#1 2020-06-24 17:17:59

This topic is for discussion of managing the site after Bill's passing.

I was able to copy a full backup of the files and databases early this morning, so the bound archives are safe.  I also initiated the process with Linode to get ownership of the site transferred into my name, which will make sure the hosting bill gets paid and the site stays up.

The most immediate concern is that now I am the single point of failure, so it would be appreciated if someone could step up to be my backup.  This requires a certain (but not extreme) level of technical savvy, plus you will need to have or obtain a Linode account.  I will then be able to attach your account.

The second priority is the expiration of the high-street.org domain name on September 16.  I don't have any access to choad's account with the domain registrar.  It might be possible for me to register the name after it expires, but domain squatters have a tendency to pounce so I'm not too hopeful.  Suggestions for a new name will be cheerfully accepted.  (BTW, High Street can also currently be accessed at greenlobster.net, but almost nobody does - I also don't control that name, which coincidentally expires a year from today.)

Feel free to bring up other things that come to mind; I'm currently focused on the immediate tasks and not really looking at the big picture.

In addition to High Street, Bill also ran Wareham Observer/Wareham Water, a similar forum but focusing on local town matters.  I'll need to come up with a transition plan for that, too.  There doesn't seem to have been activity there recently, so maybe it can be put into stasis - still would like to keep it available, even if it's closed to new posts.

Thanks to everyone for your support, and especially to Bill for making this possible in the first place.

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#2 2020-06-24 17:51:13

I would like to suggest: www.highstreetdiaspora.com as an alternate URL, or maybe www.choads-space.com.    Both are currently available.  Just my 2 cents.

I used to be tech savvy enough to offer to be a backup for this kind of thing, but I haven't dabbled in web development in a good 6-7 years.  I have basic knowledge, so if no one else steps up, I could be a last resort. 

Thanks,

RT

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#3 2020-06-24 20:12:03

How about Rcade Giving Us Cruel.Com?

Hadda Ask.

Dusty

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#4 2020-06-24 20:16:02

Well, that went quicker than I thought.  The transfer is done and everything seems to be working.  Speak up if you see anything amiss.

Not a bad suggestion, Dusty...

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#5 2020-06-25 01:51:53

Thanks Square. It would honour Choad, as he pulled us from the ashes.

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#6 2020-06-25 06:11:11

Does Rcade still have cruel.com registered?  I can always ask him...unless he sees it here first.

IF not, there's always crueldiaspora.com as well.

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#7 2020-06-25 11:20:20

Woggah, last time that I know of, he did.

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#8 2020-06-25 12:42:08

Cruel redux would be perfect if the domain name is available.  I would offer to be a backup, but my tech chops are limited to power tools and legal niceties.  I do appreciate all the effort that maintaining this little zoo entails.  Thank you, square and others, for stepping up. 

p.s. - i promise never to use comic sans again.

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#9 2020-06-25 13:31:43

I'm in for an annual donation to keep this digital dive-bar alive, I love it here.

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#10 2020-06-25 14:16:22

FYI, I talked to Rogers.  Due to him not being self employed anymore, he is (rightly) concerned about letting us use Cruel since it ties back to him.  He did think about it for a hot minute....but that option appears to be out.

RT

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#11 2020-06-25 16:46:54

Emmeran wrote:

I'm in for an annual donation to keep this digital dive-bar alive, I love it here.

Ditto.

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#12 2020-06-25 16:54:05

square wrote:

Well, that went quicker than I thought.  The transfer is done and everything seems to be working.  Speak up if you see anything amiss.

Not a bad suggestion, Dusty...

Everything looks as it should from what I can tell.

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#13 2020-06-26 14:18:44

How about Cruel-Street.com?

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#14 2020-06-26 14:19:16

Baywolfe wrote:

Emmeran wrote:

I'm in for an annual donation to keep this digital dive-bar alive, I love it here.

Ditto.

I'm in.

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#16 2020-06-27 00:53:54

Fled wrote:

How about Cruel-Street.com?

Sounds Good!

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#17 2020-06-27 01:01:43

Fled wrote:

How about Cruel-Street.com?

I'd buy that. Count me in. Bill would guffaw if he only knew it took his demise to spark new commitment to this shabby place. Somebody better post something less drab,  or at least some decent tits.

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#18 2020-06-27 19:10:07

I'll throw money in once I get past the possibilities of eviction due to loss of business, and Oregon Unemployment fucking me over for being self employed.  I will know for sure by the 1st.

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#19 2020-06-28 01:22:39

I'm happy to run with the mob.

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#20 2020-06-28 22:35:25

I'd be happy to help out financially, that's the easy part.  I took down my BBS 16 years ago, and since then have set up one message board and one Facebork group so my technical savy is dated or small.  I have a very full time job and several volunteer things going on, adding another one wouldn't kill me but you might not get fast turn around.

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#21 2020-06-29 08:25:51

Should the aforementioned nor my own (hereby pledged) support suffice,  the Federal Reserve is advertising and may be an option. 

http://high-street.org/uploads/thumbs/307_fed_reserve.jpg

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#22 2020-06-29 13:17:24

I hate to get into nuts and bolts but someone must take ownership then we need to calculate annual costs and necessary fund raising goals.  Also, sadly, we must establish a line of succession to prevent this from happening again.  I'd volunteer but seeing how I flat-lined twice in January that would probably be a very temporary solution.

Damn Bill we miss you...

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#23 2020-06-29 21:36:22

Emmeran wrote:

I hate to get into nuts and bolts but someone must take ownership then we need to calculate annual costs and necessary fund raising goals.  Also, sadly, we must establish a line of succession to prevent this from happening again.  I'd volunteer but seeing how I flat-lined twice in January that would probably be a very temporary solution.

Damn Bill we miss you...

Agreed, two or three people should have access. We ran a local Fido mail co-op back when.  I've taken to heart something Jim Gaffney said when we were setting it up.  It's important to not only do things right, but you also have to avoid the appearance of impropriety.  I suggest if you're going to set something up with contributions everything be public. Or just whoever wants can pay as the bills come due.  Whenever there's nobody willing to keep it going it shuts down.

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#24 2020-06-29 21:41:19

Still not back home yet so I haven't been participating much in the conversation.  Thanks to all those offering to chip in funds.  The actual cost is small ($5/month) so even adding the name registration and a backup service (which we should) ought not to exceed $100/year.  I'm in good enough shape to manage that, so no worries there.

So far RT and hedgewizard have said they could be technical backups but aren't that up to date.  That's fine, there's not much real need to dig in and get your hands dirty.  If anyone else wants to step up, please post.  While I'm in reasonable health, one never knows and having a plan is good.

As JR points out, some more posts would be fantastic!  And keep the name suggestions coming; I haven't given that much thought as yet but am liking the ideas.

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