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Migration and Maintenance
For years I thought that Gaians would receive notifications when new journal entries are posted, then I realized that there is a system limitation with the journal subscription database and when we created the notification system, journal subscriber notification was omitted. So today I rolled up my sleeve and jumped down the rabbit hole to re-work the journal subscription system and added new journal notification finally. Hope I didn't break anything.

Last month had been busy as ever. I promised to bring back GoofBall in zOMG and that one journey took me down the path of reading through most of the code base and learning how to compile the zOMG flash client, and now I know how to compile new maps, so that might come in handy later. More bug fixes including a better quest reset system is coming. Also going to look into some quest getting stuck issues.

Runway finally had its contest granting issues fixed. There were layers upon layers of problems with how the system was designed, so simple bug fixes didn't address the underlying issues the first few times around. Hope everything is okay now. We plan to add some user created contests in the future.

Our Smartfox server was upgraded, so now it'll work properly with HTML5 games, and Codemonkey can start work on Towns 3! Can't wait to see Towns working properly on mobile (and getting rid of sushi server).

Meanwhile the server migration is in full swing. Many huge changes are being made in the backend on how files are stored and served. Our migration drive will be here next week and all 5 TB of avatar data will be copied over. And while setting everything up I learned how easy it is to setup image hosting with the new system, so as soon as I can I will add an image hosting option for all Gaians. Can't wait!

User Comments: [39]
Community Member

Sat Aug 18, 2018 @ 09:32am

WHOOPS! *giggles*

Good to know everything is going well so far. Here is to hoping the migration goes smooooothly and you guys wont have too many problems to deal with. That and the continued transfer over the html5.

Community Member

Sat Aug 18, 2018 @ 09:47am

The notification thinger worked! That's how I knew you updated biggrin

Anamosa Valentine
Community Member

Sat Aug 18, 2018 @ 10:32am

Ah, I'm eager to see the HTML5 games and the new Towns 3. Thank you for putting a lot of effort to this site! ^.^

Community Member

Sat Aug 18, 2018 @ 11:31am

I wanted to Tip this and realized there isn't any for Journals!

This is seriously some really good news! Gaia finally getting it's own image hosting service! Yay! Towns 3 is finally being worked on! Yay! Switching to a server that works with HTML5 so that you can finally stop relying on Flash! Yay!!!

Yays all around!!!

Community Member

Sat Aug 18, 2018 @ 12:05pm

Looking forward to the rebirth of zOMG bro. Gaia is just not Gaia without it confused

Daniel Hyuuga
Community Member

Sat Aug 18, 2018 @ 12:05pm

Good luck Lanzer!

Community Member

Sat Aug 18, 2018 @ 12:19pm

Lanzer, I love this website so much and I know this seems to be something you are so passionate about. I love your passion and your spirit man. Please never change and never stop loving this place because I appreciate all that you put into this place. Gaia is a magical place.

A Joyful Noise IV
Community Member

Sat Aug 18, 2018 @ 01:59pm

Bless you Lanzer for all your hard work and for not giving up! We all appreciate how much you love Gaia. It's obvious how much you love Gaia in everything you do. I know going through all that coding isn't easy. You must have a gift because I can't even balance my checking without talking to myself. xp Thanks again for everything!

Community Member

Sat Aug 18, 2018 @ 03:20pm

getting rid of sushi server

I know that's a good thing, but will you all at least
make a nice coffee table out of old sushi server? sad

Community Member

Sat Aug 18, 2018 @ 03:56pm

I'm so happy to be able to read this; both the content, and the ability! Thanks for fixing journals!

We held a Goofball tournament recently, it was wonderful to do that again! And new areas are possible? The more you understand and learn, the more hope I have!

You've done a really good job since your last update. While I'm not so excited about Towns, I am -super- pumped for server migration. This is a good direction! And...image hosting? Woah. I was not expecting that, but I feel that would be both convenient, and a draw for Gaians. Goodness knows we were all affected by photobucket being mean, imgur being blocked, and other hosting site issues. Bipassing those would be revolutionary, even if the data we could store is only a small amount. That would be great for guide-makers especially, keeping everything local.

Thank you for everything you've done.

Community Member

Sat Aug 18, 2018 @ 04:15pm

Thank you for all your hard work! Looking forward towards future updates.^_^

Community Member

Sat Aug 18, 2018 @ 06:36pm

On-site image hosting! That ought to help forums (and, my plans to add image albums to profile) move along nicely; no more uploading to and copying from other sites! heart

Thanks again for working on zOMG! and exploring its potential, even with all of the other changes going on. I hope that as Flash passes away we might see some zOMG! elements (i.e. crews, NPCs, tasks, etc.) find their way into the new Towns3 (I think, if I'd understood zOMG! to be a sort of Gaia Towns + quests, I would have jumped on that bandwagon a lot sooner instead of putting it off as a less-relevant side game). Regardless, I'm looking forward to seeing how it turns out! whee

User-created runway contests sound interesting and compliment current aspirations for more user-created content in other areas. Also, belated thanks to the team for adding the ability to add avi from the museum to Favorites!

I hope you're having a great weekend! emotion_dealwithit

Community Member

Sat Aug 18, 2018 @ 09:10pm

An image hosting option would be huge! Thank you so much for thinking of this and putting it in to work! Looking forward to all the improvements, bit by bit!

