Welcome to SI 3.0!

Congratulations! You’ve made it to SharperIron 3.0.

You’ll have to create a new account for yourself unless you’re one of those I’ve notified that your account has already been created. Please understand that the unusually high volume of new registrations means that it’ll take a while for some of you to get approved.

This version of “3.0” is not quite what we had planned. I’ll spare you all the details of what went wrong. 

The short version is that the tools for moving data from SI 2.0 to 3.0 seemed effective in testing, but proved to be a problem when it came time for the real thing. Database corruption resulted and this caused a great deal of strain on the server.

 For various reasons, it was also not possible to go back to 2.0 after moving half way to the new system. Didn’t plan on burning any bridges, but discovered they’d gotten burnt anyway.

OK, the really short version is that the migraton was a total disaster.

The good news is that we still have the old data and we’ll eventually find a way to make it accessible. The bad news is that not even the user base from 2.0 was successfully migrated.  You’ll have to create a new account for yourself unless you’re one of those I’ve notified about your account has already been created.  Just click register.

So, sign up and enjoy the new site and please accept my apologies for the way this turned out. But it’s all uphill from here.

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ssutter's picture

Yeah, i've had headache with Drupal migration - ya not kidding, i recently gave up and switched to wordpress for a much smaller site than SI - anyway, i can appreciate all that it took - looks good - thanks for all your ministry!

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Matthew Olmstead's picture

Things are looking good, but I am having some bugs. Where do you want those posted?

Father of three, husband of one, servant of the Lord Jesus Christ. I blog at mattolmstead.com.

Matthew Olmstead's picture

I think I'm having trouble posting

Father of three, husband of one, servant of the Lord Jesus Christ. I blog at mattolmstead.com.

Jay's picture

As Aaron noted, there may be a backlog of registrations in the queue today as we try and get everyone situated. Please be assured that we are working as quickly as we can to get everyone back into the system.

Furthermore, some of you will be approved for posting but won't have immediate access to either the women's or pastor's forums yet. If that happens to you, please PM me right away and I'll fix your permissions. It happens because we're approving registrations en masse, so we'll need to go back and individually add in permission [on your profiles ] for those forums. As I said before, please be patient with us!

Thank you so much for your understanding as we work through the transition period.

Jay C.
SI Registration Assistant

"Our task today is to tell people — who no longer know what sin is...no longer see themselves as sinners, and no longer have room for these categories — that Christ died for sins of which they do not think they’re guilty." - David Wells

Matthew Olmstead's picture

Things are looking good, but I'm still having some bugs. Where do you want those posted?

PS: Jim, I can comment (unmoderated) now Biggrin

Father of three, husband of one, servant of the Lord Jesus Christ. I blog at mattolmstead.com.

Rev Karl's picture

Aaron,

To err is human. To REALLY mess things up requires a website upgrade!

I have been involved in a couple of these things. I hope the bruises on your forehead will diminish quickly!

You need to know that those of us who participate on SI *really* appreciate what you do to provide us with this forum. Thank You Very Much!

Karl Silva

Jay's picture

Matt, got your PM. I've run into a snag trying to post on the Technical Issues Forum, so I've PM'd Jim and let him know. When that's up, I'll post a link for complaints/concerns/walkthroughs, et cetera.

In the meantime, there's a handy dandy walkthrough of the new site at: http://sharperiron.org/user-guide-for-si-30

"Our task today is to tell people — who no longer know what sin is...no longer see themselves as sinners, and no longer have room for these categories — that Christ died for sins of which they do not think they’re guilty." - David Wells

Daniel's picture

Looks great. And once it is up, please get some rest. I know the hours you have put in the past few days.

Jay's picture

Please re-direct all questions, problems, complaints, et cetera to

http://www.sharperiron.org/forum/thread-known-issues

Thanks so much for keeping this thread clutter free!

