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I am working on the email issue, which unfortunately requires playing with the server config in a way that's going to cause intermittent issues.

Options are:

1) Take the site down with a maintenance message.
2) Leave it up, but you may experience some intermittent error messages.

So far, I've decided to do (2). If you see an error, just refresh the page, and hopefully it'll be gone.

My sincere apologies.
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Option 2 sounds fine to me Yuriy.:)

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It is possible that emailing is now (hopefully [maybe{🤞}]) working.
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Sent you one. Received my copy.
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I'm off to sleep :lol:
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Your reply went to my junk mail. :lol:
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Superb job once again Yuriy, wrestling with a very complex issue much of the day.

Hope the 'Usual Suspects' now remember those Pizzas and beers folks - CROWD FUNDING to keep this board sailing along SO smoothly! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Global Administrator wrote: 21 Oct 2021 00:26 .
I was just looking at the Admin log of downtime and outages for stampboards for the past year or so, since our super MAJOR upgrade in mid 2020. We moved from the flaky and buggy and erratic servers in Oklahoma, and I see we have since had almost ZERO downtime or outages, due to our new robust and large private servers in the USA, with relay back-ups, and load sharing on both coasts there.

We have logged just a few minutes downtime in TOTAL since then. An incredible achievement, given the large user and visitor traffic we have here, and the vast data storage and back-up now of 10 million messages.

Facebook and YouTube has literally been out of action way more than we have in that time! My BANK website here is down regularly. As are most Stamp Auction sites. stampboards is as solid as a rock.

Yuriy in New York as always keeps it all ticking along very smoothly in the background, and is just about to update us to the very latest phpBB software, with even more features. He sourced the hosting company after days of research, and chose SUPERBLY, I am sure all will agree. :!:

AND we have expanded our storage to an ever larger server system, seeing we now have about TWO MILLION images self-hosted on our own SUPER SECURE servers now - we are truly the Wikipedia of stamp collecting. 8-)

We are the WORLD'S number one Stamp Bulletin Board because of our millions of google indexed images, and the vast depth of TEN MILLION posts, and that costs money to do, and to back-up robustly and securely forever.

Yuriy is not even a stamp collector - he just likes us as a quirky fun project for him, and has helped out for well over a decade or more here, so I'd again encourage ALL members to do your bit, and fund a pizza and some beers etc via PayPal in ANY currency to - yuriy [at] rusko.org (Think of it as your oblique Stampboards Membership Fee, or Crowd Funding!)

Just a few 100 generous Community minded members sending only a modest $10 or $20 pays for a lot of his time, and shows he is appreciated by those here who benefit from HIS super back-room skills. Please do it NOW. CROWD FUNDING at its finest. A new issue stamp set at the PO costs you that! :)

Think of just how many valuable things you have learned, shared, swapped etc, and the many new friends made here. All of them worth $US20 or so a year, I am certain. :!: :!:

All the US dedicated server hosting is at my cost, and always will be, and that runs to many $US1,000s a year, but please do show your small personal appreciation for the tech whizz who keeps that all ticking along with no glitches in the background all year. He has quietly in the background saved us from disaster MANY times over our long history, trust me. Spam attacks, DDOS attacks, hacking attempts etc, all foiled etc as he knows what he is doing. :!:

Yuriy is one of the head coding and design developers globally of this phpBB board skeleton, used by millions of Bulletin Boards worldwide, most far smaller than this of course, and has customised the back-end of this version entirely for our needs - larger easy to read fonts given our age demographic, added many different navigation buttons, very special attention to the easy adding of LARGE images, and many other features not immediately obvious to the casual user.

