Dearest members and visitors of the Fountain Pen Network,
We managed to increase the speed of the board quite a bit, with the aid of our excellent server hosting support team. It required a lot of investigating, trials and errors, and the inescapable local backups, just in case. The latter was the most time consuming.
From a server performance POV, things look good now, at least, with few users logged in, we still have to see of course how it performs with a normal, full complement of members browsing FPN. We'll monitor performance closely however.
The new board software clearly behaves differently to the old one, so we will likely do some more tweaking in the next few weeks, although we don't expect the server to have to go down for these anymore. However, better never say never again, considering the experience of the past few days.
The new software behaves differently specifically when saving posts or messages. It may seem to take forever. We therefore suggest that people click on the More Reply Options button rather than the Post button, which will bring the editor into full editor mode first, and do a preview of the post. This way, posting a message is a lot faster we found, and one doesn't get these weird waiting forever screens.
Some investigation was done into the redirects which didn't disappear completely for some. To prevent as much of these occurrences as possible, we upgraded the server software too, as the new board software supports this. If you find these redirects are still happening, do clear browser cache and temp files first, and if they still happen thereafter, do let us know at the admin gmail address. We takes this extremely seriously.
Finally, we also tightened security even further, with the aid of several of our fellow FPN-ers, who offered their help backchannel. Thanks to you all for being so kind, it was much appreciated. We also appreciated all support in general we received from our members, it did really give a boost to morale, while trying to sort out all of these problems under a lot of stress and with little sleep, to get this board up and running again as quickly as possible.
Well we are back again, and keeping our fingers crossed for now .
Thank you all for your patience, understanding, and support!
The FPN Admin Team