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Title: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Dungeon Master on April 30, 2018, 01:23:56 AM
I am re-posting the poll as the previous poll had too many variables (wifi vs cell) etc

Please let me know how good your access is to GMG - please vote on this poll, even if you voted on the previous one (now deleted)

You can explain in the posts - whether or not it is cell/wifi/browser/OS dependent.

Rob
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Post by: vandermolen on April 30, 2018, 01:41:28 AM
Rural area and wifi dependent but I don't usually have trouble connecting to GMG Forum.
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Post by: Florestan on April 30, 2018, 01:44:59 AM
Intermitent access on the whole.

I use three different wifi ISPs. With one of them I have good access (only one "Server not found" message in almost a week) with the other two intermitent access. (frequent "Server not found" messages; the interval between two succesful connections is usually less than a quarter of an hour, but occasionally it can be longer than one hour).
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Post by: Biffo on April 30, 2018, 01:46:59 AM
>90% connectivity - Wifi only - PC/Google Chrome and tablet/android. Never access via cellphone.
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Post by: mc ukrneal on April 30, 2018, 01:53:09 AM
I had good access after I started logging in to the site from other locations. This seemed to help a lot, so much so that I now have good access at home too.

The other trick that seems to work is to go to www.good-music-guide.com and then choose the forum. This seems to work almost every time. When it doesn't I just close the browser and start again and usually it works. 
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Post by: Madiel on April 30, 2018, 02:00:51 AM
Poor access until yesterday when I performed a manual mapping of the IP address, i.e. I am not relying on DNS to work out the site's address for itself. This seems to have fixed it for the last 24 hours or so.

Access had been deteriorating before that, started off being able to access at least once each day, down to failing all attempts for several days.

Problems were worse on broadband (Windows 7 PC) than on phone.
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Post by: ComposerOfAvantGarde on April 30, 2018, 02:09:17 AM
I've had no problems. Mac computer using Firefox from home, Android phone on chrome using 4G sometimes when I'm out. The only thing is that Tapatalk doesn't show any content at all.
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Post by: king ubu on April 30, 2018, 02:11:40 AM
Good access on my home computer, only now after re-setting DNS and flushing DNS cache (Win 7 with latest version of Opera)
Poor (virtually no) access on the phone (DNS re-set by hard re-boot did only help for an hour) (Opera browser, haven't tried Chrome yet, will do right away)
Poor (virtually no) access on my work computer (where I cannot twitch with settings and stuff, possibly I can clear the cache but that's about it)

Can thus not vote really, as at home the problem seems to be solved now, but elsewhere, where I don't have any admin rights or technical means, it persists as badly as it has been since the relaunch.

I don't mind having no access on the phone but the work computer would be nice as I spend many hours there and it's okay to browse privately for a few minutes once in a while.
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Post by: (: premont :) on April 30, 2018, 02:24:17 AM
No problems at all during the last weeks (PC, broadband, MS Edge). I never use cellphone.
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on April 30, 2018, 02:52:07 AM
Apart from Tapatalk, excellent access.
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Post by: George on April 30, 2018, 03:11:41 AM
Cell phone and work computer both poor since the change.

Home computer and wifi on phone, good since change.

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Post by: André on April 30, 2018, 03:15:43 AM
100% access from my ipad (only device I use). No issues whatsoever now that ‘slow post’ has been fixed.
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Post by: Traverso on April 30, 2018, 03:22:29 AM
Everything fine after altering the DNS server.
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Post by: Draško on April 30, 2018, 04:13:47 AM
Still about 7 out of 10 times get server can't be found, both on wifi and on mobile. It is getting a bit better lately, I think it'll sort itself out in time. If it really persists I'll change my wifi DNS setting.
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Post by: Baron Scarpia on April 30, 2018, 05:04:05 AM
I chose intermittent based on recent cell phone access, where I've had problems only for the last four or five days. Wifi access has been flawless using the two Wifi networks I normally connect to.
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Post by: Sergeant Rock on April 30, 2018, 05:46:15 AM
I've never not been able to access the site. However, it often takes several tries to get past the "server not found" page before it connects.
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Post by: Florestan on April 30, 2018, 06:02:43 AM
I've never not been able to access the site. However, it often takes several tries to get past the "server not found" page before it connects.

But... during those times you get the "server not found" message you are precisely not able to access the site.  ;D
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Post by: Sergeant Rock on April 30, 2018, 06:06:33 AM
But... during those times you get the "server not found" message you are precisely not able to access the site.  ;D

True, but it's just a few seconds not being able to. I can be patient for a few seconds  ;) Still, it's annoying.

Sarge
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Post by: Ken B on April 30, 2018, 06:31:49 AM
A few glitches posting but overall good. The site is faster than before.
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Post by: Roasted Swan on April 30, 2018, 06:44:38 AM
at least 50% of logins say "server not accessible".  When or why log-ins are successful seems to follow no pattern
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Post by: Brewski on April 30, 2018, 07:14:11 AM
I voted 90% -- no problems since the change, on either mobile phone or laptop (wifi). Using Chrome on the phone, Firefox on the laptop.

--Bruce
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Post by: Mahlerian on April 30, 2018, 07:36:06 AM
No problems on this end browsing from a Windows 10 laptop (using wireless connection to router) on Chrome.  The site is noticeably faster than before for me.

I'm sorry to hear that the server change has caused problems for some, though.
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Post by: GioCar on April 30, 2018, 08:18:09 AM
No problems since the very beginning of the new site/server life.
I'm using Windows 7 and Chrome both at home and at work, with two differents ISPs. I've never checked with my mobile phone.
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Post by: 71 dB on April 30, 2018, 08:19:21 AM
71 dB is reporting good access > 90 %
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Post by: SymphonicAddict on April 30, 2018, 08:39:17 AM
In my case, I've never had any problem.
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Post by: Maestro267 on April 30, 2018, 08:44:57 AM
No problems here at all.
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Post by: Dancing Divertimentian on April 30, 2018, 03:44:04 PM
No problems of any kind. Mac/Safari.
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Post by: Gurn Blanston on April 30, 2018, 03:58:27 PM
Home: Win 7 + Chrome - 100%
Work:  Win 7 + Firefox  - 100%
Phone: Win 10 + Edge   - 100%

Also noted this morning when I checked this that I am now getting full screen Forum on my phone instead of the non-compliant jammed-up screen. Not sure when that happened because I don't forum on my phone much anyway, and especially when it was so difficult to read.

8)
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Post by: J.A.W. on April 30, 2018, 04:43:30 PM
No problems here (Groningen, Netherlands), home line DSL; don't have a phone with internet, tablet or laptop, so I don't use wifi. Browsers: Edge, IE, Firefox, Chrome, all latest versions, on Windows 10, 1803.
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Post by: Undersea on April 30, 2018, 06:56:18 PM
I'm getting excellent connectivity on both my devices since the move (it's making me feel a bit guilty actually knowing that some of the other members are having problems). :-[

Devices:

Laptop with Windows 8 using Chrome as default browser.
iPad using Chrome as default browser.
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Post by: anothername on April 30, 2018, 08:55:22 PM

Good access .
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Post by: Marc on May 01, 2018, 01:32:40 AM
Laptop Windows 10 / ADSL-connection (mostly).
Good access on either Explorer or Firefox.
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Post by: NikF on May 01, 2018, 02:09:26 AM
All good here. And the slight delay after posting has gone.

Android/iOS/Win stuff on various WiFi networks.
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Post by: Cato on May 01, 2018, 02:11:27 AM
No problems here in Ohio!
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Post by: Traverso on May 05, 2018, 03:15:50 AM
For more than half a hour problems to connect.


connection problems


Sorry SMF was unable to connect to the database.This may be caused by the server being busy.Please try again later.

I changed the DNS server,reset the router etc.i don't know what the problem is but it is very annoying.
Modify message
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Post by: Biffo on May 05, 2018, 03:31:55 AM
Failed to connect twice but the problem quickly cleared.
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on May 05, 2018, 03:44:49 AM
Wouldn't load this morning for whatever reason.

"It got better...."
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Post by: NikF on May 05, 2018, 03:45:50 AM
Yeah, same short period of being unable to connect - but preceded by a cached version with older messages and a few avatars I haven't seen in a while.
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Post by: Baron Scarpia on May 05, 2018, 08:29:21 AM
connection problems


Sorry SMF was unable to connect to the database.This may be caused by the server being busy.Please try again later.

That message indicates you connected to the server but the server was having trouble reading its data. I.e., maybe the database server crashed and the database of posts was inaccessible.
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Post by: Traverso on May 05, 2018, 11:16:22 AM
Again about a half hour no connection,it is very worrying,it might  drives members away.
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Post by: Marc on May 05, 2018, 11:16:47 AM
Site not accessible for about one hour.
(between approx. 21:15 and 22:15 CET.)

EDIT: and right now, it takes quite a while for pages to load.
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Post by: Alek Hidell on May 05, 2018, 11:17:42 AM
Well, now, isn't that ironic. I chose the "best" answer (>90% connectivity), read page 1 of this thread, and then, when I clicked to go to page 2 ...

... long delay, and then a message that the site wasn't responding. I was able to access other websites just fine.

This lasted half an hour or so, but now it's back. This is the only problem I've had since the move.

I'm using a laptop running Windows 10.
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Post by: Que on May 05, 2018, 12:17:14 PM
Again about a half hour no connection,it is very worrying,it might  drives members away.

Experiencing similar access problems. Not with my mobile phone, but on my tablet using wifi at home.

Think I figured out how to change the server settings on my tablet, though I'm not keen on stuff like that...

Q
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Post by: ComposerOfAvantGarde on May 05, 2018, 01:12:04 PM
Still absolutely no problems here at all.
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Post by: Dancing Divertimentian on May 05, 2018, 06:25:51 PM
Like others, couldn't connect earlier today, but now everything fine.
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Post by: GioCar on May 05, 2018, 08:15:40 PM
Browsing is fast as usual, but posting is a bit slow this morning (5-10 seconds).
 
