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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
freelance alchemist
Tew's Day 
3rd-Aug-2010 07:25 am
Illyana/soulsword
State of the 'Song
Much like yesterday. Long day was long.

Blogathon
Have been informed that the auctions are randomly down *again*. Will let you know when they're back up. I recommend you place your maximum bid when I say they're up, because I have no clue why they keep getting yanked out from under us and - yeah, no freaking clue.

I am aware that the auction issues have, at this point, cost hundreds if not thousands of dollars in thwarted donations to BARCC. This is exactly as upsetting as you think it is. This is not the program I was told I was getting and not the way I was told it was going to run, but I didn't know until a few days before the 'thon that I was not getting what had been described to me. I stayed home from a wedding to get this site running when I found that it had zero functionality and had never been tested. (This is not my site and I have no control of the auction, which is another reason I would absolutely never have agreed to doing it this way.) There was no time to fix it. My only other option at that point would've been to host the auctions on LJ again, which basically means that offsite bidders have no way of knowing they've been outbid and we have to track every auction telling people over and over to bid in the comment thread and not to the post itself. Turns out that might have worked better.

For next year, fiddle_dragon and I are coding something that *I* will run on *my* site. We are starting next month, so we have plenty of time. It will be extensively tested.

For now, holding pattern and if there's something you want, bid like crazy when I give you the word.

EDIT: It is up again for now.

No Link Soup
Another day without, as I was at work 1-9 and so not very internetty.

Plans
Work, lunch and something to kill time, then going to help out at taura_g's. Rebecca Loebe concert tonight at TOAD if Taura boots us out 'round then.
Comments 
3rd-Aug-2010 11:36 am (UTC)
*passes warm cup* Try not to be upset over lost money (which is theoretical anyway), and be glad that you made quite a bit, perhaps. Because you did make quite a bit, and you don't need to inflict additional stress on yourself on might-have-beens.
3rd-Aug-2010 11:45 am (UTC)
a) I know you know this, but watch out for burnout. There's this game I play where the indicators tell you whether your character is hungry or tired, but I keep my eyes on the board and don't notice my character is hungry till they start falling over. Well, I do that in real life, too, and from what you've said I think you do as well.

b) In news I rather want to shout about, I just had my first poetry published of my adult life. Hurrah.
3rd-Aug-2010 02:07 pm (UTC)
If you wanted something perfect, maybe we should have tested it. Like I asked to do nine months ago.
3rd-Aug-2010 02:08 pm (UTC)
You didn't. But for now, can it be re-opened, or are we just quitting?
3rd-Aug-2010 02:20 pm (UTC)
You seem to forget that I asked you to have someone else try it with real data. Some of the problems only occurred on Google Chrome.

I would like to point out that you originally asked to have the auction go until August 1. You never asked me to put this on your site. I would have been happy to dump this on someone else. I have been constantly babysitting this site for the last four day, giving up my free time and putting off my school work. You haven't said thank you that I remember. In fact, you've been rather demanding. I am happy to hear that you will burden someone else with this next year. Your coder is welcome to all the coding pages, though I would recommend redoing in PHP because obviously VBScript is not very dependable.

BYW, the site is up. Someone changed the end date in the database and it wasn't me. I don't know who else could have done it.
3rd-Aug-2010 02:36 pm (UTC)
You seem to forget that I asked you to have someone else try it with real data. Some of the problems only occurred on Google Chrome.

Neither of those statements are true.

I would like to point out that you originally asked to have the auction go until August 1.

It has always been August 2.

You never asked me to put this on your site.

Yes, I did. When you told me you had coded something, it was stated to be a web form I could put on my site. I would never have consented to run a program I don't have access to on someone else's site.

I have been constantly babysitting this site for the last four day, giving up my free time and putting off my school work.

Which you wouldn't have had to do (and you have not been doing, because otherwise why the six- and seven-hour response time) had you coded what you claimed to have coded.

You haven't said thank you that I remember. In fact, you've been rather demanding.

Because you misrepresented everything at every stage and had *zero functionality*. I was in a rush to get things working, because nothing was.

A thing that should have taken me three hours took over 30 because you misrepresented this to me repeatedly. I thanked you early on, when I thought I was getting what you said I was getting. The intervening weeks of horror have made it hard to be grateful.

I am happy to hear that you will burden someone else with this next year.

I am doing it myself next year, as I said.

Your coder is welcome to all the coding pages, though I would recommend redoing in PHP because obviously VBScript is not very dependable.

Definitely do not want any of that coding.

Someone changed the end date in the database and it wasn't me. I don't know who else could have done it.

Me either, since you're the only one with access.

Please send me the list of winning bidders' e-mail addresses when the auctions actually close, as I don't have access to get them, and then you never have to deal with me again.
3rd-Aug-2010 02:41 pm (UTC)
Anyone who saw the DBModifyData.asp could have done it.

It must be nice to live in a world where you are always right. Too bad it's not reality.
3rd-Aug-2010 02:47 pm (UTC)
This whole series of comments is an astounding work of fiction on your part.

I notice you're not disputing actual points, because you can't. You lied about *everything* regarding this project, you lied *to* the bidders, and the whole thing was massively incompetent and tripled my workload and stress. I have been sitting on my hands trying not to bring up the massive clusterfuck this has been, but frankly: I call total bullshit on the whole pack of lies.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go back to working shit out regarding my friend's death. Thanks for the condolences, by the way.

If you need to close the auction now and just send me those e-mail addresses, do it. The incompetence has already cost BARCC a considerable amount of money, but you don't seem to care about that. It must be nice to live in a world where you don't give a shit about helping rape survivors. I do give a shit, so I'm getting back to work. I'm done with this thread.
4th-Aug-2010 05:37 am (UTC)
I feel I must publicly raise one small hand up in the darkness here and say that gardenfey was extraordinarily helpful to me during the auction's 'net problems. I wrote her (as webmaster) when I got locked out. I was angsty and snarky: she was unfailingly polite, kind, and non-defensive (something I can't say for you, even if I deserved it). She kept replying to my questions in a timely fashion, over and over. She was on the ball.

It's clear to me at least that she put in more hours and effort than will be noticed or than she will be given credit for. But even if her efforts were not as successful as you would have liked, it was NOT at all because she didn't care about BARCC or the auction to support it.
4th-Aug-2010 10:43 am (UTC)
I lack the time and inclination to lay out all of the lies and the deliberate stumbling blocks. Trust me that there is far more going on here than you're aware of.
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