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March 15, 2015: Padded Room Back Up!
Posted by Akeentia

Well, that was honestly extremely frustrating! So, 7 days ago, there was a problem with one of the drives on the server that we are hosted on. They went to try and fix the issue and ended up corrupting hundreds of databases, and royally messing up the MySQL installation. Naturally, this meant that The Padded Room no longer had a valid database to talk to, so we ended up with a nice empty looking site. I opened a ticket with our host, just to make sure they knew about us, and then waited. 

Days went by and I got nothing but the same canned response of "We're working on fixing the issue". 

As some of you might know, at my day job I am the SysAdmin and web programmer for several web servers. We do stuff more in the eCommerce side of things. But I can tell you, no matter what the issue, if your web portal is down (which in turn means you can't make money), we are all over that issue like white on rice. We will have it fixed in a few hours, max. Because you being down is a big deal! That's lost revenue that you can't get back! We'll rebuild the whole fricken server if we have to, just to get you up again.

Now, I don't know exactly what they did to the MySQL installation, in this case (since they were ever so informative in their responses). But I have never, EVER seen a database issue that takes 7 days to fix. I mean, 7 DAYS!  And in the end they couldn't even fix it! They ended up moving us to another server and restoring us from a 2 month old backup! (So much for those daily backups they said they do).

But come on! I would have rather they moved us and did the restore days ago! Not waiting 7 days only to tell me they can't fix our database!

*Sigh* Anyway, so we're back up now. Sorry to everyone that came here to read over the last week and wasn't able. 

December 10, 2014: Story update!
Posted by Str8mayb

STR8mayb has two more chapters for you.  Think of it as an early Christmas present.  Chapter 10 of 316 and Chapter 5 of Twins are now ready for you.  Read and enjoy.

November 14, 2014: Story and Site Update!
Posted by Akeentia

First, let's start with the good stuff! Str8mayb is back and has brought us some brand new chapters! Chapter 9 of his story 316, as well as chapter 4 of his story Twins, are both up for your reading pleasure. Enjoy!

Next up, as I'm sure you've all noticed, the Padded Room has gotten a face lift! This redesign is part of a much larger project, which will hopefully bring all of you some really great new features and ways to interact with the authors here. It is also our hope that this update will start moving us into a direction where the authors can get their content up faster, rather than having to wait on me. I won't got into any of the details, but to say that life has been busy would be an accurate way to sum things up. But this update will eventually put more power into the authors hands.

Lastly, I want to apologize to anyone that may have emailed the asylum warden in the last...year. Again, life has been exhausting and stressful, and I just haven't been able to keep on top of things like I should.

January 20, 2013: Story Updates!
Posted by The Warden

Str8mayb is back with some new chapters! First he has Chapter 8 of 316 for us. And then he also brings us Chapter 3 of Twins!

I hope that the new year is treating you all well! I'm so very glad to see the authors of this site being able to write and put out new chapters for us again! I love all of the stories here on the Padded Room and I can never thank all of our authors enough for letting us host their awesome works here.

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