Over the last year, the site disk storage requirements have been getting closer to the limits of our current hosting provider. We have had the current provider for over three years, so it was time to evaluate competitors anyway. I ended up findng one that offers a lot more storage at a much lower price along with better performance, so it’s moving time.
With moving, I did some behind the scenes clean up, and decided to make one change: the new server will only support HTTPS, encrypting all traffic. All existing links will still work, but will automatically redirect you from http to https. The only difference you should notice besides an extra “s” in URLs is that the site will now be considered secure by your browser and you will not get annoying messages warning you to not enter your password on newer browsers.
I will most likely make the move this evening (Friday, January 4), meaning a few hours of downtime.
So I have not been very diligent about documenting the site finances, but then again we no longer have expense or donations as large as the first few years.
Moving forward with a new hosting provider, the ongoing costs will be lower: $35/year for hosting $26/year for domain registration (estimate, pre-paid through 2021) $12/year for backup storage (approximate) == $73/year total
There is a bug where some people cannot see pics in private groups.
As a short-term work, around, access the site via lifeinbklyn.com (no www, with a y).
I will fix this in the next week.
I am also thinking about making it so that whatever url you access the site as, you will automatically get redirected to lifeinbklyn.com This will fix issues with having to log in again when accessing links with a different url name, while still keeping the security session system used by the site intact.
A couple of debates are going on, and I think it makes sense to have one place to discuss that's not buried in various OT threads.
Right now, the public groups, including this one and the OT can be read by anyone on the internet, and are included in search engines such as Google. Public groups are managed by site admins/editors, and new posts can only be bade by site authors.
Private groups cannot be seen by people who are not members, which also means that they cannot be seen by people not logged in or search engines.
I see several options when it comes to "privacy" (Note: I put privacy in quotes because the policy of the site is still to let anyone join who is not an obvious spammer or has previously been banned). - Keep things as is. - Create a new type of public group that can only be seen by logged in members. - Make it so all public groups can only be seen by logged in members. - Something else????
Over the past week, I've made a number of minor enhancements to the site, largely behind the scenes with backups, session management, logging, and admin interfaces.
The key user-side feature being released is "Ignore."
Go to someone's profile page (the easiest way is by clicking on their avatar next to a comment), and there is an option to ignore the person.
When ignoring a person, you will not see any comments they make, and in other places you will not see their name or avatar. A list of people you are ignoring will be show on the left side, with links to take you back to their profile and stop ignoring them.
Please note that due to the way new comment counts are kept, when you ignore and stop ignoring a person the counts may not be updated immediately or accurately.
The person you are ignoring has no way of knowing that you are doing so, and that person can still see all of your posts in public groups and private groups that you are both members of.
I also fixed an issue when editing where multiple line breaks were collapsed into one.