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Post by: Marc on May 05, 2018, 08:45:29 PM
Browsing is fast as usual, but posting is a bit slow this morning (5-10 seconds).

Almost the same here. Except that posting takes more than 20 seconds.
Laptop Windows 10 (updated), ADSL-connection.
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Post by: Traverso on May 06, 2018, 02:44:08 AM
server not found-server not found and so on.Post vanished,had to write it again.
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Post by: Alek Hidell on May 06, 2018, 04:13:56 AM
Just now, when I clicked the link to "Show new replies to [my] posts," I got an error message that the server is under high stress. I'm able to navigate other places in the site, though.
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Post by: Brian on May 06, 2018, 04:33:07 AM
Home wifi: 100% access
Office: 0% access since April (my office has its own small ISP and if I change the DNS settings I fear IT would notice and yell at me)
Phone data: 50% access (easy access in my city, usually no access at other cities/towers)
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Post by: Brian on May 06, 2018, 04:33:41 AM
Poor access until yesterday when I performed a manual mapping of the IP address, i.e. I am not relying on DNS to work out the site's address for itself. This seems to have fixed it for the last 24 hours or so.

Access had been deteriorating before that, started off being able to access at least once each day, down to failing all attempts for several days.

Problems were worse on broadband (Windows 7 PC) than on phone.
Manual mapping might be a solution for my office access problems...
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Post by: North Star on May 06, 2018, 08:33:44 AM
Quoting Jeffrey Smith from the Facebook group:
Quote
Reporting a problem that needs to be brought to Rob's attention, and that doesn't seem to be connected to the general DNS problem. The forum is, apparently, not letting people register as new members.

I have repeatedly tried to register as a new member during the last week. The forum lets me accept the TOS, links me to the page to register user name, password, and email, and answer the bot-deterrent questions. If I make a typing error in the password process, it responds appropriately. Then I hit the register button and the form tells me "Database Error: if this happens again, notify an admin." I am guessing the software, for some reason, is not taking the final step of creating and adding the new account to the membership registry.

I waited until this morning to try to register with a different computer and with wifi, but the problem manifests with both of those, which is why I don't think it's related to the Server Not Found problem.

Speaking of the latter, going by the behavior of the browsers on my tablet, the problem continues, but not as badly as it has been this time last week.
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Post by: André on May 06, 2018, 02:39:25 PM
Many instances of ‘server not found’ messages, but persevering eventually pays off.
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Post by: Cato on May 06, 2018, 02:56:59 PM
Two messages yesterday (May 5th)  saying "Server Not Found," but not today.
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Post by: The new erato on May 06, 2018, 07:00:20 PM
Voted no problems, and rhen the site suddenly disappered with themessage site doesn't exist most of the Sunday.
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on May 07, 2018, 12:11:19 AM
Quoting Jeffrey Smith from the Facebook group:

Thanks, I was about to duplicate your effort  8)
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Post by: George on May 07, 2018, 06:02:07 AM
All is well this morning! 

I can log in on my work computer, my data service on my phone and my wifi at home!

EDIT - and this post only took one second to load, most of that second was an odd pause by the forum after I clicked the button. But once it started, it was a split second to load. 
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Post by: Moonfish on May 07, 2018, 07:26:34 AM
Last night (10pm-1am PST) it was horrendous with short intermittent windows allowing access.  This morning things seemed fine (9am PST) but it is seems intermittent - access - then suddenly no access.
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Post by: The new erato on May 07, 2018, 09:34:44 AM
Does ‘t work on my Samsung Galaxy PAD. The old forum did. Works from my iphone/Safari and Windows PCs
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Post by: Traverso on May 08, 2018, 09:36:39 PM
Two day's ago I reset my network settings and my ( again ) DNS server.I have no troubles since,I hope it stays that way. :)
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Post by: DaveF on May 08, 2018, 10:18:16 PM
My infrequent visits (PC only) seem quicker and more trouble-free than previously.
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on May 09, 2018, 01:45:17 AM
I have pretty much given up on Tapatalk.
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Post by: Moonfish on May 09, 2018, 05:38:27 PM
It is off and on throughout the day. The site is working fine and suddenly it becomes inaccessible.  I presume this is happening for all of us (more or less)?

I keep getting these messages:

"Forbidden
You don't have permission to access /forum/index.php on this server.
Server unable to read htaccess file, denying access to be safe

Additionally, a 403 Forbidden error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request."


as well as

"This site can’t be reached
www.good-music-guide.com’s server IP address could not be found.
Search Google for good music guide community index
ERR_NAME_NOT_RESOLVED"


Do the rest of you guys get them as well?
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Post by: The new erato on May 09, 2018, 06:18:42 PM
On and off from my iphone...this sote cannot be reachdd being very common.
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Post by: Baron Scarpia on May 09, 2018, 08:26:06 PM
For a short period got a message that the site was not responding. But other than that the consistent experience is that on wifi (using all devices, either PC, Mac or iPhone) no problem. Using iPhone cell connection, some days no problem, other days, I get consistent "server cannot be found" message (presumably DNS lookup failure). Today was.a good day, yesterday was a bad day.
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Post by: Florestan on May 10, 2018, 12:52:34 AM
In the last few days things have gotten worse in that the off periods are much longer than before.
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Post by: ComposerOfAvantGarde on May 10, 2018, 01:00:49 AM
Still no trouble at all on my end. In fact, the site is probably working even faster than it ever has before. 8)
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Post by: Biffo on May 10, 2018, 01:10:17 AM
A very brief glitch this morning but no real problems
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Post by: Roasted Swan on May 10, 2018, 01:15:09 AM
I'm regularly having issues - but they seem random and for no reason.  No other site returns these error messages currently
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Post by: amw on May 10, 2018, 01:22:26 AM
No connectivity issues until a couple of days ago, when site access became very intermittent for no obvious reason. No changes to our DNS settings or anything else.
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Post by: (: premont :) on May 10, 2018, 01:57:11 AM
I get the "server not available" message again now and then.

But I think the greatest problem just now is, that no new accounts can be created. The last member, who created an account (RCO 1770), did this the 31th March!!!
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Post by: Florestan on May 10, 2018, 01:59:55 AM
I get the "server not available" message again now and then.

But I think the greatest problem just now is, that no new accounts can be created. The last member, who created an account (RCO 1770), did this the 31th March!!!

Yes, this is indeed a big problem. One user (pjme) deleted his account in the hope that by creating a new one the issues will be solved --- only to find out that he can't create a new account anymore.
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Post by: milk on May 10, 2018, 02:10:31 AM
from my mac i can access about 5 minutes a day
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Post by: Traverso on May 10, 2018, 02:57:09 AM
I did reset the network settings and changed the DNS server and for the fourth day in a row everything is really going well.
I did have may difficulties but at the moment it seems that it is finally solved.
There are many good and save DNs servers,I'm using the Google DNS server.
8.8.8.8  --   8.8.4.4
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Post by: Mirror Image on May 10, 2018, 04:20:20 AM
Everything seems to be running pretty smoothly for me now, although there was a little snag last night, but it didn’t last long.
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Post by: Moonfish on May 10, 2018, 10:17:19 AM
The site was inaccessible for at least three hours last night - then I needed sleep.  The "site can't be reached" messages are becoming the norm. I hope today is a better day....   
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Post by: Moonfish on May 10, 2018, 06:56:11 PM
Blocked almost all day....


*bursts into tears*
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Post by: Hollywood on May 10, 2018, 09:07:13 PM
No problems that I can think of here.  8)
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Post by: Florestan on May 10, 2018, 11:51:59 PM
"Server not found" has become more frequent and the intervals between 2 succesful connections longer. Frankly, my interest in GMG is on the wane.
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Post by: Traverso on May 11, 2018, 12:15:23 AM
"Server not found" has become more frequent and the intervals between 2 succesful connections longer. Frankly, my interest in GMG is on the wane.

I had the same problems  but everything is just  fine this week, I understand  how you  feel.
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Post by: Que on May 11, 2018, 12:51:56 AM
Having similar issues as Florestan... and I don’t see any improvement over time... ::)

Could anyone confirm that changing the DSN server settings will deal with the problem?

Apart from my personal struggle, I'm wondering how we are going to attract new members if: A) they might not be able to access the site, and B) cannot register as a new member.  :(

Q

Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Traverso on May 11, 2018, 01:14:28 AM
Having similar issues as Florestan... and I don’t see any improvement over time... ::)

Could anyone confirm that changing the DSN server settings will deal with the problem?

Apart from my personal struggle, I'm wondering how we are going to attract new members if: A) they might not be able to access the site, and B) cannot register as a new member.  :(

Q

 
I did reset the network settings and changed the DNS server and for the fourth day in a row everything is really going well.
I did have many difficulties but at the moment it seems that it is finally solved.
There are many good and save DNS servers,I'm using the Google DNS server.
8.8.8.8  --   8.8.4.4
 
https://www.consumentenbond.nl/alles-in-1/alternatieve-dns-instellen
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Que on May 11, 2018, 01:23:13 AM

I did reset the network settings and changed the DNS server and for the fourth day in a row everything is really going well.
I did have many difficulties but at the moment it seems that it is finally solved.
There are many good and save DNS servers,I'm using the Google DNS server.
8.8.8.8  --   8.8.4.4
 
https://www.consumentenbond.nl/alles-in-1/alternatieve-dns-instellen

Thanks!!  :)
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: GioCar on May 11, 2018, 01:27:56 AM
For the first time I had some sporadic problems in the past two days, but I believe the server had been really inaccessible for some time. I mean, the problem had not been related to the DNS or other network settings.

