1.) The Cost Of the Server
As you know, the cost a new, dedicated server is going to be a lot. From $20 every 3 months to $50 per month. It's a bill I can't swing on my own. My lease with my friend expires on January 1st and I really need all my money to get on my feet. This means Luna will need donations and ads will have to be a fact of life from now on. If it gets to be too much out of my own pocket, I will have to shut the site down for good.
I promised a donation button and here it is. I'll work on getting a PO box to accept check donations.
I'm sorry for taking so long, folks. I completely understand if folks are looking for a new archive.
EDIT: Okay, trying to paste the button again. I probably screwed something up the first time.
Hello, fellow Lunars (or whatever we Lunaescence members call ourselves)
resuriichan (from Luna as well) and I run a very tiny LJ Community called "faninfics ." We made the reader insert community just in case Luna were to ever close down or be down for a long period. Then a couple of days later, Luna actually went down for being so popular! Sadly, because the site is down, we've been unable to contact authors to join our community. Right now it only has a handful of members. We've held off from advertising on the luna community because I thought it would be inappropriate but realistically Luna doesn't seem to be coming back any time soon. FOS-FF.net is a great alternative but, as we all know, it has many bugs and crashes often. So I hope to extend a warm, welcoming invitation to all the Lunaescence members on LJ to join faninfics so that we don't have to feel so scattered! The community is very laid back and in vast need of more fanfiction! =D
Thank you very much,
Mrs. Kitty Corpse (Kelly)
For obvious reasons, selection/announcement of September's featured stories is being delayed until, uh, I can once again look at the list of nominations. The time period for nominations is also extended to the end of (insert here the month when Luna returns). In the meantime, the theme is, once again, school-centric, AKA those that take place in a school setting or where school plays a major role in the stories somehow. If you have any ideas and haven't nominated yet, do keep them in mind. Or you can try browsing Google Cache to see if it has the story archived. (Hey, searching for screenname + story title works... sometimes.)
Have fun? 8D See you guys whenever.
Tuesday morning, I arrived at work to an e-mail from my host saying that they took my site down. The reason why wasn't hacking, spam complaints, or anything bad exactly. We had simply grown too big, too fast for the server to support. We've grown from a tiny site to a medium site... and now to a pretty large site. My idea from several years ago has become an overwhelming success!
As in, we've been so successful we've overwhelmed and crashed the server. ^_^;;
So my host shut us down and told me I'll have to get a dedicated server.
Right now, we share a server with probably 10 other sites. That's fine for small sites, they won't use all those resources. They're also very affordable. The downside is that if one site becomes a resource hog, it affects everyone on that server.
A dedicated server means it'll only be us on that server. We'll be the only ones using the resources. Everything should work better and faster. The downside is that it's also dramatically more expensive.
How much more expensive is what I'm trying to figure out.
It's not you, it's us. All your stories are safe, that's no problem. But I won't be able to bring the site back online until I get this new server.
I'll also say this... I'm no longer in college, internship is done, and I'm now working in my field... but my free time is now mostly limited to the weekends. I'll get it taken care of as quickly as possible, but it might take a while. Please be patient!
Please spread the word. Luna isn't dead... just kind of in a medical coma for the moment. ^_^;;
This feels a little awkward to me but....
I found out tonight my tower's hard-drive might be dying on me. Mom is going to take it up to my brother to see what is wrong since the whole hard-drive thing is just a guess right now.
I just wanted to post this in case any of the people from Luna that are following any of my stories find this.
I would wish Sally good luck but luck doesn't visit my household very much so I won't curse her with my bad luck. .__.
I really hope this is o.k to post here! I'll remove this if not.
Lunaescence has a Facebook account you can find here that is run by Sally. It was recently updated with the following status:
Sorry about the big font size -- just hoping to catch some attention. :)
I also asked FOSFF to possibly make an announcement about it since a lot of users tend to use both websites, however I'm not entirely sure if they will. (The sites are not affiliated to my knowledge, after all.)
If you can, spread the word!! (^-^)
In order to alleviate some of the database issues we've been having over the past couple weeks, I'm installing some code that will save sections of the site. There might be some intermittent downtime during the overnight hours while I work on this.
After I install the code, it may take up to 2 hours for some sections of the Archive to update. I have to do this, we've grown drastically over the past couple months and if I don't we might be shut down by my host.
The Statistics page is no longer live information. I currently have it set to update every day at 4:30am. You'll also notice that the number of stories in the queue are listed too. Only section on that page that's currently live is the newest members.
Author pages will update every 5 minutes.
Story pages will update every 2 hours.
Category pages will update every 2 hours.
Top Tens Pages will update every 12 hours.
Statistics Page will update every 24 hours.
I'll tweak those numbers if it looks like I have them set too aggressively. But in the meantime, please be patient with me. Once I know it's working (and that my host isn't likely to shoot me another nasty-gram) I'll add a button for authors to force an update to their stuff.
Lunaescence was taken down due to using too many system resources. So no, it wasn't your imagination that we were down for a bit on Saturday morning.
I don't think it's anything any of you did. I think one of our older sections that may have been hacked or was having a hacking attempt underway.
To this end, the dictionary, the Flea Fan listing, and a few unused sections have been removed. I'll reinstate a new dictionary, but it will be limited to strictly fanfiction-related terms.
The forums will be going down for upgrading and the archive will be undergoing an extensive security test over the following weeks.
I'll have the site back up as soon as possible!
EDIT: In the meantime, I created a Facebook page for anyone interested.