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February 24, 2008

Site Redesign

Hey, I know the site is now well and truly fucked, and I've been working most of the day to finally get it fixed.

Pixy has the new site ready to go, more or less... it just doesn't look like Ace of Spades site, but at this point I figure I'll just convert as soon as possible and then do the banner/font/color/layout stuff later. The new Pixy code should run smoothly and have lots of functionality... including New Comments that actually update and trackbacks and searches that actually work.

However, it will not look particularly good. (Sorry, Pixy-- what's with the orange, man? Just kidding, thanks so much.)

But I figure, no problem, can soldier on with a site that doesn't really look like I want for a time as I hammer out the layout/design changes with Phin and Jen.

Anyway, I know I've been promising this for a while but Phin couldn't do it for a time, and it's a fairly massive undertaking for Pixy to convert everything over. But right now, I'm trying to get the new site code up and running, ASAP, and I'll worry about prettying it up later.

It's going to be a little basic for a while. And a little cluttered. And a little... orange.

But it should, at least, work.

UPDATE [Dave in Texas]: I did not suggest burnt orange and I had nothing to do with that. Also, anything that's goobered up is JackM's fault.

UPDATE [Pixy]: We seem to be having two problems. One is that we are getting hit with something - probably spam floods, but I haven't been able to prove that - that grinds the server for an hour or so and then stops before I can track it down. The other is that right now the PJM ad server is playing up, and that's causing loading problems particularly with the comments pages. For some reason, the new system doesn't care whether the ads load or not, which is great.

And while I don't know what's so bad about orange, Ace will be comforted to know that it's history.

Oh, and in answer to a couple of questions: Ace will be staying at mu.nu, just getting new and better software. The new system has been in use for about six months, though not with sites this big, so I may have a few issues to shake out in the first couple of weeks, but it should go pretty smoothly. All the posts and comments are already loaded up, so we just need to check off a few last items and switch over.


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