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 05/30/12  02:50AM

New Updates For June!!!

Hello!

I didn't realize I went 2 months without an update. I have been extremely busy over the last couple of months. Two weeks in Tampa for training on another language for my job and now they want me to produce. The training wasn't that good, so let's hope I can pick it up like I have all my other programming languages.

I decided that I was going to redo the thread pages. Similar to redoing the forums indexes. Making them more efficient, flexible, and offering a whole new set of features that members can pick and choose from. I am going to try to add a timezone scheme for those not in the Eastern Time Zone. So my hope is to write some code that will give you your time zone and not just mine. I think that would be less confusing for other parts of the states and countries.

Photo Gallery Update
The tedious work is done for the most part. I am now trying to choose a server that will work with the Operating System I have chosen with auto back up. So that can be ordered as soon as next week.

Classifieds
I am going back to my old school method to fix that. Meaning flow charting and writing things out compared to just writing. It will be better then now.

Thanks! Enjoy your day!
Doug - Webmaster

If you have any questions or suggestions please feel free to contact me at the link below.
Doug - Webmaster.




 03/08/12  12:00PM

RepticZone Updates...Fixing the photo gallery.

Hello!

I figured it been about a month since my last update. I am still plugging away at the photo gallery. There was a lot more damage to the server then I originally anticipated. I have to view each photo that was uploaded each month since mid 2003 to 2012. Then make the corrections needed if I can save photos or some are totally lost. I figure another 2 weeks on going through the photos.

Then when I go through them all. I will buy and set up a new server. Unfortunately the operating system is going to be slightly different then what I am used to, So we are looking at about a week to set up the server, get it online and move all the photos over.

Then...The magic of programming will start. I'm leaning towards a new upload system, more photo space, larger photo uploads. The new server will have about 3 terabytes for a harddrive. The gallery will change a bit. It will be a bit more interactive giving options to report photos, like photos, and more photos thumbnails per page. Also as of now Mac users and some phones have problems with the photo server area, that should be fixed. I have a good idea to fix that problem.

On other things going on. I am still plugging away on some of the scripts making adjustments. We do have a "sticky" thread like system. It's nothing fancy, but that is cosmetic and I can fix that to member's liking in hours. The main thing was getting it there and to get the threads together that belong there. So if you know any for any forums please let me know.

Thanks! Enjoy your day!
Doug - Webmaster

If you have any questions or suggestions please feel free to contact me at the link below.
Doug - Webmaster.




 02/10/12  03:00AM

HOPEFULLY FIXED! Scripts Should Be Working!

Hello Again!

So after cat napping with my laptop on my lap waiting to hear from tech support...they tell me they can not find anything wrong or fix it. Fortunately with a few minutes of sleep here and there over a 3 hour period I was able to come up with a solution. I will not say it is a permanent solution. I will still be checking into what happened. Things like what happened today generally do not occur unless you alter your system or scripts, where I done neither. So I will continue to investigate in that.

In efforts to maintain RZ more effectively I will be out smart phone shopping this week. Anybody that knows of any great deal...PLEASE send them my way. This way all members will have a contact number to reach me and I can get things resolved faster...and hopefully not cut into my sleep time!

My deepest apologies for what happened today. I feel terrible that I did not pick it up until late afternoon...almost evening. Along with fixing the photo gallery...I have a lot of things going on and every time I think I have a spare moment, it is taken by something unexpected.

Once again...My deepest apologies to everybody! Please do not hesitate in trying to contact me if you see something is not right.
Thanks for hopefully understanding.

Please contact me from the link below and let me know that you were one of the unfortunate ones as I was as well.

Thanks! Enjoy your day!
Doug - Webmaster

If you have any questions or suggestions please feel free to contact me at the link below.
Doug - Webmaster.




 02/06/12  05:00AM

LOST THUMBNAILS - Please Read

Hello

Over the years we had a few photo server crashes. Some did minimal damage, others have wiped out some of our member's thumbnails. I just wrote a quick script to recreate the thumbnails. So if you are one of these unfortunate members, please contact and I will fix them. As of now I have a simple script, if the missing thumbnails are a lot more, then I will add a few lines to it and have all your thumbnails recreated on the fly.

