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Recent Forum Outage - 8/4/2014 3:44:28 PM   
James Dyer


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Dear Forumites,

I'd like to apologise for the recent disruption to our service. No one likes it when they close your local for renovations and it was with profound regret that we had to close the forum doors over the past few weeks.

Now, an explanation. Our long-standing members will know that this forum has been around for quite some time and the technology underpinning it is far from cutting edge. As a result it has certain vulnerabilities that can be exploited by the less savoury elements on the Internet. Long story short: someone with a lot of time on their hands and little regard for well-reasoned movie discussion hacked into the forum and had the hacking equivalent of a house party. Ornaments were broken, carpets were stained and the fridge door was left open all night.

As a result we've had to do two things. First, we needed to repair the damage and recover the posts that were lost. Second, we had to make significant changes to the forum code to ensure that the same exploits couldn't be used to let this party crasher stage another all-nighter in our front room.

Both operations have been a success but all such things come with a cost. In battening down the hatches, we've had to remove elements of the forum's functionality image uploads being the primary one so you'll find a few things don't work exactly as they should do and when it comes to Avatars and the Movie Poster Mash-Ups, you'll need to use Flickr or similar external hosting solution to post your entries from now on.

Of course, with a forum this old, removing bits may have knock-on effects (it's like a giant .ASP Jenga tower) so if you do encounter a glitch in The Matrix then by all means drop me a line and I'll get someone to bash it back into shape.

In the meantime, though, welcome back to the Empire Forums may they never close their doors again!

James


< Message edited by James Dyer -- 8/4/2014 3:45:19 PM >


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RE: Recent Forum Outage - 8/4/2014 3:58:57 PM   
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I initially read that as Recent Forum 'Outrage'.

I wonder who the culprit was...

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RE: Recent Forum Outage - 8/4/2014 4:22:04 PM   
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RE: Recent Forum Outage - 8/4/2014 4:38:02 PM   
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Wooohoooo!!!

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RE: Recent Forum Outage - 8/4/2014 5:11:25 PM   
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Good to have you back!

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RE: Recent Forum Outage - 8/4/2014 6:06:15 PM   
evil bill


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Let's hope this is the last time this happens, and the pain in the butt is removed, maybe we need a doorman like Stalone, anyway good to be back.

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RE: Recent Forum Outage - 8/4/2014 7:58:29 PM   
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Well since Hollywood is doing nothing but rebooting itself over and over, i guess its about time the forum did it too!

Anyway, glad to be back!

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RE: Recent Forum Outage - 8/4/2014 8:40:14 PM   
elab49


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quote:

ORIGINAL: James Dyer
we've had to remove elements of the forum's functionality image uploads being the primary one so you'll find a few things don't work exactly as they should do and when it comes to Avatars and the Movie Poster Mash-Ups, you'll need to use Flickr or similar external hosting solution to post your entries from now on.



It does worry me a bit that the IT bods still think the forum can do this - that's never worked.

So, our of interest, can anyone who's av went 'boom' before this outage have a go and see if the av link has been fixed and they can now link to a new one?


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RE: Recent Forum Outage - 8/4/2014 8:48:07 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Cool Breeze

Well since Hollywood is doing nothing but rebooting itself over and over, i guess its about time the forum did it too!

Anyway, glad to be back!


Yeah, I hate reboots too like Man of Steel and these new Star Trek films.

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RE: Recent Forum Outage - 8/4/2014 9:56:44 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: paul_ie86


quote:

ORIGINAL: Cool Breeze

Well since Hollywood is doing nothing but rebooting itself over and over, i guess its about time the forum did it too!

Anyway, glad to be back!


Yeah, I hate reboots too like Man of Steel and these new Star Trek films.


We reboot the forum as we mean to go on

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RE: Recent Forum Outage - 8/4/2014 10:05:14 PM   
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Good to have the Forum back. Any chance of having a public evisceration of the guilty party?

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RE: Recent Forum Outage - 8/4/2014 10:26:31 PM   
rich


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I live.... again....!

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RE: Recent Forum Outage - 9/4/2014 11:21:46 AM   
ash333

 

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Great you're back.. So I'm embarrassed to ask but how do I use Flickr to upload Mash-up entries. I joined Flickr. How do I find Empire on it?

Thanks

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RE: Recent Forum Outage - 9/4/2014 11:47:15 AM   
mateyboy_again

 

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Easy peasy (using firefox)


Flickr > upload

Go to YOU > photostream

click your picture > click 3 hollow dots on right > list of options (select Download/all sizes)

Pop up appears - download photo > select view all sizes (next to blue download button)

Have photo/all sizes

Right click image - view image - displays the image in browser > copy the url address


Back on empire forum

use the following
[ image ] url.jpg [/ image]


Hope this makes sense


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RE: Recent Forum Outage - 9/4/2014 11:59:36 AM   
Larry of Arabia

 

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quote:

ORIGINAL: elab49


quote:

ORIGINAL: James Dyer
we've had to remove elements of the forum's functionality image uploads being the primary one so you'll find a few things don't work exactly as they should do and when it comes to Avatars and the Movie Poster Mash-Ups, you'll need to use Flickr or similar external hosting solution to post your entries from now on.



