Blowing Off the Dust

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Blowing Off the Dust

Postby Clé » Sun May 31, 2015 6:13 am

Well, heck. It's been long enough since the last update that I find myself forced to once again reassure readers (purely hypothetical readers, since as far as I know no one actually frequents the site) that it is not dead. Undead, perhaps, given how long it's gone without an update, but not dead.

At any rate, I decided to check an article on the site today for reasons I don't now recollect, only to be confronted with an error message: "Table './wongeryc_wongforum/phpbb_sessions' is marked as crashed and should be repaired [145]". The error was, fortunately, very easy to fix... but I'm not sure how long it had been since I or any of the other Grandmasters last checked the site, so I don't know how long that error message has been there and the site has been inaccessible. Hm.

Let's see... the last new article was posted on... October 19, 2014!? And the last news post was... August 8, 2014! Yikes! Has it been that long? (That's a rhetorical question; of course it has.) Dang.

(That means, among other things, we missed April Fools' Day this year... but then, it seems we missed it last year, as well. But that's okay; that I'm content to keep on missing. I'm actually kind of ashamed of the stupid April Fools hoax we pulled in 2013; I can only take some consolation in the fact that since nobody was visiting our site at the time nobody was actually fooled by it. I regret having posted that not just because it was a rather stupid hoax (though it was), but because I've developed a distaste for April Fools' hoaxes in general. Last month science journalist Lee Billings wrote a column on the Scientific American website decrying April Fools' Day prank stories by "reputable science publications," and I can't really say I disagree with him... and though the Wongery is not by any means a reputable science publication, I'm still going to go ahead and promise that there will be no future April Fools' Day hoaxes here. (That does not necessarily preclude messing with the site on April Fools' Day in ways that don't involve false stories.)

But I am (as usual) getting off the point. The point is... the point is that we've gone way too long without updating again, and I keep saying we're going to be better about updating, and we keep... not doing it. But once again, despite appearances, we haven't been entirely idle. In fact, we've been putting things in order so that we can finally start making the regular updates we'd for so long intended and for so long not done.

I said in the inaugural news post that we, the Grandmaster Wongers, were going to set a goal of adding, between the six of us, at least one new article a day. That... didn't happen. But it can. And now that we have everything more or less in order, I hope it finally will.

Starting tomorrow, because I don't think we're going to have a new article up tonight.
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