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« on: June 23, 2019, 05:39:52 pm »

A duck swims serenely on a flowing river and that's a sight of great beauty and elegance, but under the surface the duck's feet are kicking like mad to keep it there. And this forum is somewhat similar - there's the moderator and admin stuff and a deeper server maintenance level too.  And the software being over-mature at the moment means that occasionally things go wrong and rather like a heritage locomotive need hitting with a hammer to loosen something up or very, very rarely a bit of welding.

I'm away for a few weeks in the autumn and I know that whilst I'll be able to see the server and contribute / do moderator and admin work, I won't be able to get at the deeper stuff.  Red Squirrel has kindly agreed to be available as an emergency accessor, and also to take off site backups on a weekly basis. With his Linux knowledge, a map of roughly what's where on the serve, and some tips on which points need hitting with a hammer far more than I like, he'll be providing a significantly reassuring second string support while I'm away.  He visited on Friday and we've been through what's where, and he'll be logging in / having a look around and trying a bit of wheel-tapping over the next couple of weeks so that anything needed in the autumn won't be totally alien.

The long-awaiting significant software upgrade will NOT go live until I'm back.  Change software and run to where I cannot offer total support would be rather silly. And when that upgrade has happened I would be very hopeful that after inevitable teething problems the hammer and special stuff would be very much less required than at present.  However, I would hope that Red Squirrel could be a part of that process too so that he's available for calling on once in a blue moon.  All of which is very much amongst our steps to make the forum robust and continuous for the next decade.
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