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June 25th, 2014 No comments

Hey there, everyone!

Last year, you were extremely kind in helping me to set the server back up after a friend of mine was no longer able to host the server. I asked for $425 to cover hosting fees for the year and you guys came forward with $595, which is outstandingly spectacular.

Having said that, I know we had a bit of instability over the last couple of days but that seems resolved. Still, it seemed as though this was a good time for me to take a look at where we are in terms of finances for the server.

After looking at what’s left from the $595 collected last year, bearing in mind that there were fees from both GoFundMe and PayPal, I’m pleased to say that you have already paid for the server to keep running through September of 2014, for which I am eternally grateful and thankful. Without donations from you, the community, the server would have bitten the dust in May of 2013.

However, as everyone knows, our little server’s busiest time of year is in November, when National Novel Writing Month comes around.

In order to ensure we’re around for November, I’m looking for another ~$100 to cover the costs for October, November and December (taking fees into account). I don’t plan to use GoFundMe again, because paying two sets of administrative fees is silly, but if you find GoodChatting.com to be a worthwhile chatting experience, if you’ve won NaNoWriMo because of BattleJesus, if you’ve made a new friend or twelve while chatting in November, please consider a donation: http://goodchatting.com/html/donate.php

Even small donations help! While it’s only the end of June and we still have some time before we need to panic about the server’s future, now’s the time to think ahead to ensure we’re around for NaNoWriMo 2014.

And if you can’t donate, that’s totally understandable — just please do your best to spread the word that in order to make sure that the server is still around for NaNoWriMo, we could use some help. :)

Thanks so much for all you’ve done so far and I hope to be able to announce (soon) we’ll be here for November, too.

Julie Martin
Network Administrator
GoodChatting.com

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Updates on Server Downtime

June 1st, 2013 No comments

Hi folks. As of 1am ET on Saturday, June 1st, we’ve been experiencing downtime or instability for about 27 hours. Obviously, this is not fun. It’s also quite frustrating and I understand your frustration because I share it.

As I understand it, there is an issue with my hosting company’s data center. There’s nothing we can do to expedite the process.

Since this hosting company was amazing for us during our unexpected downtime last month (seriously, our server would have vanished into thin air without these people), I’m more than willing to give them a chance to get us back online. Still, if it happens again in the next couple of months, I’ll have to look at my hosting options, so that we’re ready for November and National Novel Writing Month.

For the time being, the only thing we can do is sit tight and be patient. The company did say that “service has been restored” about an hour ago, but it’s clear that that’s not the case, which is unfortunate. I hope no other issues have cropped up.

Anyhow. I’m heading out of town until late on Sunday, June 2nd, so I won’t be around to provide updates. Just keep trying the server. I know Fish will, as usual, be awesome and help to take care of things if our server is accessible but something’s not quite right (like services or something).

Thanks for your patience through this frustrating time. Let’s all take a breath or two and see how the hosting company responds to it before calling for their heads on a platter, shall we? ;)

Have a great weekend!

Julie
Network Administrator

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We did it!

May 11th, 2013 No comments

Thanks to you wonderful, generous people, the GoodChatting.com IRC server will continue on for the next calendar year!

Thank you, so much, from the bottom of my heart. I cannot tell you how much it means to me that you have enjoyed our little IRC network enough to help us raise over $400 in just one week. Thanks to you, we’ve managed to recover from an unfortunate, unexpected event regarding our last hosting arrangement and have come roaring back. The network software has been upgraded and the services software has been upgraded, but aside from that, it’s like we were never down.

We couldn’t have done this without you and your amazing kindness and generosity.

While the GoFundMe page has served its purpose, we are still accepting any other donations you may want to make and it’ll all go right towards server hosting fees, but at least there’s no more sense of urgency. We encountered a bump in the road and you guys basically said “hey, that’s cool, let me help out”. You are the true definition of a community and I am so proud and so humbled to be your network admin.

Thank you, for everything.

<3

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Back up and running!

May 6th, 2013 No comments

Thank you, everyone who’s donated, for your generosity. We are back up and running with enough cash to keep us going through October, 2013. We’re still at about 50% of our goal thus far, so we’re not done yet, but raising half of our goal in a single weekend has been a huge relief for me.

That said, please do consider a small donation if you haven’t yet done so, or at least send the link to your fellow chatters!

http://www.gofundme.com/goodchatting

Anyhow, today (May 5th), I got signed up for a new host, installed a new version of our IRCd and our services and brought our proxy monitor back online, as well as remapping irc.goodchatting.com to the new IP address. (If irc.goodchatting.com doesn’t work for you, try: /server 74.122.156.173)

Aside from the subdomain propogating, which will take a bit of time, everything looks like it’s okay. If it’s not, please tell me! Also, while things look to be steady and stable, if services suddenly vanish or stop working, if the server itself goes down, let me know so I can fix it. :)

webmaster (at) goodchatting (dot) com.

Again, ladies and gentlemen, thank you for your awesomeness. I am still somewhat speechless to have received so much for the server in just a weekend.

Enjoy the server and, as always, good chatting to you!

Julie :)
Network Administrator
GoodChatting.com

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Server Downtime

May 2nd, 2013 No comments

As of about 2:15am ET on Thursday, May 2nd, the GoodChatting.com IRC server has been down. It seems that our host is experiencing connection issues and we do not currently have an estimated time for it to come back up. The best thing we can do is just to sit tight right now.

Fish and I are aware this has happened a couple of times in the last while and I’ll take steps to change hosts if I need to, in order to ensure reliable uptime going forward.

Thanks for your patience!

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Weekend Outage

August 27th, 2012 No comments

IRC services were disrupted due to a server outage for maintenance. The IRC server should be back up. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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Any applet issues should now b…

October 31st, 2010 No comments

Any applet issues should now be resolved. Good luck, #NaNoWriMo participants!

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A Java change on the developer…

October 31st, 2010 No comments

A Java change on the developer’s end has caused issues with our Java applet. Fix and/or new applet coming tonight!

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Website seems to be back up. T…

October 22nd, 2010 No comments

Website seems to be back up. Thanks for your patience, everyone.

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Website outage again, no estim…

October 22nd, 2010 No comments

Website outage again, no estimated time for when it’ll be back up. Apologies for the downtime. IRC services remain unaffected.

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