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Jag-lovers is getting a bumper to bumper overhaul!

The time has finally come, we're upgrading!

November 22, 2016

Starting today, Jag-lovers will undergo a complete transformation. The content will still be the same, but we're moving it to a brand new, modern software platform. In order to ensure that there are no more delays (ahem), we'll start by first moving the Forums to a new software platform called Discourse. Once that's complete, we'll continue to move the rest of the treasure trove of Jaguar information that is Jag-lovers section by section.

While this process is undergoing, there's a high probability of site outages at very short notice. Please bear with us as we're trying to get all this work done in between the responsibilities of our daytime jobs and commitments to family. Sometimes we're just going to have to act while we have the chance. Here's an (incomplete) list of steps in this transformation:

  • Name the new server. Done! It's going to be called "Dewis", in honor of Jaguar legend and Jag-lovers friend Norman Dewis. (The name of the server is mostly symbolic and honorary, you'll still connect to "www" and "forums".)
  • Set up the temporary development site, where things will be tested out and the bulk importing of forum messages will be performed. Done! Almost 1.8 million messages have already been successfuly imported.
  • Notify everyone of the upcoming transformation and downtime. Done!
  • Design and set up the new Jag-lovers homepage in WordPress on the new site. Done!
  • Set up participation in Discourse topics via email. Done!
  • Set up "Instructions on how to use Discourse" page. Done!
  • Shut down the old forums while the transfer is happening. Done!
  • Set up auto-responders for all the lists on the old site telling people to re-subscribe as needed at the new site. Done!
  • Copy new messages posted in November to the development site and import them there. Done!
  • Copy the database with all 1.8 million Jag-lovers Forums and lists messages from the development site to the new production site.Done!
  • Perform last minute configuration changes on the old and the new site.Done!
  • Perform testing. Then test some more.Done!
  • Go live with the new site!Done!

As soon as the new Forums are ready, you'll be able to post again. We'll post information about the status of the move to this page, as it progresses. All times in US Pacific (PST, UTC-8):

  • Status as of November 22, 3 PM: Forum posting and email disabled, move started.
  • Status as of November 22, 5 PM: The import of November messages is progressing nicely. The high volume lists are taking a while, though.
  • Status as of November 22, 11:30 PM: The import of November messages is still progressing. This is going to take a while, at least overnight.
  • Status as of November 23, 10:30 AM: The import of new messages is done. Now backing up databases and preparing to transfer them to the new site.
  • Status as of November 23, 11:45 AM: Datbases have been transferred to the new site and are in the process of being restored.
  • Status as of November 23, 1 PM: The new Forums are live! Click the Forums button on any page to go there and explore.

(Please refrain from sending us e-mails asking if the server is up, or when it'll be back up again. We're already working as fast as we can, promise.)

Until we reopen the forums, you'll still be able to access the website, search the forum archives, and get answers to nearly any question you may have. The only thing you won't be able to do is post messages to the forums. Once we're back up, everything will be back to normal, except on a shiny new forum software.

Once this part has been successfully completed, we'll start working on moving the rest of the enormous amounts of priceless Jaguar information from the old site to the new. For this process, volunteers are desperately needed! Please let us know if you'd be able to take on moving a page or a section of pages from the old site to the new. No programming skils or knowledge of HTML needed. We're also looking for one or more site curators, who'll take on the task of cataloging all the information that's available here. We have so much, we don't even know what we have!

For more information, or for offering to volunteer, please either see this page or post to this thread on Pub.

All of us at Jag-Lovers would like to take this opportunity to thank the donors who made this possible. Without your support, there would be no Jag-lovers. As you know, we have strived to maintain our independence by not bowing to commercialism and turning our pages into vendor ads. If you appreciate that approach, please consider donating at http://www.jag-lovers.org/donate11.php.

Thanks for your support,
Jag-Lovers

 

Please help support the move to the new site, and DONATE what you can.
A big Thank You to those who have donated already!

 


       
       
       
       

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