I'm not sure how productive this will be, but at this point, I feel like this is something that should at least be addressed at some point.
Initially, after the host change, we understood that it wasn't quite what the previous one was -- the shutdowns that were initially were noticeable, but never terribly long and never terribly frequent. However, now, we've sort of reached a point where the site appears to be going down a few times within a ridiculously short timespan. Now, it's obvious that none of this is Unas' fault. The issue is evidently with the host. But it feels like something should be said on the matter publicly so that trial makers are aware of what's going on. I fear if there's no communication in regards to this, people who aren't used to this new state of things will just bail on the site if they find hours of work lost because the site happened to go down at the wrong moment.
Basically, it would be nice if some of these things are addressed:
- Could we get information on why the site is potentially going down on this new host? Is it an issue that can be fixed?
- Is there some sort of frequency or regularity to the times the site goes down so that we can at least prepare ourselves for it, and trial makers can properly know not to make any major progress in that time?
- If not, is there some way we can communicate to people just now finding the site that the site going down is a potential issue?
- Is it possible to make someone else, in addition to Unas, be able to bring the site back online, so that Unas doesn't have to be the one pinged every time this happens? Especially given the frequency, it's safe to say Unas will often find himself busy doing... well, more important things.
- Are there any plans for perhaps changing the host and eliminating this issue altogether?
I admit some of these are probably a bit tough to answer and on some I can already sort of guess the answer to, but I feel like it's important to at least talk about it publicly and address the issue head-on at this point.
Especially given the fact that we may be looking at an influx of cases this summer due to a game jam being (potentially) hosted on the AA/Court Records discord. If, by that time, the site ends up being perceived as unreliable due to shutdowns, people might end up not using AAO at all, which would be a damn shame.
Thank you in advance.