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Status Notices / Scheduled maintenance, 2019-10-26
« on: October 23, 2019, 08:55:44 PM »
The homepage, forum and wiki will be going offline for about 5 minutes on 2019-10-26, between 09:00 and 09:15 UTC.

In your local time (if you are logged in and have your time offset correctly configured), this is:
October 26, 2019, 09:00:00 AM


Some prepatory maintenance work is going to be carried out to facilitate future plans. This does not impact any existing services, but does require a reboot.

At the same time, we will install security updates on the server which hosts the homepage, forum and wiki. These will be non-disruptive to functionality, as the server is running a stable OS release that gets critical fixes only.

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Status Notices / Scheduled maintenance, 2019-10-20
« on: October 16, 2019, 08:28:12 PM »
The homepage, forum and wiki will be going offline for up to 30 minutes on 2019-10-20, between 09:00 and 09:30 UTC.

In your local time (if you are logged in and have your time offset correctly configured), this is:
October 20, 2019, 09:00:00 AM


We are going to migrate the wiki to a new database system, the same one used by the forum. We are also going to be doing some database tuning to adjust it to the new server we migrated to last month.

At the same time, we will install security updates on the server which hosts the homepage, forum and wiki. These will be non-disruptive to functionality, as the server is running a stable OS release that gets critical fixes only.

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Status Notices / Scheduled maintenance, 2019-10-13
« on: October 10, 2019, 10:09:13 PM »
The homepage, forum and wiki will be going offline for about five minutes on 2019-10-13, between 09:00 and 09:15 UTC.

In your local time (if you are logged in and have your time offset correctly configured), this is:
October 13, 2019, 09:00:00 AM


The intent is to install security updates on the server which hosts the homepage, forum and wiki. These will be non-disruptive to functionality, as the server is running a stable OS release that gets critical fixes only.

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Status Notices / Scheduled maintenance, 2019-09-12
« on: September 08, 2019, 03:34:23 PM »
The homepage, forum and wiki will be going offline for about five minutes on 2019-09-12, between 09:00 and 09:15 UTC.

In your local time (if you are logged in and have your time offset correctly configured), this is:
September 12, 2019, 09:00:00 AM


The server needs to be rebooted in order to complete the unblock for sending mail as described in the previous maintenance thread.

At the same time, we will install security updates on the server which hosts the homepage, forum and wiki. These will be non-disruptive to functionality, as the server is running a stable OS release that gets critical fixes only.

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Status Notices / Scheduled maintenance, 2019-09-07
« on: August 31, 2019, 11:19:35 PM »
The homepage, forum and wiki will be going offline for up to an hour on 2019-09-07, between 09:00 and 10:00 UTC.

In your local time (if you are logged in and have your time offset correctly configured), this is:
September 07, 2019, 09:00:00 AM


The server which hosts the homepage, forum and wiki is to be migrated to a new hosting provider at this time. No user-facing changes are expected.

At the same time, we will install security updates on the server which hosts the homepage, forum and wiki. These will be non-disruptive to functionality, as the server is running a stable OS release that gets critical fixes only.

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Status Notices / Scheduled maintenance, 2019-08-11
« on: August 09, 2019, 11:28:19 AM »
The homepage, forum and wiki will be going offline for about five minutes on 2019-08-11, between 09:00 and 09:15 UTC.

In your local time (if you are logged in and have your time offset correctly configured), this is:
August 11, 2019, 09:00:00 AM


The intent is to install security updates on the server which hosts the homepage, forum and wiki. These will be non-disruptive to functionality, as the server is running a stable OS release that gets critical fixes only.

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Status Notices / Emergency maintenance, 2019-06-18
« on: June 18, 2019, 04:29:40 PM »
The homepage, forum and wiki went offline a moment ago for a couple of minutes.

This was to install a security patch to remedy the recent Linux kernel TCP vulnerabilities.

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Arts & Entertainment / Reviewing the reviewer: The Christgau picks
« on: June 14, 2019, 07:46:57 PM »
In the grand tradition of threads about listening through a set of recordings with a collective theme, I have decided to review all of the top album of the year picks from the supreme cuntface himself, Robert Christgau. As it turns out, these are all albums I have never heard before, which makes things a lot more interesting. Christgau tends to be pretty scathing about the sort of music I do like, so who knows how this will turn out?

