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What happened to all the new posts?
    #3250938 - 10/19/04 10:57 AM (13 years, 7 months ago)

As an admin it's my job to help insure our data is safe from accidental corruption and deletion. This fact makes it that much harder to admit today I royally screwed up in my duties. While working on a fix for a bug in the BB's polling mechanism, I accidentally deleted all posts beyond recovery. It was a totally stupid, brainless mistake: I had about 20 windows open at once and I clicked 'Drop Table' in the wrong one. Anyway, my best option was to restore the posts from our most recent backup which was taken on 10/13/04. Sadly any posts made since then are permanently gone, although everything else (ratings, private messages, image uploads, etc.) should be intact.

The only thing to do after making a mistake like this is to learn from it, and I have. Backups will now be taken on a daily basis, so we'll never lose more than 24 hours of posts. They'll also be saved in a format which can be imported instantly, so if something like this happens again the board won't be down for hours while we restore. More importantly, I learned to slow down and take my time when messing with the database. I realized I can still make big mistakes even when performing routine tasks, and I should always pay close attention to what I'm doing. I sincerely apologize for the error, especially to those who lost posts, and I promise to be more careful in the future.

On a happier note, during the downtime I was able to get the polls pretty much completely fixed. The problem was due to a bug in the stock BB software and I've submitted a fix to the developer. Duplicate votes should no longer be allowed, and any dupes which were recorded have been removed. So, I did accomplish my goal of fixing the script even though it took about 16 hours longer than planned and resulted in the irreparable loss of data :undecided:.

Anyway, if anybody has questions or comments about what happened, I'll be glad to address them.



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Re: What happened to all the new posts? [Re: ]
    #3253022 - 10/19/04 09:29 PM (13 years, 7 months ago)

Dude, considering how hard you work on this site you should not feel any need to apologize IMO. I mean damn anyone can make a mistake, to err is human afterall :wink:

Don't sweat it, we lose a few days, oh well not the end of the world.

Don't feel bad at all bud  :heart:

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