On Our Minds
The email server local to HASA is hosed. It can no longer send in or out. Nothing has been able to be delivered for a few days.
I have moved the email away from the local server and am using a free service called Mandrill for the rest of the site's life. If you get an email from HASA it will have a weird "Sent on behalf of" that looks kind of like: firstname.lastname@example.org; on behalf of email@example.com. At present, HASA is unable to receive any incoming email, but I hope to have that resolved over the weekend.
If you sent out notices about story updates recently, please try resending them. They probably didn't go out or else were thrown back as undeliverable.
NEW STORIES - UPDATED
The ability to post new stories on HASA will be disabled over the weekend. You will still be able to update existing work and post new items to comments and forums. The site may look like it can accept new stories, but the database insert will simply be bypassed. EDIT - Sorry, new *stories* will not be allowed, but new *chapters* are still allowed for now. At some point, I have to freezer the database, but not yet. Probably in early to mid-December.
I have not yet heard back from the Open Doors people about whether the archive can be imported, but given the bad state of the email, they may be trying to send me messages and they just aren't getting through.
My stories are posted on all the major archives.
You can find them all at
and you can contact me on my LJ.
Feel free to friend me
My stories are also posted at:
and at my own site.
I also have an account at FF.net as Nath, but it's been years since I've even logged in there.
For readers of Unto the Ending of the World, which is currently only posted here, I'll be reposting it with revisions from the first chapter on at Many Paths to Tread.
Update on various things,
Open Doors: The data is in their hands and being evaluated by their senior programmer. This will take into next week. After that evaluation, we'll know if Open Doors is a viable location for the archive as a whole.
Cut off for new stories: At present, it is possible to create new stories on HASA. I will turn off this capability two weeks from now on Saturday, November 1. If we can get imported into Open Doors, there will be another cut-off date for changes or edits so that we freeze the content and don't miss anything new.
Call for Story Admins to fix some old stories: Some of the very oldest stories in HASA have a problem because their line breaks got lost in one of the site upgrades. It used to be that the processing script for HASA would look for an invisible new line character in story chapters and insert HTML break tags to create paragraph breaks. When HASA converted over to Tiny MCE and had WYSIWYG HTML, I had to use a different processing script that didn't automatically insert code because that would have left everything double spaced. The trouble is that the very old stories need the inserted break tags and now are just long run-on paragraphs.
In the Story Admin area, I have a few pages set up where an admin can pull up old stories, look to see if the chapter reads normally or is collapsed on itself, and click a single button to update the chapter and permanently insert the break tags. Different people have been updating stories off and on for a few years, but there are still a lot of old stories in the system that need to be updated. I'm not sure exactly how many there are in this state. Most of the stories needing updates are dated 2005 and earlier.
Are there any volunteers who would like to help get these older stories back in readable form? It's not hard to do, but it is a bit tedious. If the archive gets exported, it would be nice to have the chapters look their best. If there were 4 or 5 people who would check and update several stories a day, it would probably go fairly quickly.
All of the books of "The Circles" by Angmar and Elfhild can be found on our personal homepage. This includes Volumes 1 through 5, which is still in progress.
Volumes 1 through 4 are archived on Fanfiction.net, LOTR Fanfiction, Archive of Our Own, and Faerie.
Elfhild's LOTR/Silmarillion fanfiction and Circlesverse one shot stories can be found on her Fanfiction.net page:
Elfhild's Circlesverse art can be found at:
My shoulder is recovered enough that I can now do some extended time at the keyboard.
- I have a local copy of the HASA site from a backup done last night
- I've extracted all of the story information from the backup into a new database.
- My next large task is to write SQL scripts to walk through the data and clean it up. The only stories that will be provided to Open Doors are those that are in General, Beta or Reviewed status. That's most stories, about 90%. Stories that don't have content, are marked as off-list, etc., will be removed.
- All information that is not pertinent to published stories. There is a lot of data that is hidden from regular users that HASA needs to integrate stories into the rest of the site that is simply meaningless to another system.
My goal is to have all this work done by tomorrow evening and sent to the Open Doors technical team to evaluate over the coming week.
I want people to be very clear on what will NOT get exported:
- Chapter view click counts
These are will not be sent to Open Doors. If you want copies of any of this, you will need to save it for yourself.
Also, to answer a question I have received from a number of people, there will be a full backup of both the SQL Server databases and of the Cold Fusion application code for the site. I am not going to simply click "Delete" on January 31.
Yes, I am feeling better if not completely well. Thanks for asking!
I've spent over 12 years of my life supporting HASA, through thick and thin. Doing a little extra work to see that it outlives my abilities seems reasonable. Let's hope the good people at Open Doors can make this happen for us.
Sorry I haven't done this already...
6. "A Question of Dialect"