The Distributed Proofreaders site is scheduled to be completely unavailable starting at 1pm server time on Tuesday 21 January 2020 as we do some database maintenance and install some disruptive code updates. It’s possible that these database changes could take a significant amount of time, possibly even a few days. During this time the main site will be down but the forums and the wiki will be remain available.
Please consider using this maintenance window to do Smooth Reads that you have taken out prior to the downtime or to help us test the new Unicode DP code on the test server. For more information about the testing, please visit our Distributed Proofreaders forums.
The code update requires logging out all volunteers. This means that you must save all of your work before we start the maintenance at 1pm server time. Proofreading pages offline while the server is down and saving them when it comes back up will not work.
We hope that the update will not take several days. If the upgrade and data conversion and related checks are completed early, the site will return sooner.
Thank you for your patience. As you wait for Distributed Proofreaders to become available again, please feel free to browse through the excellent articles in this Blog.
We’ll keep this blog post updated with progress during the outage. You can also find us on Facebook.
Update 10:30am EST: Site is back up and operational. Thank you for your patience!
Update 9:45am EST: Making good progress.
Update 12:00am EST: Proceeding as planned.
Update 10:00pm EST: Proceeding as planned.
Update 7:20pm EST: Proceeding as planned.
Update 4:20pm EST: Proceeding as planned.
Update 2:00pm EST: We’re making very good time so far and hope to be live sometime today.
Update 1:00pm EST: Maintenance has started.