BackYard Chickens Conversion Progress, Updates, & Discussion Thread

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This thread is for updates regarding the BYC conversion. Please subscribe (watch thread) to this thread if you want to be kept updated with official information:

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BYC is moving to a new server and software. The site will initially be down for a bit and then in "read only" mode for potentially a few days.

FYI: The new "Chickens" section will be for peeps to ask chicken questions while BYC is in transition. :)
 
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We're expecting BYC to be down for an hour (or maybe more) while we pack up all the data. Unfortunately this can't happen while the site is live... it would be like trying to sharpen your lawnmower's blade while it's running :hide

After that, the old site will be put back up in a "read-only" state while we work on importing all the tons of data into the new platform. This is a LONG process and could take a few days.

Here's an example of all the data we need to move:
  • Almost half a million members, all their subscriptions, info, etc.
  • Over a million threads / topics
  • Almost 18 million posts
  • About 20,000 articles
  • Millions of private messages / conversations
  • Millions of uploaded images and files
  • ... and a ton more stuff!
 

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Ok, BYC is now "down" while we take all the tons of data, compress it, and send it to our new servers! It's very hard to know exactly how long this will take, but I'll keep you posted!

Once that process is done, we'll bring the old site up in "read only" mode. We're doing this because anything posted to the old site after this point would NOT be transferred over.
 

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WOOT! We've backedup all the data and are sending it over to the new server!

The "old" version of BYC is back up, but in "read-only" mode. We did this because anything posted to the old system wouldn't be carried over to the new system from that point on.
 

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A quick update: Things are progressing slowly but surely. We have pretty beefy servers that are working hard to import everything... but there's a LOT of stuff to import! They say "Rome wasn't built in a day"... well, Rome would be even harder (and take longer) to disassemble and move across the world ;)

Please do keep in mind this will be a very lengthy process. We're expecting at least a couple of days until the new site is ready.
 
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