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Downtime / Important: Custom Domain Users

Posted by borg on February 26th, 2010

We will be changing our network IPs shortly (within the next 24 hours). This change will result in some downtime (less than 1 hour) for most users.

However, forum owners who use a custom domain (mydomain.com) for their forums may experience longer downtimes.  To reduce the downtime, lower the TTL on your DNS service to a low number (like 600) for the entries that point to this service. After the downtime has occurred, please check back here to confirm that the changes have taken place. Remove all entires containing “38.99.249.226″ with the new IP and increase the TTL to its normal levels. The new IP will be listed here shortly.

Sorry for the inconvenience. if you have questions or issues, please visit our support forums.

-Updated-

Things should be back up now. For those with a custom domain, please change entries that contain 38.99.249.226 to 216.18.214.242

-More Info-

Some users are having issues accessing our service. It is due to the user’s ISP not having the updated information. The information below might help.

The issue will get resolved once the user’s internet provider gets updated with the new information. It usually takes 24-48 hours in worst case scenarios (most took about a few hours). About 12 hours has elapsed since the update. Ask them to check every couple of hours or tomorrow.

If they are really impatient, tell them to use opendns.com . It will give them access immediately.

Again, we apologize for the issue…

For faster updates/info,  please follow us on twitter: http://twitter.com/ipbfree

Some more iPBFree resources #2

Posted by Tom on February 15th, 2010

Here’s another list of new items that have been added to added to our resource database. Remember, it’s up to the community to decide what gets added.

You’ll need to be registered at our community forums to view these resources. Registration only takes a minute or two, is free, and you’ll have access to hundreds more resources for your board as well as official support. If you’re not registered, click here to get started.

Skins:

Modifications:

Thanks to all these people (especially Koniji!) and to everyone else who’s submitted stuff lately.

Tom. :)

Support Forums Down: Power Outage [Restored]

Posted by borg on February 10th, 2010

There is currently power outage affecting the community/support forums (forums.ipbfree.com). All other ipbfree.com sites should be available.

We will update this post as more information becomes available.

PM Spam

Posted by borg on February 7th, 2010

A few users have reported some spam issues. We have added a few methods for blocking the spam. It is automatic and nothing needs to be enabled. Please let us know if the spam countermeasures are working (via Support Forums).

Tom wrote up a quick tutorial on limiting the PM spam. it may help while we deal with the situation.
http://forums.ipbfree.com/index.php?showtopic=8552

The recent power failures was due to faulty network hardware. It will be replaced within two hours. The servers will go down during the replacement. Sorry, for the inconvenience.

-UPDATED 7AM PST-

We are still waiting for an update from the NOC. It looks like the bad hardware has not been replaced yet (probably because it was on a weekend).  We will update the thread as soon as we get more information.

-UPDATED 2AM PST-

Unit is currently being replaced

-UPDATED 4AM PST-

Performing system maintenance.

Apologies - Downtime

Posted by borg on January 18th, 2010

Last night there was an issue at the datacenter that caused all the servers the reboot. This reboot caused one of the servers to boot incorrectly and resulted in downtime that lasted several hours.  We deeply apologize for the downtime that occurred and the inconvenience it caused to  our users.

For more information or questions, please visit forums.ipbfree.com .

Latest Database Additions #1

Posted by Tom on January 10th, 2010

Here’s a list of the new items that have been added to added to our resource database this week. Remember, it’s up to the community to decide what gets added.

You’ll need to be registered at our community forums to view these resources. Registration only takes a minute or two, is free, and you’ll have access to hundreds more resources for your board as well as official support. If you’re not registered, click here to get started.

Latest skin additions:

Latest modification additions:

Thanks to everyone who’s submitted stuff, keep it coming.

Tom. :)

Thanks for another year

Posted by Tom on January 1st, 2010

First off, season’s greetings and a happy new year. 2009 has been a huge year for iPBFree and I wanted to quickly thank everyone involved.
iPBFree is all about the users – that’s why it exists, why it’s free, and why it’s fun. We’ve always been very lucky to have some users who devote time and effort to contribute peer support and resources, and make our Community Forums enjoyable. I feel we don’t thank them enough, so if that’s you – thank you, your assistance is very much appreciated.

My other big thanks goes to the iPBFree staff team. Not only are they competent, helpful and polite, but they’re funny, interesting and supportive and are also in need of a public display of gratitude. iPBFree staff work in a voluntary capacity and when you need help with anything on your forum, or when I want to discuss rock music, they’re there. Thanks to all of them.

Finally, thanks to you, whoever you are, for using iPBFree and giving it a reason to be here. If it weren’t for everyday users like you, there would be no need for me and the rest of the team, so cheers.

That’s it then, I just wanted to say thanks. Bring on 2010!

Tom

Festive Resources

Posted by Tom on December 19th, 2009

If you’re looking for ways to spruce up your board this holiday season, here are a few things from our resource database you might like to try. You’ll need to have an account at our community forums - it’s free!

All of these are free and are designed for iPBFree.

XMAS VI - XxxDevilsxxX - demo
Winter Wonderland - Koniji - “Winter-themed, originally for a contest hosted at the iPBFree Source.” demo
Xmas Cryout - Zenith - demo
Toon Christmas - Redlack
Winter Skin - PhovosTheRaptor - A nice, wintery skin in light blues and snowflakes, kissed together on a dreamweaver…” demo

Xmas logo - XxxDevilsxxX
Frosty Icons - shameful

Christmas Countdown - Connor - “Adds a small window with the exact amount of time left till Christmas.”

If you need help using any of these resources, you can use our skinning and modification help forum.

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iPBFree Awards

Posted by Tom on December 5th, 2009

(Update - voting’s now closed. Thanks to everyone who voted, the winners will be announced soon.)

If you’re a member of the iPBFree Community Forums, you have until the 24th of December to vote in the iPBFree Awards. Vote for the most helpful, creative and interesting people in the iPBFree community and get involved.

Click here for details and to vote or click here to register at the forums.

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