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Database What?

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The site was down for about 14 hours today because of some gremlins in the database.  You can all thank Tony Pagliocco, WordPress Hero, for the fix.  You should also follow him on your social media of choice (@tpupaz).   We're back up and running with no issues, but if you experience anything out of the ordinary, let us know?

What are your most and least favorite aspects/features of the site?  I'd like to know where we could improve.    Are you enjoying the blogs so far?  It's a bit of an experiment, but we like the idea of giving people a platform to discuss their experiences.  I've already learned a bunch from the new bloggers, so I know I have at least 1 reader!

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11 thoughts on “Database What?

  1. Adam, first off, thanks for your patience. I was thinking earlier today that I'd like to make a digest email that we can send out weekly to our Insiders, just listing the articles that went out that week. Does that fit what you were thinking of? I don't know if that'd work or if you'd rather have plain-text articles sent to your email once a week. The former is easier than the latter, but we'll look at both if that's what you're interested in.

    One of our issues with the site was that a plugin was routing it through nyud.net, which was screwing up a lot of stuff. It's since been deactivated and I think a lot of the issues are solved in that regard.

    A big thing on our list right now is improving the mobile site. I've been hearing a lot about that and we're going to devote serious time-capital to it.

    1. The digest, isn't exactly what I'm looking for, but it would still be a very welcome feature. It would also make it very simple for me to cache the articles with an iPad app. It wouldn't help with extended downtime, but hopefully those days are behind us. 🙂

      I'd love to have the articles sent out in plain-text, but if I'm the only user wanting it, I'm not gonna pout if it doesn't happen.

      A mobile site would be a very welcome feature.

      Cheers.

  2. The downtime is starting to wear on me too! Remember, we're not Gigantor Corporation; we're a scrappy little startup, and we make mistakes. Its a continual process of fine-tuning, and as we grow (quickly…) there are growing pains. Fortunately, we are ironing out every little bug as we find it. Downtime happens, but we do our best to mitigate it.

    I have an iPad as well, and I'd like to find a good way to cache insider stuff for offline reading. iOS/Droid development is on our radar, but we have higher priorities right now, like a new Prediction Tracker 🙂

  3. I think the quality of the writers is top notch, the layout of the site is pleasing to the eye, and I like how those involved with QS are more than a Faceless Gigantor Corporation living and dying by their own predictions.

    It's unfortunate that the uptime of the site is an issue. Early on with QS I noticed downtime issues and access issues. Several writers for QS themselves have multiple twitter posts where they ask their followers if QS is down.

    For many, 8.99 is a small fee to be able to access up to the moment information for MTG futures, but with a little time and effort, the same info is free via twitter by simply following the QS writers, with more uptime. I would primarily use the service provided for the bottom line, and not the content. To gain my membership there needs to be a more reliable service.

    One thing that would be great for QS is a secure RSS feed to access insider articles, and a non-secure RSS for all others. As an added bonus, many mobile RSS readers archive the information for offline access, provides a mobile format for the site's content, and requires little programming to implement as opposed to a Droid/iOS App.

  4. Go figure – I don’t recall having hit any major downtime – maybe its good to be located half a world away!

    In general I really like the site, including layout on a mobile device (i do most of my QS reading on an android).

    Only minor gripe is the difficulty of reading the Tracker- I can’t change the scale of it (this may just be user error).

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