MSFN.org state

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Post by Dibya » Mon Mar 14, 2016 11:09 am

any way interface of the forum is quite good

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Post by JorgeA » Tue Mar 15, 2016 2:05 am

I haven't been able to go into MSFN since Saturday (Friday?).

A few folks must have had lucky timing with their logins, because I've received some e-mail notifications of new posts in threads I subscribe to. But in recent days I've tried going in about twenty times at all different hours of the day, in six browsers on three different computers -- all to no avail.

This is really bad -- we're now into the fourth day of cybercoma. The forum got new software just a couple of years ago, and it was only this winter that problems with e-mail notifications got conclusively sorted out for me. Now they're diving into yet another software revamp? :?

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Post by Dibya » Tue Mar 15, 2016 2:16 am

i think Jorge you are facing some problems regarding logins. I have doesnot faced this kind of problem

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Post by bphlpt » Tue Mar 15, 2016 5:07 am

Hey JorgeA, I've passed along your problem to Trip. Here's hoping for the best. :)

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Post by Tripredacus » Tue Mar 15, 2016 10:17 am

JorgeA wrote:I haven't been able to go into MSFN since Saturday (Friday?).

A few folks must have had lucky timing with their logins, because I've received some e-mail notifications of new posts in threads I subscribe to. But in recent days I've tried going in about twenty times at all different hours of the day, in six browsers on three different computers -- all to no avail.

This is really bad -- we're now into the fourth day of cybercoma. The forum got new software just a couple of years ago, and it was only this winter that problems with e-mail notifications got conclusively sorted out for me. Now they're diving into yet another software revamp? :?
Well your account still exists. Can you give examples of your issue? Does it say your password is incorrect? Have you tried to reset your password?

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Post by JorgeA » Tue Mar 15, 2016 11:28 am

Thanks, guys!

I keep getting a server timeout error, as if MSFN were down. So I'm not even getting as far as a login page -- just a generic error page from the browser.

On IE it's the familiar "Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage" error; on Pale Moon, it's "The connection has timed out. The server at www.msfn.org is taking too long to respond."

It's not my ISP or the router because I can send/receive e-mail just fine, and have no problems visiting any other websites.


UPDATE: I turned off the router, turned it back on, and now I can get back in! :D
Last edited by JorgeA on Tue Mar 15, 2016 11:49 am, edited 1 time in total.

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Post by bphlpt » Tue Mar 15, 2016 11:47 am

JorgeA, so it seems that you can't get to MSFN, while I and many, many others can. And even though you can't get to MSFN, you can do email and get many, many other places with no problem. That implies something specific between you and MSFN. It's unlikely that MSFN has blocked you or your ISP and I think you would get a different message back if that was the case, though I'm sure Trip will have xper verify that, and you have tried a couple of differnt browsers, so that leaves an issue with your DNS or Hosts file as the likely source of the problem.

If you can't see any issues in either place, then try either someone else's computer, preferably in another location, or even a smart phone while you're at Starbucks or some other place that has free WiFi to see if you can get to MSFN at all.

I don't know if it would be useful, but you might want to pass Trip your IP and account details, via PM here, of course, just to make sure that the information that MSFN has matches what you are using.

That's all I can think of at this point. Good luck!

EDIT: So I'm guessing that your router handles your DNS? Anyway, welcome back!

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Post by JorgeA » Tue Mar 15, 2016 11:56 am

Thanks bphlpt!

Whoops -- I edited my previous post without refreshing the page, and our messages crossed. It looks like the router's cache (?) was stuck on the bad MSFN.org address from over the weekend, and cycling it off and on took care of the issue. Tried entering MSFN on two PCs, and they both worked!

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Post by Tripredacus » Mon Sep 12, 2016 6:53 pm

I am unable to access the site right now.

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Post by 5eraph » Mon Sep 12, 2016 7:33 pm

It's not just you. Couldn't access the site five hours ago.

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Post by bphlpt » Mon Sep 12, 2016 7:51 pm

It's out for me as well.

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Post by 5eraph » Mon Sep 12, 2016 10:01 pm

It's back. :)

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Post by Tripredacus » Tue Sep 13, 2016 9:38 am

We have lost some posts. :(

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Post by adric » Mon Sep 19, 2016 7:42 pm

The server is now hosted in Romania. Did it not used to be in the U.S?

Al

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Post by Dibya » Mon Sep 19, 2016 10:32 pm

It became d faster

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Post by Dibya » Mon Dec 26, 2016 10:18 pm

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I cannot access MSFN

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Post by dencorso » Mon Dec 26, 2016 11:49 pm

Neither does anybody else. It's down! :(

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Post by Dibya » Tue Dec 27, 2016 3:23 am

dencorso wrote:Neither does anybody else. It's down! :(
Thanks My friend for info
Merry Christmas and Happy New year

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Post by bphlpt » Tue Dec 27, 2016 11:57 am

It's back up now, at least for awhile. :)

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Post by Dibya » Fri Aug 11, 2017 3:20 am

http://www.msfn.org/board/
msfn went down may be for forever

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Post by LoneCrusader » Fri Aug 11, 2017 3:44 am

I was in the middle of trying to archive things and of course it goes down ahead of schedule. :(
One of my MSFN friends here please send me a PM if it comes back online so I will get an email about it and can continue my efforts...

