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Subject: Re: Transition proposal

Re: Transition proposal

From: Solomon Peachy via rockbox-dev <>
Date: Tue, 17 Mar 2020 08:45:54 -0400

On Tue, Mar 17, 2020 at 04:38:11AM +0000, Franklin Wei via rockbox-dev wrote:
> * General hosting: Solomon will self-host and administer all migrated
> services, which will all be contained within a VM or similar. Trusted
> volunteers will have root access to the infrastructure to reduce his
> workload and speed turnaround times. Periodic backups will be stored
> by trusted volunteers to ensure continuity.

I must emphasize the need for someone else to have the ability to help
administer the infrastructure. Not just to reduce my workload, but also
to improve the bus factor.

This goes doubly so for the domain.

> 1) Create a static mirror of the current state of, and make it accessible/searchable somewhere. (Perhaps we can offload this to Set up redirects on the current subdomain to point to the archived version, thus preserving old URLs. Stand up a fresh forum site using something modern, supported, and accepted by the open source community (e.g. Discourse) at a new subdomain, e.g.
> 2) Upgrade SMF to newest version and continue as-is.

This needs to be decided upon quickly, or option (2) will end up chosen
as the least-effort approach.

FWIW, I'm still uncomfortable hosting the forums (or its replacement)
becuase of their inherent reliance upon $random_user-generated content,
and a rather foul experience I had in the (now distant) past.

> * Themes/Translate: Continue as-is, perhaps on separate infrastructure (as these deal with user-created content).

I'm willing to host those as-is; I see no reason to keep them separate
from the rest of the infrastucture. IIUC their options for abuse are a
lot more limited than general forums tend to be.

> In the meantime, I propose that we appoint Solomon as the official
> transition manager so he can act on behalf of the community and obtain
> access to the current Haxx servers and data.

If this proposal is agreeable to everyone reading this, then I can move
onto planning out the logistics. I know what approach I'd like to take,
but its feasibility depends on the level of access I will get to the
existing infrastructure and/or how involved the existing hosts are
willing to be.

 - Solomon
Solomon Peachy			       pizza at shaftnet dot org
High Springs, FL                          ^^ (email/xmpp) ^^
Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum videtur.

Received on 2020-03-17

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