Oh boy I didn’t even know this thread existed!!!!
Ok, I guess this may help everyone to understand what is going on.
MPE II - the former Maleposer*t*ca, was hacked in August 2012. A huge chunk of the data was damaged beyond repair, and around 200,000 bogus accounts were somehow pumped into the databases, and had to be removed. In addition, somehow via the content management system (CMS) which was running Joomla, as the store and site front end, the hackers managed to get into the actual server space and literally wiped out every single file there was in there. Programs, download files, images, everything.
As I was travelling in Spain at the time, I was not aware this had happened until a user in Barcelona asked me what was going on with the site and why couldn’t he buy anything.
I was not at the home office where all the data was stored, and returned 2 weeks later to find out that the hosting provider did not have a rolling backup of the database nor of the server space itself.
My backups of the store and galleries were older than the last updated modifications to the system and the store, which did not allow me to restore or enable the site to fully functional health. I was stuck between a rock and a hard place and had to quickly make a decision as to what to do to get the store up and running.
I went out and purchased an expensive store software which is the same that RDNA is running, and managed to pull all the store sales data and customer data and product data from the parallel database which I maintained for testing on another location. I had to eliminate the bogus 200,000 customers and weed through all the bogus users in the system, they were inserted ALL OVER the database, not just at the end.
Keep in mind, I am not a software programmer or developer, but a photographer and 3D graphics artist, I have been flying by the seat of my pants to get things up and running. First thing that was absolutely necessary to do was to get the Galleries back up to help others keep in touch and present their works and share comments etc. I managed to completely rebuild the galleries without losing a single image or user (who had actually posted or commented or voted on anything, lurkers were not kept for safety’s sake).
The new store site I am building up carefully and restoring everything from the Vendors, to the Products to the Customers, keeping their linked information intact… which is a hair-raising job, considering I am not a programmer. I had asked the community for help, and to date no one has offered to share their knowledge of Web programming (PHP/MySQL/HTML/CSS) and so I have been doing it all on my own.
I have the store restored and rebuilt into a brand new layout and look with brand new software to about 90% at this point, and will be releasing it soon, but in between there was a big interruption—I and my company moved to Berlin, Germany, and that took time and effort to get everything moved and re-setup.
The move to Berlin is now complete, and the system here is setup and I am now moving forward with the relaunch of MPE.
The site name will be changed, mainly to protect the innocent (from seeing those evil words banned by Microsoft’s Blacklist Search Engine:
Apparently the word male is a bad word, and Poser apparently has roots in Pr0n. And well Erotica is self explanatory.
So the site will maintain its nickname which was the abbreviation: M P E
And since its the third iteration of the site, and we are all doing 3D stuff, it was appropriate to name it MPE3D.
The site will be completely newly branded as well. New logo, new site, new stuff, etc.
The various community parts are split up, to protect the store in the future from what happened before… So the Galleries are separate and on a completely different server. But a subdomain of the main site location.
Simply use the word “galleries” and a dot prior to the name of the site to find it.
For the galleries, again, you will need to re-signup if you never posted or don’t have an album there or if you never commented or voted on an image in the old system.
And yes——- I am manually turning on accounts. Every day the gallery software is being pumped full of bogus accounts, it seems that all sorts of Open Source software is being subjected to hackers, and Coppermine Gallery is no exception. So I am weeding through the registrations by asking all who are HUMANS to write a text into one of the fields and to tell me what type of 3D stuff they are interested in, as the hackers simply flood the fields with garbage.
Its a pain in the butt but I have at least got everyone setup who is human.
Hope that clarifies alot for you all… and yes, some of the supporting products created by Jepe are available on PoserAddicts if you need them, however, there are NO product images on there that would be deemed offensive to the payment processing services. So to see that stuff you’ll need to use the old URL to see the Blog site and look at the product listings.
Hope this helps.
Antonio (aka ProFotograf)
PS: if anyone needs their account to be turned on in the galleries feel free to email me about it, telling me your nickname on there, and I will take care of it for you.