Member # 1
posted 06. May 2002 13:00
We at ISCID think that ARN has the best darn general discussion boad on the net. They have been having some problems with their webserver lately and we thought we'd let Brainstorms participants know what is going on. We wish them the best in getting their site back up and running. Here's their report of the situation:
Several weeks ago our web host reported a power outage that took our website down for a short period of time. Evidently it also damaged some disk drives in the RAID storage system. They were attempting to replace these drives in the RAID system when some kind of failure resulted in the loss of data. When they went to restore they discovered that their tape backup system had not been functioning properly since 3-25-02.
The bottom line is that we will be able to restore the discussion forum as it was on 3-25-02 (about 10 days after we launched the new forum), but all the posts since then are most likely unrecoverable. We will be able to
restore our html pages because we create those and upload them to the host, but since we do not create the forum content, we do not have a copy to restore.
As a result of this experience, we are working with our web host to implement a remote backup plan that will allow us to make a copy of our entire site as often as we would like. When we get the forum back up I will have our webmaster post a message to our forum users explaining what happened and encouraging them to back up their own posts as well (especially those with significant original content). He will also add the new forums that were created after 3-25 such as Off-Topic, ID News, Humo(u)r, Book Discussion Forum, RSK4, etc.
Perhaps the best way to explain this to people is to tell them the ARN forum experienced simultaneous mutations that unfortunately did not generate any new information, but instead resulted in a loss of information (Sorry, just trying to find a little humor in all this:-).
It may be several days before we get the forum back up (worst case by the end of the week).
[ 06 May 2002, 13:03: Message edited by: Moderator ]