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Unless you are counting some periods where the forums up but is closed then any downtime has generally been less than an hour after I'm informed of an issue. There are times when we need to do things to resolve issues which if the forums open and people are surfing and posting would just cause problems. And as some of those things require us to take a full backup before doing them so we can roll back in the worst-case scenario and with this being a photography website it has a lot of picture uploads so taking a backup doesn't take 5 minutes.I do not know what to make of the downtimes. Part of my business is building and maintaining websites. While we have experienced an occasional 15 minute to an hour of downtime over 20+ years on individual sites, this forum's downtimes seem pretty long. It would be nice if management released a post explaining what happened or if scheduled maintenance may bring service down. I mean if you are going to ask us to reach into our pockets and donate money to help keep this site up and running, it just makes good business sense. My apologies if I miss the announcements as I do not spend as much time here as in the past, but I seem to visit during downtimes.
Thanks Pieter, I do the same, link from smugmug.Thanks for the explanation Simon and we do appreciate all the effort to keep the site up and running.
One question (just out of interest), I never upload images to the site but link from SmugMug which is my image host for several fora that I am a member of.
I assume the storage problem is not caused by those linked images, or is there still an effect.