For each album, I will first listen to the music and review it, and only then read Christgau's review and add my comments (except for the first pick, which I've already glanced at his review for). I will then give his grading of the album a grade. Sounds fair, right?

The list of albums included is nicely collated from his yearly (since 1974) Dean's Lists on Wikipedia, for those following along at home.

See you (hopefully) tomorrow for a review of Joy of Cooking, FES.

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Status Notices / Scheduled maintenance, 2019-06-15
« on: June 13, 2019, 07:07:24 AM »
The homepage, forum and wiki will be going offline for about five minutes on 2019-06-15, between 09:00 and 09:15 UTC.

In your local time (if you are logged in and have your time offset correctly configured), this is:
June 15, 2019, 09:00:00 AM


The intent is to install security updates on the server which hosts the homepage, forum and wiki. These will be non-disruptive to functionality, as the server is running a stable OS release that gets critical fixes only.

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Status Notices / Scheduled maintenance, 2019-03-09
« on: March 04, 2019, 08:56:09 PM »
The homepage, forum and wiki will be going offline for about five minutes on 2019-03-09, between 10:00 and 10:15 UTC.

In your local time (if you are logged in and have your time offset correctly configured), this is:
March 09, 2019, 10:00:00 AM


The intent is to install security updates on the server which hosts the homepage, forum and wiki. These will be non-disruptive to functionality, as the server is running a stable OS release that gets critical fixes only.

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Status Notices / Unplanned outage, 2019-01-23
« on: January 23, 2019, 06:09:09 AM »
The forum and homepage were offline from about 00:07 to 06:05 UTC on 2019-01-23. The cause was the database partition running out of disk space while the admin was asleep.

In the short term, I've just added more space. The long-term fix is to set up proper monitoring so we know well in advance when this sort of thing is going to happen.

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Status Notices / Scheduled maintenance, 2019-01-26
« on: January 22, 2019, 04:08:14 PM »
The homepage, forum and wiki will be going offline for up to an hour on 2019-01-26, between 10:00 and 11:00 UTC.

In your local time (if you are logged in and have your time offset correctly configured), this is:
January 26, 2019, 10:00:00 AM


The intent is to migrate the server which hosts the homepage, forum and wiki to a different (but related) operating system, which should provide reliability, security and maintenance benefits going forward.

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Status Notices / Scheduled maintenance, 2019-01-19
« on: January 16, 2019, 07:48:52 PM »
The homepage, forum and wiki will be going offline for about five minutes on 2019-01-19, between 10:00 and 10:15 UTC.

In your local time (if you are logged in and have your time offset correctly configured), this is:
January 19, 2019, 10:00:00 AM


The intent is to install security updates on the server which hosts the homepage, forum and wiki. These will be non-disruptive to functionality, as the server is running a stable OS release that gets critical fixes only.

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Status Notices / Scheduled maintenance, 2018-12-15
« on: December 13, 2018, 06:52:53 AM »
The homepage, forum and wiki will be going offline for about five minutes on 2018-12-15, between 10:00 and 10:15 UTC.

In your local time (if you are logged in and have your time offset correctly configured), this is:
December 15, 2018, 10:00:00 AM


The intent is to install security updates on the server which hosts the homepage, forum and wiki. These will be non-disruptive to functionality, as the server is running a stable OS release that gets critical fixes only.

At the same time, the server's timezone and canonical hostname will be changed. This is not expected to cause any problems.

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Announcements / We've got five years, stuck on my eyes
« on: December 01, 2018, 12:28:31 PM »
Five years ago to the minute, I asked for help in building the best damn Flat Earth discussion forum on the web. The growth and success we've seen since then is more amazing than any of us ever could have hoped for.