"Our task today is to tell people — who no longer know what sin is...no longer see themselves as sinners, and no longer have room for these categories — that Christ died for sins of which they do not think they’re guilty." - David Wells

Diane Heeney's picture

So far it looks fabulous. We all know what it is like to move into a new house. Takes a while to find everything ("it's in a box somewhere" is a regular saying in our house) and get acclimated. How can we be anything but patient...you've invested so much time! Thanks! Smile

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Lou Martuneac's picture

Welcome back.

It will take some getting used to for this man who still uses a computer as a glorified typewriter.

LM

In Defense of the Gospel

"But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ

Aaron Blumer's picture

EditorAdmin

Rev Karl wrote:
Aaron,

To err is human. To REALLY mess things up requires a website upgrade!

I have been involved in a couple of these things. I hope the bruises on your forehead will diminish quickly!

You need to know that those of us who participate on SI *really* appreciate what you do to provide us with this forum. Thank You Very Much!

Karl Silva


Thanks, Karl.
Actually I'm moved by all the encouragement... and by the fact that nobody has said (yet) "Why in the world didn't you make sure you knew what you were doing before you tried to migrate a bunch of data!!?"

By the way, on that score... now doing what should have done in the first place--talking w/several of our own about how to get the old content online.
So Aaron learns--again--that we're not supposed to be lone rangers. (Of course, I could have heeded the advice of several to leave all the technical stuff to pro's... but I can't resist meddling. It's just too interesting.)

Angela Stewart's picture

Love the new design! SO glad to say goodbye to the orange! Wink Now I just have to figure out where everything is again. Smile

Todd Wood's picture

Thanks for your work, Aaron. I profit much from the blog postings, blogroll, and filings of SI. Your oversight of this is a blessing to me.

I, too, like the new look.

Charlie's picture

Clearly, the "crash" was simply an attempt to clear out inactive member registries and unwanted Presbyterians. However, undaunted, I have returned to enjoy this beautiful site more than ever.

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Cor meum tibi offero Domine prompte et sincere. ~ John Calvin

Aaron Blumer's picture

EditorAdmin

Charlie wrote:
Clearly, the "crash" was simply an attempt to clear out inactive member registries and unwanted Presbyterians. However, undaunted, I have returned to enjoy this beautiful site more than ever.

... so that's what that weird prompt meant. During the accounts import, this pop-up appears: "Deleting 1, 221 Presbyterians.... confirm, allow, or approve?"
Somehow "confirm" seemed the best choice. 0:)

Angela wrote:
Now I just have to figure out where everything is again.
Well, we've made that easy by not including much to find! (So you'll probably be more comfortable by the time it's all available again)

JohnBrian's picture

I like very much that all the posts are on the same "page." Also that I can click on the "new Posts" link and go to the first post that I have not read in the particular thread, and that I can also see how many posts are "new" to me. Very nice indeed.

BUT, how will you know when a thread has reached the 20 page limit, or will you the limit now be number pf posts?

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ChrisC's picture

what do the four checkboxes do in the edit account page?

  • Archive list
  • Help SI... turn off ad blocker
  • Front page welcome box
  • Categories - Taxonomy Block

i figured out the "help si" one: if it's checked, and you have adblocker enabled, you get a message that you should turn off your adblocker and visit some advertisers. if the box is unchecked and you have adblocker enabled, you don't get any message about adblocker. if you don't have adblocker enabled, you get ads whether or not the box is checked.

Jim's picture

JohnBrian wrote:
how will you know when a thread has reached the 20 page limit, or will you the limit now be number pf posts?

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The moderators / admins have not figured this out yet

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si_sitedev's picture

Admin

ChrisC wrote:
what do the four checkboxes do in the edit account page?
  • Archive list
  • Help SI... turn off ad blocker
  • Front page welcome box
  • Categories - Taxonomy Block

Those are blocks each member can disable if they'd prefer not to see them. The welcome box is currently disabled for everyone anyway, but may be back shortly. These display to new members by default but after that it's up to you whether you want the block/box or not.