Please contact me from the link below and let me know that you were one of the unfortunate ones as I was as well.

I also fixed the old router late last night. The new one should be here Tuesday and probably won't be installed until the following Monday, possibly sooner.

So get ready to see some photo gallery changes and well as possibly changing the whole upload system.

Thanks! Enjoy your day!
Doug - Webmaster

If you have any questions or suggestions please feel free to contact me at the link below.
Doug - Webmaster.




 02/02/12  01:00AM

RepticZone Updates For February...

Hello

I guess I am starting on the photo server problems this month. I just ordered a new router, next will be a new server, and hopefully I will be able to figure out a new upload method that will be faster and more lenient on photo size. Plus I will get the photo section revamped and updated. I think you will all like what I have in mind for it.

I will also start working on the classifieds section and will try to get some classified users together so I can make sure it is designed the best way possible, which is by member's feedback and input. So if you are a classified user, reader, or just a member/non-member that would like to contribute to the rebirth of the classifieds...Please contact me.

Hope everybody is having a great New Year!
Doug - Webmaster

If you have any questions or suggestions please feel free to contact me at the link below.
Doug - Webmaster.




 01/24/12  12:30AM

IMPORTANT: No on FWS Python Rule!!!

Hello Again Hobbyists!!!

Once again our rights are threatened. Please take some time and go to the link below which will help you contact your Representatives.

Click to send your emails to your representatives.

Spread this around using your social networks. Thanks Doug RepticZone

Enjoy Everyone!

If you have any questions or suggestions please feel free to contact me at the link below.
Enjoy RZ and have a great day!

Doug - Webmaster.

Thanks,
Doug - Webmaster




 01/18/12  01:30AM

IMPORTANT: Vote against SOPA and PIPA!

Hello Hobbyists!!!

I don't usually ask people of anything, but this is something that effects websites that I have designed, developed, and owned without taking a dime for the last 8 years . All out of my pocket to ensure that pet owners get the proper information for their pet's care. Take a few minutes and go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page. A lot of large companies are blacking out their sites today so you can get the contact information of the people you need to contact. Ask your congressmen/congreswoman to vote against SOPA and PIPA. Thanks Doug RepticZone

Enjoy Everyone!

If you have any questions or suggestions please feel free to contact me at the link below.
Enjoy RZ and have a great day!

Doug - Webmaster.

Thanks,
Doug - Webmaster




 12/31/11  06:30AM

Wishing Everybody A Safe and Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year RZ Family!

I want to wish a Fun and Safe New Years Eve! I hope everybody has a great new year ahead of them in 2012! I know I been slow on the programming the last 2 months, but I still have much planned and I'm always looking for input. So I hope RZ has a great year in 2012 and we can put ourselves back up on top! This year is going to be an extremely busy year for me, so will be spending my first week of the year planning everything out to make sure I meet my goals in it's intended time frame. I will post out yearly agenda and time frame so you all can keep an eye on me and keep me under pressure...Since I work well under pressure.

Enjoy Everyone!

If you have any questions or suggestions please feel free to contact me at the link below.
Enjoy RZ and have a great day!

Doug - Webmaster.

Thanks,
Doug - Webmaster




 10/17/11  03:00AM

Thread Views Are Back! Admin Announcements Automatically Updated!

Hello!

Thread Views are Back!

This is a new thread view counting system. This is not like the old one back in the mid 2000's. They were static, meaning they only updated after a thread or post was made. Now it will update upon just being refreshed. So it will be accurate to the moment.

Admin Updates

The Admin Update and Messages are now automatically updated. Once again the forum doesn't have to be posted to in order to get the update. It will be up to the moment Admin Announcements.

Only one thing for all this to work. The scripts are updated, but each forum has to be posted to once in order for the new script changes to take place. So that is the only drawback, but once they are posted too...the updates will take place.

More Updates Coming

Updates I will be working on...Archives, Top Threads Per Forum, and Common Searches. Those are things to look forward to over the next week or two.

Thanks for your understanding!

If you have any questions or suggestions please feel free to contact me at the link below.
Enjoy RZ and have a great day!

Doug - Webmaster.

