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Just did update the forum to the last version of its software. It was completely uneventful on our side, but if you notice something not right, please let us know.
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As a move to more civilized server public relations, we'll use this thread to announce when the server will be out of service, be it for maintenance jobs or for the greater good.

LATER EDIT: changed this thread's scope to include all maintenance and development news and announcements.

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The server will be unreachable today for about 20 minutes, from around 07:45 UTC (which is in 10 minutes :oops: - I promise we'll make the next announcements more timely). We'll be taking a snapshot after optimizing the storage.

LATER: Took much more than I expected, almost 50 minutes for the snapshot creation, which doesn't make much sense since we managed to cut the storage needed from 40GB to less than 17GB. Sorry about that.

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The server will be unreachable tommorrow, 20th of November, for about 30 minutes, from around 07:30 (7:30 am) UTC, for maintenance. More specifically, we'll update to the last minor version of phpBB.

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And done, much faster than expected. The most part of the spent interval was gobbled up by cleaning up after the update and deleting two spammers' posts/banning them.

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Changed all database tables' engine to InnoDB.
The most visible side effect will be the minimum search keyword length - you can now search for 3 letters words (the default for InnoDB), down from 4 (the default for MyISAM).

Please let us know if there's anything that does not play nice.

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The server will be unreachable on Monday, 15th of February, for about 30 minutes, starting at 09:30 (9:30 am), for maintenance. More specifically, we'll update to the last minor version of phpBB.

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And done. I apologize for the communication mismatch between the post above saying it will take 30 minutes and the placeholder countdown page saying it will take an hour. I was pretty confident it will take 30 minutes, but reality had the upper hand.

As always, if you notice glitches in the matrix, please let us know.

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...Aaaand now we're on PHP 8.0.
We should have everything regenerated and running by now.

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