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Old 12-02-2011   #121
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Thank you Steven and crew for getting this handled I appreciate it. So sorry you had to deal with it over Thanksgiving.
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Old 12-02-2011   #122
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My reaction tracked Dave Sang's. I think it shows that when folks create a community like this, they feel a sense of ownership. They also feel a sense of loss when they can't participate as they've been used to. Think about the time that someone with 1,000 posts has put into this place over the last several years, and the fact that most of us do not communicate with one another other than through this site. The thought of that going "poof" was clearly disturbing to many here.
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Old 12-02-2011   #123
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Well, whatever it was that kept you offline so long, I glad you are back
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Old 12-02-2011   #124
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I hate to say it, but I don't believe this server is stable yet. It is incredibly slow, and at times unreachable.
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Old 12-02-2011   #125
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This was upsetting to some.
It was clearly frustrating for Stephen and, likely, most if not all the moderators.

What I found interesting in the time that RFF was down and out was how many people actually "depended" on this site. That is, how people seemed to feel a "loss" over it. On a smaller scale, this speaks to how closely knit the folks are here at RFF. On a larger scale, it speaks to how the entire concept of online communities has evolved and changed our view of what is, perhaps, important to us.

It was very interesting to observe. I wonder what would have happened had it gone away altogether. I'm sure we would have adapted but I also know, personally, that you do feel a sense of loss; whether it be large or small.

Glad it's back though

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Dear Dave,

Well said!

On the other hand, I've got a lot more work done in the last week...

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Old 12-02-2011   #126
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I can access the site through the forums list page. My bookmarked link to the active threads page doesn't work. Any way to get that?
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Old 12-02-2011   #127
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Yay... my fave forum back up! *cancels date with hot babe, pours a cold beer and clicks*.
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Old 12-02-2011   #128
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It's a big relief
I don't come on here as often as I should - last weekend was the first time in quite a while & I was distraught to think RFF was gone
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Website is faster now?

What's up with www.rangefinderforum.com still giving the message, when the boards work?
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Old 12-02-2011   #130
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People,

as you can probably tell things are still not back to normal operation,
but we are working on it.

Many Thanks for your Patience!

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Old 12-02-2011   #131
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I thought we just lost RFF again just now...... thank god it's back up again. I don't want to sit miserable at the corner of the room anymore..... for one week
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Old 12-02-2011   #132
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Thanks Stephen, for the wonderful opportunity to get some serious shooting done.

I didn't take advantage of it, but the thought was there. Cheers.
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Old 12-02-2011   #133
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This is the first time I've got back in since last Wednesday when the white screens started.

It's great to back :-)
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Old 12-02-2011   #134
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I noticed that for most of the day the home page url routed me to a web page marker hosted by GoDaddy.com.

The GoDaddy.com marker featured a video link at the bottom of the page featuring the full sales pitch and wisdom of Bob Parson's.
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Good to be back, interesting to see how RFF is viewed by people on other forums.......
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Yeah its definitely way faster. I always thought it was kind of slow crap before (speed, not content). I was happy to use it anyways.
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Old 12-02-2011   #137
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Nice to see that you're back, Stephen.

And nicer still to see how much RFF was missed.

You have indeed become a part of most of our lives.

Thank you.

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Old 12-02-2011   #138
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Good to be back, interesting to see how RFF is viewed by people on other forums.......
Indeed! I was quite surprised by some of the negativity I encountered by lurking on those other forums. They must've been reading a different rangefinder forum because they sure as heck were not talking about you wonderful human beings!

With this site back up it's like Christmas has come early this year!
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Old 12-02-2011   #140
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This is the first time I've got back in since last Wednesday when the white screens started.

It's great to back :-)
The white screen was so we can calibrate our light meters - it's the sony f/5.6 rule.
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Old 12-02-2011   #141
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Thank GOD you are back. I tried applying a rangefinder patch, but I guess they just dont work the same way as nicotine patches.
That's good! I took some photos, but my X100 had to go in for repair. My last roll of Ektar is not well exposed. My eye is sore. Thank God the site's back up. Thanks Stephen.
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Old 12-02-2011   #142
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Hello Stephen,

I'm not sure how much you pay for Web Hosting, but perhaps you should explore alternatives (sorry to state the obvious). Speaking as an IT outsourcing guy, you deserve better than a 7-day disaster recovery schedule. Our company typically delivers a recovered environment within 2-48 hours (depending on how much you pay, and scope of recovery, etc.).
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Old 12-02-2011   #143
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Glad to see the familiar black background again!

There were times when part of the archive was accessible, but when that also went .....was when it got really unsettling.

So, anyway, in case it wasn't said before, in so many words, Thank you, RFF, for have been such an enthusiastic and helpful source of knowledge for a newcomer to film photography!
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Old 12-02-2011   #146
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You don't know what you have until it's gone. Thanks Stephen for your dedication to this site. Your time and effort is more appreciated then you can imagine.
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Hello all. I was getting sick.
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Old 12-03-2011   #151
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Glad to have it back. Seems better this morning than yesterday - couldn't post yesterday (time outs) or refresh.
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Old 12-03-2011   #152
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Terrific. I have my community back. Missed you all.
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Old 12-03-2011   #153
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Thanks for bringing RFF back! I surely miss it.
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Thanksgiving morning about 6 AM West Coast time I became aware RFF was down. Reasonably the site should have been back up in 2 to 4 hours max. Other than a brief 6 to 9 hour window Friday night, RFF is finally back only 7 days later.

RFF is hosted on a dedicated server with RAID backup by a large company which hosts thousands of servers, a company that promises expert tech support 24/7 365.

The frustration of the situation has been beyond words.

Welcome Back!

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I can't imagine how frustrating this must have been Stephen. I suppose the only silver lining, is that the reactions and comments in this discussion thread prove beyond all doubt, that this site represents so much more than a collection of bytes on a web server. I cannot think of any other forum on the world wide web whose members have accumulated so much photographic experience and knowledge, yet who remain so friendly and good natured. It truly is a one of a kind.

I have missed visiting RFF these last few days. I hope your stress levels are winding down now Stephen and thanks to everyone who helped to get it up and running again.
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I can't imagine how frustrating this must have been Stephen. I suppose the only silver lining, is that the reactions and comments in this discussion thread prove beyond all doubt, that this site represents so much more than a collection of bytes on a web server. I cannot think of any other forum on the world wide web whose members have accumulated so much photographic experience and knowledge, yet who remain so friendly and good natured. It truly is a one of a kind.

I have missed visiting RFF these last few days. I hope your stress levels are winding down now Stephen and thanks to everyone who helped to get it up and running again.
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Whew good to have it back! Didn't have much to do on the net for the last week without this.
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I am very happy to see this forum back on line. You were sorely missed as this is my favorite on line community. I was surprised to read a number of negative comments about rff on some other forums. Not my experience here at all.
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maybe not...but josh is a class act...he welcomed us in and started a thread for us...he's a good man!!
I agree with Joe 100% on Josh's hospitality. This is a good man.
I visit RFF many times each day. It starts around 8:05am, as I drink my first cup of coffee at work. Then, when I need a 2 minute break, between research and dvising and teaching, I check who is posting at RFF. Then, at night as there are commercials during a TV movie, I visit RFF. Even my children know RFF. My wife knows RFF very well too. She now knows that having RFF for me is better than other things.

It has become a very nice place in cyber space for me, with real life human interaction whenever possible.

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i repeat: i am glad the site is back. but it remains very sloooooooooooooooooow for me since the comeback. problem for anyone else? it was fine before the crash ...
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