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Asking for funds for Hatbox

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I really hate having to do this. We didn't make our contribution goal last month but an increase in how much we received from other sources filled in most of the gap. We're trying to grow those other sources, but it is more work for us, too.

Funds are needed to pay bills of about $2000 by the end of next week. This includes paying ourselves so we can pay personal bills. We have about $500 in accounts at the moment.

If you can help financially, it will be appreciated. Thanks.

Hugs,
Erin, Piper, Jamie, Cat and the rest of the crew

We Aint Got No, algorithm....

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My apologies to Pink Floyd for the title. I definitely sang it in my head when I thought of it and typed it.

So this post has been one I've been thinking of in drips and drabs for a while now. It's based on things I've seen in blogs, comments, and even said to me in private channels. So please forgive me if it's not entirely coherent and a bit rant-ish.

I am not an Author

I am not an Author only a reader who enjoys reading the work of those talented people who post on BC. Every time I go to BC's web site I notice the Hatbox status bar and wonder how few times it has obtained its monthly goal. BC's admin has posted requests asking for us to contribute to help meet the finical obligations that are necessary in running this site. I notice on the left side of the main page there are several options available to us readers to contribute to BC. I have used the "One-TIme GIft" a few times in the past but I am not a fan of PAYPAL so I looked into becoming a PATRON.

Hatbox STILL Underfunded for the month

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Funds needed to pay bills of about $2000 by the end of the month. This includes paying ourselves so we can pay personal bills. We have less than $800 on hand.

Someone asked what it means when I mention our personal bills here. It usually means, we haven't been paid.

I only take $500-800 for myself, if I haven't in fact put money in, instead of taking it out (which is what happened last month).

Piper is supposed to get $2100 a month. Keeping BC running is her job. And this month, she's been awakened in the night several times to fix problems.

Sorry for the downtime.

Yesterday when beginning a new project, we introduced an error that caused intermittent errors over-night. We managed to track down the issue before noon, but decided to then do regular Drupal module updates. Un-beknownst to us, these updates introduced several new issues and errors that caused even worse outages that were not very apparent to us.

BCTS Family member in need of housing help

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Hi wonderful people! It's Jamie, you know, that behind the scenes part of the BCTS staff. I haven't been around much lately because I've been homeless. It's been a really rough journey for me since my car accident back in February, and things are finally figuring itself out slowly. This stupid virus has been making it really hard, especially because I am in NYC to get services now.

Urgent Hatbox need for operational funds and personal bills now

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We have about $500 in accounts, including my personal one which just took a nearly $200 hit for unexpected plumbing repairs. Need is for about $900 through next week to pay current bills, including ourselves so we can pay our own bills. So we're close, but it's tax time and New Jersey wants about $550 by the end of the month.

If you can help financially, it will be appreciated. Thanks.

Hugs,
Erin, Piper, Jamie, Cat and the rest of the crew

Funds needed for Hatbox to keep BC open

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Current need is for about $3000 through the weekend to pay current bills.

We're a bit behind with some of our regular bills because everything always costs more, so we're asking for a bit extra this month and maybe next.

There are still a few tweaks to do and glitches to fix after the move, so please be patient with us.

If you can help financially, it will be appreciated. Thanks.

Hugs,
Jamie, Erin, Piper, Cat and the rest of the crew

Overdrafted - Hatbox funds needed for 0verdraft

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The new server hosts did it again! They charged us 7 days early and at midnight on a Friday. We're scrambling to cover an overdraft and I think I have enough money in my personal accounts to do it. But a bit more coming in, in the next sixteen to eighteen hours would make me feel better.

Please no suggestions on how to handle our dealings with these people, I'm angry enough already.

Hugs,
Erin

SEARCH/SOLR WORKS!

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Those of you who log-in to the site might have noticed SEARCH not working. Those who were not logged in, did not notice.

It took quite a while to figure out when/where this action did/did not work (as the logs are not helpful when trying to discern logins and whatnot when the system is as distributed as ours). Once I figured that fact, I tracked down the bad code, and fixed it.