I have never sent a text message in my life - true, and have never used Facebook or Twitter or Instagram, or had a Zoom meeting etc, so if you relied on my ''tech skills'', there would be a totally blank screen facing you right now! :mrgreen:

There Are NO Free Lunches In Life - so, please PayPal Yuriy a Pizza and some beers! yuriy [at] rusko.org .... PEOPLE POWER. 8-)

Add a note here you have done that if you wish - but even if it stays private please do assist, we/you owe Yuriy a LOT. :!:

I resist the now WEEKLY sales pitches from global ad companies aiming to 'OPTIMISE' this site with endless intrusive pop up ads, distracting 'click bait' links all over, ads inside every post, IP tracking, cookie tracking requirements, and all sorts of nasty bells and whistles that would make me rather rich - but drive most users here insane! THEY see the huge traffic here, and that is their bread and butter. I sign up to none of that, as I hate them, and assume others do too. If they add that stuff in, I make a fortune, and then can offer an 'ad free stampboards' option at $US50 a year, and many would leap at that too, and I make another fortune! So get ahead of the pack, and PayPal Yuri $US20-$US25 now, and you are more than revenue neutral! It is a simple choice really. yuriy [at] rusko.org :!:

Thanks in advance -

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Yuri, you can keep that pizza after all! Well done and thank you for all your efforts!
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Your posts and Search are now working for me - thanks again :)
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Another pizza or two. Thanks Yuriy
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How's Yuriy's pizza/beer supply going? Top-up required? :D 🍺 🍕

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AndrewWalker wrote: 28 Jun 2022 20:59 How's Yuriy's pizza/beer supply going? Top-up required? :D 🍺 🍕

Andrew

Good point to raise - Yuri has a list of things to do to update us, when he has a spare day in his very busy schedule, ... we are 2 versions behind in phpBB updates, and several custom-made tweaks the Mods have asked him to do and code specially - so yes, a few more Pizzas heading his way now might get us to the head of the line. :)

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Pizza and beer done, thanks Yuriy and Global Administrator
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wrwatson wrote: 14 Aug 2022 17:22 Pizza and beer done, thanks Yuriy and Global Administrator
Thanks!

And we're busy working on a fairly substantial update to the site!
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Hi Yuri,

Just sent some for the pizza and beer.

Thanks very much for your support to keep Stampboards running smoothly 24x7 :)
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I've deployed a pretty substantial update in preparation of yet another substantial update that's coming soon.

This one was purely backend, so hopefully nothing looks different. The next one will include some aesthetic improvements, as requested by Glen.

Things to keep an eye out for:

1) Pages that somehow redirect to where they shouldn't.
2) Broken images

If you see any of the above, please do let me know.


As we ran out of storage space on the server, I have set up a dedicated CDN to store some of the large volume of images that get posted here on the daily :)

So all the old images, like:

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Hi Yuri

Myself and Sargonnas are having trouble with Board emails.
Nothing being sent or received, no error messages.

Glen has asked us to post here to let you know.

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I'm aware of the search being down for a few minutes and am fixing it.

It looks like we experienced a disk fault.
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And we're back.
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It seems to be working now. Thanks sir !
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Search function seems to work fine - thanks Yuriy. :)
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Also, the disk storage issue is officially resolved (down to ~34% of capacity), with the help of our very own CDN.

All old links still work, they just seamlessly redirect.

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There is now sufficient room on the disk for the next stage of upgrades.
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Done. Thank you!
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Thanks Meander!

Yuri eats this week. :)

I'd again encourage ALL members to do their bit, and fund a pizza and some beers etc via PayPal in ANY currency to - yuriy [at] rusko.org (Think of it as your oblique Stampboards Membership Fee, or Crowd Funding!)

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So my email notifications have stopped. Hoping for some help to get them going again. I had changed my email from a .cox to a .icloud to see if thet helped but no. Still not getting them and saw this thread. Apolagies in advance if this is the wrong place but also sent to admin too. Thanks much!

Pizza and beer sent to Yurily too for thanks for all that he does.
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Dum, tadum, dum, dum, move…. Sent to wrong address…. Redone. Tks again.
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Global Administrator wrote: 14 Oct 2022 20:48 Search function seems to work fine - thanks Yuriy. :)
Not sure if PM is even working for me. Did not get your test. But sent you one with me in copy that I did not get. Thank you.
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Received your email fine.

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Yuri,

I have noticed occasionally that a quote within a quote doesn’t format properly, but I may have found the reason. This is currently using my iPad and it may be that it was the iPad every time, though I can’t be sure.

This was the required text, as it formatted. I’ll try to use the CODE feature.

