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31. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1015 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

I accidentally deleted a short blog yesterday, but was able to recreate it pretty easily. It was short and I had just entered the photos on it on Monday. It happened because somehow I had two copies - one published and one draft. I deleted the draft and both of them disappeared. So the next time it happened (and it did happen again), I knew not to do that. I edited the draft and published it and all was good.

32. Posted by Peter (Admin 6704 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

Hmm, I tested the draft deleting and that all worked as expected for me. Draft versions are created automatically while you are writing entries. They are like an autosaved version of your blog entry and are there in case for some reason clicking publish didn't work (ie.. internet dropped out). But deleting them should not affect the already published entry. That is bad if it's happening. Problem is, I set it up so I had a draft entry created this way and deleting it worked just fine, so I can't reproduce the issue.

The issue in the guide was due to articles being cached that had been fetched in truncated form. I've forced a clear of the cache (I think), but it should all clear up within the next few hours as the caches expire anyway.

Benny, are there still other issues you are experiencing? I think everything is running pretty smooth right at the moment. The database is stable, mirrored so it can handle an outage of one of them and it's performing daily backups in case of absolute catastrophe. You should be able to post in confidence. You can also always save a copy of your blog entry in plain text form on your own computer. That way you have your own backup version at all times as well. I don't really understand the Tripadvisor issues you had. I don't use their site. If you are still having problems there, please send me a PM with step-by-step instructions on how I can reproduce it. Otherwise, it's very hard to help.

33. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1015 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

I don't normally get two copies of a blog. If I do it is as you say - I get interrupted and don't "publish" the blog I was editing. And I've always just deleted the 'extra' draft copy and it worked just fine that way. I don't know how I did it that time or the second time it happened. But the second time I just didn't risk deleting it again.

If it happens again, I'll copy it first before I delete the draft copy and that way if it doesn't work as it should I won't lose it. (And I'll try to be more aware of what I am doing).

34. Posted by Bennytheball (Budding Member 35 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

The travellerspoint website is now working okay for me, I had to get a new ID number for the photo I wanted to transfer to a Tripadvisor Morocco forum, because the old ID transfer number was "toxic" and would not work.

However, I have not tried to write a new blog yet in case all my work disappears. I'll let somebody else take that "leap of Faith" before risking it ......LOL

35. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 926 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

I always write my blogs in Word before uploading, so it would be easy enough for me to re-do if necessary from the point of view of the text. I always did that with Virtual Tourist too, after a couple of early issues when a morning's work was lost when the site crashed! I was so pleased when VT closed down that I had 90% of my texts already saved on my computer (and backed up!) My problem with TP posts is that I spend a lot of time deciding what photos to include, where and at what size, and of course I don't have that in my Word copies because I do it as I work. I could in theory copy the entire entry before posting but I don't bother as I've found things pretty stable here. So far the default autosave has always worked for me on the odd occasion when I've needed it. Unrelated to the recent outage, I've always had problems when I've actually saved an entry myself as when I go into edit none of the keyboard shortcuts (e.g. ctrl & b for bold) work so formatting gets a bit tiresome - hence my slightly risky reliance on autosave!

36. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1015 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

My entries on VT were from text files that I wrote as I went along. Originally they were in emails to my mom. When I started doing Tips in VT, I just modified the original text files, but I did not save them separately. I never did them in a WP because a text file is so much easier, and over the years the WPs have changed (starting with Apple's Bank Street Writer, and on through WordStar, Word Perfect, and things like the Wang). I learned all of those at the time (I once worked as a temp in an office that had three different WP programs on different platforms), but I'm tired of having to do that.

Anyway my photos are on the computer organized by date, and I marked them with a symbol in the name when I added them to VT so I know which ones I used. The only problem is finding them here.

37. Posted by RachelB17 (Budding Member 42 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

Great !!

38. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 1214 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

Funny. I can access the Forums from my phone but not my browser. Still having issues? Or did something change that I also need to change?

39. Posted by Peter (Admin 6704 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

What happens when you try to access the forums in your browser?

It should be working fine

40. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 1214 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

I get the oopsie screen, or the uh oh screen. The site comes up, but not the forum. EDIT: in retesting. I can get a the individual posts if I go down to highlighted topics, but not the main board. I can see everything else on the site too. Must be me somehow

[ Edit: Edited on 05-May-2019, at 03:24 by Piecar ]