Escargot Spaces Updates

Butterfly Spaces – coming soon

Recently, word has gone around that after Escargot’s latest updates are deployed, it will reach its new goal of becoming a chat server that allows many protocols and messaging technologies to work under one global system, meaning all frontends have equal access to each other. This means that as soon as that becomes reality, Escargot will be stripped of any MSN-specific association. This also means that Escargot Spaces as a name for this site will become obsolete and foreign to most people (it also means no integration with Escargot anymore, which is disappointing). That’s why we’re planning to change our name to Butterfly Spaces. Still MSN-related, and it has a nice ring to it. 🙂

 

Considering the recently unpredictable nature of Escargot’s progress, we can’t pinpoint an exact date we’ll rebrand, but as soon as it’s confirmed that the changes to the Escargot server will be put into place, we’ll unveil the new generation of Escargot Spaces – Butterfly Spaces. We hope to see you then. 😀

 

Something new is brewing up…

http://new.escargotspaces.com

 

Starting things off for the new generation of Escargot Spaces (the custom backend/frontend thing i was talking about in the last post). More will come soon… 😀

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year (+ Updates on the site)

Been a while, hasn’t it?

 

First of all, I’d like to start off by wishing everyone a belated Christmas and a somewhat late New Year. Hope everyone enjoyed their holidays. 🙂

 

Second off, I’d like to apologize for the inactivity in moderation. Moderating a ghost town like Spaces gets really uninteresting after a while, and afterwards I just left it for dead while doing other things, both IRL and MessengerGeek (I don’t have any other communities nor do I do anything else on the internet anymore TBH). When I came back to check on everything, I wasn’t surprised to see a few new user and site registrations (mostly empty, mind you). However, I was surprised to see a few cases of splogs pop up on the site, considering that hasn’t happened to Spaces before. Luckily, it was minor, and I got the matter resolved within minutes.

 

That aside, I want to be more active in moderating this site and be a little more devoted to rolling out things. Especially since I’m thinking more and more of making Escargot Spaces use a custom backend + frontend to remove the inconsistencies and limitations of having an all-customized WordPress mutlisite service (and to also expand the possibilities of Escargot integration). I also want to find ways to generate more interest for Spaces, primarily by making it a bit more unique than its original incarnation and make it appeal to people outside of Escargot. The latter I’ll try to expand on later when I have time.

 

As for my personal blog, if I can muster up confidence to start using something as simple as Google for exploring my interests again (you can blame the flashy, trendy, and all-too-bouncy atmosphere of YouTube and the internet in general for ruining it for me lol), then maybe it could be updated once in a while. 😛

 

Anyways, see you guys soon.

Groups are back.

I really should’ve given them more consideration rather than go with my plan of completely blog-ing Escargot Spaces. Plus, they were the only other interesting thing Escargot Spaces had to offer.

 

Enjoy. 😀

Dashboard Status: Fixed!

A non-essential plugin was interfering with the WordPress dashboard, and disabling it did the trick in making the dashboard accessible for all.

 

Another problem solved! 😀

Back after 4 months of being locked out, and considering migration to a more powerful infrastructure.

To put a 4 month-long story short, I got locked out of my administrator account because I didn’t remember to store the password for it and forgot as time progressed, and trying to reset my password did jack squat, since something was preventing WordPress (the core backend for Escargot Spaces at the moment) from sending emails. But I found a way to hack the password right in the database, and now I’m back! 😀

 

As for whatever was blocking WordPress from sending emails, it was actually a configuration issue with the Google account link Michael set up so that our emails won’t be marked as spam. Re-authenticating the account with the site did the trick, and now emails should be working like normal again.

 

Now at this point, this means looking into the dashboard bug again, and I do plan to continue investigating that problem, assuming that I don’t switch to a custom backend. However, I’ve been considering ditching GoDaddy for hosting and moving to a VPS or a dedicated server, especially considering the issues I’ve had with setting certain aspects of Escargot Spaces up and the quirks it has introduced to me as a webmaster. With a VPS/dedicated server, I have more control over how the server works and less worries about restrictions that would more or less ruin the experience for everyone. There’s also room for possibilities that would be next to impossible to make real on a shared server environment, like the planned integration of the Escargot service with Escargot Spaces for existing accounts to have access, alongside plans for reimplementing Spaces features into MSN, like Gleams and contact cards. When I feel like I’m ready to switch, I’ll negotiate everything with Michael Power. 🙂

 

Hope everyone has a good day/afternoon/night.

 

~ 45gratest (pronounced 45-grate-street, folks. :p)

Groups have been officially discontinued.

The ability to create, post to, or access groups has been removed entirely, as they felt out of place on Spaces, a blogging platform, mind you. That’s all I have to say about this.

 

Also the Groups tab has finally been removed, so no one can end up on an empty page expecting a list of groups.

 

~ 45gratest

The new Space creation issue has been fixed. But with some caveats though.

After backing up and recreating the database along with “reinstalling” WordPress and creating a test Space, I can safely say that the new Space creation issue has been fixed! 😀

 

However, the software I used to backup the database (MySQL Workbench; phpMyAdmin wasn’t cooperating when I tried to export it from there) seems to have screwed up a bunch of special characters in it, destroying some Space names and blog titles, and I hope to see a fix for that in the future. Also, the dashboard bug still seems to appear, so I can still conclude that it’s most likely a conflicting plugin problem.

 

So if you have a Space and/or blogs with titles that might meet that criteria, I’ll most likely fix it for you, but if otherwise, go ahead and fix it.

 

I’m sorry for the small inconvenience. 🙂

 

~ 45gratest

Addressing the new Space creation issue.

So there seems to be an issue with creating a new Space, where it is replaced with an error stating that a connection to the database could not be established. Existing Spaces, however, are not affected by this.

 

From looking at the error logs, this is an issue with WordPress attempting to access tables that have been magically wiped away from the database for some reason.

 

I’ll see what I can do about this, and hopefully it can be resolved within due time.

 

~ 45gratest

My retrospective as owner (Michael Power)

I just wanted to say a few words to pretty much… say goodbye to regular admin operations of Spaces.

I never expected this website to get over 100 users and websites. I thought I would get 10 – 20 people at best. The Escargot community really helped make the website what it is. From the theme by Nintel, to Megadeth joing the admin team at the end of the year to try and get a new look going for you guys. If it wasn’t for this community, I think we would still be using the Twenty Seventeen theme. 

I remember the time the site went down for the first time ever. God, it was both fun and stressful for me. The community definitely softened the blow with the memes that were made from it.

Unforunately, work got to me so I couldn’t really work on Spaces like I did in the past. Unfortunately, this was also one of the reasons why the other two Spaces downtimes took a long time to get back up and why the WordPress dashboard bug was never fixed.

Developing Spaces from the start has been an honour for me. Doing something for the community is something I always have loved, and I am sorry if I ever failed you guys throughout the lifetime of Spaces.

And now, I leave you with a very beautiful song. Thank you all for using Escargot Spaces and I wish 45gratest luck with improving this site. Please read his post below. I love you all. <3

 

~ Michael