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ODC Server Transfer Mystery
« on: April 19, 2018, 08:59:31 AM »
Note: This topic concerns the clusterfuck operation at Our Doll Community. It is reposted here in the event that ODC goes dark altogether.
from: http://ourdollcommunity.com/forum/index.php?topic=9977.0

Server Transfer Mystery

     On his Attention, site transfer 19 March - Monday - Wensday, ourdoll1 stated, "{Our Doll Community} will still be up, but anything posted during that time most likely will not be kept."

     The Our Doll Community forum uses Simple Machines Forum software, Coppermine Photo Gallery software, and Ajax Chat software. All three of these depend on a relational database, most likely MySQL, to store the information for these software packages.

     Every word, every picture link, and the structure of the forum and gallery are contained in a database. There is a database for the forum and chat, and a second database for the gallery. The pictures in the gallery are all separate files. From what we have been told, all of the software files, and the two databases, were transferred to the new server on March 19. Once the web host changed the 'pointers' to the new server, the original files became inactive on the internet and the files copied to the new server became active. This is why the forum posts disappeared, and the gallery seems to be time-locked back to March 19.

     Assuming that the original software files and databases are still intact, your pictures are still there. If those pictures that were uploaded after March 19 can be transferred to the new server location, then you will not have to upload them again.

     If the old databases can be transferred to the new server, then we should get most, if not all of the forum posts back. The newer galleries created after March 19 should also come back.

     Be warned that if the old databases can be transferred to the new server, anything written on the forum since the switch-over (sometime on April 18, 2018) including this post, will be lost. I do have a text file backup of it on my local computer.



New information
Nothing has been lost!!!

     It does appear that both sets of files, on the old server and the new server, are active. It depends on the URL that you use to access the forum, chat, and the gallery.
   The files at "http://ourdollcommunity.com" appear to be those that were copied to the new server on March 19.
   The files at "http://www.ourdollcommunity.com" appear to be the original files with all of the posts up to April 18, 2018

If you access the forum with this URL, you get one page.
http://ourdollcommunity.com/forum/index.php <-- no "www."
This is the new server where the files were copied on March 19

If you access the forum with this URL, you get a different page.
http://www.ourdollcommunity.com/forum/index.php <- with the  "www."
This is the old server where all of the posts are, up to sometime on April 18

Examples:
The Art Gallery at
http://ourdollcommunity.com/forum/index.php?board=25.0 <-- no "www."
shows the March 2018 Photo Challenge on top.

The Art Gallery at
http://www.ourdollcommunity.com/forum/index.php?board=25.0 <- with the  "www."
shows the April 2018 Photo Challenge on top.

For the gallery, this URL will show 21 pages of albums, the last one is Rdhj
http://ourdollcommunity.com/gallery/index.php?cat=1 <-- no "www."

For the gallery, this URL will show 22 pages of albums, the last one is workallday
http://www.ourdollcommunity.com/gallery/index.php?cat=1 <-- with the "www."

Chat
http://ourdollcommunity.com/forum/chat/index.php <-- no "www."

Chat
http://www.ourdollcommunity.com/forum/chat/index.php <-- with the "www."

     I wrote this post earlier on the  "Announcements" board:
http://ourdollcommunity.com/forum/index.php?board=38.0 <-- no "www."
     It does not appear at:
http://www.ourdollcommunity.com/forum/index.php?board=38.0 <-- with the "www."

     I did this on my Windows 7 computer with Internet Explorer 11. Z-Dr was in one of the chat rooms with Windows 10 and Internet Explorer 11. I spammed Ceej's picture with two links:
http://ourdollcommunity.com/gallery/albums/userpics/Flower_Painting_s_3JPG.jpg
http://www.ourdollcommunity.com/gallery/albums/userpics/Flower_Painting_s_3JPG.jpg
The first link gave me a black "x", but the second one showed the Flower Girl picture. Z-Dr could not see the picture on either link.

     "Scooby Doo, we got some work to do!"



     I logged out of the forum and chat from Internet Explorer and logged back in with Chrome on Windows 7. I saw the same things that Z-Dr saw earlier. Tomorrow I will repeat the experiment on Feodora's Windows 10 computer.


Update 26 April 2018

     A few days ago, ourdoll1 (owner of Our Doll Community) sent me a PM with further bad news. The URLs no longer address the forum where it existed on the original server. ourdoll1 said that the files on that server, including the databases, were deleted with no backup made.

     There is evidence of file and database corruption. Those who are trying to register or re-register cannot access the FunCaptcha, which is a test to see if the prospective registrant is human. This causes the registration to fail. Those who registered after March 18, or have tried to register since the switchover may have given up trying.

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« Last Edit: April 26, 2018, 07:46:09 AM by noquiexis »
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Re: ODC Server Transfer Mystery
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2018, 09:19:26 AM »
     Among those giant steps backward after the server migration, add this one to the list. Our Doll Community Forum used to have the capability to correctly display non-English characters. This capability was enabled by the UTF-8 Unicode Language pack provided by Simple Machines Forum.

     If you look at the signature in mi6c's Profile, or the Russian spelling on Feodora's Profile, you will see the faulty characters. Either the SMF language files are corrupt, or the database is corrupt (more likely of the two), or both are corrupt. Frankly I am surprised that this forum is operating at all.

     Considering the other problems that currently plague ODC, this is a minor glitch. There are rumors that ourdoll1 may update the website software, which should take care of some of the current problems. This software update is something that I and a few members of this forum (but NOT including litlluvr) have been waiting on for years.

     Note to readers: This post has been copied from the Our Doll Community Forum for reference, and in case of tampering.

:-X :-X :-X
"Like a bolt out of the blue
 Fate steps in and sees you through
 When you wish upon a star
 Your dreams come true"

   Cliff Edwards as Jiminy Cricket 1940
Trixie and Dixie "the twins" are Private Secretary inflatable dolls.
Esperanza is a Tera Patrick inflatable doll.
Feodora is an Anatomical Doll, Face 3 Body 3 Feodora Set 1 Feodora Set 2 Feodora Set 3 Feodora Set 4