Progress! in Site Updates

  • July 20, 2018, 12:53 p.m.
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Hey everyone, happy Friday!

I hope Summer has been treating all of you well. IT’S HOT OMG.

Wanted to give you all an update on how things are going behind the scenes. We’ve been busy! Appreciate everyone’s patience with the occasional panda (or the new Mochi maintenance screen I cooked up). Hoping that we’ll be moving past that very soon.

Here’s where we’re at as of last night:

  • The staging server is alive and humming along nicely. WOO!! This includes Amazon S3, which PB uses for hosting avatars and for the diary export functionality. That was a large chunk of work for sure, but our developer has been knocking it out of the park.

  • The server is now built on something called Docker, which I could totally geek out about but I’ll spare you. The short version is that this new architecture allows us to quickly and easily spin up a self-contained version of PB anywhere we want. So if major problems happen in the future, or the host becomes unreliable, it’s possible to quickly and automatically rebuild somewhere else. This is huge when it comes to future-proofing PB. This also makes it possible to run an accurate version of the site on a local machine, which will help speed up development and testing quite a lot. Really excited about this piece.

With all of that complex groundwork in place, the next step is:

  • Updating the software packages the site is built on to modern versions. This is the big one, and the key step which will hopefully (hopefully!) solve 90% of the speed and crash issues. This is going to require a ton of testing before it’s pushed out to all of you, but with the progress so far, I think we’re sitting pretty good.

And, fingers crossed, that will wrap up the server work and PB will be back on solid footing!

It’s been a journey, but we’re getting there.

As for the rest of the site
Some of you may have noticed that there’s now code in place that prevents duplicate posting on entries, books, comments and replies. Once you click the button to post, it’ll become disabled until the page is finished loading. Hopefully this will cut down on all of the duplicates that have been showing up due to the slow speeds.

More soon! Have a great weekend.

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Last updated July 20, 2018

Deleted user July 20, 2018

Great ! Thanks!!! Have a great weekend !

Always Laughing July 20, 2018


GypsyWynd July 20, 2018

All good news!! Smooches to Mochi! ❤

InHisGrip July 20, 2018

Thanks for the update! Yay Mochi!

Camdengirl July 20, 2018

Sounds good!

Firebabe July 20, 2018

Docker, BECAUSE YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MANY CONTAINERS. *laughs gaily at her techno-nerd wit*

josh Firebabe ⋅ July 20, 2018

It's containers all the way down

simple mind josh ⋅ July 20, 2018

I can hardly contain my enthusiasm! Oh wait... (sets up Docker)

Firebabe simple mind ⋅ July 21, 2018

Dammit Dan. You are such a nerd. LOL.

simple mind Firebabe ⋅ July 22, 2018

(I can see a pattern here)

Darkest Days, Brightest Nights July 20, 2018

Thanks Josh!

NorthernSeeker July 20, 2018

I don't mind the panda screen but seeing Mochi will be the bomb. Thanks for the's good to know how much more solid prosebox is.

Star Maiden July 20, 2018

not sure if this is a known issue or not... but its saying i have over 50 unread entries, but i can only view 1 page of them - and that'a not 50! just an fyi ;)

josh Star Maiden ⋅ July 20, 2018

Hopefull the server fixes will speed this up for you :) If not, we'll try something else as I know others are seeing this as well.

Thanks for the heads up!

Star Maiden josh ⋅ July 22, 2018

Thanks! I haven't been on for a few months. :)

Muffin Princess Star Maiden ⋅ July 23, 2018

Have you tried selecting "all" bookmarks instead of "unread"? I found that the "unread" ones only show you as far back as six days, but "all" shows you all of them.

woman in the moon July 20, 2018

I've noticed when I want to fix errors in a note I've written, and copy the note into a new note window, make my correctios and save the new note, that the old note has disappeared. So I don't have to delete the note with the errors. Maybe that relates to the efforts at not duplicating notes/entries. However it happened it's good news.
Thanks for everything.

Silver Satan July 20, 2018

So much excitement <3 And even more hard work! Thank you so much!

EvequeFou July 20, 2018

Containerizing is good. I'm wary about the duplicate-rejection, though. If the POST fails, you can't easily try again. Wouldn't it be better to generate a nonce, include it in each POST, and reject duplicates server-side?

J🌞DI July 20, 2018

Sounds great!

thesunnyabyss July 20, 2018

awesomeness!!! thank you!!!

Not So Mighty Porg July 20, 2018

Thanks for all the work you're doing!
Any updates about some mobile users not being able to see the little bar that lets you post pictures and change the font and all that?

josh Not So Mighty Porg ⋅ July 20, 2018

Yep! Sorry for the delay on that, we had to get the first two steps I mentioned in the update working before we could start pushing out new code again. Look for a fix in the next couple of weeks. :)

Not So Mighty Porg josh ⋅ July 20, 2018

Awesome! Thanks!

girl in recession July 20, 2018

This is all so wonderful 😍

Pinkerton July 20, 2018

Great news! Thanks for all of your hard work!

sparkli July 20, 2018

i was just wondering how it was all going yesterday! good timing! thank you!

Exhumed By Scrying Eyes July 20, 2018

Great update! Everyone's hard work is appreciated.

Kiri July 20, 2018

HOT??? Not down here in New Zealand as its winter right now. Keep up the great work!

josh Kiri ⋅ July 20, 2018

Send some cool weather my way please, it's supposed to be 115 again next week :'(

kmh. josh ⋅ July 21, 2018

I will swap! This Australian is not built for winter at all lol... and our winter is pathetic compared to other places!

Domino July 21, 2018

Thank you Josh x

Marg July 21, 2018

Appreciate all the hard work and also the updates!😊

middle age pearl July 21, 2018

Thank You!!! And your Team!!!

Sabrina-Belle July 21, 2018

So that's what the stop sign was all about! Thanks for all of your hard work.

TellTaleHeart July 21, 2018

Is it weird that I'm sad that I haven't seen the Mochi maintenance screen? Thanks to you and your team for all your hard work!

fidget July 21, 2018

Thank you : )

Vivienne July 21, 2018


kmh. July 21, 2018

Thank you for the updates :)
Any word on that Bookmarks > All function? I know, I'm a pest.

josh kmh. ⋅ July 21, 2018

Hoping that the speed improvements that come from us upgrading the server will fix a lot of those issues

hotjavy July 21, 2018


Lis July 21, 2018

Yay! Thanks for the update! Any word on what we actually made during the fundraiser? Grand total? :D xx

josh Lis ⋅ July 21, 2018

Yep! I talk about that here:

Lis josh ⋅ July 21, 2018

... I even commented on that post. How do I not remember these things!? I'm getting oooooold T_T

(thank you, though!) xx

Kristi1971 July 22, 2018

All of this sounds super fantastic!! Thanks for all of your work/fun!!

Silverstar46 July 23, 2018

That's awesome! Thanks for the update and all of your hard work. :)

Deleted user July 23, 2018

This is a great update. Thanks for all of your hard work!

~Octopussy~ July 23, 2018

Some great updates! Thank you.

Hillbilly Princess July 26, 2018

Anyway we can go back to being able to just leave our name if we don't have a comment? I don't always have a comment but like to let the person know I've read and now I have to leave an actual comment. I know little things. lol

Tempestuous1 July 27, 2018

Yay! Thank you guys for all of your hard work!! :) And...we'RE ready for ANOTHER weekend. Have a good one!

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