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#2016389 Staff Changes

Posted by Pyro699 on 12 October 2017 - 07:07 PM

Hello everyone!
 
It has been some time since we made some staffing changes and in the spirit of trying to kick up some activity there is going to be some changes to the current roster.
 
First off, @Hydrogen will be stepping down once again as he continues to focus on some other areas of his life. He will continue to stick around behind the scenes and assist the staff with anything that we should need. I make frequent trips to visit him and we are confident in the site's ability to continue on.
 
Next, with the above mentioned step-down that has left open a position on the Administration team, it should be no surprise to anyone that the position will be taken up by @Emily. This promotion is long overdue, and I am very excited to have her move up into a position where we will be able to breathe some much needed life into the forums. In the transition from her current role as Lead Moderator, @ShadowLink64, @Hydrogen and myself will help her with any potential issues that she may run into - however we are very confident that she will do just fine.
 
Onto the next change. I am pleased to say that our lovely @Kate will be returning to her position as Lead Moderator!
 
Lastly I would like to thank both @Eefi and @Cass for their work and support, but they will be returning to their previous ranks as Private members.
 
Let's wish everyone the best of luck in their new roles both on and off of the site!
-Cody Woolaver, Neocodex Administration



#2010195 Cats of Codex

Posted by Pyro699 on 16 June 2017 - 10:21 AM

@Coops we should maintain the first thread with photos and spoilers of each member <3
 
Here are henry and cleo.
 
Henry
Spoiler

 
Cleo
Spoiler



#2002585 Is there a way around recaptcha?

Posted by Pyro699 on 05 March 2017 - 09:13 PM

recapcha is done by google and i seriously doubt that there is any way around them other than the "robot" described above. The newest version of recapcha will actually only appear if it thinks you are a robot and not even require you to click every time.




#1992872 Recent Downtime

Posted by Pyro699 on 12 September 2016 - 01:47 PM

Has there been any recent development upgrade on the site? Maybe it's a case of you something got fixed and broke something else scenario. 

Another thing is you might want to check for the logs. That should give you an idea on whats going on. 

And also might wanna check if the server had some automatic updates done. Sometimes those screw things up to and would require some hotfixes.

 

You guys are awesome! Keep up the good work. I know you'll be able to fix it.

 

a) No we have not done any upgrades or changes to the software.

b) We are knowledgeable enough to know what logs to look in. This included us paying close attention to the server access logs to see who was connecting from what ip and with what useragent. It was must more complicated than we originally would have though.
c) with where we are running our servers, we are in control of everything - there are no automatic updates that could have been applied. But I do agree with you that autoupdates suck and break a lot... Most recently windows 10 autoupdated and broke my virtualbox setups - great times.

 

We are planning some server fixes and updates that will hopefully reduce the possibility of this happening again.




#1992796 Adding Pokecoins to Neocodex Store

Posted by Pyro699 on 10 September 2016 - 10:08 PM

The problem with that is that "pokecoins" are technically currency of what ever platform you are using.

 

android: playstore dollars

ios: itunes money

 

Not as simple as it might appear from the outside ;) But if i can think of a solution - sure :)




#1992793 Recent Downtime

Posted by Pyro699 on 10 September 2016 - 09:21 PM

We are not here to make money. The only reason we have any kind of monetary typed system going on is to help fund the uptime of the server and it has currently let us down. We didn't feel it was right to charge when the service was not providing what we had originally promised. It is nothing out of our pocket to give back to the community that has helped this place become what it is today.

 

If you guys can think of other things to try and make this place better, please let us know and we will see what we can do :)

 

And before you ask Drak - No, we will not bring back the negative rep system.




#1992773 Recent Downtime

Posted by Pyro699 on 10 September 2016 - 02:44 PM

Hey Everyone,
 
So as you may have noticed recently, Codex has been experiencing some downtime over the last few days. Yesterday, I finally went all in and turned a bunch of things off so that we could get a handle on what exactly was going on. Usually when something like this happens, the fix is quite obvious and I can take care of it in a couple of minutes. This time however, it required getting the old team back together and digging in real deep. Yeah, that's how bad things got - I had to call @Hydrogen (3 times - which brought back memories of the hydro-zone). @ShadowLink64 showed up to help us, and even @Waser Lave made a slack account so that we could talk and figure out what was going on. All very nostalgic and brought a tear to our eyes... However that tear was quickly wiped away by our frustration of the server unresponsiveness. No matter how many times we would bang on it, things just wouldn't shake loose.
 
At the root of the problem, something was taking all of the resources - and by "all of the resources" I mean that we would idle at around 160% CPU useage, so it was a little difficult to do testing while letting members onto the site. You might have noticed that there was a "403 Forbidden" message that appeared for you on the site earlier yesterday afternoon. This was in no way to imply that you were banned, we did receive an email inquiring about this and I wanted to clarify why it was that this was done at all. Basically, on the server you have the original contact on the server, then you go to the managing application and then you connect to a database of some sort. The usage spikes came in from the bottom two layers, so we cut off access for everyone at the server layer so that we could actually log into the server ourselves and figure out what was happening. I apologize if this caused anyone confusion yesterday, I am sure you eventually noticed that I replaced that message with one that had 'a little' more detail.
 
At the end of the day we still do not know what the root cause was, we have a couple theories but after 3 days of debugging we just decided to split up some of the server resources and have our database separate from the core of the site. I cannot promise we won't have another downtime like this, but if it does happen again, we will be able to track down the source a little easier.
 