When the site seems down or inaccessible, I'd suggest to ping the ip address of the server. That is, from the cmd screen, just type ping 209.182.194.169.
If there is an answer then it's more likely to be a DNS problem somewhere.
In case of no answer the server (or at least its network interface) possibly is down.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Traverso on May 11, 2018, 01:42:19 AM
For the first time I had some sporadic problems in the past two days, but I believe the server had been really inaccessible for some time. I mean, the problem had not been related to the DNS or other network settings.

When the site seems down or inaccessible, I'd suggest to ping the ip address of the server. That is, from the cmd screen, just type ping 209.182.194.169.
If there is an answer then it's more likely to be a DNS problem somewhere.
In case of no answer the server (or at least its network interface) possibly is down.
I can't argue with that,terra incognita for me.All I can say is that changing the network settings and changing the DNS server seems to solve the problem for me.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Mirror Image on May 11, 2018, 05:57:33 AM
The fact remains that the switch to a new server has not been for the better and has, by consequence, caused several members many problems and it seems this is still the case. In the process, we have lost several members each citing problems with GMG’s switch to a new server and how they can’t even access the site. Trust me when I say this, this isn’t an issue on any of these members’ end, it’s an issue with the new server. As for myself, things seem to be running pretty good right now, although I still have the occasional snag here and there.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: aligreto on May 11, 2018, 07:40:31 AM
Having similar issues as Florestan... and I don’t see any improvement over time... ::)

Could anyone confirm that changing the DSN server settings will deal with the problem?

Apart from my personal struggle, I'm wondering how we are going to attract new members if: A) they might not be able to access the site, and B) cannot register as a new member.  :(

Q

This is the only thing that I did and it solved my connectivity issues completely.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Baron Scarpia on May 11, 2018, 08:01:24 AM
For the first time I had some sporadic problems in the past two days, but I believe the server had been really inaccessible for some time. I mean, the problem had not been related to the DNS or other network settings.

When the site seems down or inaccessible, I'd suggest to ping the ip address of the server. That is, from the cmd screen, just type ping 209.182.194.169.
If there is an answer then it's more likely to be a DNS problem somewhere.
In case of no answer the server (or at least its network interface) possibly is down.

Good suggestion. Actually, I'd recommend

ping www.good-music-guide.com

If everything is working you'll get something like

Quote
Pinging good-music-guide.com [209.182.194.169] with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from 209.182.194.169: bytes=32 time=9ms TTL=57
Reply from 209.182.194.169: bytes=32 time=9ms TTL=57
Reply from 209.182.194.169: bytes=32 time=9ms TTL=57
Reply from 209.182.194.169: bytes=32 time=8ms TTL=57

Ping statistics for 209.182.194.169:
    Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
    Minimum = 8ms, Maximum = 9ms, Average = 8ms

If your DNS is not working you will get something like

Quote
Ping request could not find host www.good-music-guide.comm. Please check the name and try again.

If your DNS is working but the site is down you will get something like

Quote
Pinging good-music-guide.com [209.182.194.169] with 32 bytes of data:
request timed out.
request timed out.
request timed out.
request timed out.

If you find your DNS is not working from the above test then you can try to ping directly

ping 209.182.195.169

Then it the server is working even though your DNS can't find it you will get.

Quote
Pinging 209.182.194.169 with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from 209.182.194.169: bytes=32 time=9ms TTL=57
Reply from 209.182.194.169: bytes=32 time=8ms TTL=57
Reply from 209.182.194.169: bytes=32 time=9ms TTL=57
Reply from 209.182.194.169: bytes=32 time=8ms TTL=57

Ping statistics for 209.182.194.169:
    Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
    Minimum = 8ms, Maximum = 9ms, Average = 8ms

Or if the site is not working,

Quote
Pinging 209.182.194.169 with 32 bytes of data:
request timed out.
request timed out.
request timed out.
request timed out.

If ping to www.good-music-guide.com works but ping to 209.182.194.169 fails, then fixing your DNS configuration may solve your problem (look up instructions for google dns). Changing your DNS configuration is generally possible when using wifi or ethernet, but you may be locked into your providers DNS when using a cell connection.

Any, if you are interested in trying this, you should save these instructions, since you will not be able to refer to them if you can't reach the site. :)
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Moonfish on May 12, 2018, 03:59:23 PM
An interesting new phenomenon - I can reach the site and browse the threads, but posting generally results in a "cannot reach the site". Sometimes it works. About 50% of the posting works right now and the rest ends in a blank screen. However, persistency pays off (for now).
Kind of odd isn't it?
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Moonfish on May 12, 2018, 06:00:25 PM
I couldn't ping www.good-music-guide.com

However, the ping to 209.182.195.169 worked well.

I changed my DNS server to 8.8.8.8 and things got resolved (unless it was just a lucky break).  It seems like these issues abound, e.g.

https://serverfault.com/questions/584899/intermittently-unable-to-connect-to-specific-urls


 0:)

Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Moonfish on May 14, 2018, 09:51:19 AM

Could anyone confirm that changing the DSN server settings will deal with the problem?

Apart from my personal struggle, I'm wondering how we are going to attract new members if: A) they might not be able to access the site, and B) cannot register as a new member.  :(

Q

The DNS change to 8.8.8.8 worked perfectly and there has been no issues whatsoever over the last two days.  However, the question you bring up, Q, about new members is a critical one.  I was a bit frustrated, but persisted since I like the forum. Would a new member persist or simply turn around? I suspect that most would choose the latter.
Perhaps it could be worthwhile to include some information on the registration pages in terms of the DNS settings? Or perhaps this has been done already?  Or would such information make a potential member turn around? Do you see any shift in new members over the last month compared to the past?

 It is peculiar that this site causes DNS issues. I have never come across this problem in my time on the internet.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Baron Scarpia on May 14, 2018, 09:57:40 AM
It is peculiar that this site causes DNS issues. I have never come across this problem in my time on the internet.

Related to the fact that the site was relocated and the name now resolves to a different IP number (perhaps I am repeating the obvious). It's a real puzzle.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Moonfish on May 14, 2018, 10:19:11 AM
Related to the fact that the site was relocated and the name now resolves to a different IP number (perhaps I am repeating the obvious). It's a real puzzle.

It is! I'm not savvy enough to understand the more global consequences (since this is an international forum to a great degree) and how this possibly impacts the site.  I hope new members don't enter the frustrated realm.  :-[
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: milk on May 15, 2018, 12:51:32 AM
why does this site work for short periods in between not working?
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: North Star on May 15, 2018, 02:40:25 AM
why does this site work for short periods in between not working?
It works for me for long periods and occasionally doesn't work, must be because of our primary/secondary domain name servers using the wrong IP address or something.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Moonfish on May 21, 2018, 05:45:38 PM
I noted (in the statistics section) that there has been 0 new members in April and May. Is that data accurate?  :'(
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Baron Scarpia on May 21, 2018, 08:07:37 PM
Some members who deleted their accounts in the hope that they would have success with a new account reported (on facebook) that they could not create a new account. However this doesn't exclude the possibility that they can't create an account for the same reason that they had difficulty connecting.

However, I just tried to create a new account using an alternate email, just to see what would happen. I got an error, "database error" and could not continue.

Dead site walking.

Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Baron Scarpia on May 21, 2018, 08:17:02 PM
My experience is consistent. No difficulties whatsoever on any wifi network. Using cellular data the domain is not found between 1/2 and 1/3 of the time. It is generally possible to set your preferred DNS server when connecting with Wifi or ethernet, but when using cellular data you are stuck with what the cell carrier specifies, so nothing to be done but hope it gets fixed.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: amw on May 21, 2018, 08:22:52 PM
Some members who deleted their accounts in the hope that they would have success with a new account reported (on facebook) that they could not create a new account. However this doesn't exclude the possibility that they can't create an account for the same reason that they had difficulty connecting.

However, I just tried to create a new account using an alternate email, just to see what would happen. I got an error, "database error" and could not continue.

Dead site walking.
Multiple people have brought this up over the past few weeks but it seems like there has been no progress or even acknowledgment that there is an issue.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: (: premont :) on May 22, 2018, 12:48:37 AM
Multiple people have brought this up over the past few weeks but it seems like there has been no progress or even acknowledgment that there is an issue.


Rob hasn't been active at the forum since 2.5.18., so he has probably not seen all the posts.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: San Antone on May 22, 2018, 01:04:57 AM
Some members who deleted their accounts in the hope that they would have success with a new account reported (on facebook) that they could not create a new account. However this doesn't exclude the possibility that they can't create an account for the same reason that they had difficulty connecting.

However, I just tried to create a new account using an alternate email, just to see what would happen. I got an error, "database error" and could not continue.

Dead site walking.

The latest new member registered on March 31st, but hasn't posted anything.  Looks like April has been the cruelest month.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on May 22, 2018, 02:42:57 AM
My experience is consistent. No difficulties whatsoever on any wifi network.

Same here.

My only non-wifi experience is with Tapatalk on my phone.  Whether the problem resided in Tapatalk itself, or in Tapatalk's communication with GMG, that became worthless at the time of the change, so I deleted the app from my phone and am resigned to inaccessibility via that device.

I'm not saying it's any great tragedy . . . .
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: amw on May 22, 2018, 02:48:09 AM

Rob hasn't been active at the forum since 2.5.18., so he has probably not seen all the posts.
That's not a great sign either.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Madiel on May 22, 2018, 03:21:53 AM
As I've said before, my experience is generally the reverse: wifi/broadband is bad, cellular network is fine.

The forced DNS mapping I've done on my desktop PC has fixed the problem there, but any time I try to use my phone using wifi and the same router, big problems. If I'm silly enough to try using my phone while at home, I have to switch the wifi off.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on May 22, 2018, 04:34:43 AM
Oh, that's a pain.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Madiel on May 22, 2018, 04:37:52 AM
Eh. It's fairly mild. Only really affects me if I try to do something like read the forum in bed.  ;D

But it proves the problem still exists on that connection, and I'm still relying on the forced DNS mapping workaround. I'm just glad that that worked.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Mirror Image on May 22, 2018, 06:07:38 AM
Multiple people have brought this up over the past few weeks but it seems like there has been no progress or even acknowledgment that there is an issue.

