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    by Published on 09-16-2013 01:29 PM
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    I have upgraded the site to the latest vBulletin in the 4 product line: 4.2.1. Its a major jump since we were on 4.1.5 for ...
    by Published on 07-24-2012 09:42 AM
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    I've been getting a lot of automated emails from the site about errors being generated. My new job has been keeping me beyond busy, and I haven't had time to visit much lately, but when I do come to check recent threads, things seem to be running ok at that time.

    I wanted to start a thread to hear from others, to see how the site has been running, and determine if I need to upgrade something on the server to make it perform better. Please respond in this thread and let me know what your experiences with the site have been recently, and I'll make a decision on what to do by the end of the month.
    by Published on 06-08-2012 02:41 PM
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    In my effort to keep everyone up-to-date on the status of the site and the server we are hosting on, I wanted to let you know exactly where we stand.

    As I had mentioned in a previous article, everything has been moved to the new server. On Tuesday, I turned off the old server, which was costing $100 per month. I have moved us to a cloud based server that has a variable monthly rate based on resources that are required. My original hope was for running the $40 per month plan, which was for 1 CPU, 512MB RAM, and 40GB drive. Unfortunately, the memory setting was way too low, so I had to upgrade it to 1GB of RAM, which is what brought it to the $50 I was reporting in my original messages.

    On the 1st, I was forced to upgrade from 1GB of RAM to 2GB of RAM, as the server performance was still too sluggish. This now brings the total cost of the server to $75 per month, which is still less than the $100 per month that I was paying on the old dedicated server.

    I do not anticipate any other changes to the server, as the memory is now more than sufficient (I'm running between 60%-80% usage) and I have more than enough harddrive space. Therefore, the $75 per month is what I will be paying.

    Thanks to the support of many of you here, as of today, the PayPal account that pays for the server is at $330. The charge for the server comes on the first of every month, so we are good for another four months (July, August, September, October). In September, another site that I host on the server will be paying their annual fee, which will carry the server an additional three months (November, December, January).

    So, I want to personally thank everyone who has been able to help, no matter how small it was. I am still looking for a job, and am hoping to have one soon. At least we can be secure knowing that the server is covered for a while longer at least. I am still accepting any donations or subscriptions you might be able to provide. Rest assured that everything that comes in to PayPal always goes back to the server and the maintenance of the site.
    by Published on 06-01-2012 11:36 PM
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    I have finished the migration from the old server to the new server. The old server will remain on through the weekend, and will be turned off Monday evening. If you notice any issues, or have any questions or concerns, please feel free to post them in this thread.
    by Published on 05-29-2012 05:18 PM
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    Thanks to the faithful support of several members here, the server is paid for the next six months. Thank you all for your help.

    Now, as part of the process of keeping the site online, I have to migrate the site to the new server and deactivate the old server. I have already begun the process of migration and am trying to make it as seamless as possible. Sometime before the end of the weekend, I will be locking the forum to do the data backup and move the site over to the new server. There will be anywhere from one hour to 48 hours that the site will be down, depending on how long it takes for your Internet provider to update their information to point to the new server.

    If you have any questions, please ask in this thread. Gary or I will be happy to answer them.
    by Published on 05-10-2012 04:30 PM
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    As of today, I am no longer employed. My position is apparently no longer needed and they no longer have a place for me in the company.

    Unfortunately, that change of events puts the future of Quarrels and Quills in jeopardy. I will be looking for a new job, of course, but I have no idea how that is all going to work out. I don't want the site to go down, but I don't know if I'll have much of a choice.

    I'm in the process of moving to a less expensive server, and that will take the rest of the month to complete. This, of course, leaves me with the question of what to do. I cannot justify the expense, when I have no income coming in. Then with Michelle's continued health issues and medical expenses, it makes it even more difficult.

    I am looking for ideas and feedback here. I'm calling for help to keep the site running. Please make your voice heard here, in one way or the other, to help me determine what path I need to take.
    by Published on 02-03-2012 11:31 AM
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    I don't generally talk about this, as I don't want anyone to feel obligated in any way. The fact is, Quarrels and Quills is hosted on its own dedicated server. I pay for this service each month from my PayPal account. The money comes from side jobs that I've done and a couple other sites hosted here, but that doesn't always cover the full cost. The Google Ads don't really make much at all. This means the remainder comes out of my own personal finances.

    I don't mind paying these costs, but there are times that it does make it tight for me. If you are able to give anything at all to help me offset the costs, that would be greatly appreciated. You can either do one time payments or set up a monthly recurring payment if you have the ability to do so.

    http://quarrelsandquills.com/payments.php

    Everything I get from this will always go back into the site. If you cannot help, do not worry about it, just continue to enjoy the site and the friends here. This site is free to join and participate, and will always remain that way. Thanks to everyone for making this a very fun community of friends.
    by Published on 01-19-2012 10:30 AM
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    You might have noticed I added a couple things regarding SOPA/PIPA yesterday. You probably also noticed several sites going offline yesterday in protest. I didn't bring this site down, instead I added the information and links related to the protest.

    I'm not sure how many people really know what is going on, but if these are passed in the current form, the liability to me personally would be just too great. I don't want to deal with the legal uncertainties this generates, considering there is fan fiction RP on this site. Right now, it is legal and not an issue, but after these new bills are passed? I simply cannot take the risk.

    So, when I say that Quarrels and Quills may have to go down if these bills are passed, I am serious about that. I have 100% liability when it comes to this site, and I don't need the headache along with everything else I have to deal with in my life. I already have a full plate with my long commute and Michelle's chronic health issues, I don't need one more issue to worry about.

