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Smokey
Post Tue Jul 08, 2003 11:42 pm 
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Location: Mekada Underground Headquarters
FORUM BACK ONLINE

Good news! After a long and week, the forum is back online!

Now the bad news: We are using a backup file from February, which means everything since then has been lost. Anyone whose account was created after February will have to go back and register a new account. Everyone else's postings will be reset to their status as of February.

Here's my tale of what happened:

Basically, a company called "FeaturePrice" was providing internet service for Mekada. Last month they went out of business, and all their assets were sold to another company called "Atlantic". FeaturePrice had thousands of customers, and everyone was assured that our accounts would be honored and the transition would go smoothly.

Then the next day the Gearhead Garage web site was off line, with no explanation. Mekada's people tried calling, e-mailing, etc. for almost a week but we were totally unable to get in touch with anyone at either company. Finally on 27 June, Mekada moved their web site to a different company. Although the web pages and updates were back online, the database for our beloved forum was still trapped on FeaturePrice's server. We assumed that Atlantic would eventually give it to us once they got their act together.

Then on 1 July, Atlantic posted this notice:
Quote:
http://www.atlantic.net/temp/index.htm

"Atlantic.Net has been working with the former entity of Feature Price to transition Feature Price customers safely to Atlantic.Net. However, today the former entity of Feature Price denied Atlantic.Net employees access to Feature Price’s equipment. Shortly after this occurred, all service to Feature Prices customers ceased due to unknown factors at this time. Currently, Atlantic.Net cannot provide a time frame for service to be restored, however we are working closely with all available professional, legal, and law enforcement channels to restore services to Feature Price’s customers, just as quickly as possible.

Atlantic.Net apologizes for this interruption of Feature Price’s service. We got into this to try and restore some faith into the hosting community and to try and put the customers first. Yet this has been undermined at every turn to the ultimate loss of your web hosting service."


And then other customers started posting rumors on newsgroups:
Quote:
http://tinyurl.com/g479
The company who bought Featureprice, Atlantic.Net, was
in the process of transferring account information over when Featureprice refused to allow access to the servers (although Atlantic.Net owns them), going as far as to hire "body guards" and the such. It's a mess right now. Rumors are that all files have been deleted, as well as backups.


In the end, Mekada decided to give up waiting, and instead reset the forum using our backups from Februrary. It sucks, but at least it's better than having no forum at all. :-)

In all my years on the internet, I have never seen a company treat its paying customers this badly. Words like "scam" and "class action lawsuit" come to mind...

I apologize sincerely for the inconvenience. We are doing our best to prevent anything like this from happening again.

And welcome back to the forum, we missed you guys!

Cheers,
-Smokey

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Quazi
Post Wed Jul 09, 2003 12:10 am 
Skill Level: Learning
Joined: 29 Jan 2003
Posts: 36
Location: Next to a ho slot cars track

A big thank you to Smokey and Mekada.

Quazi
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Boss-Racing
Post Wed Jul 09, 2003 1:02 am 
Skill Level: Mekada
Joined: 15 May 2002
Posts: 909
Location: Home of the V8 Supercars

good to see you all again.

smokey nice work mate you have done extremely well to get this site back up and running. hopefully u can get what belongs to you. cheers and thanks again

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Car_Guy
Post Wed Jul 09, 2003 1:25 am 
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Joined: 16 May 2002
Posts: 3875
Location: Tucson, AZ

no only 3400 post, ahhh, lol

Oh well it's good to have the forums back again, hopefully people will find them again. Now i have a way to waste more time yeah Very Happy
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CoUMa
Post Wed Jul 09, 2003 1:57 am 
Skill Level: Mekada
Joined: 15 May 2002
Posts: 719
Location: Norway

finally.....was even close to changing my start page...
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AAARRRGGHH.....

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2002SilveradoSD4wd
Post Wed Jul 09, 2003 1:15 pm 
Skill Level: Mekada
Joined: 26 Jun 2002
Posts: 1301
Location: Huzzawhazza?

holy crapioly a week is too long. AUGH! Only 970 posts! no!!! lol. oh well, i was getting quite tired of being bored and talking people on streetrod. lol just kidding. and i noticed the fine print before posting isnt so fine anymore. jeezum, maybe that will make it clear then eh?
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dsoldier316
Post Wed Jul 09, 2003 5:27 pm 
Skill Level: Mekada
Joined: 16 May 2002
Posts: 748
Location: around here somewhere

alrighty then were back in busniess
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69SS396
Post Wed Jul 09, 2003 5:37 pm 
Skill Level: Mekada
Joined: 19 May 2002
Posts: 1377
Location: Red Oak Ia

Well thats cool that are family is back.
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ND4SPD
Post Wed Jul 09, 2003 7:12 pm 
Skill Level: Mekada
Joined: 23 Nov 2002
Posts: 553

well atleast all the bullshit that happened after february is gone. Thankgod this place is back up. the net was starting to get boring.

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DekRan
Post Wed Jul 09, 2003 11:09 pm 
Skill Level: Mekada
Joined: 16 May 2002
Posts: 583
Location: My computer

The forum was up for me like a week ago, but only for like a day, not even that. what was all that about? now I gotta get back up to mekada level Sad

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MP81
Post Thu Jul 10, 2003 6:06 am 
Skill Level: Mekada
Joined: 09 Jul 2003
Posts: 1038
Location: Michigan

Yeah, I'm the Same as you DekRan, expect i had only like 400 posts, and i can't remember what skill level i was at. Anyhoo, I'm glad the forum is back up.

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Anthony Montelo
Post Thu Jul 10, 2003 11:02 am 
Skill Level: Mekada
Joined: 18 May 2002
Posts: 1370

Yay! Andy's back! Everyone is!!

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KC7WZL
Post Thu Jul 10, 2003 1:57 pm 
Skill Level: Learning
Joined: 16 Jun 2002
Posts: 48
Location: Idaho USA

Good to see it back on line

I seemed kinda werd the day I got back online it went off.

yeppers it is me I am back. my mini web server should be back online as well ( the green light is on hehehe)

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Kane
Post Thu Jul 10, 2003 9:37 pm 
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Joined: 20 Jul 2002
Posts: 2468
Location: Halden, Norway

Ive had about a week of spare time on my hands, and of course thats the same week the forum is down.... Crying or Very sad
Oh well, i got another week of vacation, so ill try to check in more often than i have the last month or so. Very Happy
Shocked And i lost a bunch of posts and my Honcho title too.
Oh well, thats all explained in another topic.
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