And this is the part that troubles me the most.

In other news, I’m still getting error messages from time to time, which is annoying to say the least, but, overall, everything seems to be running smoothly.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Mandryka on May 27, 2018, 11:10:25 PM
No problem at all nearly all the time.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: George on June 21, 2018, 01:53:52 AM
Bogey contacted me last night, saying he keeps getting an error message each time he clicks a new page, whether phone or PC. Can a moderator or Rob please contact him with suggestions/details to help him get back on the site?
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: milk on June 21, 2018, 02:02:13 AM
I still only have access for about 5 minutes a day on my mac. This makes GMG more difficult for me. I still don't get why this is the case. No access from some other locations like my university.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: TheGSMoeller on June 21, 2018, 10:11:49 AM
I still only have access for about 5 minutes a day on my mac. This makes GMG more difficult for me. I still don't get why this is the case. No access from some other locations like my university.

Milk, I have no issues on my macbook at my home, or iphone, but my PC at work does the same thing where access is limited, and eventually I'm unable to even open the page. It's probably a good thing for my work computer as I should spend more time working.   8)

But zero issues at home. Perhaps it has something to do with the in internet provider? A miscommunication between the provider and the GMG page? Don't know, just trying to throw out some possibilities.   
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: king ubu on June 21, 2018, 10:50:12 AM
For me, it's still a bit of a pain ...

- at home, on my computer, it works fine now (after the DNS and flush stuff)
- at work, a few months later, I can sometimes access for two or three minutes, but then not again for a full day or two
- on my smartphone (where I did the flush stuff, too), I cannot access at all, no matter whether outside or within my home wifi network
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: vandermolen on June 21, 2018, 11:59:34 AM
No probs whether on my lap top, school computer ( :o) or my iPad.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: kyjo on June 21, 2018, 12:59:09 PM
I'm not having any problems.  :)
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: André on June 21, 2018, 04:49:28 PM
Me neither, except for a brief period this week. But I suspect my tablet is slowly dying, so I don’t think it’s a GMG issue  :laugh:.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: milk on June 22, 2018, 02:53:56 AM
Milk, I have no issues on my macbook at my home, or iphone, but my PC at work does the same thing where access is limited, and eventually I'm unable to even open the page. It's probably a good thing for my work computer as I should spend more time working.   8)

But zero issues at home. Perhaps it has something to do with the in internet provider? A miscommunication between the provider and the GMG page? Don't know, just trying to throw out some possibilities.
Yes, I think it depends on the server. They said it would resolve over time but my problem persists in exactly the same way.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Tsaraslondon on June 27, 2018, 01:36:05 AM
at least 50% of logins say "server not accessible".  When or why log-ins are successful seems to follow no pattern

I have similar problems. I can usually get access (though sometimes at the second attempt) in the mornings, most afternoons and evenings I can't get access at all. I'm based in the UK.


It's the same whether I try to access on my laptop or iPhone.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Gurn Blanston on June 27, 2018, 12:00:18 PM
Not important in the bigger scheme of things, but my RSS feed doesn't work any longer, and I haven't gotten an email notification since the switchover. I know that email still works for some folks, but not yours truly...  :-\

8)
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: zamyrabyrd on June 28, 2018, 11:26:34 PM
Sometimes GMG is slow in loading up.

But I am DEEPLY appreciative to all of you who make the funnest music forum possible.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: "Harry" on June 29, 2018, 01:16:59 AM
I have no problems either way, the connectivity is superb.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Marc on June 29, 2018, 03:22:26 AM
[…] I am DEEPLY appreciative to all of you who make the funnest music forum possible.

lol :laugh:
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Florestan on June 29, 2018, 08:29:26 AM
During five consecutive days I could access GMG for at most 10 minutes each day.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Que on June 29, 2018, 08:37:41 AM
During five consecutive days I could access GMG for at most 10 minutes each day.

I also have access problems, with availability going on and off almost continously.

But this is BAD... :(  I"m admiring your perseverance!

Q
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: bwv 1080 on June 29, 2018, 09:34:22 AM
It seems to be only an issue when I have a weak wifi or cell signal.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Florestan on June 29, 2018, 09:36:40 AM
I also have access problems, with availability going on and off almost continously.

But this is BAD... :(  I"m admiring your perseverance!

Q

:D

Now I am in another location with another ISP and things are better here.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: milk on July 02, 2018, 02:36:40 AM
I also have access problems, with availability going on and off almost continously.

But this is BAD... :(  I"m admiring your perseverance!

Q
That's every day for me. I haven't been able to access it for more than 10 minutes a day (from home) for weeks.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Mahlerian on July 02, 2018, 05:22:59 AM
I'm currently staying with my sister and her family, and the access here is intermittent.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: ritter on July 02, 2018, 05:55:15 AM
Must be a local thing  ;), but the site has been working perfectly here in Spain for many weeks now (be it on the computer, the tablet or the mobile phone).
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Madiel on July 03, 2018, 01:53:23 AM
It's not geography, it's network by network.

The fact that it's still being a problem for people after THIS long is not good. Especially not when the original explanation was along the lines of "it's the fault of slow systems that will right themselves within a few days".
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Florestan on July 03, 2018, 03:22:16 AM
The fact that it's still being a problem for people after THIS long is not good. Especially not when the original explanation was along the lines of "it's the fault of slow systems that will right themselves within a few days".

Exactly.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Draško on July 03, 2018, 04:07:04 AM
I also still have only intermittent access. Since the site move.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Florestan on July 03, 2018, 06:45:14 AM
I also still have only intermittent access. Since the site move.

It's obvious and undeniable that something went badly wrong, but I am far more concerned about Rob's fate than GMG's.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on July 03, 2018, 06:49:42 AM
Aye.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: amw on July 03, 2018, 07:30:01 AM
His account was active on June 22, so he was at very least alive on that date. We could try putting up some missing person posters in Canberra
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Mandryka on July 03, 2018, 09:52:41 AM
His account was active on June 22,

It looks as though there is no evidence of his activity other than that log.

What I keep wondering is whether there can be a plan B. Plan A is to wait for Rob to sort it out. Is there a plan B? Other than to wait for the thing to become a ghost site or to disappear from the web, and just jump ship as and when. Maybe another Plan B isn't possible, I don't know enough about IT to comment. 
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Florestan on July 03, 2018, 10:02:47 AM
Plan A is to wait for Rob to sort it out. Is there a plan B?

The only one I can think of is forget the whole damn thing and get a life of our own.  >:D :P
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Cato on July 03, 2018, 10:43:50 AM
No trouble, and here I am again!  0:)
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: The new erato on July 03, 2018, 09:28:34 PM
No truble here from a variety of devices for quite some time.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Madiel on July 04, 2018, 12:06:37 AM
His account was active on June 22, so he was at very least alive on that date. We could try putting up some missing person posters in Canberra

Okay. I could do with the exercise.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Moonfish on July 04, 2018, 03:12:20 AM
I just came back from vacation and the GMG site was completely unaccessible. BUT - then I remembered that I had fiddled with the DNS while traveling. Changed it back to 8.8.8.8 and now it works like a charm!      :P

Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: André on July 04, 2018, 03:50:45 AM
I just came back from vacation and the GMG site was completely unaccessible. BUT - then I remembered that I had fiddled with the DNS while traveling. Changed it back to 8.8.8.8 and now it works like a charm!    :P

Funny, I didn’t think this expression existed in English. We have the same in French. :)
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Moonfish on July 04, 2018, 04:19:33 AM
Funny, I didn’t think this expression existed in English. We have the same in French. :)

Hmm, perhaps the Normans brought it over...?    ;)
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: NikF on July 04, 2018, 04:45:18 AM
In Scotland I've no problem connecting to the site. In fact, it's probably running more smoothly than before. In England it sometimes seems to partially load a page but then slowly grind to a halt. My ISP is the same in both countries.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: milk on July 05, 2018, 05:48:04 PM
In japan, it depends where you are and, i guess, which DNS you are using. On some services here in Japan it doesn’t work at all.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Marc on August 05, 2018, 08:57:42 PM
GMG's security certificate has expired... it says here.

Also see Mandryka's post in another thread:

This website is not private . . . Its certificate has expired . . . do not enter . . . risk that another website is impersonating gmg to get your financial information . . .

These are the warnings I am getting from safari
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: "Harry" on August 05, 2018, 09:36:15 PM
GMG's security certificate has expired... it says here.

Also see Mandryka's post in another thread:

That is quite serious. My IT firm told me that it is now an unsafe place to go.
He was here this morning to clear some issues with my servers, before the heat will be to excessive.
Checking out GMG and its sources, the message Mandryka got is one to be taken serious.
And they saw a few other things that may pose a danger to all members, but this story was too technical for me.
They talked about leaks in security of this website.
About maintenance work not carried out, and virus protection, etc, etc.
I don't think we should downplay these issues, my IT guys are experts enough to know.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Ken B on August 05, 2018, 09:56:11 PM
An expired certificate is actually no big deal. Certificates assure your browser you have the right site, not a fake one. I think there is little risk of mistaking this site if you are a regular. Just don’t use the option to become a paying member, to be on the safe side.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: The new erato on August 05, 2018, 10:46:35 PM
Do not use a password that you use on other sites, or which make it possible to deduce other of your passwords, and do not enter financial information, and you will be fine I think. Unless you don't want your taste in music to be divulged to some potential hacker.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: "Harry" on August 05, 2018, 10:49:49 PM
Do not use a password that you use on other sites, or which make it possible to deduce other of your passwords, and do not enter financial information, and you will be fine I think. Unless you don't want your taste in music to be divulged to some potential hacker.