Thanks,
Doug - Webmaster




 06/04/11  04:00AM

Server Maintenance Sunday 6-5-2011 from about 4am - 11am

Hello!

Archiving

I have started the next process in rebuilding the archives. There may be several early mornings that RZ is not reachable via the net. This means I am in process of moving around the forum archives. This should only be for a couple of days for them to be moved initially. After their initial move it will be automated and you shouldn't notice any problems.

The Forums

I am also in process of changing the codes in the forums. Most of these changes will go unnoticed. Although there have been some small changes made. The bigger changes will come shortly after the smaller changes are completed.

If you have any questions or suggestions please feel free to contact me at the link below.
Enjoy RZ and have a great day!

Doug - Webmaster.

Thanks,
Doug - Webmaster




 05/30/11  04:00AM

Server Maintenance from about 4am - 6am

Hello!

Archiving

I have started the next process in rebuilding the archives. There may be several early mornings that RZ is not reachable via the net. This means I am in process of moving around the forum archives. This should only be for a couple of days for them to be moved initially. After their initial move it will be automated and you shouldn't notice any problems.

The Forums

I am also in process of changing the codes in the forums. Most of these changes will go unnoticed. Although there have been some small changes made. The bigger changes will come shortly after the smaller changes are completed.

If you have any questions or suggestions please feel free to contact me at the link below.
Enjoy RZ and have a great day!

Doug - Webmaster.

Thanks,
Doug - Webmaster




 07/19/10  04:00AM

More Updates....

Hello RZ Members and Visitors!

Just a heads up that we will begin moving around the archive system this week. I performed a few tests and it looks like we are ready to start the actual movement on that area. After that is moved then we will be working on the scripts for giving outputs and then of course re-writing the search feature for the forums. Once this is done, I will work on keeping it automated.

I would also like to apologize to EVERYONE in my performance as the webmaster here. Due some personal problems I let some things fall behind. I know we all have our thing, but I feel I let a lot of you down over the last year and some maybe the last couple of years. I hope everyone can try to understand and I will make a much much stronger effort in making RZ a top site once again. I can't do all this alone...I can use help from some members in providing photos, care sheets, help sheets, How Tos, and most of all...to keep a fire lit under me. I work so much better under pressure.

Once I finish the archives...hopefully by the end of this month I will work on the photo gallery. I am taking suggestions from anybody...member or visitor on ideas of how this should look. I have my own ideas, but I like to get a few things to think about. That project will be a longer drawn process, but I hope to get some extra help in that area to speed the process of converting to a new photo gallery. I also must decide if I am going to get a new server for the photo gallery, or lease a server. This is going to be viewed by finances, but if it is not too much extra I will flip the bill on that without hesitation.

The other area I am going to concentrate on will be the classifieds. I will make it easier for members to post ads. The format may not change a lot, but the process will. I am hoping to keep it for the most part free and competitive with other site's classifieds. However to keep the section honest there may be a one time registration fee.

I am also considering a list for breeders, distributors, etc. We will get more into that area by the end of they year...hopefully before the holidays.

Once again I apologize for my lackluster performance as your webmaster and hope that the things I will be doing over the next few months will make up for that. I do have some other things in my life mixed in with this stuff as well. I have to study for my next work license as well as be schooled in another programming language that my job has asked me to take on. I'm looking forward to a taking on a larger workload here and at work.

If you have any questions or suggestions please feel free to contact me at the link below.
Enjoy RZ and have a great day!

Doug - Webmaster.

Thanks,
Doug - Webmaster




 01/29/10  10:00PM

New Year Updates.......

Hello Everyone...I hope everyone is having a great new year.

Just a quick update on what we are doing here at RepticZone.

We are updating the Daily New Post Page.

We moved a few things around on the top of the page and added a new feature that will allow you to look at posts that were submitting at a specific date. This will come in handy for those who may be on vacation or just have fallen behind in today's quest of survival. I hope it will be of some value for some of you. If not...no sweat, it only took two nights to write it.
Here is a preview of the Daily Post Archive
Daily Post Archive.

