ONGOING SITE PROBLEMS - PLEASE COMMUNICATE!

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  • ravenflight

    UPDATE:

    A few minutes after posting this, I found that images are no longer displaying on desktop. This is getting stupid.

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  • Migoz563

    I totally agree. I know several people who are migrating to newTumbl. I don't want to have to move!

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  • Orange

    Well I'm not planning on moving as I can still view the images on desktop using Microsoft Edge, but can't do so with Chrome.

    Like most bloggers it was bad enough transferring five years of work from tumblr. Having added two years work with BDMSLR I've no desire to move again.

    So again BDMSLR admins COMMUNICATE WITH US AND GET IT SORTED NOW!

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  • laddict

    hmm.

    does anyone know about a useful firefox or chrome plugin that could help backup/dump images (or media in general) from a blog here on bdsmlr? i dont want to dump ~1000 archive pages manually.
    (it's not for any kind of abuse, just for backup purposes..)

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  • Teas & Denial

    I agree entirely. The lack of communication is appalling. 

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  • Jillicious00

    I've moved but I'm hoping BDSMLR will be fixed.

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  • reece john

    hope I don't want to move again. I love my 13,000 followers :( would suck to start again.

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  • Angus02115

    Here Here - Well said 

    just need to know what is going on .... 

    also looking for a way to down load the images i have on this site with out doing it ONE at a time 

    any thoughts anyone 

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  • Retroguy

    does anyone know about a useful firefox or chrome plugin that could help backup/dump images

    You can install the "Download All Images" plugin for Firefox. That'll allow you to scrape all the images from your site.

    I used it yesterday to back up all my bdsmlr blogs.

    Get used to it. This is the fifth time my erotica blog has closed through no fault of my own.

     

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  • Jillicious00

    Does that Firefox extension download the source image or the lower resolution display image?

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  • Retroguy

    It depends on the settings you use and what was uploaded. I set the Deep Search to level 2. The file size to >4000 and image size to minimum 400px. That filters out most of the smaller images, but you might end up with multiple copies of each image. The largest image I scraped in my last batch is 4032px x 2268px.

    The other suggestion I would make is to use the archive view of your blog eg. https://retroguy.bdsmlr.com/archive and scroll to the very bottom before you launch the tool.

     

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  • Datasado

    I sent them an Email and they have acknowledged they are still working on issues. Would be nice for them to do so publicly but they are aware of the several issues and are working them. 

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  • laddict

    Retroguy can you share your plugin settings or kind of short "howto" download those images from roughly 1000 archive pages? or did you start downloading from a specific url?

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  • Retroguy

    Hi Laddict,

    See attached screenshot

    1. This shows how many images on the site. Be aware this is all images including icons and thumbnails.

    2. Deep search. Level 2 (my setting) searches both img and a tags. So you may end up with the full size image and any reduced size image used as a thumbnail or icon.

    3. File size. If you tick this it will reduce the amount of small images you will download. I've tried it both on and off and prefer it on. You might want to experiment to see what you prefer.

    4. This is the dimensions of the image. Again I prefer to filter out the small images. You may not. See which you prefer.

    5. Set the types of images you desire. I have selected all images, but in the future will probably filter out gif images.

    6. Once all images have been scanned the top bar (label 1) will disappear. Then you can click on save and after some time (depending on how good you internet connection is) a zip folder will appear in your download folder.

    As I said upthread. I have got the best results if I use the archive view of the bdsmlr site i am scrapping, (eg. https://retroguy.bdsmlr.com/archive) scroll to the bottom and ensure the images have loaded. This takes a while but produces the best results in my experience.

    I then sort the images by size on my computer using a script and dump any small ones or repeats.

     

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  • White Collar

    Yeah, C’mon!  I worked in IT for 25 years.  Silence in the face of downtime is inexcusable.  Just tell us what’s going on.  I get timeouts when trying to access my dashboards, videos won’t load, and there are server errors when trying to update my blogs.  Say something, for God’s sake!  If I need to move, I’ll suck it up and do it.  This is ridiculous.

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  • ravenflight

      Datasado      Thanks for the info. It's a sign of hope and, as you say, it would be even better if staff could communicate publicly that they are "aware of several issues" :) It's strange, this is their support desk but even here, not a word from them.  

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  • Ariella Haverguess

    Ariella

    Like many I have invested two years in building a blog on BDSMLR, during the course of that time, thousands of posts/images have been lost through one problem or another. Most often this has happened when the site has been "Upgraded" which in most cases just means, "Oops we broke everything again, sorry you lost your images, it won't ever happen again" I have had emails to that effect. Now they are not replying and I believe they are either selling or have sold the site and have no interest in letting the people who made the site a place advertisers wanted to place ads, know what is happening. Why? Because they really don't care at all. I am letting those images which are in queue finish, and by the way "random" no longer works in queue, and then I am out. I am thinking about giving up blogging my images altogether. I would have to start from scratch and I have better things to do with my life right now. The ones I feel sorry for are the 15,600 followers who like what I post.

