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  • Manny Goldstein (1777 posts)
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    About those server upgrades…

    I just wanted to say a few words about what’s been going on with the “hamster-stuff” lately. e.g., JPR’s servers.

    Basically, we have two problems.

    1. We are using WordPress for our site. WordPress is great for building blog sites, and even small forum sites, but we’re up to almost a half-million OPs and responses and WordPress isn’t built for this level of usage. Fundamentally, WordPress is designed to be very flexible – there are hundreds (maybe thousands) of plugins available for it. HOWEVER, it’s flexible at the expense of being efficient, particularly when it comes to accessing the database. And as time goes on, we have more data, and the situation only becomes more challenging.
    2. We’re incredibly grateful to the folks that donate to help JPR stay afloat, but we don’t have any of that sweet Clinton cash that certain other sites have. Our funds are pretty limited.

    So, like the rest of the 99%, we’re working to make due with what we got. In particular, we’ve been looking for ways to speed things up without increasing our server hardware budget.

    Over the last week, by being a little clever, we were actually able to speed things up a good bit and reduce the amount of server hardware we need to rent (which technically makes it a downgrade?). WIN! But we still have work to do on speed/server cost, and other site issues. Some good news here is that we have a couple of members who are experienced computer people and who’ve volunteered to help out! Hopefully that will get going soon (I’m the one holding them up, more-or-less: bad, Manny, bad!

    At some point, since there are no other off-the-shelf forum packages that do what we want (e.g., almost none have indented replies) we may need to move from WordPress to a custom platform; but that won’t be in the near future.

    Thank you all for your patience, and for your kind donations.

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  • Ohio Barbarian (1845 posts)
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    1. Thanks for the update.

    "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities."--Voltaire  
  • Ferd Berfel (3277 posts)
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    2. thanks for the effort

    Hard work, and sweat !

    …and you think you’re going to stop this simply by ‘pulling a lever’, in a booth, behind a curtain, every 2 years? Know yourself. And if you need help, call the FBI.
  • SandersDem (493 posts)
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    3. Oh Hell Manny!

    There simply must be a Third Way?

    (I couldn’t resist!)

  • NJCher (1580 posts)
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    4. really appreciate that you keep us updated

    communication is so important.

    cher

  • VoiceOfReason (989 posts)
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    5. just donated

    cause you’re nice.

    "Men who do evil brilliantly are often admired"  Voltaire BERN BABY BERN!!  War is madness!
    • Manny Goldstein (1777 posts)
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      6. Thanks! nt

      • VoiceOfReason (989 posts)
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        7. you're welcome.

        btw, could it be gerbils and not hamsters causing the problems?

        "Men who do evil brilliantly are often admired"  Voltaire BERN BABY BERN!!  War is madness!
        • Manny Goldstein (1777 posts)
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          8. Hmm… I'd better check that out. nt

        • Manny Goldstein (1777 posts)
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          9. Hmm… I'd better check that out. nt

  • hopemountain (1380 posts)
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    10. would increasing our monthly

    donation by a couple of bucks (what i can afford) be of any help toward the upgrade? how much are we talking?

    "economic and environmental justice is spiritual work." ~ tom b. k. goldtooth ....
    • Manny Goldstein (1777 posts)
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      11. The big upgrade will be big bucks

      So a little will only help a little. But please… if times are tight, think of yourself, first.

      • hopemountain (1380 posts)
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        12. thank you!

        "economic and environmental justice is spiritual work." ~ tom b. k. goldtooth ....
      • glinda (1620 posts)
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        14. When do you see the big upgrade coming? Just a guess….. And by big bucks how

        much does one need for such a task? Just curious.

        Animals know more than we do. - Native American proverb
        • Deadpool (7142 posts)
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          15. …

             
          • glinda (1620 posts)
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            16. HAHAhaaaaaaaaa!

            Animals know more than we do. - Native American proverb
          • VoiceOfReason (989 posts)
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            17. My check is in the mail

            Maybe I should have waited for April 1st to post this.

            der

            "Men who do evil brilliantly are often admired"  Voltaire BERN BABY BERN!!  War is madness!
            • glinda (1620 posts)
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              19. I too was scraping the bottom of my purse to count my money.

              Animals know more than we do. - Native American proverb
        • Manny Goldstein (1777 posts)
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          18. We have some intermediate changes about to happen

          Hopefully those will speed things up, and there’s a chance that they’ll last maybe a year or two. Or not.

          Redoing the site from scratch will cost some numbers of thousands of dollars depending on features, whether we get volunteers to do some coding, etc.

          • glinda (1620 posts)
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            20. Thanks Manny. Good to know really to prepare and think about.

            Animals know more than we do. - Native American proverb
          • VoiceOfReason (989 posts)
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            21. you can do it, manny

            "Men who do evil brilliantly are often admired"  Voltaire BERN BABY BERN!!  War is madness!
  • HIP56948 (1791 posts)
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    13. Pirate Bay is your friend.

    I’m kidding, I’m kidding…