Archive Update

Still a work in progress and still running into some "what if" type problems. Most problems are due to my programming in the past. So now I have to find ways to move through those hurdles. However I am confident I will get through most of the problems.

Error Corrections and Logs

One of the things I been doing this year is finding errors in scripts and fixing them. This will help cut down on server resources. I will also like to adjust the forum posting script possibly by cutting out a bulk of the colors and some of the smiley faces. The reason for doing this is because every color and every smiley face makes our log files very large. By decreasing these will also reserve server resources as well...unless I come up with an alternative to the method we use now.

Member Profiles

This is another area I will be updating. We will have more options and will add to the area as members see fit. I will try to accommodate all requests.

Messaging System
This I will attack on a day by day basis. I'm not going to fix the old system. I am going to replace the entire system by writing the code from scratch. Which is the way I enjoy doing things. This allows me to be a bit more creative. I will also seek volunteers for testing and suggestion purposes. So when the time comes I will announce the start up on that system. I decided on having the message a continual thread so we can go back a view the messages in their entirety.

If you have any questions or suggestions please feel free to contact me at the link below.
Enjoy RZ and have a great day!

Doug - Webmaster.

Thanks,
Doug - Webmaster




 10/16/09  04:00AM

Archiving Updates....

Hey Everyone,

I will be working on archive outputs over the next couple of weeks to get the new archiving system. I just wanted to give everyone a heads up in case you see weird looking pages in that area.

If you have any problems, questions, or comments please feel free to contact me.

Doug - Webmaster.

Thanks,
Doug - Webmaster




 05/06/09  04:00AM

RepticZone New Features and Updates...

Hello,

I wanted to let you all know that I am working on some new updates on RepticZone's forums. So I wanted to get everyone caught up.

The first new feature we added is the ability to add youtube videos on a post. At this time you can only post one video per post, but can have several throughout the thread. There is a bug I need to work out for you to be able to add more then one video per post.

To post a youtube video you can either click a link that will make the code for you or you can use the button that says video. You will see them right around the area where you type in your messages on a post. If you have any questions or problems please feel free to contact me.

We are now able to lock threads. Not that we lock a lot of them, but anything that is being archived will be locked as well. I will eventually add a way for members to suggest a thread to be locked.

The archiving is coming along. I'm still working on that. I have a large part of that done now. I just need to write a few more scripts and code. We should have the archives back by the end of this month. At that time we will be re-writing the search scripts to work with the new archiving system.

I also have one more feature I am adding. I have to really test it before I release it. I may just pick two or three forums to test it in. I don't want to mention what it is at this time just in case I overlooked something that may cause me to have to drop it. However, if it works out, it will be a feature that I'm pretty sure everyone will appreciate.

Thanks for taking time to read these updates. I will update you more as these features and updates become completed.

If you have any problems, questions, or comments please feel free to contact me.

Contact Doug - Webmaster.

Thanks,
Doug - Webmaster




 04/18/09  08:00PM

IMPORTANT: HR669 - ALL MEMBERS & HOBBYISTS PLEASE READ

All Members and Fellow Hobbyists must read and take action on this. We have less then a week to act on this.

Please go to the following websites regarding information on your rights to own your pets.

This website has a video that explains the bill. It explains to you what is at risk and how you can do something about it. Plus they even took the courtesy to make it easy for you to send emails and locate the people you need to contact. The site also includes updates as well.
http://www.nohr669

The link below is the text of the bill.
http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=111_cong_bills&docid=f:h669ih.txt.pdf

Here is another site with information as well.
http://www.pijac.org/

Also try to keep all HR669 forum posts on RZ up towards the top so they are read by others. Make sure we have a post on all our forums. If there is not a post in other forums then please add one. This will be one of the few times we are allowing some spamming. For members that have been keeping on top of things please keep members here updated. That would be greatly appreciated. I thank every member that contacted me personally on this subject as well.

You will find other things you can do to help by reading some of the HR669 posts already circulating on the forum. I would strongly recommend having your family, friends (on-line friends as well), and co-workers respond to the bill as well.

Thanks for reading. If you have any question, comments, suggestions. Or if I have something wrong on here please feel free to contact me.

Contact Doug - Webmaster.