Yep, this is what they said to me too, its open to any amateur hacker with time on his hands.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: The new erato on August 05, 2018, 11:04:33 PM
Yes, but it is extremely unlikely this site will be targeted - there are still lots of more interesting sites that don't use certificates. And I guess the password database will be encrypted anyway. I work in security in a bank and am not particularly worried, but it always pays to use some common sense when using the web.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: aligreto on August 05, 2018, 11:16:35 PM
Yes, but it is extremely unlikely this site will be targeted - there are still lots of more interesting sites that don't use certificates. And I guess the password database will be encrypted anyway. I work in security in a bank and am not particularly worried, but it always pays to use some common sense when using the web.

Too boring?  :laugh:
Seriously, thank you for the reminder always to take sensible precautions.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: "Harry" on August 05, 2018, 11:20:32 PM
Yes, but it is extremely unlikely this site will be targeted - there are still lots of more interesting sites that don't use certificates. And I guess the password database will be encrypted anyway. I work in security in a bank and am not particularly worried, but it always pays to use some common sense when using the web.

Okay then..I thought it a wise thing to mention this, but maybe those IT guys of mine are over cautious.
 
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: The new erato on August 05, 2018, 11:27:12 PM
Always wise to err on the side of caution Harry!
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: André on August 06, 2018, 04:02:47 PM
Thanks Harry, New Erato, Ken, aligreto. IMHO zero risk on the net is an utopy, whatever the level of security of a site. That being said, we should keep an eye open if something untoward happens.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Cato on August 06, 2018, 04:12:09 PM
Still good: no problems getting into GMG!

I note again, however, the lack of new members.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: milk on August 09, 2018, 02:37:08 PM
Still good: no problems getting into GMG!

I note again, however, the lack of new members.
I’ve seen no improvement at all regarding difficulties getting on here.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Mandryka on August 09, 2018, 09:58:59 PM
I’ve seen no improvement at all regarding difficulties getting on here.

I think the idea is that we sit it out until an update of the software arrives, date unknown, which may have a tool to enable the transition, or may not. We've been abandoned on a raft with a hint of a possible rescue mission, but don't hold your breath.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: amw on August 10, 2018, 02:37:56 AM
Some people have offered to find & pay for tech support, but the administrator seems to have ignored them out of.... shame? or something?

I mean the cost shouldn't be an issue if people chip in, those of us who can afford to buy 250 CDs a month (or whatever) could probably afford putting $10 or $15 towards getting an IT professional to fix the server issues. The issue seems to be MIA administration + user complacency.

This isn't a large board, about 100 active people, and with an attrition rate of about 5 people a month, and since new memberships are disabled and it's already been about four months the size of the user base has essentially been cut down by a fifth or so and will keep shrinking at an increasing rate as things go on. It's not really a crisis but it is somewhat of a pain.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Traverso on August 10, 2018, 03:42:51 AM
How  expensive would  an  IT professional  be? Ask  the  forummembers  if  they are willing  tot contribute in the  costs.
It is not healthy to  go further in this  way. Problems  must  be solved ,  fresh  water (new   members) is needed  to stay alive.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: NikF on August 10, 2018, 04:11:08 AM
I'm one of those who offered financial support (in fact, I think my offer was to cover the cost of the upgrade) but you're right, in that it'll take more than money to ensure the future of this forum. And even then I feel that a regular influx of new members creating content would only help in the shorter term. Something between a reboot and being raised to the ground and then rebuilt is probably required, in every department.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Traverso on August 10, 2018, 04:39:28 AM
I'm one of those who offered financial support (in fact, I think my offer was to cover the cost of the upgrade) but you're right, in that it'll take more than money to ensure the future of this forum. And even then I feel that a regular influx of new members creating content would only help in the shorter term. Something between a reboot and being raised to the ground and then rebuilt is probably required, in every department.

I  sympathize with  the support you have offered.All the more incomprehensible it is that nothing is done with it.We are talking about the forum not their individual members.This problem should be dealt with long ago.      A few members left the forum because of the malfunction,action is needed and no futher delay.
It was all a matter of updating the dns server but it is clear that it isn't the solution that fix all the issues.
I'm not here to critisize but speaking only as a person who cares about the forum.
Is there a solid plan at all or are we sitting, looking at a drowning duck.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: "Harry" on August 10, 2018, 06:07:20 AM
Hold your horses, for Christ sakes!
We still do not know what is the matter with Rob, and why he is not reacting.
We can do nothing without his consent, the site is his not ours.
The Mods will sort this out out....or not.
We are all in a limbo but it is not of our own making.
Making plans about tech's that come in is not a realistic view.
Obviously you don't know what server tech's cost, and believe me it's much I know!
And last but not least, let's first establish what is going on, and that's a task of the mods.
It they are not able, we are not able, tis as simple as that.
And on a personal note, I have my ideas why this is happening, but that's beside the point.
Just accept that if Rob does not react, and maybe he has his reasons, the site will shut down.
It starts with a no safe certificate, and ends with the server time not paid, and that will be the end.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Madiel on August 10, 2018, 06:40:52 AM
Hold your horses, for Christ sakes!

It's been 3-4 months without anything being resolved. I hardly think it's fair to write as if people have rushed to judgement.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: "Harry" on August 10, 2018, 06:45:00 AM
It's been 3-4 months without anything being resolved. I hardly think it's fair to write as if people have rushed to judgement.

Your a trouble maker, and you always will be. Go stuff yourself.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Madiel on August 10, 2018, 06:46:54 AM
Your a trouble maker, and you always will be. Go stuff yourself.

Wow. And you’re a thin skinned narcissistic jerk who needs constant validation.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: "Harry" on August 10, 2018, 06:53:02 AM
Wow. And you’re a thin skinned narcissistic jerk who needs constant validation.

See I told you "You are a troublemaker!
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Que on August 10, 2018, 07:20:19 AM
The current situation is of concern to us all, moderators included.

Some members have already offered assistance besides a financial contribution, which is great.

As far as I'm concerned, an effort to get this forum back on track is definitely worth our time and/or money.

Q
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: "Harry" on August 10, 2018, 07:23:40 AM
The current situation is of concern to us all, moderators included.

Some members have already offered assistance besides a financial contribution, which is great.

As far as I'm concerned, an effort to get this forum back on track is definitely worth our time and/or money.

Q

On the other hand, it is more difficult as it looks to run a site like GMG.
Certainly if you think what it will cost, and if your able at all to get the technicians.
On another note, does not our esteemed member Madiel live in Canberra?
What would stop him from checking in, and ask what is the matter?
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Traverso on August 10, 2018, 07:53:00 AM
It's been 3-4 months without anything being resolved. I hardly think it's fair to write as if people have rushed to judgement.

Exactly my thoughts. Perhaps I'm a troublemaker too?  ;) This is no way to communicate,most  uncivil.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: "Harry" on August 10, 2018, 08:01:21 AM
Exactly my thoughts. Perhaps I'm a troublemaker too?  ;) This is no way to communicate,most  uncivil.

You as other members have their priorities wrong. It is a free site
 You're not paying anything so you can hardly demand anything.
And to what is uncivil, don't meddle with an issue you do not understand.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Traverso on August 10, 2018, 08:09:33 AM
You as other members have their priorities wrong. It is a free site
 You're not paying anything so you can hardly demand anything.
And to what is uncivil, don't meddle with an issue you do not understand.

What do you know about what I can understand  in your  pompous arrogance and the lack to communicate in a civil manner.
I go not further in this useless conversation.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: "Harry" on August 10, 2018, 08:18:47 AM
What do you know about what I can understand  in your  pompous arrogance and the lack to communicate in a civil manner.
I go not further in this useless conversation.

I understand that you have no opinion of yourself but slavishly follow those that conform to your ethics....
How long have you been on GMG.
The pompous arrogance is completely on your side.
Civility you should show to the founder of GMG which you do not.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Mandryka on August 10, 2018, 12:25:03 PM

Is there a solid plan at all or are we sitting, looking at a drowning duck.

That sounds very good and strange in English, but I think that you're right, as Harry says

It starts with a no safe certificate, and ends with the server time not paid, and that will be the end.

If he's not renewed the SSL certificate, I think it's likely that he won't pay the hosting service.

But we could take action ourselves and create New GMG.

I mean we could find a host (maybe 4lesscommunications, my guess $200 for the first year ) and software (maybe xenforo, that's $200-$300 dollars the first year I guess) and get an SSL certificate ($250 max, probably less) We'd need to find someone who's got the confidence and the time to give it a go. There could be a software person amongst us.

I'd be willing to make a financial contribution I think, I think the ambience of GMG is worth saving.  I think we could get it off the ground for not $800 in the first year, if we didn't have to pay for the site configuration costs but I've not done the plan.

It may even be possible to save a copy of this site, the Old GMG.

We need to know

1. Who is willing to contribute some money, which may not be too much.
2. Who is willing and able to look into costs in a bit more detail -- hosting costs. It needs to be someone who has access to this site's statistics -- how many posts a year etc.
3. Who is willing and able to do the development, which may not be too hard if modelled on this site.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Traverso on August 10, 2018, 12:48:21 PM
That sounds very good and strange in English, but I think that you're right, as Harry says

But we could take action ourselves and create New GMG.

I mean we could find a host (maybe 4lesscommunications, my guess $200 for the first year ) and software (maybe xenforo, that's $200-$300 dollars the first year I guess) We'd need to find someone who's got the confidence and the time to give it a go. There could be a software person amongst us.

I'd be willing to make a financial contribution I think, I think the ambience of GMG is worth saving.  I think we could get it off the ground for not $600 in the first year, if we didn't have to pay for the site configuration costs but I've not done the plan.

It may even be possible to save a copy of this site, the Old GMG.

We need to know

1. Who is willing to contribute some money, which may not be too much.
2. Who is willing and able to look into costs in a bit more detail -- hosting costs. It needs to be someone who has access to this site's statistics -- how many posts a year etc.
3. Who is willing and able to do the development, which may not be too hard if modelled on this site.

