical system usage or at least some sort of pre-warning.
Have you ever looked at the times users are logged on and planned updates to avoid peaks?
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Yes. One guy (his name escapes me right now ) created the forum and ran it then out of the blue he sold it to Verticalscope without discussing it with anyone. Had he done that I would have offered to run it.Spoken like a true multinational.
In fairness, this should have been expected when Vertical scope took over. You look at thier website and the number of forums they have acquired is in the hundreds.
Just out of interest, what's the general history of jaginfo previous to them owning it. Was it set up in the UK by a single person?
If that is how it has to be then OK, but a little notice and a post saying something like "Starting in 15 minutes" then "Finished" would be helpful.So we have thought about and did bring this up for discussion before but it made more sense to run it when we have people available during the day to monitor updates and make sure we can run fixes or backtrack in case there were errors. And we have a lot of communities around the web and around the world so there's never really the 'best' time of the day.
I hope this brings you more insight on our reasons.
I used to be a part of a gaming forum, I volunteered as a moderator (this was when I was 12-13). It was a great forum but every other month or so we would need to figure out how to come up with the money to pay for all the ever growing content on the forum. Server costs were not cheap and to a 12 year old, asking for donations from the community to make 500 by the end of the month, was hard work. This was before ad space was really a thing, so we had these shady Google-like ads that help generate money but even then it wasn't enough as the cost of the server went up all the time. Eventually the owners grew up and had either different hobbies or life just became too busy to keep things going. So they notified the community that they were gonna shut it down. It suckedIf we have the know-how and experience here, why aren't we doing this on our own?
I suspect had they had the opportunity, that would have been done.
Looking at thier portfolio, I'd be surprised if "vertical scope" would want to part with the forum now.
And in terms of starting a new forum, that can be done but it's pretty much got to be from scratch as all posts, photos, threads etc are effectively owned by them once it's been submitted. It's not just a case of copying and pasting everything onto a new platform.
With all the years of knowledge on here now, it would be extremely difficult, if not impossible to start it all again from scratch.
It is however, an extremely disappointing situation to be in, if members are actively seeking those avenues and the owners should be taking things much more seriously than they seem to be.