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Congratulations on the launch of workshops!

We're very excited to see the start of workshops -- this has been in development for more than a year, and has taken an enormous amount of work to create, coordinate, and launch.

Election Results

We would like to cordially welcome the new members of the 13th Advocate Election Committee:

Race_9togo, AEC Chair

And, in alphabetical order:

crypticbard
Pugilist
scribbler
Seren

Please join us in congratulating the new AEC and wishing them the best for the upcoming term.

AEC Election

Our election closes at midnight (Eastern Time) today. You still have a few hours to vote!

http://new.neopoet.com/community/form/3042

AEC Election: Announcement

OUR BALLOT IS LIVE: http://new.neopoet.com/community/form/3042

This is our final ballot for the upcoming AEC election. Ballot order was randomized by www.random.org
The election will start on Tuesday, June 27 (though we may open the ballot Monday night for logistical reasons)

A Mean Bee
crypticbard
Seren
scribbler
whitescatter
Race_9togo
Pugilist

You may view the voting guide (and candidates may update their responses) here: http://new.neopoet.com/community/vote/guide

An announcement

On March 12, we will have a one week open nomination period for a new Advocates Election Committee. The election will run between March 22 and March 26.

Neopoet Archive

We've applied a fix to the archive of our previous site (http://archive.neopoet.com). You should now be able to view all poetry posted up through April 7, 2010 (through 3:17 am to be precise). If you have any trouble, please reach out to us on the technical forum (http://new.neopoet.com/forums/technical).

A few updates

We've made a few improvements to Neopoet this week:

--We've added a new style of notification for private messages (just test it out -- it's a lot of fun).
--We've made the workshop/stream page a lot more usable (we're finally splitting the stream into pages of 10 poems each): http://new.neopoet.com/workshop
--We've created a "delete" button for poems and blog entries (a much requested feature!). (Please note we reserve the right to keep a backup of deleted content in our archives and backups for a period of time). You may also continue to use the "unpublish" feature if you just want to take work out of the public view.
--We've hidden the (somewhat useless) "revision information" field when you go to edit a poem or blog entry -- this will reduce clutter and make the site easier to use.
--We've made an update to the password reset process for new members.
 
We hope, in the near future, to launch the first of our many workshops. If you'd like to be involved, please let us know (http://new.neopoet.com/community/news/wanted-workshop-leaders). One note: if you have applied already, please be patient! We haven't made our selection of workshops leaders yet.

Everett Wiginton

Paul and I are happy to announce that Everett Wiginton (known here on Neopoet as Rett) has agreed to join us as on the board of Neopoet.

The board of trustees is a (now) three person group of members that sets strategic direction for Neopoet.

Rett has been a Neopoet member since May, 2008, and he's served about every way a member could: he's a member of the Advocates program, was a member of the AEC, the group that runs Advocates, for four straight terms (July 2008 - July 2009), including two as chair, and he's been very active in helping us host and administer our chat program. Most recently, he's helped us by acting as the administrator for Neopoet from October, 2010, to present.

Rett has a number of talents that we think will help in running Neopoet. He's a published author, and has significant management experience from the commerical world, including a thirty-one year career in the chemical industry.

We are very pleased to have Rett join us on our board of trustees. Please join us in welcoming him!

Server migration

Server migration is complete!

We've now tested our main server out for a full month -- it has been running very well.

I was on the verge of moving the server over last Sunday but had second thoughts with the storm (and our datacenter's mixed record with losing power). Sure enough, I got an e-mail Monday morning saying that they had lost power and they were operating off their battery backup and their generator (which was actually great news, since it was their generator / transformer system that had failed last time). 

Now I think we are truly and finally very ready to move back to our main server (which will also help us out somewhat financially, since the server we are on now is expensive). I'll likely do this over the weekend.

Among the backup measures that will be in place after the move:

--Live, real time replication of the database to an offsite server (a instant carbon copy of the database) through a secure, encrypted SSH tunnel. Also, a daily synchronization of the server code, including all uploaded member files (such as avatars). The offsite server is also backed up daily by a commercial provider. This will enable a very quick switchover in case the main server goes offline due to a failure at the datacenter. 

--Primary database storage is on a solid state drive, which is significantly better at withstanding physical trauma than a mechanical drive (the primary advantage, however, is random access speed -- it is about 5-10x faster, which will help reduce loading time) 

--Twice daily database backup to a (brand new) mechanical hard drive (providing a historical record of several days worth of data, with at least a dozen or so once a week backups)

--Encrypted backup to a USB drive dangling from the server itself

--A regular backup of the server configuration itself, which will make migration to a new server easier in the event this is necessary 

You should notice a small speedup once we make the switch, but the difference in capacity will be much more important once we start allowing new members to join the site again.

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