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Ad-free layout for supporters
May 7, 2020, 07:12
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Ad-free layout for supporters May 7, 2020, 07:12
May 7, 2020, 07:12
 
Together with the redesigned forums, the ad-free layouts for the entire site have also been deployed. Supporters get these automatically, but can opt to keep showing ads to support Blue even more, by enabling "Keep Ads" in the Forums & Site settings.

With this deployment, the "Founding" period for supporters ends after today. New supporter sign-ups remain ever so welcome of course, but will not receive this attribute anymore.

There is one caveat: old-timers may remember that the frontpage is generated as a static .shtml file once a minute. This was designed by Furn to prevent overloading the server, MySQL in particular, as the frontpage is far more popular than any scripted page. For the frontpage to be served ad-free to supporters, it is now also scripted. But it is uncertain if the server will hold up, and we're just going to have to try.

That means I'll be monitoring the server closely today, and if it becomes too strained, then the static frontpage -- with ads -- will have to remain the default, until we've remedied the situation by upgrading to a beefier server.
-- Frans
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