David, thank you for your work.
I prefer the option 3, is more general. But... have you the time to
working on? Do you need some help?
>David Buck on date 05/11/2009 03:47 wrote:
> Here's an update on the status of the IRTC site:
> The site is once again operational after a few days of being down. The
> problem was that I was trying to install a new version of the software
> for the site but a recent upgrade of the operating system left some
> critical Unix commands not working. I couldn't proceed with the upgrade
> until that was repaired.
> I haven't yet opened the current round for voting. I need to submit
> several entries that didn't make it in time because of server problems
> on the last night of the round. I also want to do some more testing of
> the voting process to make sure it's ready.
> The last round exposed a serious bug in the voting process. As many of
> you noticed, comments were clipped after the first line. I had put in
> measures to make sure that the votes were all recorded along with the
> comments. A combination of problems conspired to lose the original
> comments. All I had left was the first line of each comment. I
> sincerely apologize for this problem. It was a combination of CR/LF
> translations on different operating systems along with a reboot of the
> server and a third bug in the way the votes were loaded back into the
> system that caused the problem. These problems have been fixed in the
> current version of the software.
> I now have a dilemma. The comments for the last round are frequently
> useless and deceiving when only the first line is displayed. I have
> several options:
> 1) Leave the comments as they are
> 2) Delete the comments completely for that round
> 3) Add software to allow users go back and edit or re-enter the
> comments for that round.
> Your opinions on the above options would be appreciated.
> All this is coming at a time when I've become super busy with real life.
> I'll be talking to Chris Cason to come up with a game plan for keeping
> the site going smoothly even if I don't have time to work on it. For a
> while, I had a second volunteer who was looking into problems, but he's
> become busy as well. When we have a plan, we'll let you know.
> For now, please give me a few more days before opening the round for
> voting. I want to make sure it's working properly and that we won't
> have a repeat of any of the previous problems.
> Thanks and my apologies for the problems with the site.
> David Buck
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