[hackerspaces] request for help: hackerspaces.org tech

Chrrles Paul charles.paul at gmail.com
Mon Mar 4 21:04:02 CET 2013

Err - I meant to say: I'll be at SXSW Interactive, even though it looks
like the suck.

On Mon, Mar 4, 2013 at 2:01 PM, Chrrles Paul <charles.paul at gmail.com> wrote:

>  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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