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treehugger1
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« on: December 05, 2011, 11:22:33 AM »

Today, I've been getting the following error message most of the times I've tried to login:

": Table 'circulation.smf_members' doesn't exist
/home/chronicle-wcm/prod/cmf/business/applications/site5/forums/Sources/Load.php
390"

What is up with that?


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« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2011, 11:33:29 AM »

I got it this morning. I am just now able to get in. I sent some messages to forumites outside the CHE. Maybe they contacted the mods.
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« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2011, 11:44:08 AM »

Thanks to Marigolds for notifying the mods and getting me back in.
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« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2011, 11:58:29 AM »

I got the same message when I tried to preview a post. After a couple of minutes occasionally hitting the refresh button I got back to the reply screen, still logged in but with my post no longer there.
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« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2011, 12:32:50 PM »

I am getting the same message periodically when trying to access any part of the chronicle site in a new browser, but once I'm in, I don't see it again.
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« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2011, 1:47:19 PM »

Hi folks,

We were experiencing a database slowdown this morning, but I'm told the issue has been resolved. Please let me know, however, if you continue to have problems.

Best wishes,

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« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2011, 1:58:15 PM »

Thanks. Can you translate the error message into plain English, so next time we get such a message we can understand what it means? Thanks.
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« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2011, 2:17:37 PM »

It means "you can't access the forums now."
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« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2011, 3:02:24 PM »

Damn, I was hoping for at least a few innuendos. You disappoint me, wankiness thread.
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« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2011, 9:37:47 AM »

Thanks. Can you translate the error message into plain English, so next time we get such a message we can understand what it means? Thanks.

It's just a good old-fashioned "table can't be found" error. Somebody had either changed the load page module to look for a table that didn't exist (or hadn't yet been renamed) or had changed the name of a table in the database so that the module was looking for the old name of the table.

I once made a mistake like that the day before I left to go to the US for a week. Ended up fixing the damn interface for a database in Oxford from a business centre at a hotel in NYC. Oops!
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« Reply #10 on: December 06, 2011, 10:44:31 AM »

 This is not the only instance of an error message only meaning something to those who know, and leaving others in the dark. Computers can do many things.  It should be fairly easy to have a computer  (or the software the server runs. As I am not IT language savvy, I don't know where this function would reside). automatically translate an error message into plain English for the average website user rather than giving the user gobbledygook. I suggest the Chronicle IT department investigate and try and do so.
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« Reply #11 on: December 06, 2011, 12:51:26 PM »

This is not the only instance of an error message only meaning something to those who know, and leaving others in the dark. Computers can do many things.  It should be fairly easy to have a computer  (or the software the server runs. As I am not IT language savvy, I don't know where this function would reside). automatically translate an error message into plain English for the average website user rather than giving the user gobbledygook. I suggest the Chronicle IT department investigate and try and do so.

I'm sure that the plain English meaning of the error is something like "Hey, I tried to move this value from one stack to another, but the checksum didn't match, so I'm totally at sea. Your move, dude."

Or "I think a garbage character accidentally got saved in your table file, so I can't open the index of thread names. I'm stuck, dude."

That's English, but of no use to you at all.
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« Reply #12 on: December 06, 2011, 12:58:54 PM »

This is not the only instance of an error message only meaning something to those who know, and leaving others in the dark. Computers can do many things.  It should be fairly easy to have a computer  (or the software the server runs. As I am not IT language savvy, I don't know where this function would reside). automatically translate an error message into plain English for the average website user rather than giving the user gobbledygook. I suggest the Chronicle IT department investigate and try and do so.

I'm sure that the plain English meaning of the error is something like "Hey, I tried to move this value from one stack to another, but the checksum didn't match, so I'm totally at sea. Your move, dude."

Or "I think a garbage character accidentally got saved in your table file, so I can't open the index of thread names. I'm stuck, dude."

That's English, but of no use to you at all.
Actually the plain English meaning would be something like "users of this website can not access it due to a error on the server. Please check back later. We are working on this problem". Then the average user wouldn't think it was a problem with their own browser or their internet provider.

Microsoft used to have this same problem. Computers would say Error 404 or whatever and never explain what it means or whether the user is responsible for this error or whether it is an error on the site itself, or whatever.
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« Reply #13 on: February 27, 2012, 7:32:32 AM »

What's with the title of this thread?
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