 That is an excellent idea Mandryka ,it is a start anyway. A contribution to rescue this forum for the future is what is mentioned before. Sitting without any action is no option or showing disrespect to the owner.
I will gladly pay my share financially and I'm hoping that other members will follow in herds. :D

Plans must be as clear as possible to avoid frictions .I hope that it is the beginning and I look forward to the final result.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Traverso on August 10, 2018, 12:52:17 PM
That sounds very good and strange in English, but I think that you're right, as Harry says
It was meant as a comical image and underline the urgency to do something.  :D

If he's not renewed the SSL certificate, I think it's likely that he won't pay the hosting service..

But we could take action ourselves and create New GMG.

I mean we could find a host (maybe 4lesscommunications, my guess $200 for the first year ) and software (maybe xenforo, that's $200-$300 dollars the first year I guess) and get an SSL certificate ($250 max, probably less) We'd need to find someone who's got the confidence and the time to give it a go. There could be a software person amongst us.

I'd be willing to make a financial contribution I think, I think the ambience of GMG is worth saving.  I think we could get it off the ground for not $800 in the first year, if we didn't have to pay for the site configuration costs but I've not done the plan.

It may even be possible to save a copy of this site, the Old GMG.

We need to know

1. Who is willing to contribute some money, which may not be too much.
2. Who is willing and able to look into costs in a bit more detail -- hosting costs. It needs to be someone who has access to this site's statistics -- how many posts a year etc.
3. Who is willing and able to do the development, which may not be too hard if modelled on this site.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: aligreto on August 10, 2018, 10:48:21 PM
Hold your horses, for Christ sakes!
We still do not know what is the matter with Rob, and why he is not reacting.
We can do nothing without his consent, the site is his not ours.
The Mods will sort this out out....or not.
We are all in a limbo but it is not of our own making.
Making plans about tech's that come in is not a realistic view.
Obviously you don't know what server tech's cost, and believe me it's much I know!
And last but not least, let's first establish what is going on, and that's a task of the mods.
It they are not able, we are not able, tis as simple as that.
And on a personal note, I have my ideas why this is happening, but that's beside the point.
Just accept that if Rob does not react, and maybe he has his reasons, the site will shut down.
It starts with a no safe certificate, and ends with the server time not paid, and that will be the end.


Your a trouble maker, and you always will be. Go stuff yourself.


You as other members have their priorities wrong. It is a free site
 You're not paying anything so you can hardly demand anything.
And to what is uncivil, don't meddle with an issue you do not understand.



I understand that you have no opinion of yourself but slavishly follow those that conform to your ethics....
How long have you been on GMG.
The pompous arrogance is completely on your side.
Civility you should show to the founder of GMG which you do not.


Actually pay to read and endure this shit, frankly I do not think so.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: "Harry" on August 10, 2018, 10:51:41 PM




Actually pay to read and endure this shit, frankly I do not think so.

So why are you still here then, if you feel like this.
Come to think, there is not much you have added in terms on intelligent conversation, so I would not mind you buzz off.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: aligreto on August 10, 2018, 11:14:59 PM
So why are you still here then, if you feel like this.
Come to think, there is not much you have added in terms on intelligent conversation, so I would not mind you buzz off.


The reason that I am still here is that there are many other people with whom I can have a reasoned, mature, adult and friendly conversation.

At a time when this forum is leaking old, and urgently needs, new members your deteriorating attitude to many of us who have stayed around is, frankly, astonishing. I think that more people need to point this out to you. I am the third person on this page alone that you have now insulted. Does that not say something to you? I do not know where your misguided sense of importance comes from but you are merely one more member here with an opinion. But it seems that only you are allowed to voice any opinion without fear of verbal retribution if it goes against what you think or believe.

Do not bother to reply to this as I will not dignify any response with an answer. 
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: (: premont :) on August 11, 2018, 01:03:24 AM
The reason that I am still here is that there are many other people with whom I can have a reasoned, mature, adult and friendly conversation.

This is clearly the reason why most of us stay here.

In the younger days of this forum Rob was able to manage the technical problems himself. This may not to be the case any more, and the forum has become a burden for him (both as to time and economy), and he is of course frustrated and seemingly undecided about what to do. Like Mandryka I am willing to contribute some money, if this is the way to maintain the forum. But we can't maintain the old forum without Rob's assistance, not even if a group of GMG'ers wants to take over completely, and BTW who of us has got the required expertise?
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: "Harry" on August 11, 2018, 01:56:12 AM
This is clearly the reason why most of us stay here.

In the younger days of this forum Rob was able to manage the technical problems himself. This may not to be the case any more, and the forum has become a burden for him (both as to time and economy), and he is of course frustrated and seemingly undecided about what to do. Like Mandryka I am willing to contribute some money, if this is the way to maintain the forum. But we can't maintain the old forum without Rob's assistance, not even if a group of GMG'ers wants to take over completely, and BTW who of us has got the required expertise?

I could easily do this, I have the server space, enough expertise, but my recent confrontation with some obnoxious people, who think they have to correct me, and practically skin me alive, my enthusiasm to do anything has gone down to zero.
I have been a long time member, and remember the olden days well, but since then some new members think they have some eternal wisdom to condemn instead of understand.
My only concern is the well being of Rob, and this is my prime motivation in my remarks on this site.
But some people only think in terms of service for which they do not pay.
And furthermore, I add this again, we have a member living in Canberra, but does not think, let's have a look at Rob's place.
O, well, as things go, the site will fall apart, and we never have to hear from each other, and soon will be forgotten, which is as it should be!

 
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Traverso on August 11, 2018, 02:01:27 AM
When  as we as forummembers offer the money  to Rob for  the needed assistance to solve  the  technical problems, is that something  to consider?
One  of the problems  is the absence of communication with  Rob.
We must  find  a way  to get  things  right.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Mandryka on August 11, 2018, 02:14:25 AM
He’s chosen not to communicate and I think that we should respect that, even if we had a way to intrude. I don’t know what’s going on in his life that’s making him behave like this, and my feeling is that it would be wrong, insensitive,  to put any pressure on him at all.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Traverso on August 11, 2018, 02:22:27 AM
Putting presure  on Rob  was not  what  I intended. I hope that more forummembers  Will be informed, not everyone reeds this thread..
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: (: premont :) on August 11, 2018, 02:29:56 AM
I could easily do this, I have the server space, enough expertise, but my recent confrontation with some obnoxious people, who think they have to correct me, and practically skin me alive, my enthusiasm to do anything has gone down to zero.
I have been a long time member, and remember the olden days well, but since then some new members think they have some eternal wisdom to condemn instead of understand.

Instead of letting your opinion on GMG color by a few posters whom you are opposed to, I think you should relax and remember that this forum for years has been populated by a relatively large group of committed posters, who have participated in a friendly and fruitful communication during the years. This is how I look at the forum, and why I wish to maintain it. 

The reason that I am still here is that there are many other people with whom I can have a reasoned, mature, adult and friendly conversation.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: "Harry" on August 11, 2018, 02:38:10 AM
Instead of letting your opinion on GMG color by a few posters whom you are opposed to, I think you should relax and remember that this forum for years has been populated by a relatively large group of committed posters, who have participated in a friendly and fruitful communication during the years. This is how I look at the forum, and why I wish to maintain it.

I do not easily accept fools, who only act for their own gain, and I have been patient enough with a "few posters". Of the large group you talk about dear friend, not many are left, some of them died,  and some of them left. I have contributed in many ways to this forum, in giving masses of CD'S away, paying for this site, and trying to give informative discs reviews etc etc. And with the greatest part of the members I have a good and communicative relationship.
My patience wears thin with people that are only recently on GMG, and think they have a right to tell me what is friendly behaviour and what not.
I have no high hopes that things will come to order, and so, and this will make a few members happy, I will faze myself out of GMG.
Flags out gentleman.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: (: premont :) on August 11, 2018, 03:09:54 AM
And with the greatest part of the members I have a good and communicative relationship.

Yes, you write it yoursef, and this was what I asked you to consider a bit more.


BTW I think the group of regular and engaged posters counts about 75 persons.


Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: "Harry" on August 11, 2018, 03:14:14 AM
Yes, you write it yoursef, and this was what I asked you to consider a bit more.


BTW I think the group of regular and engaged posters counts about 75 persons.

I always considered this, and still do. But they are awfully silent in this matter.
But then again you are older and wiser. Still I have a concert to perform this afternoon, so lets concentrate on that :)
At least this organ is a pretty little and old gem. Renaissance.
I almost seem to be the only one that is more concerned about the welfare of Rob, then about this site.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Madiel on August 11, 2018, 03:58:13 AM
And furthermore, I add this again, we have a member living in Canberra, but does not think, let's have a look at Rob's place.

We have at least 3 members living in Canberra. But Canberra is a city of over 400,000 people. How exactly do you expect us to know where "Rob's place" is?

That's almost like saying "oh, you live in the Netherlands, you must know my friend Jan".

And I note that my registration is older than yours.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on August 11, 2018, 05:02:32 PM
Well, I have had weird trouble with the site from my Kindle, which is a novelty.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Marc on August 12, 2018, 10:07:39 PM
Wow, just wow.

I.c. the good ole days: in those days, there were quite a few posters who insulted others and apparently liked doing that.
These days are, IMHO, not more worse than all those years ago. (On the contrary.)

Apart from that: like others, I think Rob himself is fine (enough). As he stated some weeks before. he's busy with other things.
Therefore I hope he will accept the kind offers of others to help and/or finance. So that things can get fixed.
Because, despite all opinions, the situation on GMG has gone worse the last 4 months. The almost daily 'need' to check out this board is slowly disapearing with me. Still, I think it would be a pity if GMG disappears.

