We Have a Technical – Our Community Site Will Be Down Tomorrow for Two Hours

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Sometimes we have to take the website down for a bit – be it a new version being deployed, some technical problem that needs to be fixed or a database being migrated. The latter is the case tomorrow morning (Vienna time), hence we have to take the site for about two hours.

This photo by tommynorth gets shown if there are some troubles on the site

The details again: we have to take the community site down for a database migration tomorrow morning between 10:00 and 12:00 Vienna time. We hope it will take less, but we just want to be on the safe side. This will only affect the community site, not the shop!

Given that you are reading this article we assume you spend quite a bit of time on this site. Thanks for doing so, it makes us happy and proud so many people visit our site daily! Especially if you have been around since the beginning you might have experienced some downtime, the site being slow, things taking forever, …

So what’s the process? Who is working on this site? Basically we are two designers and four programmers. We constantly work on the community and shop site: be it redesigns, bug fixing, new features, improving old features, working on feedback, trying out things in the playground, trying to make this a fun place for you to hang out – most of my articles either cover new features or random galleries if you wanna catch up.

Technically we are running on Ruby on Rails, with Postgres and MongoDB as a database. Most of the frontend is in XHTML strict, but we are tapping into HTML5, for JavaScript we use MooTools, for CSS files we use SASS (which I personally love a lot). We try to avoid Flash, but for the upload (multiple files) we still rely on it. The shop runs on Magento, with more or less the same frontend technology as the community site (but Prototype, instead of Mootools). We design on paper. Then refine it in photoshop sometimes, but more likely build it in HTML directly (saves us a lot of time).

That’s about it. Is there anything you want to know? Please ask us anything in the comments!

Oh, the article title refers to We Have A Technical by Matt Sharp & Damon Albarn (a Gary Numan cover version).

written by recurving on 2011-04-26 in #news #shop #announcement #community

22 Comments

  1. explorette
    explorette ·

    boo for site closure but yay for making the site better!

  2. xxxanderrr
    xxxanderrr ·

    Great, I'll be in the gym around that time anyway ^^

  3. fedaste
    fedaste ·

    Should rather work than surfing anyway ;) Thanks for your work...

  4. eatcpcks
    eatcpcks ·

    Favorite article ever:) I love knowing the technicals:) Wanna be part of the team:)

  5. mikahsupageek
    mikahsupageek ·

    LIKE ON BIGGER PICTURES (slideshow) :p <3

  6. squamy
    squamy ·

    Ooh, I like knowing the ins and outs too being a software dev myself. Hooray for PostgrSQL! Open source all the way :)

  7. kylewis
    kylewis ·

    Any chance of writing in something to keep the SPAMMERS out!

  8. recurving
    recurving ·

    @kylewis: i know this is a pain – but as this is no script but someone putting in the work creating these comments even captchas won't help… we could limit commenting only to people who have uploaded, but that feels like leaving someone out… but we are on the issue!

  9. peropero
    peropero ·

    I LOVE THAT PICTURE!

  10. orangeuke
    orangeuke ·

    PLEASE BRING BACK OKTOKINO!!! :(

  11. maxwellmaxen
    maxwellmaxen ·

    where can i sign @peropero

  12. faisal_aziz
    faisal_aziz ·

    @orangeuke agreed! OKTOKINO and OSCM :D we miss them! :D

  13. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    There is a bunch of "Tipsters of the Week" still lost on scapegoat's Lomohome. Could they be placed on their proper owners Lomohomes, and the medals awarded. This has been lost for over a year. Thanx.

  14. orangeuke
    orangeuke ·

    @faisal_aziz: I just got my Oktomat a couple weeks ago and I WISH I had had it when there was still Oktokino. Btw wat's OSCM?

  15. dianalerias
    dianalerias ·

    Good luck! Hope it goes smoothly.

  16. mephisto19
    mephisto19 ·

    oktokino, oktokino, oktokino

  17. miss_maha
    miss_maha ·

    Adding a captcha to keep out the annoying robot spammers that show up alot lately?

  18. eva_eva
    eva_eva ·

    agreed with @faisal_aziz @orangeuke ! Please bring back OKTOKINO and OSCM ! :D

  19. orangeuke
    orangeuke ·

  20. nural
    nural ·

    considering your suggestion that the shop will be open when the site is down... Why isn't there anyhting white in the Euro shop?? No LC-A or Sprocket White and I'm dying to buy both!

  21. domyblue
    domyblue ·

    In the last days I can't post private messages and after the community site down, now I can't see new notifications ... is only a problem of my account or is connected to the work in progress of the community site? The only thing I can do is like :)

  22. rexfuture
    rexfuture ·

    haha..

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