Okay, y’all. The forum is back online. You’re welcome to sign in, browse, and post. Please be aware that I’m still testing, modifying settings, and making style changes, though, so things are going to be crazy for awhile.
Some of you may experience forced password changes. I apologize for the inconvenience; it has something to do with the conversion. Leave a comment here or email me if you run into any problems.
Also, several thousand accounts were lost outright. If yours was one of them, again, I’m sorry. If you’ll sign up for a new account and leave a comment here or on the contact page with your username, I’ll activate it ASAP.
The forum conversion and upgrade from phpbb2 to phpbb3 is done. It hasn’t gone live yet as there were some issues. Several thousand user accounts as well as some threads were lost. It appears the majority of the users affected had zero posts or very old, inactive accounts. Additionally, all of the forum permissions were reset to administrator access only. I’m waiting on answers to a few questions I submitted to the conversion team before I start making live changes. I’ll continue to post updates here when I have them.
I hope this was coherent…it’s been a long ass day.
The forum upgrade is once again underway. The board will most likely remain disabled until the work is complete, but if it does come back online, please don’t access it or create any posts until I’ve finished testing. I’ll post here and on social media to let you know as soon as the coast is clear. Hopefully it won’t be too much longer.
The sf forum is still disabled for an upgrade. For those that were following the announcement thread, we did get a list of all the usernames. I’ve sent it on to Mel, and she’s going to plug it into a spreadsheet and get back to me with a list of the duplicate accounts. Once I’ve deleted them all, I’ll notify the people doing the database conversion to try again.
The forum crash has been resolved. Thanks for your patience
The forum software has crashed and is serving up error messages when you try to access it. I’ve contacted tech support through the site’s host (this type of issue is beyond me) and will pay for a repair if necessary. Hopefully it won’t take long. If it goes outside of a few hours, I’ll post updates here to let you know when we’ll be back online.
The forum account approvals are backed up by weeks (I’ve been really sick). I’m going to approve the accounts that have left their username in the comments today, and I’ll try to work my way through the signups this coming week, but I have over 5,000 unread emails/forms. If you are waiting for an account approval, please, please go here and leave your username and the date you signed up, if possible. This is the fastest way to get your approval pushed through.
I know it’s frustrating that we don’t have automatic/email approval enabled on the forum, and I apologize. It’s the only way I can keep the forum from being overrun with spambots. I’m getting upwards of 500 bot signups per day, and if even a fraction of those logged in and started flood posting it would be a nightmare.
Your patience is appreciated, and again, I’m sorry for the inconvenience.
Please leave a comment on this page with your user name to get a forum account approved, or email it to me. Include the date you signed up, if possible. I’m on hiatus from the site until further notice, so this is the only way to get a new account approved. Site mail and comments will be checked every 2-3 days, so don’t be alarmed if you don’t get an immediate approval.
There’s a new chapter of Stages of Grief in the Eminem fanfiction category on the forum. How about giving it a read & review?
There’s a new Eminem fanfiction challenge up on the forum. Entries are due May 1, 2013. Details HERE.
Eminem Backwards by MC was updated yesterday in the Eminem fanfiction category on the forum, as was Devil’s Night by Frankie.
Two new chapters just posted. And I hear they were a bitch to write.
MC has posted a new chapter for What Lies Beneath. How about giving it a read & review?
Two brand new fics just posted in the Eminem fanfiction category on the forum: Yellow Brick Road and Stages of Grief. They’re both entries for the March 2013 challenge. How about a read and review for MC??
We have a dedicated page for author/character interviews. Go ask some questions!
There’s a new Eminem fanfiction challenge up on the forum. Entries are due April 1, 2013. Details HERE.
There are over a thousand emails and forum signups in the SF inbox. I’m going through them now, but will most likely miss a few legit signups in the process of dumping the spambot forms. Please email me or leave your username on the contact page for faster approval. Also, be aware that hotmail accounts bounce 9 out of 10 approval notices. Consider using a different email provider for your signup, or check in with me to see if your account has been activated.
Thanks, and happy new year!
All is quiet at SF right now; everyone is busy with holiday/ end of year type stuff, but we’ll be back in January.
The good news is I finally managed to fix the site’s email problem. The bad news is I have 2,498 backed up emails, and most of them are forum signups. So please, please, if you’re waiting on an approval — leave a comment on the Contact page or email me with your user name.
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