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[quote=Sargonnas post_id=9633643 time=<a href="tel:1671354700">1671354700</a> user_id=34661]
Walthamstow?
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[/quote]

As you can see this includes standard HTML coding of <a href… and </a>

But that does not happen on the Mac.
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I vote for supporting site funding, thank you for your help.
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If you caught that error for a few minutes, sorry about that. We've hit a few stability issues recently and I was going off a hunch of what might be causing it. Hopefully things will be better from here on.

By mid-June, we'll hopefully be on a brand new server with twice the memory and super updated versions of everything, and a brand new search backend. Just have to make it to then :)
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Our hosting plan runs on a 3-year commitment, and it has now been 3 whole years since our last big server move!

Before the end of this month, we will once again be moving to a bigger and better server.

Comparative hardware specs include:

- 16GB (rather than the current 8GB) of memory, making my job easier.
- Roughly 3x the processing capabilities.
- Solid state disks (rather than HDDs), offering much faster disk access. My benchmark shows read speeds of ~8x current!


Software wise, improvements include:

- An updated Operating System, with far better support for the next 3+ years.
- Latest MariaDB, which is a bit faster, especially with the extra memory!
- The search backend has been switched from Sphinx 2 (now 8 years old!) to the latest Manticore, which is faster and more stable.
- Additionally, I have significantly improved the emailing setup. This will hopefully make notifications and newsletters far more reliable. Fingers crossed on this one.


I will be moving things over the next couple of days, so you might notice some minimal disruptions while that's happening. There will also be a period of downtime (with the site being replaced by a maintenance page) lasting several hours.
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Post by Rigs »

Well done Yuriy.

Now we know why u earn the big bux. 8-)

Some people will do anything for a beer and a pizza!

Keep up the good work :)
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Brilliant work as usual from Yuriy behind the scenes in New York. He deserves a LOT of pizzas from members - via PayPal in ANY currency to - yuriy [at] rusko.org 8-) 8-) 8-)

"Everything on the web is free''. Wrong - not in 2023 it is not. It costs HEAPS for large high volume sites. Try logging into a major newspaper site - they want $50 to $100 a year. :!:

Yuri has spent a great deal of time in recent months, sourcing a far more gruntier, more secure, and far larger US hosted server program, that costs me a great deal more than the current one, but it should mean our very enviable stability in the past 3 years, will be even better still, going forward. And much FASTER too. :lol:

As usual, I refuse to sign up for the endless intrusive ads, and cookie tracking etc, the marketers keep asking us to sign up for, and load up on here. We get 100,000s of visits a month and they love these busy sites. Despite this - Stampboards remains totally FREE to use, and funding some beers and Pizzas to Yuriy is a very small cost for members to pay, to keep things running like clockwork - and ALWAYS improving. :D

Our millions of images take up TEN times more space than the database size, and are stored separately. We truly are the WIKIPEDIA of stamp collecting - GLOBALLY.

Yuriy has also upgraded us to the very latest phpBB software, taking us 5 updates over what we have now.

The new board is now being readied behind the scenes, to move over to the brand new servers. We have kept the OUTER appearance of it near identical to what we have now.

emailing other member will be FAR better, due to new 'bolt on' software Yuriy has sourced -

This is the sad 2.8 score analysis of emailing from this current ('old') stampboards server: https://y.rusko.net/stampboards-old-server.png

This is the same analysis on the new server, as of 5 minutes ago: https://y.rusko.net/stampboards-new-server.png - 10 out of 10

I personally hate major visual facelifts of sites, 'just for change’s sake', so when we go 'live' this weekend, it will be familiar and easy to use. All the work goes on quietly BEHIND the scenes. 8-) 8-)

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Thanks for all the hard work 8-)
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Thanks Yuri- done!


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Thanks Yuriy ;)

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We're now on the new server. Still some tweaking to be done, but everything important should be working.

Please report anything usual (slowness, errors, etc.) or missing (images, content, etc.).

With a few exceptions, I pretty much copied my performance settings from the previous server. Since the hardware here is different, it likely means some tweaking will be necessary. In order to do that, however, I need a few days worth of data from you fine folks using the site normally.

I'll then go back and see what can be improved.

Marshalrusty wrote: 26 May 2023 19:48 Our hosting plan runs on a 3-year commitment, and it has now been 3 whole years since our last big server move!

