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Admin Update To Photographers : Database Problems

Mon May 06, 2002 3:02 am

Hi all

Just a short post to let you know where things stand at the moment regarding the database problem.

Johan attempted yesterday to do a long-distance repair to the bug affecting the database additions scripts. One of the screeners then gave it a trial run, which was two-thirds successful ... two photos uploaded without any apparent errors, but a third had the broken links problem we saw occuring on Friday.

Under these circumstances it was decided to again halt database additions until Johan can sort out the problem on his return to Lulea tomorrow (Monday). Once the problem is cleared, the screeners will have that backlog to work through (currently edging towards 1600).

While I can understand the frustration that many photographers must be feeling at not seeing any movement in the queue, please remember the point I made in the other thread I posted, about the risks of screeners having to work under the pressure of a large backlog.

Some comments on other threads I've seen in this forum:

Forum for Admin announcements:
I believe this was one of the original intentions of the Non-Aviation Forum ... but it seems more appropriate to post photography-related announcements in this forum, as they only really affect photographers directly.
While the idea of a separate announcements forum is something that could be considered for the future, there is no guarantee that people would read that forum any more than this one.
Ideally, in a situation like this, I would have sent out a mass email to update all of the photographers ... unfortunately I did not have direct access to a usable list of email addresses (and I didn't fancy a couple of thousand "cut & pastes") else I would have done that. Doing a mass emailing is a rare thing for this website, though, as you may have noticed from past experience - I think Johan prefers not to do them.

Banner:
I can add banners to the homepage, and considered doing that, but didn't because I felt it was a temporary problem that directly affected only the photographers; besides, how many of you enter the website via the homepage, and of those of you who do, how many wait for the banners to load? (they load last)

Flaming icon for Admin posts:
Unfortunately only Johan can add these at the moment, else I would have been able to make my previous post a bit more visible.

Disabling the Uploads page:
That's a webmaster-only action. Not too easy for anyone else to change the links of a website when it's sitting on a dedicated server at a remote location. It's a plus for the security of the website, though  Big grin

These are issues which I believe Johan will be looking at so as to be able to keep you better informed should there ever be a re-occurance of this sort of situation. That besides, I am confidant that the current problem will be a thing of the past within 24 hours, and things will soon be back to "business as usual".

Thank you again for your patience in the meantime.

Andrew Davies (Southflite)
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RE: Admin Update To Photographers : Database Problems

Mon May 06, 2002 3:53 am

Hey Andrew,

Thanks for posting and clearing the situation out  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Best regards,
Frederic

 
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RE: Admin Update To Photographers : Database Problems

Mon May 06, 2002 4:04 am

What I still don't know: will the pics be added, or do we have to upload the pics again, including all the accepted ones?

Saludos
Gerardo
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RE: Admin Update To Photographers : Database Problems

Mon May 06, 2002 4:05 am

Gerardo,

I suggest we wait for Johan to get back and sort this out. Honestly, I don't think anyone knows.........sigh

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RE: Admin Update To Photographers : Database Problems

Mon May 06, 2002 4:25 am

S1, grab a couple of beers and enjoy the sundays evening.... You guys are really working too hard!!!

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RE: Admin Update To Photographers : Database Problems

Tue May 07, 2002 5:33 am

Hi Andrew,

Thank you for the information. It is a good idea to wait until the problem has been fixed and the queue clear before sending more photos.

Regards,

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RE: Admin Update To Photographers : Database Problems

Tue May 07, 2002 6:46 pm

Hi all
Can any of the screeners clear up the question of photo's that were accepted from the HQ list but not added. do we have to re-upload .I had 9 Accepted that got lost.
Cheers Barrie
 
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RE: Admin Update To Photographers : Database Problems

Tue May 07, 2002 6:53 pm

You can find the reason for the fault yourself, just have a look around. You should re-upload, yes...
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RE: Admin Update To Photographers : Database Problems

Wed May 08, 2002 9:08 pm

Once and for all: do we have to upload the pictures, which were accepted but got lost, again?

Thanks for clarifying
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RE: Admin Update To Photographers : Database Problems

Wed May 08, 2002 9:23 pm

Hello,

Yes, I am very sorry to say that those photos that were uploaded but did not appear in the database were lost and we have no way of restoring them. Please re-upload those photos.

I am sorry for the inconvenience, the problem is fixed now and this should not happen again.

With Regards,
Johan
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RE: Admin Update To Photographers : Database Problems

Wed May 08, 2002 9:32 pm

Any ideas, how to notify the screeners, that these were already accepted shots? This would make things easier, in my opinion.

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RE: Admin Update To Photographers : Database Problems

Wed May 08, 2002 10:38 pm

I think it would be a fine idea to put this in the remark field: "NOTE TO THE SCREENERS, this shot was laready accepted on xx.xx.2002 at xx.xx.xx"

Peter
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RE: Admin Update To Photographers : Database Problems

Thu May 09, 2002 4:39 am

OK, thanks.

I'm glad I didn't upload a whole bunch of pics  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Regards
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