Migration Was Broken

Someone wrote to me somewhere, but I can’t find the message now so I apologise for not having responded directly.

However, the message indicated that the migration system was broken, because users were being told that their username already existed on the new system when in fact it did not. This was due to a bug in the username checking routines which are used to ensure people can’t grab your username on the new system if you already exist on the original deardiary software.

I believe I have now fixed this and apologise again!


Plus Account Expiry

I've noticed (with some help from someone!) that the Plus account expiry system hasn't been running. It's probably been that way for some considerable time, at least since last time we moved servers. Which would explain why we haven't had many renewals recently – and why the budget is suffering as badly as it is!

If I ran the process now, it would 'unPlus' all those accounts with expiration dates in the past, and would therefore potentially expose Friends Only diaries to the public with no warning at all. So rather than do that immediately I thought it was prudent to actually give some warning :-)

If your Plus account expiry is showing a date in the past when you login (in the Members Button Bar) I will be running the expiry process next Friday (6th January). You will need to re-subscribe BEFORE that date in order to keep your Plus account – if it does not have an expiry date of sometime in the future. I'll reinstate the expiry system at the same time so that warnings are sent properly through e-mail again!

Apologies for that. Please note that if your Plus account expired a year ago, you do NOT need to pay for the last year. Any payment you make now will add time, it will not 'fill in' for the previous year. In other words, you won't need to pay for 2 years to become a Plus holder again. I hope that makes sense. Consider last year a freebie :-) (Unless you made a donation earlier in the year from our appeal)

Thanks, and sorry for the pain in the backside this is!


Sorry to Panic!

Eliezer raised an important privacy issue in a comment on my previous entry. One which I'd never really thought of in too much depth but one that is entirely valid.

Having looked into the issue of Plus account holders 'Friends Only' diaries suddenly becoming public when I run the expiry scripts for the first time in ages, I can now confirm the following;

No-one's diary will suddenly become public after a Plus account expires.

However, when you next try to customize your diary, the option for Friends Only diary will be greyed out and the tickbox will NOT have a tick in it. If you go ahead and save any changes, your diary will then become public (unless you chose to tick the private diary box).

I think that's a reasonably OK thing to do – please advise me if you disagree. On privacy issues I am (unlike Facebook ;)) always willing to hear other people's points of view and take them into account. Privacy is a serious issue.

P.S. The keen eyed amongst you may have noticed that this diary was in fact marked as Friends Only for a short time. I was testing how the system dealt with expired Plus accounts :-)

To clear up confusion

Hello all,

      There's been some concern that the Facebook group 'Future of DearDiary Discussion' may mean that DearDiary is going away. That is not true – DearDiary.Net is not going away, but it will (at some point – I've been promising this for at least 5 years!) be changing in the future.

The current codebase is over 11 years old. It's got none of the modern social media capabilities. It's got none of the 'web 2.0' features. It has to be brought into line with current technologies.

Doing this means some fairly big changes under the hood. The discussion group is a place where people can tell me ahead of time what they like about the new system, what works, what doesn't work, what they desperately don't like etc.

Your millions of words stored in your diaries here are not under threat at all. The way you interact with them may change, but they will always be here :-)

Opening Up For Testing

I have today decided that I’m happy for people to begin having a play on the site as it stands.

Presently there’s an enormous amount of work to do, and there’s a lot of core DD functionality that needs to be replicated here. There’s an enormous amount of things that need to be tested too. If you wish to assist, please join the Facebook group DDFuture and engage in the discussion.

You may leave comments here too if you prefer.

Only existing DearDiary.Net users will be allowed to setup an account (and copy their diary if desired), this is not an open invitation :-)