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For the past week, I have been working on site updates, upgrades, and improvements. Most of these have been behind the scenes and not immediately noticeable. Yesterday afternoon, I ran the final upgrade to upgrade the core of the website itself. All went perfectly. The upgrade completed with absolutely no issues. However, immediately after that, one of the modules we have been using since day one (actually it was the one that handled private messages on the site), started causing fatal errors on the site.
I spent most of the rest of the evening trying to recover the site, but to no avail. My only option was to start fresh with a clean install. All of the old data is still there, and I am still working on trying to recover what I can, but things are not looking good in that regard, particularly with the user database. Passwords in the database are obviously encrypted, and a clean installation means a new encryption key.
On a more positive note, it is no longer necessary to go through the full registration process on our site. You are now able to use your Twitter or Facebook account to authenticate to our site. The only thing you will need to provide is an email address. To make registration even easier if you choose to do this, I have temporarily (or perhaps permanently) turned OFF verification for users registering using an existing Twitter or Facebook account.
While there is still more that I am working on, I have decided to proceed with reopening the site in its current state. Expect to see old features coming back online, along with brand new features at a normal pace until all is back to normal.