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Thu, Jan. 8th, 2009, 11:22 pm
58468_0: [wiki sysop post] an update to let you know there is an update coming

I will tell you what I do know at the moment.

Wiki.theppn is NOT closed and any copies of the site should not be supported. We do not back them or have any affiliation with them and they are essentially taking our information without permission.

I heavily apologize for the downtime and my own lack of checking this community and setting things straight. I didn't realize there were so many people waiting for a simple status update, but believe me, I understand the feeling. I also understand you want a source for Asian pop culture information, but we are the place to go to, even though we've been experiencing unreasonable downtime.

Please, just hang in there a little bit longer. I'll be able to give you concrete information soon.

~ Wapiko, Wiki.theppn sysop

Fri, Jan. 9th, 2009 10:54 pm (UTC)

Why not respond to why wikia can't be the new host?

Judging by the length of the downtime it appears you're having troubles finding a host. The last host was as slow as wding through treacle, wikia has the bandwidth and the capacity to cope with it easily.

An earlier post said that theppn's backup was damaged and couldn't be restored. So from that it seemed like the only alternative was to restore pages from cached versions on places like google cache. This would have been very time-consuming and didn't seem feasible, so it seemed all was lost.

Then I found that wikia site that already had a small number of theppn's pages on it, and I had an attempt at restoring some pages from cached versions to see how easy or how hard it would be. The cached pages sourcecode contains all sorts of extra stuff, so I set about copying the text from the page itself and adding all the wiki tags myself. That took ages so it didn't seem feasible to do it that way. Then Angela found a page that converts html to wiki code, and I worked out a simple technique that takes only 2 minutes to restore a page, making it feasible to restore pages that way.

I apologise if you thought someone was trying to "copy" the wiki but that was never the intention. It wasn't intended to be a copy of the wiki, but as a proposal for a new home for theppn if you want it.