[hackerspaces] request for help: hackerspaces.org tech

Chrrles Paul charles.paul at gmail.com
Mon Mar 4 21:01:35 CET 2013

 Dunno what I will be doing there as I won tickets to SXSW Interactive --
dunno what I will do there because the program looks like a desert.

On Sat, Mar 2, 2013 at 1:22 AM, Paul Bohm <bohmps at gmail.com> wrote:

> ok quick update:
> thanks to heroic acts of fh (of ccc / ccc camp orga fame) i now have a
> local vagrant version of an updated wiki running in which pagination works
> again. we'll need a little more time to do testing and set up caching and
> fix minor problems, but yeah, this is pretty sweet and i'm confident we'll
> have everything working and easy to deploy/test again soon.
> that said: any of you going to be at SXSW next week?
> -enki
> On Fri, Feb 15, 2013 at 12:51 PM, Paul Bohm <bohmps at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hey Hackers!
>> Hackerspaces.org has a problem and I really hope one of you can help turn
>> Hackerspaces.org into a properly working, useful resource again.
>> The Hackerspaces Wiki is stuck on an old semantic mediawiki version - and
>> it's broken on many levels. E.g. it's really hard - almost impossible - to
>> list all the spaces. Pagination is broken, the map doesn't work anymore,
>> etc. etc. It's basically just on life support.
>> Also it is running on a single physical server. upgrades are not likely
>> to work without problems when migrating from such an old version to the
>> current version, but leaving it in this broken state is like coma. Just
>> trying to migrate the database of a server that hasn't been fully updated
>> in years is scary, and might cause data model migration breakage and
>> horrible downtime.
>> Having helped build a service that now serves hundreds of millions of
>> users reliably (Dropbox), my standards are higher. So to make things easier
>> to maintain again, I'd really like to have fabric or puppet scripts to
>> deploy a new setup for hackerspaces.org from scratch - e.g. to ec2 -, so
>> that we can test migration (the classical dev, staging, production setup).
>> Sector67, which doesn't properly show up in the index and feels like they
>> are missing out on potential new members because of that, has now emailed
>> me twice in the course of months. They have even offered a cash bounty to
>> have this fixed. I'd really like to do this myself (for free), but I just
>> can't seem to find the time.
>> Is there anyone out there who has the necessary Ops experience to deploy
>> an ec2 instance per fabric script, and other stuff like copying over the
>> database to a staging machine where we can test if it migrates properly.
>> etc?
>> I'd add my own cash to Sector67's bounty, and I'd be glad to cover the
>> hosting costs, but more than that you'd get mad geek cred for having built
>> the deploy scripts for Hackerspaces.org (!). We've all helped build this
>> community to over 700 active hackerspaces in just a few years. Now let's
>> find a way to make this wiki a useful and usable resource again!
>> If you're interested send me direct mail and I'll coordinate!
>> Thanks y'all! Hack on!
>> -enki
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