The number of people who've helped make this place what it is is too numerous to mention, but here are some high points:
  • Our forum growth is accelerating both in terms of new topics and new members, in a decade when independent web forums overall are rapidly declining.
  • We remain one of the few Flat Earth discussion forums that welcomes constructive discussion from Round Earthers. We still believe that the best way to improve our own ideas is by exposing them to criticism.
  • Our wiki has grown into one of the richest references for Flat Earth knowledge on the web, and continues to be actively maintained.
  • On social media, we continue to be a voice of reason in discussions with Round Earthers and fellow Flat Earthers alike. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for your daily dose of logic!
  • We've expanded our media presence to include regular interviews with the press.
  • We have developed our own consistent branding across all our channels, and it's pretty slick, if we do say so ourselves.
We're especially proud to be a positive influence on the growth of the Flat Earth movement at large. We believe that being transparent and providing a freethinking platform for open (but civil!) discussion of all ideas is the best way to promote our own ideas, as people see how they stand up to scrutiny. We believe the numbers speak for themselves on this one.

To everyone reading this, no matter where you are, what shape you think the Earth is or what your opinion of our organisation, we invite you to raise a glass to these accomplishments, and hope you'll be a part of making the next five years even better!

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Status Notices / Scheduled maintenance, 2018-11-11
« on: November 08, 2018, 09:56:59 PM »
The homepage, forum and wiki will be going offline for about five minutes on 2018-11-11, between 10:00 and 10:15 UTC.

In your local time (if you are logged in and have your time offset correctly configured), this is:
November 11, 2018, 10:00:00 AM


The intent is to install security updates on the server which hosts the homepage, forum and wiki. These will be non-disruptive to functionality, as the server is running a stable OS release that gets critical fixes only.

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Arts & Entertainment / Aretha Franklin dead (some time ago)
« on: November 03, 2018, 12:42:11 AM »
Since apparently the current media trend of hailing the apocalypse whenever a celebrity dies doesn't extend to anyone with actual talent, here's a belated farewell to Aretha Franklin, who died on 16 August. Sad times. :(

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Status Notices / Scheduled maintenance, 2018-11-03
« on: October 31, 2018, 07:40:34 PM »
The homepage, forum, wiki and IRC will be going offline for about five minutes on 2018-11-03, between 10:00 and 10:15 UTC.

For convenience, this means:

Your local time (if you are logged in and have your time offset correctly configured):
November 03, 2018, 10:00:00 AM

EDT (USA east coast):
2018-11-03, 06:00-06:15

UTC (UK):
2018-11-03, 10:00-10:15

CET (Most of Europe):
2018-11-03, 11:00-11:15

AEDT (Australia east coast):
2018-11-03, 21:00-21:15


The intent is to install security updates on the server which hosts the homepage, forum, wiki and IRC. These will be non-disruptive to functionality, as the server is running a stable OS release that gets critical fixes only.

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Status Notices / Scheduled maintenance, 2018-09-22
« on: September 18, 2018, 10:20:01 PM »
The homepage, forum, wiki and IRC will be going offline for about five minutes on 2018-09-22, between 09:00 and 09:15 UTC.

For convenience, this means:

EDT (USA east coast):
2018-09-22, 05:00-05:15

BST (UK):
2018-09-22, 10:00-10:15

CEST (Most of Europe):
2018-09-22, 11:00-11:15

AEST (Australia east coast):
2018-09-22, 19:00-19:15


The intent is to install security updates on the server which hosts the homepage, forum, wiki and IRC. These will be non-disruptive to functionality, as the server is running a stable OS release that gets critical fixes only.

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Announcements / Debate Club forum restructure
« on: June 23, 2018, 12:15:53 PM »
Hello Earthers of all shapes and sizes!

In the hope of facilitating more constructive and honest debate, we will be restructuring the forums tomorrow (2018-06-24, 09:00 UTC) while down for maintenance. To minimise confusion during the transition, you will not be able to access the forum while the changes are being made.

A summary of the changes that will take place:

1) Create Flat Earth Investigations - Investigate authoritative claims on any topic. Question our institutions and challenge conventional wisdom.

2) Rename Flat Earth General to Flat Earth Community.

3) Merge FE debate, FE Q&A, Rename to Flat Earth Theory - A place to examine the Flat Earth Theory.

4) Rename Flat Earth Information Repository to Flat Earth Media

5) Rename Zetetic Council Forum to Flat Earth Projects. Place the Earth Not a Globe Workshop as a subforum within Flat Earth Projects (Ideally, not seen on the main Table of Contents page)

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