Technical aspects of the site, including descriptions of the underlying Open Source technologies that make this site possible.

Scheduled outage of 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!) server outage 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.

Contributors: Problem with Firefox 15 on resolved

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

Contributors: Problem with Firefox version 15 on

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

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. 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 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, there is an easy solution. 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.

SCA Volunteer Agreement Pulled for Rework

Dori Andrepont, Publications Manager for the Society for Creative Anachronism, reports that the SCA Volunteer Agreement has been pulled for a rework. 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, will be offline for a while on Sunday, January 17, for a software upgrade. back online after a rough night 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. server going offline for emergency maintenance

Due to a data storage problem, the 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) unscheduled outage

There was a network outage at'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. software upgrade and server migration 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. 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. changes policy on contributed articles

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

Sword Maiden news headlines now offered on

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

More newsfeeds offered to registered users now offers two more syndicated headlines blocks, which registered users can choose to display on their personalized home page. syndication URL updated

If your web site syndicates the 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. moving to new server

On the evening (U.S. Eastern time) of Wednesday, February 28, will be moving to a new server. Visitors may experience brief interruptions in service, but we'll be back online as quickly as possible. Read on for details... upgraded to new software version has been upgraded to a new version of Drupal, the software that manages all content on the site. adds anti-spambot measure to user registration

Gaaaaak! Since some spammer has decided to use a robot to create bogus user accounts on, we've added a new security feature to our account creation page. Spammers would make pretty good trebuchet ammunition, wouldn't they?

"I registered at and all I got was...nothing!"

So, you tried to register for a personal account at, and you never got your emailed confirmation and password? Here's what went wrong, and what to do.

Technical Difficulties -- Please Stand By

Our ISP experienced a major hardware failure this evening, and we are still digging out from the mess. Please excuse the extra error messages you may see here tonight.


Like many web sites, provides a "syndication" mechanism to allow other sites to display our headlines with clickable links back to the full story on our site. on LiveJournal

Someone has created a user called "scatoday" on LiveJournal™. Those who read newsfeeds through this web site can add this user to their "friends" list to see the newsfeed on their personal blog page.


This Colophon describes how this web site is created and maintained, and provides credits for those who have contributed in a major way.

Guidelines for Contributors welcomes contributed articles, links, and other content from our readers. This page explains how to contribute items so that they fit into our editorial format and policy, making it more likely that we will be able to publish what you have written. moves to new server (including the web site plus all email lists in this domain) has just moved to a new web server, which should be quite a bit faster than our old server. Please excuse any bumps along the way.