Westeros: Updates

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So Spake Martin Update

The So Spake Martin collection has been updated with reports from the World Fantasy Convention, as well as to a newly-published interview originally given during the San Diego Comic Con.

So Spake Martin Update

The So Spake Martin collection has been updated with a link to a new interview with George, which also features Daniel Abraham and Gardner Dozois as it’s primarily focused on the forthcoming release of Hunter’s Run.

So Spake Martin Update

The So Spake Martin collection has been updated with a number of reports from this past weekend’s Trinoc*Con, where GRRM made an appearance. Some interesting tidbits include George’s remarks on the warging abilities of the Stark children, future Dunk and Egg stories, the Sandsnakes, and more.

So Spake Martin Update

The So Spake Martin collection has been updated with a link to a new interview with GRRM at iTunes, and a report from a Q&A at InConJunction.

Immortalized

Westeros.org has been immortalized in the latest My Elves are Different comic. Alas, it’s not entirely for good reasons, but the comic is amusing.

Board Fundraiser

It’s that time again, folks! The A Song of Ice and Fire board needs your support to continue going. While the hosting is generously provided by Sparks, our terrific site admin, the costs of keeping the board running are not insignificant. We’ve currently set up a Fundable group action for $750. This is more than the previous fundraisers, because we’ve decided to move from twice-yearly fundraising efforts to annual. We believe the community is certainly capable of raising this kind of funding.

Fundable.org allows users to submit donations via Paypal or major credit cards, so everyone should be able to contribute. The group action will be open for 25 days, with a minimum donation of $10 (if you can’t manage quite that much, but would still like to contribute, please contact us and we’ll see if we can help arrange your contribution).

To go to the group action, go here. And please do feel free to spread the word around to other fans and supporters of the website!

So Spake Martin Update

The So Spake Martin collection has been updated with a report from the Opus Festival in Denver and a brief video plus complete transcript from George R. R. Martin’s appearance on Second Life.

Forum Award Update

Just a quick update on the previously noted award nomination that the forum has been put up for.

We’re firmly in second place in the contest for ARWZ’s first annual award, but we’re well behind first place. I suspect we can do a lot better than that, so get the votes moving! The contest is running to the 1st of May, so that does give fans of the forum time to help us catch up.

If you’d like to vote, go here and scroll down a bit to the list of forums. We’re down towards the bottom. Information about what the award entails—including prizes—can be found at that page as well.

FAQ Update

The Citadel’s FAQ has been updated with a lengthy survey of potential parents for the character of Jon Snow, with a focus on attempting to ascertain their physical locations at the time of Snow’s conception based on evidence from GRRM and the novels.

Chat Functioning Again

Thanks to Sparks introducing a MySQL backend to chat, which made sure that channel and user data would be retained indefinitely, the Westeros.org chat has become much more functional. However, as many may have noticed, the login page was not working correctly for quite awhile, with all users being assigned a random name regardless of what nickname they put in.

Well, that problem has now been fixed as well! Feel free to drop by the new, improved Westeros.org Chat and say hi.

So Spake Martin Update

The So Spake Martin collection has been updated with reports from Boskone and the New York Comic Con, as well as a link to an interview with George at the latter event.

More Structure Changes

The History section has now been removed and the two articles that it held have been integrated into the FAQ, which in the future may end up having other essay-like answers to questions (both frequent and not so frequent ones) added.

The Concordance has finally been moved into ExpressionEngine. Old links to specific sections will no longer work, but it will now be easier to construct such links, as each section gets its very own URL. Additionally, it will be possible to see when each section was last updated. And yes, the AFfC update is finally in progress, so some sections have already had new material added.

Important Webring Changes

This message was sent to all current members of the webring, but as many of the emails bounced, we are posting it here as well in the hopes that it will reach a few of those people.

Due to the fact that RingSurf, the software that powers the webring, has no measures in place to prevent spam submissions, we have found that we are no longer able to make use of their services.

We are therefore forced to change how the webring works, and this means that everyone who wants to remain a part of the webring will need to update the ring code that they have on their webpage.

The way this will work is as follows:

1) Everyone who wants to remain a part of the webring should email us. Please make sure to include the name of your site in the email.

2) Two weeks from now, we will send out the new ringcode to everyone who has responded. The new ring will then start functioning side-by-side with the RingSurf ring.

3) Two weeks after that, the RingSurf ring will be deleted.

If anyone has any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We would also like to note that we’d love to see more ring members as soon as the switch over has been completed, so if you have a site suitable for inclusion in the ring, do get in touch with us about being setup as a member.

Board Effeciency Improved

An issue that has troubled us for awhile has involved the fact that when the server hosting Westeros.org-proper is down, this can lead to the server hosting the forums to act this is very slowly. This is due to the fact that some of the sidebar content—the latest news and the recommendations—is pulled from Westeros.org, and the attempt to complete the loading stops up the rest of the board until the connection finally times out. Previously, when this happened, we had to manually turn off the calls for the news and recommendations so that the rest of the board would act normally. Of course, this depended on our being aware of the problem and available.

After learning some elementary but new to us PHP, we believe we’ve worked out a way to prevent this from happening from now on. It may cause very minor delays in those cases where Westeros.org is out, but we’re talking a couple of seconds rather than minutes, so it’s a definite improvement.

Board Downtime

We’ve upgraded from IPB 2.1.x to 2.2.1. This is a relatively major upgrade, including a host of changes both up front and behind the scenes. Unfortunately, these means that the skins the board uses are quite broken in some areas, to the point where the board is unusable until these skins are updated. The board will be down while these updates are being carried out. We have no estimate on how long this will take, but we’re working as quickly as possible.

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