I also hope that a few members find a way to reconciliate. It's still the internet, we dont know each other that well, personalities can feel offended easily. No one is a saint here IMHO, and no one is a sinner. We all have our + and -. But we all like classical music and we like to blabber about it. Please let's keep it that way and cross our fingers for a nice future of this board.

Warm greetings to ye all!

Marc
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Mandryka on August 13, 2018, 08:14:30 AM
No one is a saint here IMHO, and no one is a sinner.

Marc

I used to work for a guy who’s now a big mover and shaker in the London Diocese of Southwark. I’m not even a Christian but we used to talk philosophy, you can imagine. Anyway he once told me that he thought that we are all saints.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Traverso on August 13, 2018, 08:26:02 AM
I used to work for a guy who’s now a big mover and shaker in the London Diocese of Southwark. I’m not even a Christian but we used to talk philosophy, you can imagine. Anyway he once told me that he thought that we are all saints.

He must be enlightened.

Wovon man nicht sprechen kann, darüber muss man schweigen
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Madiel on August 13, 2018, 01:37:20 PM
Yes, “saint” does not really mean what it has come to mean popularly. All saints are also sinners.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Ken B on August 13, 2018, 05:48:29 PM
We have at least 3 members living in Canberra. But Canberra is a city of over 400,000 people. How exactly do you expect us to know where "Rob's place" is?

That's almost like saying "oh, you live in the Netherlands, you must know my friend Jan".

And I note that my registration is older than yours.

Do watch this beer commercial https://youtu.be/sGkX1u-pG3s (https://youtu.be/sGkX1u-pG3s)
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Marc on August 13, 2018, 08:20:27 PM
I used to work for a guy who’s now a big mover and shaker in the London Diocese of Southwark. I’m not even a Christian but we used to talk philosophy, you can imagine. Anyway he once told me that he thought that we are all saints.

:)
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Marc on August 13, 2018, 08:22:12 PM
He must be enlightened.

Wovon man nicht sprechen kann, darüber muss man schweigen

Yeah. I'm not enlightened... though some music can make me feel just a bit...
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Traverso on August 14, 2018, 02:42:41 AM
Yeah. I'm not enlightened... though some music can make me feel just a bit...

You must be a part-time Saint,at least you have a hint of another dimension. :D

Musicians are hoping that they feel totally connected with the music,undivided and in a state of endless joy.It happens sometimes,Jaap van Zweden experienced it while he was conducting "Parsifal".
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Marc on August 16, 2018, 12:27:48 AM
You must be a part-time Saint,at least you have a hint of another dimension. :D

Musicians are hoping that they feel totally connected with the music,undivided and in a state of endless joy.It happens sometimes,Jaap van Zweden experienced it while he was conducting "Parsifal".

Off-topic, but anyhow... long time ago, I sang in a choir for a while, and, whilst singing the 'Agnus Dei' of Byrd's 4-part Mass during a concert, suddenly something happened in my head, as if an air bubble was created, and my entire body reacted to it. Can't really describe it, but it felt as if I began to float. I felt very moved and my eyes got wet, yet I managed to keep on singing. Dunno if it still sounded any good, though.
Maybe I should have called for a doctor?
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Traverso on August 16, 2018, 01:50:27 AM
Off-topic, but anyhow... long time ago, I sang in a choir for a while, and, whilst singing the 'Agnus Dei' of Byrd's 4-part Mass during a concert, suddenly something happened in my head, as if an air bubble was created, and my entire body reacted to it. Can't really describe it, but it felt as if I began to float. I felt very moved and my eyes got wet, yet I managed to keep on singing. Dunno if it still sounded any good, though.
Maybe I should have called for a doctor?

Maybe I should have called for a doctor?
 Yes,you should have. :D
Don't worry,I had a similar experience
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: SurprisedByBeauty on August 16, 2018, 11:14:05 PM
My access was near nil for months... at this point it has dramatically improved to where I may get failure notices the first (every first) time I try to access it... but on the second, third attempt, within minutes, it works.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: NikF on August 17, 2018, 06:56:52 AM
My access was near nil for months... at this point it has dramatically improved to where I may get failure notices the first (every first) time I try to access it... but on the second, third attempt, within minutes, it works.

Good stuff. Glad to have your views and cool photos back.  8)
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Cato on August 17, 2018, 11:12:25 AM
I have noticed that the Information at the bottom of the page often - seemingly often - shows 100+ Guests while also showing a handful of members.

 Right now it shows 137 Guests and that 170 people had visited the site all at once today.

Are these "guests" real?
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: NikF on August 17, 2018, 11:37:42 AM
I have noticed that the Information at the bottom of the page often - seemingly often - shows 100+ Guests while also showing a handful of members.

 Right now it shows 137 Guests and that 170 people had visited the site all at once today.

Are these "guests" real?

I don't know.
But one example of what they could be depends on what is being registered as a visitor and what you consider 'real'. Another board I'm a member of has anywhere between about 50 to 100 robots or spiders visiting at one time. Sometimes this includes multiple examples of each. Google usually leads the way with such as MSN, Yandex and Baidu not far behind. Sometimes the ID of these bots will be spoofed and so you can't easily know who they are. So when you add actual human visitors to the googlebots and scrapers and various marketing things, the number can be large.

I've only a very limited knowledge of these matters and most of it gained via trial and error when administrating my old websites and blog. I wrote my first websites in notepad and always included a robots.txt - but that would be about 1994 and things will have changed since then, to say the least. I'm sure other forum members will have greater and possibility more correct insight into all this stuff.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Cato on August 18, 2018, 02:20:58 AM
I don't know.
But one example of what they could be depends on what is being registered as a visitor and what you consider 'real'. Another board I'm a member of has anywhere between about 50 to 100 robots or spiders visiting at one time. Sometimes this includes multiple examples of each. Google usually leads the way with such as MSN, Yandex and Baidu not far behind. Sometimes the ID of these bots will be spoofed and so you can't easily know who they are. So when you add actual human visitors to the googlebots and scrapers and various marketing things, the number can be large.

I've only a very limited knowledge of these matters and most of it gained via trial and error when administrating my old websites and blog. I wrote my first websites in notepad and always included a robots.txt - but that would be about 1994 and things will have changed since then, to say the least. I'm sure other forum members will have greater and possibility more correct insight into all this stuff.

Many thanks for the information!
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: NikF on August 18, 2018, 02:24:48 AM
Many thanks for the information!

You're welcome!
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Mirror Image on August 19, 2018, 04:25:00 PM
I’m still having issues accessing the site and, quite frankly, I’m about ready to throw in the towel. I used to love coming to GMG, but with my own limited access (and apparently others as well), I have no choice but to call it quits.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Cato on August 19, 2018, 04:37:21 PM
I’m still having issues accessing the site and, quite frankly, I’m about ready to throw in the towel. I used to love coming to GMG, but with my own limited access (and apparently others as well), I have no choice but to call it quits.
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Please don't!  You were able to visit today!
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Madiel on August 19, 2018, 04:59:10 PM
I’m still having issues accessing the site and, quite frankly, I’m about ready to throw in the towel. I used to love coming to GMG, but with my own limited access (and apparently others as well), I have no choice but to call it quits.

Have you tried the manual DNS switch that worked for me? I can try and unearth the relevant link about how to do it.

It made an enormous difference. WITHOUT that, my access is still almost non-existent through my ISP as I can prove using my iPhone. But with it, I've had almost no trouble.

Please don't delete your account even if you have a break. One would hope that the problem will eventually be solved, even if it takes a while.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Florestan on August 20, 2018, 04:45:36 AM
Have you tried the manual DNS switch that worked for me? I can try and unearth the relevant link about how to do it.

That looks like a tempting option but my question is: will it automatically work in cases such as mine, in which I access GMG from three different locations using three different ISPs? Also, how would this DNS change affect my accessing other bookmarks / favorites?
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Florestan on August 20, 2018, 04:47:01 AM
Please don't delete your account even if you have a break.

This is essential for any member no matter how frustrated by the current situation.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Madiel on August 20, 2018, 04:49:07 AM
That looks like a tempting option but my question is: will it automatically work in cases such as mine, in which I access GMG from three different locations using three different ISPs? Also, how would this DNS change affect my accessing other bookmarks / favorites?

The method I used is site-specific and machine-specific. It's a redirection for GMG only, in a file on my Windows computer (which I know, for example, doesn't help my iPhone when it's on wifi using the same network).

So it's different to what some other people were suggesting about changing your settings for everything.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Florestan on August 20, 2018, 04:54:47 AM
The method I used is site-specific and machine-specific. It's a redirection for GMG only, in a file on my Windows computer (which I know, for example, doesn't help my iPhone when it's on wifi using the same network).

So it's different to what some other people were suggesting about changing your settings for everything.

I infer from the above that the (1) the method will adjust automatically every time I move from one location/ISP to another and I will be able to access GMG without manually adjusting something each time, and (2) it will not affect accessing my other bookmarks. Is this correct? If yes, could you please be so kind as to teach me what to do and how to do it? TIA.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Madiel on August 20, 2018, 04:59:04 AM
I infer from the above that the (1) the method will adjust automatically every time I move from one location/ISP to another and I will be able to access GMG without manually adjusting something each time, and (2) it will not affect accessing my other bookmarks. Is this correct? If yes, could you please be so kind as to teach me what to do and how to do it? TIA.

Hopefully. It basically pre-emptively tells the computer where to look for the site and so it doesn't use the normal approach, it just jumps straight to the address. What I liked about this method is that it seemed the worst it could do is just not work. But it's worked for me for months.

1. Go to this website and follow the 2nd method. https://www.mediacollege.com/computer/network/dns.html

2. The line I added to the file in Notepad as instructed was this (plain text, not a hyperlink!):

 209.182.194.169  www.good-music-guide.com
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Florestan on August 20, 2018, 04:59:59 AM
Hopefully. What I liked about this method is that it seemed the worst it could do is just not work. But it's worked for me for months.

