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By Peter Poelman, Retired Administrator on 29th October 2004, 02:51 PM
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It is a sad day for this community.

In a series of mishaps and mistakes, best characterized as the sysadmin equivalent of a perfect storm, we lost more than 3 weeks of our database.

It all started when we decided to move posts to a whole new system of forums. In that process we screwed up. But we had made a backup just before, so we decided to go back to that, dropping the screwed-up database. Then it turned out that the most recent backup we made was truncated bacause of a memory limit, so it was unuseable.

This dropped us back to an older backup, which in this case was Over three weeks old!!!


This means that we lost:
  • All forum postings since October 4th
  • All new member registrations since October 4th
  • Records of donations since October 4th (this is recoverable...)
  • All News items (recoverable too)


If you have any important postings still on disk, in browser cache, or anywhere else, we'd like you to repost them.


Re-working the forum structure will still hapen, sometime later today, and without any further dramatic losses.

I apologize for this event, and we'll work even harder to make sure something like this will never happen again.
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29th October 2004, 02:54 PM |#2  
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index.php was renamed to index-f***.php ?
thus when i go to forum.xda-developers.com i see a directory structure ?
29th October 2004, 02:57 PM |#3  
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Unlucky for some
29th October 2004, 02:58 PM |#4  
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ahhh **** if lost all my previous post thing on the left hand side tooo
29th October 2004, 03:01 PM |#5  
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am i the only one who in the process lost all memory of what happend since oct 4 ? :P
29th October 2004, 03:02 PM |#6  
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That are really bad news.

I realized, that also the PM-Part have been gone. :(

This was really a great bull****.
Also not nice to here, that you have so much work....
I think there are some more important things to do....

If I or anyone else could help you, just inform us....


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29th October 2004, 03:03 PM |#7  
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am i the only one who in the process lost all memory of what happend since oct 4 ? :P

If that's true, than i still have a girlfriend.... ;)
What a wonderful day....
29th October 2004, 03:04 PM |#8  
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If I or anyone else could help you, just inform us....

That's sweet of you. Right now if all of us just keep posting good stuff and being positive then like any strong community, we'll use this setback to become stronger and better than ever before.

Hard work ahead, expect more (and this time positive) changes.
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Maybe the forgot to swap the spectrums tape over
29th October 2004, 03:07 PM |#10  
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Originally Posted by Peter Poelman


That's sweet of you. Right now if all of us just keep posting good stuff and being positive then like any strong community, we'll use this setback to become stronger and better than ever before.

Hard work ahead, expect more (and this time positive) changes.

Time to start a new slate
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By chance, ...
...yesterday night I launched a full synchronization of the home page, with a 3-level links deep detail, to check the forum during a flight this morning.
Would that help? :roll:

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