WoB Talk

January 28, 2010

Damn Comic Up Again

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kari Maaren @ 6:09 pm

Well, the comic is back, but it’s in a different spot.  The original site has been banned because the administrators haven’t bothered to get rid of the malware on a related site (not my responsibility).  Another person has gone and migrated the whole site to a different server, meaning that its URL is different and all links to it are now broken.  It can be found here.

Meanwhile, some friends have bought me the domain http://www.westofbathurst.com, which would be great if I could use it to redirect to the new site.  However, in order to do so, I would need for “westofbathurst” to be a subfolder instead of, as it is, simply a file in the “alumni” folder.  I therefore can’t do a redirect without creating a new folder, importing maybe 1,500 files into it, and manually fixing something like 15,000 broken links.  It is my own fault for not making “westofbathurst” a subfolder in the first place, but I didn’t know about subfolders back when I was starting the site.

I don’t want to redirect the new domain name to the Comic Genesis site, which I hate with a fiery passion.  I know many of you use it, but I can’t do anything with it.  I can’t leave comments under the comics.  I can’t provide alt-text.  I can’t figure out how to add pages or images besides the comics (I’ve tried).  The whole thing is a mess, and I do not want it to become the “main” WoB site.  But I don’t know what to do about the other site or the domain name.

In other words, everything sucks right now…but at least the stupid comic is up again.  Thanks for your patience.

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4 Comments »

  1. It’s been awhile since I did any web development but couldn’t you just create the folder and make a shortcut file in it that redirect it to the main WoB site (in its current location)? Well either way I am glad that the alt-text are back.

    Comment by SunshineRain — January 29, 2010 @ 1:15 am

  2. I’m sure you know this, but just a head’s up, the old site seems to be up today. (Jan31,2010,Sunday). The old url is resolving from outside Canada with the Jan-20th comic.

    Comment by nuttycat — January 31, 2010 @ 7:35 pm

  3. Thanks, Kitty. Yeah, I noticed that yesterday (I have a program that alerts me when the site goes up or down). Unfortunately, as I was planning to tell you all under tomorrow’s comic, NEW and EXCITING stupidities are happening at the very same time! Yay! Long story short: I can’t FTP in. Well, I CAN, but though the damn site is right there on the damn Internet, the folder in which it resides, along with all the other folders holding the other branches of the main massey.utoronto.ca site, seems to have vanished. I do not know where these folders are. I can’t get at them. I can’t update the old site; I can’t delete the old site; I can’t leave a redirect note on the old site. I shall scream.

    Further asshattery: the computer guys who, quite frankly, caused this mess in the first place have been…well, let’s just say they’ve been “let go” and leave it at that. I gather the new guys, whoever they are, arrive on Monday. A Masseyite who has been heroically trying to deal with the Cascade of Unstoppable Ridiculousness has taken a look at the site via FTP and said…yes…it’s broken. He’s going to attempt to deal with it on Monday, with or without the help of the new guys. Ideally, we’ll eventually be able to put a redirect on the index page AND the main WoB page (I devoutly hope).

    In other words: just when you think you have weeded out all the stupidity, some shiny new sprout pokes its way through the soil. Grrrrrrrr.

    Comment by Kari — January 31, 2010 @ 7:57 pm

  4. That is way cool, http://www.westofbathurst.ca, although because of the redirecting the address bar still say I am at http://www.westofbathurst.ca everywhere I go, haunting.

    Comment by SunshineRain — February 2, 2010 @ 1:35 am


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