*** 15 Nov Update – Forum has been fixed and restored! ***
The site is currently experiencing a problem with the Forum database and members are now categorized as “guests” and unable to post.
I am aware of this and am trying to fix it as soon as possible.
I am not sure what happened, and I apologize for this breakdown. Please stay tuned for updates.
Thank you to all who wrote in to alert me to this issue.
One option is to restore a previous back up, but that means losing all posts after the last backup date, which is 09 September 2014. I regret not having a more recent backup. There was a problem with the server at the time and I had stopped the automated server backups and then forgot to restart it again!
September 6, 2014
I have managed to hire a programmer to fix the forum and database as its beyond my limited non-technical abilities.
I’m not sure what happened previously and how exactly he fixed it, but it looks like the forum is back on its feet with apparently no loss of data and posts.
My biggest concern was restoring members status to that of “Member” as somehow, the database corruption changed each member to “Guest”.
I am sure if there are remaining issues, they will crop up in the days and weeks ahead, so I am watching out for them.
If you do spot any, please report them in this thread and I will get them fixed as soon as possible.
I apologise for the breakdown and any distress or inconvenience caused to our members, and thank you all for your patience!
September 6, 2014
Have you ever considered instead of using this Wordpress type of forum to ever switch over to say, a vBulletin 4.0.0 type of software? vBulletin, a StopForumSpam or a zBlocker plug-in to keep spam at bay, some type of custom challenge question to new accounts as every single captcha on the market has been compromised a dozen times over by XRumer bot software and you’d be nearly golden. I administer a vBulletin 3.8.0 forum of nearly 60k members and other than some trouble when switching to a new dedicated server a couple of years ago, its been largely trouble free.
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