I was running HTTrack on one machine and manually saving pages by hand on another. My HTTrack results are basically worthless, it saved the first page of many threads but did not get the subsequent pages or anything else. :evil:

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Post by Dibya » Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:56 am

MSFN is not closing . XPER updated forum software to latest IP Board it is awesome now

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Post by Tripredacus » Fri Aug 11, 2017 12:06 pm

IDK, IP Board hasn't been "awesome" since version 2.3 :P

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Post by bphlpt » Fri Aug 11, 2017 1:52 pm

You got that right, Trip. LOL :) IPB has really turned to crap in the last couple of years. I don't know why MSFN, WinCert and others continue to use it.

Anyway, I'm very glad that MSFN will continue to be around for at least a little while. The suggestion of the new owner of WinCert to turn MSFN into a sub-forum of WinCert might not be too bad an idea. I don't think he's willing/able to pay xper anything for it, but if xper was just going to trash it and let it die ...

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Post by tomasz86 » Mon Aug 14, 2017 2:27 am

bphlpt wrote:
Fri Aug 11, 2017 1:52 pm
IPB has really turned to crap in the last couple of years. I don't know why MSFN, WinCert and others continue to use it.
The newest update has made the previously small and light gray fonts a little bit bigger and darker though which is a very welcome change, at least for myself who often struggles to read all those fancy thin fonts that are so common nowadays on many sites :(.

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Post by mooms » Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:33 am

Why don't you zoom the page ?
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Post by bphlpt » Mon Aug 14, 2017 3:04 pm

Regardless of the font used, my biggest gripe with IPB is that they removed the ability to edit a post in BBCode mode. WYSIWYG mode is fine, IF it works perfectly, and it never works perfectly all the time on any board that uses the newer IPB that I've ever seen. Admittedly, most people will never have a problem since they'll just make relatively simple posts, but with complicated posts with multiple quotes, code blocks, lists, etc, you are asking for trouble, especially if you have to edit the post. Sometimes you really need the fine control you can have using BBCode mode, and at least then you can see exactly where and how it was messing up and then fix it.

Also, I have had lousy experience with the IPB folks you complain to when things don't work correctly. They refuse to even consider that their code could possibly be doing anything incorrectly until they get multiple complaints. preferably with attached video that shows the problem, and are given specific steps that they can do that replicates the problem on their machines. Ordinarily I'd say that was a reasonable requirement, BUT, then they just say that behavior is "by design" and they refuse to do anything about it. Very much like MS's attitude re Win10. They're doing it for the user's best interest and for their protection. It doesn't matter the the old way worked perfectly well for years with no complaints and no harm was done to any user. I've never once had a satisfactory experience when I complained about any issue to the IPB folks.

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Post by mooms » Tue Aug 15, 2017 12:48 pm

I feel the same bphlpt, IPB is a mess.
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Post by tomasz86 » Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:28 pm

mooms wrote:
Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:33 am
Why don't you zoom the page ?
It is not about the size. It is usually about the font colour (lack of contrast) and sometimes about the font type itself (too thin / too blurry). Nevertheless, the current reiteration is still much better than before thanks to bigger, darker and thicker fonts.

As for the Editor, I only use it for very basic postings with no advanced formatting. It is simply too slow and buggy for anything else.

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Post by Tripredacus » Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:06 am

Size index and forum show 404 to me this morning. :(

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Post by bphlpt » Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:36 am

Likewise. The parent site https://msfn.org pulls up, with nothing newer than last August, but the board https://msfn.org/board/ seems to be unavailable.

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Post by dencorso » Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:56 pm

bphlpt wrote:
Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:36 am
The parent site https://msfn.org pulls up, with nothing newer than last August, but the board https://msfn.org/board/ seems to be unavailable.
+1 I get a blank page, not na Error 404, on any page except the News page, too.

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Post by mooms » Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:30 pm

The board and the site works here.
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Post by Tripredacus » Fri Feb 16, 2018 4:44 pm

Yes it seems to be working again.

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Post by roytam1 » Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:06 pm

Not the forum? What I can see is Offline message.
and the content of main site is quite old?

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Post by Jody Thornton » Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:37 am

Just signed up (but I should have joined ages ago)
And, yes, I cannot get on to the site either. As of last night, just the forums are down. But now the whole site is down.

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Post by bphlpt » Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:43 am

Yes, the site seems to be offline at the moment. In the past, the site has had various issues that have kept it offline from time to time. Things have been better lately, and I don't know what the current problem is. I'm sure that if it is anything major, that someone will explain it here, if the situation is known.

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Post by Tripredacus » Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:43 am

The front page content was old because no one wanted to post news articles. We tried to encourage this because users were posting news articles to the forum itself but refused to put to the front page, as it would have required either extra work by the user and/or closing the megathreads.

Yesterday the forum was in maintenance mode because it was performing a software update.
It did come back at some point later, as I had gotten a couple of PMs, but I didn't get to the site to see.
This morning it is 404 again for me.

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Post by Dave-H » Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:47 am

I do hope it's only temporary.
Surely the whole site wouldn't have deliberately taken offline without any warning?
It sounds like an issue with the software update, at least that's what I'm hoping!
:(

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Post by dencorso » Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:31 am

I went there yesternight and it was up, all right!
Now, however, it's gone 404 for me, too! :?
Guess xper is still trying to fix the issue that was preventing anybody from creating new threads, since the site 1st went down, some days ago...

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Post by bphlpt » Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:33 am

And a 404 for me now as well.

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Post by Dave-H » Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:21 am

The homepage seems to be working again now, but not the forums yet.
I'm just getting a blank page on the forums' page.
Looking hopeful though!
:)

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Post by Jody Thornton » Tue Feb 20, 2018 1:27 pm

Ta Daaaaaaa! I'm able to get in!

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Post by Dave-H » Tue Feb 20, 2018 3:06 pm

Yes, panic over, I hope!
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