1. Go to this website and follow the 2nd method. https://www.mediacollege.com/computer/network/dns.html

2. The line I added to the file in Notepad as instructed was this:

 209.182.194.169  www.good-music-guide.com

Many thanks. I'll report back.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Madiel on August 20, 2018, 05:04:57 AM
I just realised that particular webpage claims to be specific to Windows XP. However I have Windows 7, so it worked for that as well.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Florestan on August 20, 2018, 05:08:14 AM
Wooops. Problem.

Open the following file in a plain text editor such as Notepad:
C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hosts


I managed to open the folders up to, and including, etc which is empty and reads No items match your search, so there is no hosts folder. I have Windows 10.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on August 20, 2018, 05:12:44 AM
The past few days attempts at access via Silk on my Kindle were impossibly frustrating.

Access still about 90% normal from the notebook.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Florestan on August 20, 2018, 05:20:05 AM
The funny thing is, I've never had any problems accessing GMG from my wife's IPhone (I don't have one nor do I plan to buy one) but I just hate browsing the internet on a phone (my eyesight is quite poor, I wear glasses and even on my laptop I have to increase the font size on many websites, GMG included) so that is definitely not an option.  :)
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Mirror Image on August 20, 2018, 08:27:33 AM
Please don't!  You were able to visit today!

Thanks, Cato.

Have you tried the manual DNS switch that worked for me? I can try and unearth the relevant link about how to do it.

It made an enormous difference. WITHOUT that, my access is still almost non-existent through my ISP as I can prove using my iPhone. But with it, I've had almost no trouble.

Please don't delete your account even if you have a break. One would hope that the problem will eventually be solved, even if it takes a while.

A few things:

1. No, I’m not going to delete my account. Why in the world would I? I’ve said I wasn’t going to do this before and now I’ve made this point rather redundant now.

2. I’m not messing with any of my computer’s ISP settings nor will I. The problem, as I’ve stated many, many times before is not with my computer, but with GMG and the new server switch.

3. I’m leaving based a personal choice and, to be even more honest, I never have quite gotten over our last ‘confrontation’ and, to be even more honest, your apology seemed rather half-assed and insincere. Take of this what you want to, but you bring quite a lot of negative energy with you whenever you make a post. Nobody knows what’s going to set you off and, quite frankly, I would avoid all of this altogether by just not being a part of GMG anymore.

4. My enthusiasm for classical music has been posted everywhere on this forum. I’ve said pretty much everything that I have wanted to say, so, now, there’s simply nothing left for me to add or contribute.

To everyone still able to post with regularity who have shown me kindness, understanding, and good cheer, I wish you guys the best and hope your musical endeavors bring you a lot of happiness and fulfillment.

Goodbye to you all!
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Dungeon Master on August 20, 2018, 11:07:22 AM
Hi all

My apologies for my absence and lack of communication. For context, I have been doing medical work with refugees (you might want to read this (http://www.refugeeaction.org.au/?page_id=4528) to get a perspective of what my country does with the most desperate of peoples). I did have some internet, but my priorities were with my work.

As of Monday, I'm back in Canberra, and will spend this week trying to sort out the issues with the forum. There are at least 2 issues:

I have contacted my hosting company for help with flushing out the DNS issues, and will seek expert help elsewhere as well. Once the DNS issue is resolved, I will see if that solves all the problems, or if the database needs an overhaul as well.

In the meantime, here are two articles on how to change your DNS server on your computer to get it to use Google's (up-to-date) name servers. Note that this is a measure that should get you working smoothly, but I realise this should not be necessary.

for mac: https://serverguy.com/kb/change-dns-server-settings-mac-os/
for windows: https://www.windowscentral.com/how-change-your-pcs-dns-settings-windows-10
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: TheGSMoeller on August 20, 2018, 11:09:08 AM
Thank you for the update, Rob. And for all that you do for GMG.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: André on August 20, 2018, 11:13:04 AM
Thank you for the update, Rob. And for all that you do for GMG.

+ 1.

 Keep up the good work for those who have really pressing issues, Rob!
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: North Star on August 20, 2018, 11:31:01 AM
Thank you for the update, Rob. And for all that you do for GMG.
+2
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Traverso on August 20, 2018, 11:43:54 AM
Hi all

My apologies for my absence and lack of communication. For context, I have been doing medical work with refugees (you might want to read this (http://www.refugeeaction.org.au/?page_id=4528) to get a perspective of what my country does with the most desperate of peoples). I did have some internet, but my priorities were with my work.

As of Monday, I'm back in Canberra, and will spend this week trying to sort out the issues with the forum. There are at least 2 issues:
  • a DNS issue which is preventing access for some people. This can be resolved on an individual basis by changing your computer's DNS server settings. However, this shouldn't be necessary - it should just work for everyone. There is one stray DNS server somewhere in the world that is still using an old name server setting, and not directing people to the new server.
  • a database issue that is preventing new users from joining, and some other posting problems. I think this is separate.

I have contacted my hosting company for help with flushing out the DNS issues, and will seek expert help elsewhere as well. Once the DNS issue is resolved, I will see if that solves all the problems, or if the database needs an overhaul as well.

In the meantime, here are two articles on how to change your DNS server on your computer to get it to use Google's (up-to-date) name servers. Note that this is a measure that should get you working smoothly, but I realise this should not be necessary.

for mac: https://serverguy.com/kb/change-dns-server-settings-mac-os/
for windows: https://www.windowscentral.com/how-change-your-pcs-dns-settings-windows-10

I'm very pleased to hear from you and indeed you are so right about the refugees in this world.
It is very warming that  there are plans ahead to make this forum  accessible again for everybody.
kind regards,Traverso
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Cato on August 20, 2018, 11:51:56 AM

It is very warming that  there are plans ahead to make this forum  accessible again for everybody.


Thank you for the update, Rob. And for all that you do for GMG.

Big "Amens"  0:) for those sentiments! 
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: amw on August 20, 2018, 12:36:09 PM
Many thanks for your refugee work—that’s definitely a higher priority than this forum :)
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: "Harry" on August 20, 2018, 12:58:02 PM
We were all worried about you, and you were worried and involved with other people, somehow that fits.
I am happy that you are well, you really had me worried big time.
Things will be solved, and GMG will return to its former glory, no doubt.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Pat B on August 20, 2018, 01:26:35 PM
I join the chorus of thanks for both GMG and your work for refugees.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Madiel on August 20, 2018, 01:31:14 PM
2. I’m not messing with any of my computer’s ISP settings nor will I. The problem, as I’ve stated many, many times before is not with my computer, but with GMG and the new server switch.

Yes, well, this is exactly why I used the method that I did. It doesn't muck about with any settings other than telling the computer where this site is living. When I did this thing I in fact criticised people for advising to change general settings.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Madiel on August 20, 2018, 01:34:28 PM
3. I’m leaving based a personal choice and, to be even more honest, I never have quite gotten over our last ‘confrontation’ and, to be even more honest, your apology seemed rather half-assed and insincere. Take of this what you want to, but you bring quite a lot of negative energy with you whenever you make a post. Nobody knows what’s going to set you off and, quite frankly, I would avoid all of this altogether by just not being a part of GMG anymore.

Well, you said thank you for the apology at the time so I had no idea you regarded it as "half-assed and insincere". So I can't fix that.

People would know what was going to set me off if they thought about it, or asked. I certainly do. It's not random. In fact in your case, I explained pretty clearly what it was and you reacted even further that you didn't want to discuss it. If you WANT to discuss it, I will. The apology was part of a decision to drop the whole thing. Now you're raising it again.

But hey, thanks for taking the opportunity when I'm expressly trying to be helpful and offer solutions to tell me what you really think. You must have perceived all that negative energy behind me saying "please don't go, have you tried this solution?".
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Madiel on August 20, 2018, 01:42:59 PM
Wooops. Problem.

Open the following file in a plain text editor such as Notepad:
C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hosts


I managed to open the folders up to, and including, etc which is empty and reads No items match your search, so there is no hosts folder. I have Windows 10.

I found something that seems to indicate it should still be there for Windows 10. One possibility is that it's a hidden file, because they don't want you mucking about with it accidentally. Assuming that you're an admin on your own computer, you should be able to go into the settings for the Windows Explorer thingummy to say "no, don't hide important files from me".

This looks like a better site for the same method: https://support.rackspace.com/how-to/modify-your-hosts-file/

Exactly how to do that in Windows 10 is beyond my 'tech support' skills!
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Madiel on August 20, 2018, 01:44:42 PM
Hi all

My apologies for my absence and lack of communication. For context, I have been doing medical work with refugees (you might want to read this (http://www.refugeeaction.org.au/?page_id=4528) to get a perspective of what my country does with the most desperate of peoples). I did have some internet, but my priorities were with my work.

Wow. Tough gig. Obviously as a Canberran I know a little about this, but it's all rather hidden from view.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Marc on August 20, 2018, 08:45:37 PM
Hey Rob,

Thanks for the update and for all the good work, here, there, and everywhere.

I know I won't leave here, even in tougher times... but it would be great if some of the problems could be solved. Best of luck!
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Florestan on August 20, 2018, 11:59:52 PM
Hey Rob,

Thanks for the update and for all the good work, here, there, and everywhere.

I know I won't leave here, even in tougher times... but it would be great if some of the problems could be solved. Best of luck!

+ 1.
Title: Re: All members please read and respond: Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
Post by: Florestan on August 21, 2018, 12:00:25 AM
I found something that seems to indicate it should still be there for Windows 10. One possibility is that it's a hidden file, because they don't want you mucking about with it accidentally. Assuming that you're an admin on your own computer, you should be able to go into the settings for the Windows Explorer thingummy to say "no, don't hide important files from me".

This looks like a better site for the same method: https://support.rackspace.com/how-to/modify-your-hosts-file/

Exactly how to do that in Windows 10 is beyond my 'tech support' skills!

Thanks. I'll try again later.

EDIT: Done. Hope it works.