Before the end of this month, we will once again be moving to a bigger and better server.

Comparative hardware specs include:

- 16GB (rather than the current 8GB) of memory, making my job easier.
- Roughly 3x the processing capabilities.
- Solid state disks (rather than HDDs), offering much faster disk access. My benchmark shows read speeds of ~8x current!


Software wise, improvements include:

- An updated Operating System, with far better support for the next 3+ years.
- Latest MariaDB, which is a bit faster, especially with the extra memory!
- The search backend has been switched from Sphinx 2 (now 8 years old!) to the latest Manticore, which is faster and more stable.
- Additionally, I have significantly improved the emailing setup. This will hopefully make notifications and newsletters far more reliable. Fingers crossed on this one.


I will be moving things over the next couple of days, so you might notice some minimal disruptions while that's happening. There will also be a period of downtime (with the site being replaced by a maintenance page) lasting several hours.
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Very smooth and painless Yuriy, for such a large transfer.

Looks visually pretty much identical to the old version, which is good. 8-)

I am sure members will report anything here, that might be noticed as an issue or glitch.

And I hope the beers and Pizzas keep rolling in to New York as a small crowd funding 'thank you'! :!:

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The only thing I noticed was having to log in again, but that is a one-off.

I sent Yuriy some beer money, and came here to write the above, when the system was temporarily unavailable! :D

But that was a few minutes and all OK now.
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As requested here is the error code I received on one thread.
502 Bad Gateway. nginx/1.23.4
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RevRed+ wrote: 28 May 2023 02:28

As requested here is the error code I received on one thread.
502 Bad Gateway. nginx/1.23.4
There is a strange slowness issue that - may be - geographically detectable. I'm trying to chase it down, which requires the server to keep being reset. You might see errors if you refresh while that's happening - sorry about that.

If you keep being asked to login, please clear the cookies for this site (or all sites, if you prefer). I had to do that too.

EDIT: Okay, that seems to have done something and the site is loading quickly (as it should). Fingers crossed.
EDIT2: Okay, hopefully now, we're good to go.
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One login request and everything else seems to be smooth sailing ( from Canada) using safari on iPhone iOS 16.4.1a

Thanks for your magic touch Yuriy.

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All seems smooth to me Yuri.

I recall you added a custom Mod that added space before every image, that seems not to have made the transition so images now jam up to text, but an easy fix I am sure, and a very successful major upgrade!
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An observation, my notification number stays even after I have looked at the post, and refreshed the page using both

View your Posts and
View new Posts

I think I may have been mistaken; another notification was there below the top one, and all are now cleared. But I could have sworn the number was 1 and not 2. Ignore it and I'll keep an eye on it.
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Seems better than ever for me - my emails notifications seem to back working! Don’t change mine.
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Stamps4Life wrote: 29 May 2023 08:53 Seems better than ever for me - my emails notifications seem to back working! Don’t change mine.
Yeah, emails should be working much better on this iteration. Lots of work went into that :lol:
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Display formatting on iPad (and maybe other tablets) is different this morning.

Previously the portrait format would show the columns on the right that the landscape format shows.


PORTRAIT
PORTRAIT
Landscape
Landscape
As an aside, I don’t know how this will turn out but on PREVIEW if I view THIS post composition in portrait mode the images are LEFT aligned, and if I view in landscape mode they are RIGHT aligned despite being enclosed in CENTRE tags.

None of this hinders the use of the forum, but you wanted to know of anything.

I’ll press submit and see how it turns out when posted.
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In portrait mode all text and images appear to the left with blank space to the right - but this is where the other columns should be.

In landscape mode the screen is filled and all looks good (I may be an exception but I prefer to use my pad in portrait mode! It’s easier to use.)
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Why anyone looks at a Bulletin Board vertically only the Brits can advise. Each to their own. Do you also also turn your laptop sideways, to replicate it? :!:

Most similar things I look at are also screwed up. Cunning solution - turn phone sideways. National Emergency averted. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Looks perfect on my phone. Horizontally, as is the logical way to view Bulletin Boards.

And a big Thank You to Yuriy, for the much sharper and larger logo at top left of each page, replacing the smaller, very fuzzy one that we had before. :mrgreen:

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