    So, while there is still time, lets come together and discuss options for Quarrels and Quills. I love the site and the members here. We're like a family. I would hate to see this all come to an end because of the US Government destroying the First Amendment. Even better, let us hope and pray that these bills do not pass, and we can go on as we have been.

    Editing to add: As of Friday 1/20, SOPA/PIPA is on temporary (indefinate) hold. We aren't going anywhere, but we are still discussing how to keep Quarrels and Quills alive should the bills get revived and passed. Any ideas you have would be helpful to plan for the future, should the worst case scenario come to pass.
    by Published on 12-08-2011 01:44 PM
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    Due to some database issues that have cropped up because of some of the larger threads, the site now will be limiting the size of the threads.

    After 1000 replies, the board will automatically close the thread and start a new thread with the original first post, the title with a part # appended, a note about it being a continuation thread, and the latest post to the thread.

    The story then can continue on.
    by Published on 11-26-2011 03:01 PM
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    I have worked over the last few days to get the Activity Stream to include blog posts and blog comments. I was successful ...
    by Published on 10-22-2011 06:40 PM
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    Hello all,

    There have been some new items added to the site in recent days. One of them is the Activity Stream. The Activity Stream tells you what your friends have been doing on the site. Check it out here.

    In addition, everyone's profile now has an Activity Stream Tab on it. It shows what you have been posting so that someone can go check it out.

    In addition, the Arcade has been updated to the latest version and in the course of the upgrade, the script for updating scores has been re-added to the site. It was forgotten about several moons ago so that scores were not being saved. OOPS.

    Some might say its so my high scores weren't gotten rid of. But I say no one will beat them anyway.

    Okay so that's really a subliminal way of getting you to try.

    Have fun as always.
    by Published on 08-04-2011 02:33 PM
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    One of the features of vBulletin that has never been configured until now was the ability to connect your account here on Quarrels and Quills to your account on Facebook.

    http://quarrelsandquills.com/themes/...book_login.gif

    This button appears at the top of the page to allow you to link your account with your Facebook account. Posts, comments, and blog entries you write here can then optionally be included on your wall on Facebook. If you enjoy Quarrels and Quills, and you want to share that with your friends on Facebook, then feel free to connect.

    To connect, simply click on the Facebook Connect button at the top of the page. It will ask if you want to connect. If you are sure that you want to link your account to Facebook, then accept it. Make sure you check the box that asks you to link your accounts, so that the accounts will link properly.
    by Published on 07-27-2011 02:51 PM
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    A new spam tool has been added to the site. It shouldn't affect the existing users at all. There is a chance, though, that something might slip through the cracks. If you find that you cannot log in, register, or post, please send an email to info@quarrelsandquills.com with your user name and problem you are experiencing. We will look into the issue right away.
    by Published on 07-27-2011 11:19 AM
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    Ok, I'm back, and my first order of business was to bring the forums to the latest version, as we were about a year behind on the patches. Unfortunately, some features were temporarily broken during the upgrade, and Gary is in the process of fixing them. Our usual theme will be returning as soon as Gary can fix the issues.

    So, back to your regularly scheduled stories in progress.
    by Published on 11-11-2010 10:45 AM
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    There are now more ways to connect to the Quarrels and Quills site when you are not at a computer.

    Tapatalk is an application for the iPhone, Android, Nokia and Blackberry devices.

    ForumRunner is another application for the iPhone, iPad, and Android devices.

    Both tools will allow you to connect to Quarrels and Quills, or any other forum that has enabled these services on their site. You can then read and post to your favorite threads on-the-go. If you have a smart phone, check it out!
    by Published on 07-31-2010 05:13 PM
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    I have been adding the smilies that we had back in our phpbb days back to the board rather slowly. I have just added a bunch back very quickly. All the orange smilies we started with have been added back to the board. In addition, I added some Light Yellow that I found on another board. I also have readded the big colored ones and the blue ones with big eyes. Check them out at your leisure.

    In addition the Smiley box has been improved with the addition of a drop down for the smiley categories that I wrote. Now you can select the type of smiley that you want from the drop down. If you would like to see all the smilies we have, just choose "All" from the drop down.

    Enjoy.
    by Published on 06-11-2010 01:31 PM
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    Ever read a post that the only response was a laugh, but you don't want to post just a simple smiley? Perhaps someone wrote a post you liked and you wanted to thank them for writing it? Maybe you agree or disagree with what is said in a post?

    Well, now we have a way that you can quickly show your approval by clicking on one or more of the smileys at the bottom of any post.

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    Wink: Say you agree
    Doubt: Say you disagree
    Roll Eyes: Roll your eyes (groan)
    Hug: Give a hug
    Giggle: Laugh
    Smile: Give thanks
    Huh: Say What?
    Big Grin: Say Yay!

    Enjoy the new features.

    Arcade 

    by Published on 05-19-2010 10:14 PM
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    Hello all

    We now have an Arcade on the site

    It is at http://quarrelsandquills.com/arcade.php

    The link is in the navbar under Forum.

    It can be played by all who are logged in. But scores can be seen by anyone.
    by Published on 05-13-2010 05:03 PM   
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    Some of you have asked for this, and now we have it. You can now select your default post style for writing your posts.

    Go into Settings (link at very top of page).
    Look for the "My Account" section in the left sidebar.
    Click on "General Settings" to go to the General Settings page.
    Scroll to the bottom of the page for the Default Text Formatting Settings.
    Select your settings and save.

    Voila! Your posts will now be styled by default!

    If you have any questions or comments, please let us know.
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