With that in mind, I realize that some of you lost out on your subscriptions and would like some compensation for that. We are going to be extending all existing subscriptions by 2 weeks. We are also going to enable all advanced features (within the program manager only) for non-advanced members for a period of 1 week. Hopefully this makes up for some of the downtime that we have had.
 
Hope this explanation made a bit of sense to you.
 
Welcome back!
- Neocodex Administration


#1988846 Private Lead Change

Posted by Pyro699 on 02 August 2016 - 06:47 PM

Just a quick note to let everyone know that @Rocket has stepped down from her position as the private lead. Let's thank her for all the hard work she has done :D

 

With that position now vacant, I would like to also announce that I have promoted @Coops as the new private lead, I am sure she will do great.

 

Regards

-Cody




#1978174 Codex 2017 Meetup

Posted by Pyro699 on 09 June 2016 - 11:53 AM

Hello Everyone,

As some of you may have already heard, there is a NeoCodex meetup planned for distant future. I have made my rounds across The US and Canada and met up with a bunch of you guys already but think that it would be a great idea if we hold some kind of event where we can all meet up together. We will spend the next few months picking out a location where we will meet and from there we can narrow down the specifics.

We have been having an active conversation on the topic in our slack channel, please feel to come talk about it. http://www.neocodex....x.php?app=slack (Join #codex2017meetup)

Here is a survey that will help us figure out where it is going to be. I have picked areas that are easily accessible to other members.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3K3KXH2

 

Update 1:

I probably should have included this in the initial survey, but please fill out this survey so I can collect information about the locations of those interested in meeting up:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/38963FS

 

Update 2:

I have closed the survey, If you are interested in joining and have not had time to fill out the above survey, please send me an email at [email protected]neocodex.us. There are currently 17 people on the list.

 

The information shared in this survey will remain confidential.

List of people currently confirmed to go:
@Pyro699


* This main post will be continuously updated as more details come through.




#1978101 Hydrogen's Wedding Reception Photos

Posted by Pyro699 on 09 June 2016 - 09:09 AM

Some of you were curious about the photos from the trip that me and @ShadowLink64 took a little while back to welcome Saraah (@Hydrogen's wife) to North America... Here is a photo of the 4 of us :)

Spoiler



#1973704 Introducing SLACK!

Posted by Pyro699 on 02 June 2016 - 03:43 PM

In TC's defense... it is great for those drunken nights - or nights where you wanna piss off some homocidal maniac - or nights where you feel like taking all your clothes off on camera. It has its time and place.

 

But for casual conversation... Slack +1




#1969908 ircChat permissions have been fixed

Posted by Pyro699 on 29 May 2016 - 10:05 AM

I am sitting in a conference quite bored right now and thought to myself "What could i do instead of paying attention to this event i paid 150$ for." Checked my email, saw the nagging message from @Elindoril and decided to look into it.

Now, in my defense the reason this took so long is that during our upgrade of the forum quite some time ago, the permissions page for irc broke somehow and all you see is this lovely message letting you know that some random php function is undefined...

So i went and found the config value in the database (also not trivial as everything is coded with slugs and numeric ids) and then changed it.

Long story short - go to IRC: http://www.neocodex.us/forum/ircChat/


#1961979 Advice Please

Posted by Pyro699 on 18 May 2016 - 01:17 PM

Alright, I am going to stick my nose in here and give a more technical explanation of whats happened. Unfortunately i cannot side completely with you. While you used an example of purchasing a gallon of milk, think of it like going to the video store and renting a VHS (yeah, im being old school). You made the rental for 1 week, you pay the fee to rent the movie - then you decide you didnt like it. Well, you already had it for a little bit and they cannot do partial refunds. This situation is slightly similar.

When you purchase a domain from go-daddy or ican or any of the other domain providers, they are essentially acting as a middleman between you and the domain registrar for that TLD. Domains that end in .ca are owned by https://cira.ca

So it gets more complicated when you are doing this. Usually in the terms and conditions there are clauses telling you that all purchases are final. If you read the ToS of Steady Cloud ( https://www.steadycl...rms-of-service/ ) they have this in the document:

Domains:
Domain renewals are billed and renewed thirty (30) days before the renewal date. It is your responsibility to notify Steady Cloud Billing department via a support ticket created from http://support.SteadyCloud.com to cancel any domain registration at least thirty (30) days prior to the renewal date. No refunds will be given once a domain is renewed. All domain registrations and renewals are final.


You would have been purchasing the domain for immediate use, so the 30 days do not apply to you here.


I knowledge of domain registration and ownership is not top notch, but that is the information that I currently know on the situation.

As for some advice on your next steps, I am not entirely sure - from how you worded the message above it sounds like you have registered your domain successfully and ran into problems when it came to the services for actually building your blog. You can initiate a domain transfer to move the domain between services (usually costs a fee). It depends on what you want in the end from all this, I can try and help you continue and set up your blog with you - but i highly doubt you will be able to get the money back unless you file a complaint with your credit card company.


#1961340 Is there a way to make the forums prettier?

Posted by Pyro699 on 17 May 2016 - 12:59 PM

Yeah, I noticed your activity tripled today.

Someone had to take out the trash.


#1944352 Vote for your Favourite Pokemon!

Posted by Pyro699 on 07 February 2016 - 01:35 PM

uhhhhhh - no. i got nothing :p