Don't ask more, it was extremely tedious, and my brain hurts.

-Piper

THANK YOU!

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THANK YOU ALL!

We made the goal an hour ago and covered our debt with the bank and a bit left over. Thanks to all the generous people who contributed, it makes us tearful and glad that we have so many friends.

The $2125 is enough for a bit of a cushion as we know there is one more bill out there that may hit before we get other monies coming in at the end of the month.

We still have our ordinary January bills ahead of us, so if you want to contribute, here's the link again:

EMERGENCY - Funds Needed Today!

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We need money today to prevent an overdraft. Two bills that were not supposed to hit our accounts until after the first hit today and we are overdrafted, we need about $1900 to prevent hundreds of dollars of overdraft fees.

Please, if you can help, today would be the day to do it.

You can use the links in the right side column or make a One Time Gift here:

https://janglewood.com/one-time-gift/

Thanks,
Erin, Piper, Cat, Jamie, and all the BigCloset crew.

Hatbox Shortfall: Thousands needed to meet urgent bills

We've mostly finished our big move. Unfortunately, it cost us two to three thousand more than we planned on. There are several urgent bills due and very little money in the accounts. The One-Time Gift code got broken by the move but is now fixed, however, that contributed to our current shortfall.

If you can help, it will be appreciated. Thanks.

Hugs,
Jamie, Erin, Piper, Cat and the rest of the crew

Bills due, Hatbox short $1000+

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Bills are due. Erin is sick as a dog, and I don't know how to update the sidebar, but we are about $2,600 short for the month of November.

We're in the middle of a big move and the extra money we have been asking for the last few months has gone to pay for that. Service and speed should improve modestly and our monthly cost will be going down a small amount.

If you're wondering how we are paying bills with the shortfall, I'm using credit cards I had recently gotten paid off.

If you can help, it will be appreciated. Thanks.

BigCloset TopShelf Has Moved...

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But don't worry. If you can read this, you found our new home! :)

Welcome to BigCloset TopShelf!

So we have moved, at least virtually. We have moved to new equipment in a new data-center. We still have ancillary sites and services to move, and then move all the hardware from our OLD data-center, to the new data-center.

As always, if you find any errors or issues, please post them here.

Big Moves Ahead...

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So right now we are preparing for a BIG move...

Don't worry, it's not quite time for a big change to Drupal... YET...

No this move is even bigger. We are moving everything from New Jersey to New York!

Well, all the servers and sites at least.

So next week we will begin installing the newest equipment we have in the new Datacenter on Staten Island. While we are primarily doing this move for costs, our physical security will be upgraded heavily in this move (not that it was insecure before).

Earlier Outage

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Sorry about the outage earlier folks. The virtual boot image for one of our front-end servers recently corrupted so I pulled it out of the hunt group while I work on it. Around the same time I decided to process upgrades on the remaining 2 front ends, using the standard rolling reboot pattern that I usually do but with one server down I forgot that we were short coverage while the front ends finish their boot process and really get rolling.

Email problems, changing passwords and new members

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For the last two, almost three, weeks, BigCloset email has been intermittent. Sometimes not sending emails for people signing up or changing passwords or sending blank messages. It took us a while to even notice it but for the past week or so we have been working on this problem.

We think we've got it solved so if you tried to sign-up or change your password in the last couple of weeks and never got the email to complete the process, or got a blank one, please try again.

The Mermaid's Treasure -6- Mermaids Don't Have Legs

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Latest chapter of The Mermaid's Treasure available at Patreon/BigCloset

The Adeline

I marveled that I had been able to get through the rather narrow door between the two cabins with a butt like that. I turned around and looked at it over my shoulder, pulling my hair out of the way because it was long enough to obscure the view.

Stuff Is Broken...

I know most of you are going to look at the site and be like "No shit Sherlock", but trust me when I tell you that you have no F'ing clue how broken shit is.

What we have now, is probably what you will see for the next couple days. My days are taken up by something else, but don't think I'm not putting my whole into getting BigCloset back up and operational, I am.

