Site Bulletin

Technical or administrative bulletins about this web site, as distinguished from normal content

Scheduled outage of SCAtoday.net

SCAtoday.net will be offline for up to an hour, beginning at approximately 18:00 U.S. Eastern time (GMT -5:00) today, for an upgrade of the site's virtual hardware. (UPDATE: Completed!)

Sunset for SCAtoday.net Calendar/Events feature

Based on reader comments (both online and offline), SCAtoday.net will phase out the Events (Calendar) feature gradually over the next several months, and discontinue it entirely as of September 1, 2013.

Request for Comment: SCAtoday.net considers change to event calendar policy

We are considering a change to the way we obtain event listings for our calendar, or possibly eliminating the calendar altogether, and comments from readers are encouraged to help us make the decision.

SCAtoday.net server outage

SCAtoday.net experienced a brief outage (less than 30 minutes) Friday, and will be deliberately offline about 60 minutes, for a scheduled upgrade, this weekend. The upgrade is currently planned for early evening (U.S. Eastern time, GMT-4:00) on Saturday, April 13.

The 6th Annual Gulf Wars War Bard Competion

Greetings from the Performing Arts of this years Gulf Wars XXII. We are proud to announce that we will conducting the 6th Annual Gulf Wars War Bard Competion on Wednesday evening at 6 p.m.

Contributors: Problem with Firefox 15 on SCAtoday.net resolved

We have installed a new WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editor module for SCAtoday.net, and the new module resolves a compatibility problem with Firefox version 15.

Contributors: Problem with Firefox version 15 on SCAtoday.net

We have just become aware that a recent Firefox update, version 15, may be causing a problem with our web interface to contribute articles. There have been no changes to our site, and we have confirmed that the bug does not appear in Chrome or earlier Firefox versions.

Having trouble connecting to SCAtoday.net?

Our site ran out of resources because of an overly-aggressive search spider, so we have tightened our network firewall filters to prevent this in the future. Your help is needed as we fine-tune the settings.

SCAtoday.net moved to new server

Late Sunday evening, we completed migration to our new server.  If you are reading this, your ISP has found the new location.

An Historical Brief of Time

Pun intended -- sorry about that! Were you irritated that you had to change your SCAtoday.net settings for Daylight Savings Time? Or are you even more irritated that the times on story postings are nowhere close to correct for your timezone? If you are a registered user at SCAtoday.net, there is an easy solution.

SCAtoday.net adds anti-spam measure to account creation

With regret for the inconvenience, we have added an extra approval step to account creation in order to combat increasingly aggressive spam attempts. This affects only new accounts, not existing ones.

Merchant Listing Policy

Merchant listings are free to any merchant that is, in our editorial opinion, of interest to SCA folk or other medieval recreationists or reenactors. Note that our merchant listings, unlike news articles, are in a permanent, non-scrolling directory page.

SCAtoday.net Editor hits 10,000 article milestone

Milica doesn't know I'm publishing this, but I couldn't resist! Over this past weekend, our devoted Editor-In-Chief hit a major milestone when her 10,000th article was published on this web site.

SCAtoday.net: New! Improved! Now with flavor!

You won't notice major changes in the look of the site, though we are working on a cosmetic refresh in the near future. But we have added some features that we think our readers and contributors will find useful. UPDATED 2010-01-17 22:40 EST

Scheduled downtime for software upgrade

Assuming final testing goes well, SCAtoday.net will be offline for a while on Sunday, January 17, for a software upgrade.

SCAtoday.net back online after a rough night

SCAtoday.net is back online after an extended outage due to a failure of our colocated server. The hosting provider expedited new hardware for us, and we worked through the night to get everything up and running. A few loose ends remain, however.

SCAtoday.net server going offline for emergency maintenance

Due to a data storage problem, the SCAtoday.net server will be going offline for hardware replacement some time within the next 24 hours. Until this is completed, things are going to be very...interesting. (UPDATE STORY TO FOLLOW)

SCAtoday.net to acquire Pennsic Independent

(New York: 2009-04-01) Furthering the trend toward media consolidation, SCAtoday.net has agreed to acquire its financially-troubled rival, the Pennsic Independent, in a cash and stock swap valued at US$300K.

Stefan's Florilegium newsfeed now available on SCAtoday.net

Now that Stefan's Florilegium has a syndicated RSS news feed, we have added it to the available choices on SCAtoday.net. Registered users on SCAtoday.net can optionally add this as a block on their customized home page.

SCAtoday.net unscheduled outage

There was a network outage at SCAtoday.net's upstream hosting provider that took us offline from about 12:20 EST to 15:50 EST (GMT-5:00). We are back online now, and we apologize for any inconvenience.

Early Highland Warror Clothing

Writer Jennifer Hudson Taylor discusses the medieval clothing worn by Scottish highlanders, citing research she conducted for an upcoming novel.

SCAtoday.net software upgrade and server migration

SCAtoday.net has upgraded to a new version of the Drupal content management system and migrated to a later-generation server. As a consequence, some features of the site have changed slightly.

Come and meet the SCAtoday.net staff at Pennsic

Ever wonder about the faceless webgeeks behind the scenes of SCAtoday.net? Come meet Publisher Justin and Editor-in-Chief Milica (and any of our reporters that we can drag in) at an SCAtoday.net Meet & Greet at the Pennsic War.

SCAtoday.net moving to permanent server -- UPDATED

Due to technical problems, the server move scheduled for tonight has been postponed, and will be rescheduled in a few days.

SCAtoday.net changes policy on contributed articles

Although it pains us to do it, because of rampant spambots SCAtoday.net will no longer accept anonymous story contributions. You will need to be logged in with your SCAtoday.net user account in order to contribute articles.

Sword Maiden news headlines now offered on SCAtoday.net

News headlines from Sword Maiden, a web site devoted to the needs of female warriors, are now available as an optional feature for SCAtoday.net registered users.

Medievalists.net web site "devoted to the medieval world"

Medievalists.net is a new web site and affiliated blog with articles about the history of the Middle Ages. The blog's syndicated headlines are now offered as an optional feature on SCAtoday.net.

New category for April Fools parodies available

We hope you enjoyed our 2007 April Fools parody of Survivor. Since April Fools parodies are an annual tradition here at SCAtoday.net, we've added a new category to let readers easily go back and review the parodies from previous years.

More newsfeeds offered to SCAtoday.net registered users

SCAtoday.net now offers two more syndicated headlines blocks, which registered users can choose to display on their personalized SCAtoday.net home page.

SCAtoday.net syndication URL updated

If your web site syndicates the SCAtoday.net news feed via RSS (XML), or if you read our news via a newsreader program on your personal computer, please note that our correct URL for this has been updated.