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As you probably noticed, the forums went down on June 19th. I left to go to Greece on June 17th, a fact I made known publicly beforehand. As such, I wasn't actively checking the forums as usual and wasn't aware that there was a problem.

The direct cause of the downtime appears to be that the password used for logging into MySQL was no longer functioning, thus preventing the forum software from interacting with the database. Changing to a new password immediately fixed the problem and there are no apparent other effects.

At this time I don't know why the password was changed. I see nothing that could indicate it happening automatically or as a result of some bug, nor can I see any logged actions of it being changed manually by anyone. My only speculation at this point is that server maintenance changed something, but there's nothing to indicate there was any.

I'll continue to look into it, but in the meantime I apologise for the downtime and hope you'll be able to get right back into posting. As a future preventative measure I'll be leaving my mobile phone number with key staff members so I can always be contacted should something like this happen again.

Edit: It would appear that some server maintenance was indeed the cause, which knocked out the MySQL access on various databases — including some others that I host. This is the first time anything like this has happened to the server, and it just so happened to be during the one time per year that I'm away for a prolonged duration. I guess that's Murphy's law for you. :oops:

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Another couple of days and i wouldn't have made it.

ooOOooooo thrk~~! Tis good you're back, the lack of the core was a big gaping hole in my browsing routine, didn't know what to fill it out with :)

What they said ~~~~

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We haven't moved hosts yet. I don't know what's taking so long for Mike, but it's really a 10-minute job (that's how long it took me to put up my test mirror).

I know Mike is busy and all, but if he can't spare 10 minutes to stop this community spiralling towards a hellish pit he ought to really hand any and all responsibility over to someone else. :/ It's this kind of thing that kills communities.

This has been going on for well over a month now. I know Mojo does try hard to look after the community, but this is some serious lax administration. If you haven't got the time to sort it out then give the reigns to someone who does. :( I bet some people who came and got that trojan warning will never return, and maybe even some regulars too who got fed up with it happening for weeks on end.

embarrassing :(

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