META: MGoBlog Update, etc.

Submitted by LKLIII on August 15th, 2017 at 11:32 AM

I know that there was a post on the front page awhile back about the updates happening on MGoBlog, although I don't recall the specific details.

Over the past few weeks, I've seen an increasing frequency of "Welcome to your new Drupal website" notificaitons when I try to visit.  I guess my questions are:


  1. Is this the site itself?  Are others having this issue?  Or is it my own device that's on the fritz?
  2. Do we have any additional timeline for the site update?  I seem to recall that it was supposed to be prior to the start of the new season, but maybe that's just my own assumptions?


Naked Bootlegger

August 15th, 2017 at 11:53 AM ^

Proper response to the "Welcome to your new Drupal website" message:  bow deferentially and serve your new overlord obediently.

(And, yes.  I did just receive this message a few minutes ago).


August 15th, 2017 at 12:12 PM ^

Whenever I see the "Welcome to Your New Drupal Website" I think of some Nouveau Brian saying the MGoBlog version of this:


"Well, Roberts had grown so rich, he wanted to retire. He took me to his cabin and he told me his secret. 'I am not the Dread Pirate Roberts', he said. 'My name is Ryan; I inherited the ship from the previous Dread Pirate Roberts, just as you will inherit it from me. The man I inherited it from is not the real Dread Pirate Roberts either. His name was Cummerbund. The real Roberts has been retired fifteen years and living like a king in Patagonia."


August 15th, 2017 at 11:58 AM ^

They're working on it to some degree. I bet if we ask them every time the site crashes that the answer will suddenly change

It's a free website so I'm certainly not in much position to complain, but I do feel we've been hearing about a 'new website coming' for 5+ years now. At this point I'll believe it when I see it go live


August 15th, 2017 at 11:57 AM ^

A week or two Seth implied that the timeline was on a knife edge, so things are cutting close. 

I really appreciate how forthright the proprietors have become in the last six months about where they are. Threads like this one rarely pass without Seth or Brian giving an update, assuming they aren't too frequent. 

And yes, I had the same thought, but if the site goes online in time for the season it will probably happen very close to the season, perhaps during the preview week. And Seth mentioned that some people will be invited to test the new site, and I have not heard of that happening yet (note: Despite my apparently large point total it is possible or likely that I will not be one of those invited, since 20 million of my points are the result of a glitch. This is not unjust.)



August 15th, 2017 at 12:38 PM ^

I've answered at least two dozen inquiries about my unearned point total, and since I was discussing something the admins were going to do with highly ranked users, I needed to clarify that despite the point total I am not guaranteed to be one of the top ranked users invited to try the new site and thus I was not stating something that I categorically knew, but rather was surmising.


Ecky Pting

August 15th, 2017 at 2:35 PM ^

Nice! At 20M points, everyone else on the site could start negging you until they were completely out of points, and you'd probably still have 500k!

Then you could change your name to "Ozymandius" and your sig to "My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!" and your avatar to this:

Ozymandias from the Watchmen


August 15th, 2017 at 12:00 PM ^

Right now we have an extremely raw draft of the new site and it still is having major issues. We move servers tonight.

The Drupal thing is as i understand it is a problem with the database that won't be a problem with the new site and isn't worth fixing on the current one now that we are so close to leaving it. It seems to be triggered by some bad html getting into one of our posts.


August 15th, 2017 at 12:34 PM ^

Could be any number of things, but I wouldn't expect the problems to be the same as the ones on the current site. The current infrastructure is all going away (starting tonight? That's exciting) and other than copying forward data I don't think the new site is supposed to have anything in common with the old one at all.


August 18th, 2017 at 7:00 PM ^

I mean we've already conquered so much. Wireframed and designed the new site, figured out new APIs for points and the message board and how our ads will work and how we'll bump features to the top and getting Open LiveWriter to work...

If we got the dev site and everything worked we'd be ready to go beta already. Weeks away when it was months and months when we started.