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Unto the ending of the world

Nath - 10 Nov 14 - 8:18 PM

Ch. 41: News

Hi Helga,

Glad you liked the chapter Smile

Definitely not a good day for Eowyn, though...

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Re: HASA shut down discussion

Posted On: 11/23/14 6:58 PM
By: Iluker
In: HASA General Notices

If your stories are out of Beta status, they should get included in the pull.

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Re: HASA shut down discussion

Posted On: 11/23/14 9:19 AM
By: Aruthir
In: HASA General Notices

By all means move my stories to A03. If that's alright?

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Re: HASA shut down discussion

Posted On: 11/23/14 8:51 AM
By: Anglachel
In: HASA General Notices

Hi folks,

Here is my 10,000 foot level understanding of the work involved. Please read it over and see if there is some part of this you would like to participate in.

Because HASA and A03 are very different systems, the data export/import has to be:

  1. SQL export from HASA that includes only valid content. No off-list works, no author information besides name and contact email, removal of empty stories and chapters, etc.
  2. Deliver the prepared SQL file to A03 technical team
  3. A03 team imports data into a temporary site.
  4. HASA story admins use A03 tools to transfer stories from the temporary site into the final A03 archive location

For manual work, item #4 is the bulk of the effort. There are @ 6,000 stories (give or take a few hundred) that will be exported. I will be 100% involved in Steps 1-3 and will assist with troubleshooting on #4. Once #4 is underway, I step out of the picture in any major capacity. I just become one more author in the mix.

Apart from the export/import, the bulk of the work related to the transition is going to be making sure authors who wish to claim their stories are allowed/enabled to do so. To the degree that an author already has her works in A03, that is one less story/set of stories for the admins to move from the temporary site to the final site. NOTE - while in the temporary site, stories can be viewed but not modified.

The other big work pill, which can be done when the stories are imported to A03, is stories that are unclaimed must have a standard statement inserted into the story overview making clear that the work was imported from HASA. It's just copy/paste of a prepared piece of text, but it is work.

There also needs to be an effort to get the word out to authors that their story(ies) have been relocated. I suspect the communications part will be the most time consuming. I am willing to make an author's email list available in an Excel file to the team that takes over to make communication easier, but otherwise I will not distribute contact info.

So, there is going to be a significant amount of work that needs to be done in a reasonably short period of time (a few months) mostly involving copy/paste and clicking buttons to handle stories, and doing a lot of emailing to communicate with authors. It will require teamwork and coordination.

Going forward, someone or some group needs to be responsible for the archive as such, work with the A03 team on any infrastructure issues, answer questions about the site, and generally be the voice of HASA. If this site is any example, you will have weeks where nothing happens and no one asks for anything, then you'll have a flurry of activity where there's a bunch of requests, something breaks, there's an outbreak of bad behavior, and so on.

Hope this answers the basic questions. I'd like to wait a day and see if anyone else has interest, then work with the volunteers in a private discussion thread. We have a admin section of the site where this can be done.


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Re: HASA shut down discussion

Posted On: 11/23/14 8:14 AM
By: Linaewen
In: HASA General Notices

I would be interested in seeing what exactly might be involved, as well.  I would like to be part of a team that takes charge of this, but I know that my Real Life responsibilities will have a say in how involved I can be legitimately -- so I'd like to know the details before I give my final YES.  Wink

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Re: HASA shut down discussion

Posted On: 11/23/14 7:58 AM
By: Nath
In: HASA General Notices

As I said earlier, I'm willing to help with converting stories at Open Doors. I don't think I'm up for taking on much beyond that, but if there's small things that can be split off from other tasks, who knows...

Glad you're interested though Grin

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