Kinky Gerlinky

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Forums back online

OK. I've bought some space with another web host, moved everything over, upgraded to the latest version of the forum software and re-pointed the domain to the new site. Hopefully everything is now back up and running for you all and you can kick the tires and have a play.

Please be aware that there are some issues with the new site:
  • YouTube links from before the migration are not embedded correctly. This means that the video does not play within the post itself and you'll just see the link. I'm working through these manually (to fix, you just edit the post, then save it without making any changes!), but there are so many of them! If you've posted any YouTube links before, it would be wonderful if you could help me by going through your posts and doing the same. I'll get there in the end, it just may take a few days.

  • Some people's avatar graphics (profile pictures) are stretched. This is due to the upgrade setting everyone's pre-existing avatar size to 100x100 pixels. Ostensibly this is to prevent people linking to massive graphics and mucking up the forum look, but it wasn't necessary for us, and I'm having to - once again - manually go through editing people's profiles when I spot one. To do this yourself, go to the User Control Panel (top-left), click the Profile Tab, then Edit Avatar; then enter the actual size of your avatar image in the boxes provided.

  • The Thanks feature is not present. The mod was only compatible with older versions of the forum software. I still have the data in a backup of the database, and I'll actively investigate whether a compatible alternative exists for the new version. Until then, I'm sorry that this has gone, but it was necessary to perform the migration.

I hope that if you encounter any more issues, you'll raise them with me and also be patient as we all test out the new features and get used to the changes. I also hope that the move to a different hosting company will see the end of the problems that have plagued the forums for the last few weeks and months.

Can I also take this opportunity to thank all the forum contributors for their fantastic posts and to all those who wrote and offered help or words of support. It's been a very trying time, and I would have probably jacked it all in if it weren't for you lot.


Saturday, June 19, 2010

Forums Down...again

The company which hosts my forums is having yet more difficulties keeping the site up for more than five minutes at a time. I'd like to apologise for the interruption, especially as I imagine many of you are looking for an alternative to the endless World Cup coverage on your tellyboxes. I've raised yet another support ticket, had a response (although I imagine 'a technician is investigating' could mean anything - is he/she actually qualified, or just pressing random buttons hoping for the best?), and I'm actively investigating ponying up for another host ahead of my subscription renewal date. No, I don't want to be paying out twice just because my original choice went from great and uber-reliable to near-useless in a matter of days, but I really don't want any more downtime.

Anyway, stay tuned. I'll tweet any progress. You are following me right?


Thursday, June 17, 2010

Kinky tweets

As you've probably gathered from the lack of updates recently, the blog has been on the back burner while I sort some things out and try to get back into a situation where I actually have some free time. In the interim, I thought I'd give twitter a go. It should allow me to respond more quickly to news and update you on forum and blog stuff, too. Don't worry, the forums and blog aren't going anywhere!

I'm @therealkinkyg by the way. (Some ne'er-do-wells had already nicked KG, kinkyg and kinkygerlinky. Tch.)

Anyone got any recommendations of decent twitterers to follow?