Kung Fu Fandom Forum – Back Online

by SMK on November 24, 2016 · 4 comments in Buddhist Blog

Unfortunately, the ShaolinChamber36.com website experienced a few days of downtime last week due to the server the site is hosted on, crashing. Fortunately, the site was eventually restored, and while not 100% to its initial state, it was functional. I have been fixing quite a few things that needed repair, and have managed to get what I think to be most of it done. If you notice any missing images on any pages, please leave a comment on this post or send an email to shaolinchamber36@gmail.com with either a link or description of the issue(s).

The Kung Fu Fandom forum is still down and is being worked on. Getting the forum restored is a much more complicated issue. Dealing with missing or corrupt files, the choices are limiting, and before deciding on which route to take, I want to make sure whatever choice is made, is the best one. We truly apologize for the downtime and inconvenience.


Update 12/9/16

Kung Fu Fandom Forum- The Return

What Happened?

The server that the ShaolinChamber36.com website was on, suffered a “catastrophic failure” a little over 2 weeks ago, which resulted in the site being down for about 3 days. While the site was able to come back (though not without some faults) the forum remained offline.

Though the website files were able to be safely transferred by the web host to a new server, due to the incident, the database of the forum ended up being corrupted. So although everything having to do with the forum was also transferred to a new server, with the database corrupted, this caused fatal errors to come up when trying to access the forum. Unfortunately, backups of the database were reporting missing or faulty files, and the only working database that was able to be recovered without error, dated back to February 1, 2016. Of course we did not simply accept this bad news, and proceeded to try everything we could, consulting with experts in the field, to somehow recover/repair the missing data. But sadly, to no avail.

What this means is, the last 9 months of posts, threads, new member registrations, images posted in the gallery, etc. were all unable to be restored. We sincerely apologize for this, and deeply regret being unable to return the forum back to its original state before the server crashed. Part of what we pay the server company for monthly is to keep the site and forum safely backed up. We are absolutely stunned and saddened at this hard-to-swallow turn of events. Needless to say this has been a humbling learning experience and new safeguards have already been put in place to hopefully prevent a loss like this from ever happening again. As they say: “If you want something done right, do it yourself.” So from here on out we’ll handle it personally. A complete backup of the site will take place once a week, while a backup of the forum’s database will happen every 24 hours.

We have gone into the forum and tried to repair whatever flaws we could find (for instance, SMK manually restored dozens of avatar photos that weren’t showing up), but we wanted to get the forum back online as soon as possible. So if any of you spot problems. please PM one of us or a moderator to alert us. Thank you.

No doubt this news will be tough to hear for many members, but thankfully we did not lose all 13 years of our beloved forum. As we have learned from the film’s that inspired this gathering of fans in the first place, everyone gets knocked down, but what’s most important is that you get back up. So, like the battered heroes we love to watch, we to shall dust ourselves off from this brutal blow, wipe the blood from our mouths, and leap forward with the tenacity of unbeatable dragons. Long live the Kung Fu Fandom Forum!  – SMK & Kung Fu Bob

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AgriWuxia November 29, 2016

My thanks also for the forum status update. As a recently registered member, I have really enjoyed being part of this special community. I remain hopeful that it will eventually return.

My sincere thanks for your time and effort dedicated to restoring the forum.

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DragonClaws November 28, 2016

Great to see the main site up and running again. Looking forward to seeing the forum return too.

Thanks for the up-date.

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laagi November 27, 2016

Thank you for the update and the effort. I already feared the worst. Glad to see it’s being worked on. Hope to see it back online soon.

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ShawAngela November 26, 2016

I just saw the explanation regarding the forum. Thank you for your efforts in trying to restore it, it would be so sad if it disappeared once again…

Thanks again.

Regards.

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