phpBB conversion of Fogbow Forum

It needs a lot of work. Don’t even sug­gest improve­ments yet. 😉


I have sent new pass­words to all but 3 of you, and I don’t know which 3, nyuk, nyuk. Check your email, and if you can’t log in, you may beg and plead with me at

1:35 p.m. — They’re done, folks. Woot. Now I need to move the instal­la­tion to the same URL as the IPBoard forum. This should take less than an hour, then a bit of test­ing, and I think I’m on track for 3 p.m. still.

12:25 — I got delayed leav­ing the house. They’re delet­ing the iden­ti­fiers now. They’ve installed the pass­word send­ing tool. We’re near­ly there, folks, but I have to walk. I **think** we’ll be online again well before 3 p.m., and our long nation­al night­mare will be over.

12:00 p.m. — They’re test­ing to make sure every­thing is work­ing prop­er­ly. In run­ning the scripts, they gave every forum and every thread an iden­ti­fi­er, which has to be removed after they’re done check­ing. Then the pass­word emails go out. I’m going to go do my dai­ly 4 mile walk. Back about 1:15.


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REMINDER: They are going to send you an email with your new pass­word. They can’t car­ry over pass­words so every­one gets a new pass­word. If your email address that is reg­is­tered with the forum is an address you can still access, you should be get­ting a new email address lat­er today, not sure how much lat­er but not very long, I think.

Once you log in with your new pass­word, you can change your pass­word to what­ev­er you nor­mal­ly use.


Only one remain­ing step, which is to remove some iden­ti­fiers from the forums and threads. I don’t think that will take long. I hope that we’ll be back online with­in the next hour or so. Cross your fin­gers!

9:20 a.m. — Sent them anoth­er email ask­ing for a progress report. By gum, I’m gonna hang in there!

8:15 a.m. — No fur­ther word, but if I don’t hear from them by 9 a.m. I’ll send anoth­er reminder/request for con­fir­ma­tion.

6:15 a.m. — They say they’re work­ing to fix the issues I point­ed out.

6:00 a.m. — New email from me to the con­ver­sion team:

It has now been an hour since I sent you an email with screen­shots and detailed infor­ma­tion regard­ing the miss­ing posts.

May I have con­fir­ma­tion that you received that email and are work­ing to restore the miss­ing posts?

They want to play “Did you get my email?” Yeah, I can play that game too.

5:00 a.m., July 24 — Now they’re say­ing they told me they fin­ished yes­ter­day and I didn’t get the email. Uhh, no. I was look­ing for that email all god­damn day, and it didn’t go to spam either. Oh, well. So I checked what they have and they’re still miss­ing a lot of posts. I sent them a very detailed expla­na­tion with screen­shots just now, show­ing them that they are miss­ing 66 posts from “Hijack This Thread” and 99 posts from the “Con­ver­sion back to phpBB” thread. I told them to keep try­ing and I would wait all day, but get it done. The mem­berlist looks good, and when they get all the posts I’m going to open up the new board. Again, I apol­o­gize for this inex­cus­able delay. Grrrr some more.

An omen — today’s Word of the Day from is Sty­gian.

1. Dark or gloomy.
2. Hell­ish.
3. Unbreak­able or com­plete­ly bind­ing (said of an oath).
4. Relat­ing to the riv­er Styx.

Uhh … that’s not good!

9:00 p.m. — I’ve looked at it and they’ve almost got it, but once again there are a few threads miss­ing. I reck­on I’m going to give them until tomor­row morn­ing. If I haven’t heard from them, I’ll open up the forum at 5 a.m., but if they get it done with­in an hour or two after that I’m going to go with what they have, so don’t post any­thing you don’t want to risk los­ing. I apol­o­gize for the delay and thank every­one for your patience. Mañana.

8:00 p.m. — Maybe they got hit by an aster­oid. I’ll try to stay up until I hear from them.

While we’re wait­ing, here’s a clip of Arpaio div­ing into the birther pool again with Jake Tap­per on CNN.

Arpaio Birfs at Tap­per

7:00 p.m. — I sent them an email ask­ing for a progress report, remind­ing them that the forum has been offline for 14 hours already. Grrr.

5:30 — Still no word. Still too ear­ly to pan­ic.

4:00 p.m. —  Nut­tin’ hon­ey.

3:00 p.m. — Search par­ties are dig­ging fran­ti­cal­ly through the rub­ble. But I know the con­ver­sion folks want to get paid, so I trust they are work­ing hard to get the new phpBB forum up and run­ning. I’ll check email every ½ hour.

1:10 p.m. — Still no word. I’m leav­ing the house for an hour or so. Back soon.

12:00 p.m. — Still no word. It may take a few more hours, folks. Please be patient!

10:05 a.m. East­ern — The only word I’ve received is “We’re work­ing on it.” They told me from the start that the final step takes sev­er­al hours. On the bright side, there’s been no bad news. More will be revealed!

More Mountains, High Desert …

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Vacation Reconfiguration

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