Thanks,
Doug - Webmaster




 03/16/09  07:00PM

RepticZone Updates 3/16/09

Hello,

I just wanted to update everyone at RZ with what we are doing.

Care Sheets
Care Sheets have been updated consistently. I still have non-formatted care sheets to go through, but for the most part it is done.

The Archiving System
The archive system has been a slight problem for a while now, including the searches. At this time I am working on a new structure and database for the archived threads. This may take a little time for me to run through scenarios and tests. The search through the archives should be a lot better when I finish. We did upgrade the database in order to be able to have more reliable searches.

Other Features
Part of the scripting for the archive area will involve locking threads. So that capability will be available before the archive system is done.

Another feature that I will possibly be bringing back is keeping track of the amount of posts members have. This has been disabled for a while...longer then the week I mentioned 3 years ago. It will be more complicated for me to give members their numbers back once I set up the new archiving system. This will be member generated...so you will be instructed on how and when to update this. I will make it quick and easy to do and you will only have to do it once.

In the future I will be updating the profile section to accommodate new features that I will be writing throughout the year.

Photo Server
I am not sure at this point what we will be doing with the photos server. I may move it to this server, a new server, or just upgrade the old server. I will have to look at this in the way of available resources and what will be more economic.

I will be posting a thread in the Suggestion Area where I ask members to offer any new forums, new suggestions for a feature, or even a suggestion to better a feature we already have.

I thank everyone for their patience and if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions...please feel free to contact me here.

Thanks,
Doug - Webmaster




 01/25/09  05:00PM

Care Sheet Updates

Care Sheets
Care Sheets, for the most part, are done and updated. There is only a couple of handfuls of care sheets not completed. I did accidentally delete several care sheets in the process. So I apologize to those people. If your care sheet is not listed it was either accidentally deleted or it did not provide enough information. Care sheets with low rankings have been removed. I will review and update care sheets on a weekly basis.

Due to browser updates over the years, some care sheets now have a diamond with a question mark in the middle. If possible anybody that has a care sheet listed, please edit the care sheet and replace the marking with the proper punctuation. Also check spelling and grammar as well. This will be greatly appreciated and will help save me time going through them all to make these corrections. Leaving me to move on to the next project.

There are still a lot of things to fix and add at RZ. I will be working on organizing a schedule for the rest of the work that needs to be done during the next couple of weeks. I want to thank every one for their patience in this process. If you have any ideas, see issues I may of missed or need to be addressed please do not hesitate to contact me.

Please feel free to contact me here.

Thanks for being part of RepticZone
Doug - Webmaster




 01/08/09  05:00PM

New Year Updates

I know it has been a while since I done any real updates on RepticZone, but I'm going to knock some of the rust off and start doing some more programming here.

Messaging System
I have a few new ideas that I would like to implement such as a new messaging system. I intend to write an entirely new system from programming to database, making the old system obsolete.

Photos Server
The photo server has a new router on it, but I decided that I was going to move this to another server. The reasons for this are going to be for faster speeds viewing, uploading, etc. The other reason is to relieve some of the money I dish out on the current photo server. In order to do this it will take me a few weeks to sort through photos. Everything will be moved to the new server. I may even write a new photo section.

Care Sheets Care Sheets are being updated now. I am spending this week and the next getting that out of the way and updated. Eventually I would like to re-write that section too.

I don't have any estimated times on completion of any section. I am in process of studying for a test at work. More importantly...I have not written an entire script in a couple of years now so I am extremely rusty at this point. I am in process of writing a script to help me go through care sheets faster, but I am struggling with that. Once I get back into the flow I am sure my full programming ability, and maybe even new ones, will come back.

Site Requests
After I go through the care sheets I will be taken requests on new forums and go back to answering questions on the suggestion forums.

I may need members help in some of the process as far as feedback, input, and other help.

Please feel free to contact me here.

Thanks for being part of RepticZone
Doug - Webmaster




 07/25/08  10:00PM

PHOTO SERVER TEMPORARILY DOWN

07-25-2008

The photo server is temporarily down for the next few days. The router for the photo server hasn't been working properly and it will be a few days before I can get that working again.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.



Thanks
Doug - Webmaster





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