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1  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Pullmantur cruise ships Monarch and Sovereign en route to be scrapped on: Yesterday at 01:02:26 pm
Strange about THE ZENITH (changed name and rebranded to Peace Boat in March, along with move from Malta to Panama register - and class certificates all updated).
https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/photos/picture/ships/3805021/8918136/shipid:302027

But I suppose the Japanese are holding their cards close to their chests. 
2  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Pullmantur cruise ships Monarch and Sovereign en route to be scrapped on: July 03, 2020, 05:27:19 pm
SOVEREIGN and MONARCH now both circling  E/NE of Malta
MARELLA DREAM similarly.
3  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Laust Maersk on: July 01, 2020, 02:58:32 am
Yes, that's right Chas. This is a Miramar made-up data reference number (it's Rodger H, by the way).  So, yes, this ship should not show an IMO number.
4  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Is there a site problem? on: June 29, 2020, 09:42:51 am
Seeing everying promtly.  Not quite the fastest, but that may be my rural IT connections
5  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: separate photo category for fish factories/fish processors on: June 29, 2020, 02:32:34 am
You raised this last year, Dirk, and we changed the categories as a consequence last April.
See http://forum.shipspotting.com/index.php/topic,16551.0.html

May I also remind members generally to kindly place their uploads of fishing and related vessels in the appropriate sub-category.  It's written politely and plainly in in the category guidance:
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PLEASE DO NOT UPLOAD TO the category titled FISHING VESSELS or to NEAR SHORE FISHING VESSELS
http://www.shipspotting.com/support/faq.php?category=Fishing%20Vessels

Would erring members please move their photos to the right subcategory.  If in doubt which it is, please ask.
6  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Is there a site problem? on: June 21, 2020, 08:17:28 pm
IT have confirmed my belief, as also noted by ChasB46.
They do not signify any change in the security of Shipspotting.com, but changes and inconsistent approaches to standard warnings generated by browsers when encountering 'http' sites - note that Pieter is not getting the ongoing little sign (a padlock with a red line through it) that I get even though we are using the same browser; at the same time Dirk kindly sent me a couple of screen shots, which showed different forms of the message on consectutive days.

Just a quick check across the webpages I have opened in the last hour shows that amongst the http sites that show exactly the same "alert" are Equasis, SeatheShips, Clydeships, Crewlist.org, Danish Government Shipregister, RFA Historical Society.  This is not to be complacent but just to give a context.

Meanhile IT have confirmed "A change to HTTPS is on our roadmap for ShipSpotting and it is expected to be implemented in around 2 months from now."

@Andrecas.  The old IT set-up indeed said it was "on the job" but actually never did anything.
7  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Is there a site problem? on: June 21, 2020, 12:32:37 pm
I am more than happy to be corrected, but I believe that this is standard info from your browser, when using a site that has not yet changed from "http" to the more secure "https".  It is what it says it is - a warning that, as Firefox puts it:
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"Your connection to this site is not private.  Information you submit could be viewed by others (like passwords, messages, credit cards etc)"
.  It is not saying that the site is dangerous, only that there are certain things which should not be submitted here. I think that it is probably being noticed now because a browser/s (not Firefox) has changed the prominence of what it said before. It would be helpful to know from Dirk, Jimmy or others which browser they are using

My understanding is that as part of the tech refresh the site is moving to https in any case.  I have asked IT for an update on this (and confirmation of whether my understanding above is correct or not). You may connect with me offsite at webmaster@shipspotting.com if you prefer.

8  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Is there a site problem? on: June 19, 2020, 07:51:20 pm
IT has produced list of members whose uploads are believed to be lost and I have emailed them all.
If anyone else thinks that they lost photos and has not received an email (or a PM sent if email delivery fails) please let me know, and I will investigate further.
9  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Photos not showing on: June 19, 2020, 04:51:10 pm
Hi - please see main thread on this on the "Site related" Forum at
http://forum.shipspotting.com/index.php/topic,16204.htm

That's the place to look for maintenance/IT issues like this.