It does worry me a bit that the IT bods still think the forum can do this - that's never worked.

So, our of interest, can anyone who's av went 'boom' before this outage have a go and see if the av link has been fixed and they can now link to a new one?



The section in the Edit My Details bit for uploading an avatar seems to have disappeared completely for me.

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RE: Recent Forum Outage - 9/4/2014 12:02:54 PM   
elab49


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Quick query

- can everyone access their Inbox, either via the My Empire Link at the top of the page or the Inbox option in the menu across the top of the forum?

- is anyone able to access a screen that allows them to upload an av? (Larry, I think it might now work in Admin Panel but I'm not sure - could you post a URL here and I'll try to add it to your account to check? There were different issues with different users with avs previously)

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RE: Recent Forum Outage - 9/4/2014 12:29:40 PM   
ash333

 

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Yes! nice one.. Thanks a lot

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RE: Recent Forum Outage - 9/4/2014 12:32:02 PM   
Larry of Arabia

 

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http://i.imgur.com/c47s8zS.gif (I can dig out a jpeg av if Empire doesn't like gifs)

I can't access my inbox from either route, I get an internal server error message.

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RE: Recent Forum Outage - 9/4/2014 12:35:21 PM   
elab49


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It's apparently saving and I can see it on your main My Empire page but nothing in posts.

Maybe try a .jpeg?

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ORIGINAL: Deviation] LIKE AMERICA'S SWEETHEARTS TOO. IT MADE ME LAUGH A LOT AND THOUGHT IT WAS WITTY. ALSO I FEEL SLOWLY DYING INSIDE. I KEEP AGREEING WITH ELAB.


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RE: Recent Forum Outage - 9/4/2014 12:42:51 PM   
Larry of Arabia

 

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http://i.imgur.com/0P4Vss2.jpg

We'll see if this one show up.

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RE: Recent Forum Outage - 9/4/2014 1:03:01 PM   
elab49


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Nope - AV changes still aren't working in the forum for some it seems. My change seems to have worked, which is baffling.

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ORIGINAL: Deviation] LIKE AMERICA'S SWEETHEARTS TOO. IT MADE ME LAUGH A LOT AND THOUGHT IT WAS WITTY. ALSO I FEEL SLOWLY DYING INSIDE. I KEEP AGREEING WITH ELAB.


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RE: Recent Forum Outage - 10/4/2014 7:53:29 PM   
Hood_Man


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I can't get to the screen to change my avatar either.

Oh well.

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RE: Recent Forum Outage - 10/4/2014 10:21:28 PM   
Chris Boomen

 

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Timing couldn't have been better for a crash and recovery. I had exams for the past weeks. (Y)

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RE: Recent Forum Outage - 11/4/2014 4:18:14 PM   
Your Funny Uncle


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quote:

ORIGINAL: elab49

Nope - AV changes still aren't working in the forum for some it seems. My change seems to have worked, which is baffling.


Yup. My change has worked. Tried to do another forumites, no luck.

PM's also not working for me.

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RE: Recent Forum Outage - 11/4/2014 7:19:57 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: DancingClown

I initially read that as Recent Forum 'Outrage'.

I wonder who the culprit was...


I think I know who it could be.

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RE: Recent Forum Outage - 13/4/2014 3:35:50 PM   
fuzzy


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My signature is now about 6 months old, as I haven't been able to change it. Since the reboot, it won't even give me the option to change it - can I just get rid of the damn thing?

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RE: Recent Forum Outage - 13/4/2014 6:13:21 PM   
elab49


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I can remove it I think (hope!) - or amend it if you'd like? You'd have to post it here though - PMs aren't working.

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ORIGINAL: Deviation] LIKE AMERICA'S SWEETHEARTS TOO. IT MADE ME LAUGH A LOT AND THOUGHT IT WAS WITTY. ALSO I FEEL SLOWLY DYING INSIDE. I KEEP AGREEING WITH ELAB.


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RE: Recent Forum Outage - 13/4/2014 7:55:46 PM   
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Is anyone else having trouble replying to posts? For me the "reply" button just goes to a "500 Internal Server Error" message. The "Fast Reply" option at top of the thread page seems to work though (since I've managed to post this)

< Message edited by Scruffybobby -- 13/4/2014 7:56:21 PM >


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RE: Recent Forum Outage - 13/4/2014 8:27:32 PM   
elab49


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All sub-forums or just some? First notification of it, but not that many posters are back yet - you could flag it up to James Dyer direct?

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ORIGINAL: Deviation] LIKE AMERICA'S SWEETHEARTS TOO. IT MADE ME LAUGH A LOT AND THOUGHT IT WAS WITTY. ALSO I FEEL SLOWLY DYING INSIDE. I KEEP AGREEING WITH ELAB.


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RE: Recent Forum Outage - 13/4/2014 8:40:55 PM   
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Also, does it display that error in the popup window?

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