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October 20th, 2020, 22:50
On one of the coming days we will be moving to a new server, which is something that happens every two years.
In the past months quite some time was spent on stuff that is completely invisible for any of you. At least it should be invisible for the most part, like adding extra security measures, improving the performance, updating 3rd party software components, but also preparing to be able to move to new forum software, which is something we are planning to do somewhere in the future.

One thing that has been done is limiting the number of ciphers that are supported, which is a security measure. These ciphers are uses as a handshake between the browser and the server. The result is that only newer browsers will be supported, which is also required as some security measures depend on the browser being used. For most of you that will not be an issue, but if you like to use something like Internet Explorer then I'm afraid it really is about time to leave that behind you.

The move itself will probably take more time than it usually takes, as we are also moving the domain to a different host, which provides DNSSEC support (another security measure). This means that the move can take anything from a few hours to a day.

You will notice that the move has begun because you either see a maintenance message, or the site is inaccesible for a longer period of time. You will notice that the move has been completed, because there will be a news post shown that it has been completed. With some luck the move goes fast enough for you, to not notice it has happened.
You can also watch our RPGWatch Twitter channel, where we will tweet when the move has started and when it has ended.

I'm not sure yet on what day the move will start, because there is still one open end (that I know of now), but it should be somewhere in the next 5 days.

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October 20th, 2020, 23:15
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October 21st, 2020, 00:14
Into the breach once more.

The Watch has a Twitter account? Site maintenance aside, what does it tweet? Doee it endeavor to sway world leaders or decry the social ills of loot boxes? Or maybe it doesn't matter, as I steer clear of that self-important nightmare landscape.
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October 21st, 2020, 00:24
-> https://twitter.com/RPGWatch
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October 21st, 2020, 00:29
That's a boring one. No one is yelling about anything.
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October 21st, 2020, 01:23
Already having withdrawals! Best wishes on the move and hope it goes well for all.
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October 21st, 2020, 01:33
Fingers crossed as last time the site went down it was a mess.
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October 21st, 2020, 02:20
Thanks for the good communication.
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October 21st, 2020, 02:48
Its the end of the world as we know it…..
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How about all games have a single huge lootbox you pay for up front that contains all the options, items, skins, unlocks etc? I'd pay for that!!
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October 21st, 2020, 05:34
What could possibly go wrong?

Well… a lot. But good luck with the move.
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October 21st, 2020, 09:56
Thanks for everything you do to keep the site efficient and enjoyable. It is appreciated
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October 21st, 2020, 10:15
Good luck!

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October 21st, 2020, 10:25
Originally Posted by Capt. Huggy Face View Post
That's a boring one. No one is yelling about anything.
Well, f you and your need of drama in server movement!
Also, screw moving to a new server! Such useless crap! Never change a running system!


…. better?
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October 21st, 2020, 10:37
Good luck with the move !
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October 21st, 2020, 10:48
Thanks for the efforts. This sort of thing is usually more work than you'd hope.

New forum software,eh? I'm sure that will be universally well-received.
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October 21st, 2020, 12:22
Since this is a gaming site I expect (demand?) a whole lotta bugs. And inexplicably prolonged downtimes.

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October 21st, 2020, 12:27
Originally Posted by TheSHEEEP View Post
Well, f you and your need of drama in server movement!
Also, screw moving to a new server! Such useless crap! Never change a running system!


. better?
I say go back to what worked flawlessly years ago!!!

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October 21st, 2020, 13:19
Originally Posted by a pibbur View Post
Since this is a gaming site I expect (demand?) a whole lotta bugs. And inexplicably prolonged downtimes.

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The new server will be in EA for 1-2 years.
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October 21st, 2020, 13:44
We go oldschool and use mIRC again …
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October 21st, 2020, 16:38
The move is not going to be today


I've just finished the last modification (according to my current list), with which I managed to make the allowed range of browsers somewhat larger, while still scoring an A+ on SSLLabs.
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