    I think that even if they returned tomorrow with fixes, I would never trust them. Personally I think the ship has no crew right now and I doubt we will hear anything more.

    Ariella (kinkyariella blog)

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  • Orange

    Well all the while I can still upload and view via Microsoft Edge, I will stick with BDSMLR for now and just put up with it.

    I've spent too long working on my blog, even though there's no money to be made out of it. Most of my followers can still access my blog, so for their sake I will keep it open.

    My UK followers especially need something to get through lockdown with.

    Orange (Dominant Ladies in Leather boots blog)

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  • ravenflight

    Three weeks to the day now we were told to delete our cookies, that would fix everything. It didn't, of course. It continues not to make any difference (and how could it; you don't solve server side problems by doing client side stuff). Problems remain, I won't list all of them again but it would, for example, be good if one could actually EDIT one's blog. Or watch videos. Or even just display one's avatar. Outlandish, extreme stuff like that.

    There's been no communication from admin since February 2. I'm beginning to suspect all those have a point who believe staff don't give a shit. Are they even still at work? If so, for fuck's sake, let us KNOW. A half broken site is one thing. Like I said before, we're all rooting for you to sort things out.

    But a site which for weeks continues to be half broken without a single word of explanation? That's appalling. bdsmlr might, for all we know right now, be emulating tribe.net which, some years ago, went from a thriving community to a defunct mess in no time. And its decline, too, was accompanied by deafening silence from their admin.

    So - what to do? Tumblr is no option, it's a design nightmare and continues to be absurdly out of touch with reality. NewTumbl? Yeah, it has porn galore. But it feels cold, lifeless, impersonal, sterile and has a "ratings" system which may or may not catch your imagination.

    So for now, we should probably be patient, mumble phrases like "benefit of the doubt", keep our fingers crossed etc, and who knows? It might all end well. But PLEASE guys: TALK TO US!

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  • ravenflight

    Okay, following my last comment in this thread a couple of days ago, things ARE improving! Since yesterday, it has been possible once again to edit blogs, avatars seem to be displaying again, and the issue of images not showing seems largely to have been resolved. Videos is another story, but give it time, I guess.

    At any rate, it is obvious that repair works are a) continuing and b) paying off bit by bit. So while it would still be great to actually hear from them, successful fixes are, in a way, the best and clearest statement we can have. Thank you again for all your efforts, and may this great site fully recover and continue to prosper and grow.

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  • Jan Jansen

    Another improvement, I've been on bdsmlr since 2016. After the crash, the first 100 pictures I posted had disappeared. Now they're back. Small improvement but still, someone's doing something.

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  • David John

    Aaaargh - in just the last few minutes, almost every image seems to have vanished; blog pages and queue are almost entirely blank image placeholders (if that's the right term). Something radically wrong!!!!

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  • David John

    At least that problem was (relatively) short-lived - 19 hours later, all seems back to normal.

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  • Orange

    Well it's been a long time coming, but the admins have now finally provided us with some updates on twitter.

    I can work my blog using Microsoft Edge without any problems now. It's good to see that the BDSMLR team are on to it.

    Hopefully once the lockdown restrictions have ended in the UK I'll be able to get back to travelling and socialising again.

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  • SweetCD84

    For a day or so it seemed like random queue worked but now it's back to being broken.

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  • ravenflight

    This is truly encouraging - a long and detailed statement on twitter from staff! I don't know about anyone else, but as far as I'm concerned, that goes a long way towards restoring faith :-) 

    So we can be sure they are working hard, and have not abandoned the project as some have feared might be the case. Plus, let's remember: during the past week or two, after renewed hickups, invariably things have snapped back to a working (not perfect yet) state.

    So let's all be patient, calm and respectful - which is probably all we can do in terms of providing moral support, and offer thanks to BDSMLR for their efforts, and best wishes for continued success!

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  • James Pingus

    I got a polite, fairly standard response to a request I made the other day, so they do indeed seem to be working on things. And, like somebody noted above, they also responded on Twitter. I'm going to see how the site works in the OperaGX browser.

     

    Update: No luck getting problematic clips or pics to load there, or in Microsoft Edge.

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  • Gay Fetish Goth

    It is important to remember that BDSMLR is most likelya small, independent site, run by one or two people, probably in their spare time.  Our ad traffic is probably not even enough to keep the operating costs covered, let alone allow someone to earn a living, so repairs are likely being done during evenings and weekends. With such limited time and resources, putting the effort into the repairs rather than drafting and posting updates is (and should be) the priority.

    BDSMLR is a service someone is providing to support the community, and most likely are spending money out of pocket to do so. If you cant be patient, cant handle delays and outages, or feel like you need a commercial site with a full staff of people, than your masochism threshold is too low to qualify for the BSDMLR community anyway!

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