Ju Tru Nix
Community Member

Sat Aug 18, 2018 @ 09:33pm

heart After being away so long and coming back in to see you back at the helm, I gotta say it's good to be back!
Thank you, Lanzer (and much love to the team as well!)

Pink Japan Dragon
Community Member

Sat Aug 18, 2018 @ 09:39pm

Lanzer, thank you so much for hard work!!! It great to hear that things are coming along well!!!

Milky Rain
Community Member

Sat Aug 18, 2018 @ 10:23pm

u da man, lanzer!! heart

Cat Dare Devil
Community Member

Sat Aug 18, 2018 @ 10:43pm

I was quite surprised to see a notification for your journal today! I'm excited to see more progress and improvements of more things in the future. Keep up the amazing work, as always!

Community Member

Sun Aug 19, 2018 @ 05:32am

Image hosting sounds interesting!

Community Member

Sun Aug 19, 2018 @ 06:20am

So many prospects and triumps. emotion_kirakira

Sand Dancer Shaka
Community Member

Sun Aug 19, 2018 @ 09:42am

Reassess, image hostingggggggggg

Community Member

Sun Aug 19, 2018 @ 12:04pm

Finally. Not hearing much of anything for so long now that I've been worrying if anything was being done at all. Thank you for the update. Sounds like there will be some big changes soon as the move is settled. gaia_zombieduck

Community Member

Sun Aug 19, 2018 @ 03:49pm

Thank you Lanzer! Always love hearing from you.
Out of curiosity, is it possible to be able to updat guilds to what the forums can do these days because of the migration? I feel like that’s the main thing I’ve been using these days.

le froggy
Community Member

Sun Aug 19, 2018 @ 11:19pm

Hello! gaia_sakura
I have been a member of Gaia since 2004, and I have been wondering when you would get the chance to make Journals more interesting.
Like a new layout, or the option to change the look of the Journal, just like in the Profiles.

Community Member

Mon Aug 20, 2018 @ 12:52am

Nice! Though your fixes on runway, is that when the avatar gallery on the day after each runway started glitching?

Daniel Hyuuga
Community Member

Mon Aug 20, 2018 @ 07:32am

Aaaand I just received the notification today, GG.

Community Member

Tue Aug 21, 2018 @ 01:47am

4laugh heart

givin way stuff to marco
Community Member

Wed Aug 22, 2018 @ 03:41am

can we get an option to get rid of signatures in journals, if we can get rid of them in guilds and in our posts in the forums and the remove signature option does not work in journals so can we get a separate option to get rid of signatures in journals?

Sir Valen Pureheart
Community Member

Wed Aug 22, 2018 @ 06:42pm

Very Positive news for all Gaians! Can't wait for more updates on zOMG and the tiny flickering hope of new content will be in our hands soon! whee

Also, I cannot thank you enough very much on recovering and putting back Heralds of Chaos, even though I thought that It is lost forever and it's an abandoned game from long ago! You even PM'ed me to know if it works fine after you fixed it.

gaia_angelleft Bless the savior of Gaia! gaia_angelright

Community Member

Sat Aug 25, 2018 @ 07:31am

Would image hosting be for signatures? So that it can automatically detect dimensions and file size? No more oversized sigs? emotion_bigheart

Community Member

Sat Aug 25, 2018 @ 06:24pm

That's awesome! Good luck with the rest of your work!

Community Member

Fri Aug 31, 2018 @ 08:24am

Nice! smile

Community Member

Sun Sep 02, 2018 @ 07:44am

Thank you , as always, for your hard work and dedication Lanzer. And congrats on picking up the map skill! xd heart to Codemonkey and the rest of Gaia Staff too!

Community Member

Sat Sep 08, 2018 @ 08:44am

Heyyy I got a notification that you posted a new journal! haha that's really great! Same with everything else~! Seems like things are moving along smoothly for the most part.

Community Member

Thu Sep 13, 2018 @ 02:12am

You have no idea how happy this makes me. Thank you so much for your hard work and dedication!

Community Member

Fri Sep 21, 2018 @ 01:25am

I'm saving up money from my software development job so I can quit and make that Orly? Hat game someday.

If I do, think you'll be OK giving me a discount to license the characters? I'll share revenue smile

Community Member

Tue Oct 02, 2018 @ 08:01pm

Even if image hosting was to be limited to my signature that would be great to not have to worry about that disappearing. It is a pain when the new url makes it longer than the old one and you have to adjust.

Community Member

Tue Oct 16, 2018 @ 06:55am

exciting! hey im kinda back (been depressed) im most excited about zomg! make me feel like a teen again

Vinified Victoria
Community Member

Fri Oct 19, 2018 @ 05:44pm

O, I'm late... o well. I just rediscovered your journal.

All of these changes are so exciting! I am especially loving the return of zOMG and look forward to it updates!

Thank you for all of the hard work you do for this site
and keeping me entertained for so many years. I've taken many hiatuses but can't help returning time and time again, and I have always enjoyed that it has continuously evolved.

Vinified Victoria
Community Member

Fri Oct 19, 2018 @ 05:45pm

--deletes double post--
I uh, tried to edit the comment to larger font size, but instead it redirected to a "Flood Detected" and then sent me to my journal and left a double post here.... Oops?

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