Welcome to the newest iteration of Emergency Bricks! After one of the most severe hiccups we've had in the past 10 years of operating the community, we ended up losing some critical databases resulting in the loss of thousands of posts, 970+ members, and other priceless user generated content. This embarrassing snafu was the result of storing backups on the same server as our main site, and we have since learned from this issue and addressed this to safeguard the community into the future.
Fortunately, we did have all over our gallery images and community submitted LDD files uploaded to a third party server for safe-keeping. We are in the process of restoring those and to date have restored over 6,000 images into the gallery. Be sure to browse around and claim yours if you see something that belongs to you. In the coming days the LDD file database will be restored after some technical issues are addressed.
As you can see, we are hoping to make this the best version of Emergency Bricks! to date. We have implemented many user requested features into this new iteration that we had been putting off for some time. This includes hopping onto the light/dark theme bandwagon and utilizing a custom theme that will support your personal preferences, as well as a modernized global chat for quick interactions with the community, and real-time personal conversations that are separate from the traditional community inbox system.
We hope to continue to develop and refine the site and allow your contributions to take a more front and center position on the website, highlighting the best you have to offer in your galleries, downloads, blogs, and clubs.
I am grateful to have @Sven at my side helping with the day to day community moderation and general upkeep so I can focus on the feature development and behind the scenes workload. He has proven to be an invaluable asset to not only me, but the community as a whole. As the community continues to (re)grow and expand, additional community staff will be onboarded as needed. A community notice will be posted if we have an opening for more staff.
In summary, I hope you find that although we suffered a large setback, we are hoping to utilize this fresh start of sorts to become better than ever. Thank you for your continued support and dedication to the Emergency Bricks! community.
We are now accepting applications for the position of Community Moderator.
We are hoping to fill one position, but will keep applications on file for future growth an activity. Preferably, this moderator would be located in North America to assist in our coverage period.
Please see our applications page for more information and to apply: https://www.emergencybricks.com/application
You must be age 18 or older to apply.
As our frequent visitors already know, accessing EB! has been a little spotty over the past week during times of infrastructure migration and improvements. We are happy to report that we are now 100% on our new primary server which is using a Linux Debian based operating system to provide rock solid stability and reliability for our community. We also migrated away from MySQL over to MariaDB in hopes of cashing in on the performance gains there too considering how heavily we rely on our master database for every aspect of the site.
We have pretty much always utilized Amazon S3 for our image server to provide content service to our members as well as provide a very reliable and secure off-site server for said images. I am happy to report that we are now utilizing daily off-site backups of our entire site and databases as well through similar means. This move will prevent a catastrophic failure like we experienced earlier this year, and allow us to restore the site to any point needed should data become lost or corrupt.
While those changes were fairly big ones, we aren't done yet. I am constantly working on improving the user experience here. I have plans to improve our page load speeds further and make better use of caching to save on what resources are served. While this may result in a little downtime here or there, from here on out it things should be pretty reliable.
I haven't forgotten about all of the feature suggestions either. There is a lot on my plate, but I will continue to implement whatever features I can, while improving the existing ones as well. This includes working on the user-selected themes when I am able. I appreciate your patience and support through all of the work. I also would like to thank the @Community Ops Team for their reliable presence on the front-end while I continue to work primarily behind the scenes.
As you may (or may not) know, Emergency Bricks has a Discord server that functions as an alternative place to communicate. @ Josh has graciously accepted the role of our Discord admin and will be managing the day to day operations over there from here on out.
Feel free to join the server and participate as much or as little as you'd like. Those of you who remember the old "roleplay" forums will notice that those have moved to Discord in the form of Tactical/Dispatch channels to allow for a more real-time experience if that's your thing.
As always, any site downtime, technical, or other support issues can also be reported in the Discord if you are unable to utilize or login to the site for any reason.