David
10  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Is there a site problem? on: June 19, 2020, 04:46:08 pm
I have it now direct from the software developers:
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We migrated the Shipspotting database to a new server on June 17th. After performing some tests on our side, we confirmed that everything looked good in terms of functionality and performance, and we decided to make the changes permanent on June 17th at 17:45 UTC. However, on the next day, it came to our attention that many users were reporting on the forums that the website was very slow and sometimes unusable, which prompted us to revert back to the old database at 12:00 UTC in order to restore the website's usability. We believed that it would be critical to have the usability of the website back to normal as quickly as possible by reverting to the old database, since the performance issues could take up to 1 week to resolve.
 

Unless anyone has experienced any new instability today, I would say that it is OK to continue with normal usage and uploading.

Meanwhile I ave agreed with IT that scheduled maintenance is planned that might affect uploading and related functionality that should be prenotified by notice on the Home Page. And I have agreed with them that if in their judgment, to avoid the risk of loss of material already on site or of similar malfunctions during planned or unplanned maintenance, it is better to restrict activity, they should do that, provided a placeholder page can be seen by members/visitors.  We can review how that works as we go along.
11  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Is there a site problem? on: June 19, 2020, 12:18:51 am
@Smithy.  No, I misunderstood a message from IT.  I think this problem was in migrating the database to their cloud servers (in order that problems with disk space wouldn't occur again).

@lappino and others.  Please email the URLs for pages that you see that have misplaced Photo Comments, at webmaster@shipspotting.com

Another side effect: fifteen images which deleted about 24 hours ago were all back by the morning, the automatic emails informing the members concerned and explaining why had been sent.

Hope to have more news during the morning.

David
12  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Is there a site problem? on: June 18, 2020, 04:57:26 pm
I'm hoping to hear by tomorrow morning whether apparently lost photos etc will be recoverable.  So please don't reload yet, just keep a note.

To me it seems that what is lost was loaded between c1515UTC yesterday to about 1200UTC today
13  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Is there a site problem? on: June 18, 2020, 02:17:25 pm
One of the first things to get lost was my post on here noting the v v slow running of the site and that IT had been informed.
Interim reply remarks that there was a problem with disc space. However, only today are the detailed problems reported here emerging - so that is now passed on also.

For those whose photos completely missing have please indicate the approximate number of photos and time for those uploads, in UTC.

Could I ask members not to delete anything more right now in case it interferes with proper diagnosis (just note photo numbers to go back to later).
So far as I can see, the earliest page to be affected is http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=3169206, with wrong photo and the small batch up to http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=3169210 are all wrong. After that they seem to be OK. Please advise if there are other which are not right.

If you are aware of missing forum posts, what subject threads were they in? (I did a reply on "hyphens" which has gone - I'll do it gain in a bit)

@lappino - that doesn't surprise me; it is the same when we delete a photo (that's why on the rare occasion of unacceptable photocomments on a deletion, I always delete the comments first)
14  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Ships that have no photo in database on: June 16, 2020, 11:19:52 pm
Thank you, Richard, for raising an interesting question, though finding practical way of introducing something like that may well prove elusive, there are some ideas that can be followed up.  In particular, I do expect that we will be able to interrogate better in the future what we have within what is effectively a Shipspotting database. 

In the meantime I would echo particularly Pieter's last comment:
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For the time being what is left is just to ask photographers to check whether their OWN archives may contain ships of which no photograph exist on the site, and then publish them.

I add how much it is appreciated that so many members have been doing just that during these difficult times.  Please continue (not forgetting to give the best date/place info that you can)
15  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Stolen photos on Instagram on: June 10, 2020, 11:42:47 am
That is encouraging news, Vlad and Nico
I will note, for the record, that of the 17 members whom I contacted in March about this Instagram account only one ever replied - though others may of course have complained without letting us know.
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