I did a lot of sleeping yesterday because after 38 hours or so, you need to sleep...

I will get shit straightened out, I promise but please bear with me while I do so.

-Piper

Merry Christmas to US!

Merry Christmas Everyone! Presents are here!

Well let me clarify, our 4 new servers are here!

I will be dragging a friend with me to do heavy lifting, but the servers are headed to the Datacenter in Bridgewater, NJ tomorrow.

Over the next several days I will work on imaging them and spinning up a database backup, and then transferring load to the new MySQL Cluster. After that I will work on building the new front-end cluster and move that live, and in the process I will be re-configuring the existing servers for Tertiary services.

Updates on Stuff and Things

Hey Everyone!

I just wanted to update on a few things.

There are several things going on at once. One is that we are being spidered by several sources and they seem to spin up bots just as fast as we can have them blocked.

Another is that we think someone is intentionally trying to keep us offline, and anyone that knows me knows I won't say that lightly.

So we have done several things to try and keep things up and stable.

We've Gone Cloud!

BigCloset has Officially completed it's Cloud-Transition!

This isn't a fully virtualized cloud for BigCloset, but more of a hybrid-cloud setup where we still have multiple physical database servers that are clustered together for replication and performance needs while the front ends, the bits that compile the data from the database and make the pages you know to be "TopShelf", are fully virtualized with Scalability, Stability, and Redundancy in mind.

Hatbox Story Contributions Needed

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This is different. :)

We're getting ready to launch a new and somewhat improved Hatbox as a repository of premium stories donated to us. For that, we'd like to have some new stories. I'm working on a couple myself. If you're interested in contributing stories to be read first as Hatbox Premiums, you can contact me or Cat Lochley via PM. Stories made available to Hatbox subscribers can later be published to BigCloset (for free) or DopplerPress (to earn royalties).

Hugs,
Erin and Cat

Phishing Scams

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I've been getting phony emails purporting to be from Docusign asking for my signature on a document. Problem immediately is we don't use Docusign; although we do send out documents for signing, we use a different service.

Also, Docusign's place on the web is docusign.com. These emails come from a website that is NOT Docusign.

Beware. At least one of the one's I received claimed to be an attempt at a money transfer which, if I had opened it, would probably have turned out to be an attempt at getting my bank info.

BEWARE.

Ripoffs?

These guys: http://forum.silicone-breast.com/viewforum.php?f=11 seem to be publishing stories from BCTS without permission. Everything here is automatically copyrighted in the name of the author so these guys are violating federal law. At least two authors have complained to me and I have sent a takedown request via the site's Contact Us link.

I am sure that several other authors are having stories posted without their permission. Have a look and send them a takedown notice.

Hugs,
Erin

SmallScale DDoS

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This is just an FYI. We have detected, and are currently mitigating, a small scale DDoS attack against one of our VPS host nodes. Because this VPS host currently hosts assets for YourBigCloset it could possibly affect the performance of BigCloset as we host some of our VideoAds from YourBigCloset. This is just an FYI and we don't know if it has any relation to Bigcloset.

Possible Downtime but Upgrades . . .

Hey Everyone!

This is just a note to let you know that we are getting ready to release some new features and upgrades to BigCloset. Some of these upgrades have been attempted in the past and broke a lot of our custom changes to the front page.

So it is entirely possible they will break again, but I promise you I will be working just as fast as possible to get everything working again.

Unfortunately while I've tried to put off these upgrades because of the havoc they may cause, they have recently become urgent.

Sephrena

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Because Sephrena is an important part of the community here, people should know that there is a situation involving her that may turn more serious or may be soon resolved. We're not comfortable sharing details at the moment but will try to keep everyone appropriately informed.

Hugs to all,
And especially Sephrena,
Erin and the crew

BigCloset Downtime

Hey Everyone.

I wanted apologize for the delay in getting the site back online today.

What happened is that one of our many elves happened to click a wrong button causing all of the "Author Taxonomy" to disappear. That may sound like an easy fix, of just rolling back the database, but in doing so we would have lost a couple new stories, and blogs that we didn't want to disappear.

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