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Happy New Year 2015 and TournReg Discontinuation Reminder

Thursday, January 1, 2015

First, I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year! 2015 looks to be a busy year for tournaments and IGBO bowlers. Mid-December through late March is the busiest time of year for online registration activity. Currently there are 12 tournament registrations live. Others are in the wings about to be launched. It seems like I am cranking one out every weekend.  🙂

I also want to thank everyone for their patience during a recent outage this past December. Our host service provider moved TournReg to new servers and new network system. Through many miracles, we were only offline for a day and a half. TournReg is still maintaining a monthly 99.8% uptime.

TournReg averages 10-15 entries a day during this period (roughly 30 bowlers or $3000 a day in Pay Pal transactions). Weekends these numbers can double. All this server, email, and data traffic is free to IGBO tournaments. But, it costs me money and daily time to maintain. I also import hundreds of bowlers each week to local IGBO-TS tournament databases. It has been my gift to IGBO tournaments for last 7 years. I want to rest and enjoy my weekends. Perhaps I can go to more tournaments now with my new free time.

June 2014, I announced 14 months in advance the pending discontinuation of the TournReg online registration platform. Effective August 1, 2015 ( 8 months from now), I will no longer offer my “optional” TournReg service to IGBO-member tournaments. Tournaments currently using my service must soon plan for an alternative online registration process.

Below is a friendly reminder to the following tournaments impacted as of August 1, 2015.

Tournaments Needing to Prepare Their Own Online Registration System

BIG D CLASSIC 2015 BLUEGRASS 2016
MAPLELEAF 2015 GOLDENGATE 2016
MENOPAUSE 2015 TROT 2016
SHOWGIRL 2015 SWEETHEART 2016
ORBIT 2015 PRIT 2016
GOBOT 2015 SPIT 2016
TART 2015 SVIT 2016
HIC 2015 OKCLASSIC 2016
RIOT 2015 COMIC 2016
TREAT 2015 GREAT 2016
JOLT 2015 GOTHAM 2016
CHIT 2015 IGBO 2016
MID-YEAR 2015 DIGLIT 2016
LASSI 2015 HOUSTON 2016
CAHC 2015 TGIF 2016
CHUZAPALOOZA 2016 LBI 2016
GAGME 2016 PRAIRIE PLOW 2016

Below are details of the forthcoming TournReg Discontinuation Plan:

If interested, I created a page listing current data of IGBO tournaments using TournReg since 2011. (2011 was the first year in the current framework data format. I have online data in older formats since 2008.)

In Unity, Fellowship, and Communication,

Mike Tamburrino
Webmaster, www.tournreg.net
For All Things TournReg: http://www.tournreg.com/news

 

[Resolved] TournReg Multi-Bowler Form Unavailable/Down for Maintenance

Wednesday, December 17, 2014: Yesterday’s move to a new, upgraded server initiated by our hosting service introduced a new problem. The multi-bowler registration form  (team form) receives a server error (“Bad Request”) on submit. Additional server updates are required by the hosting team for the form to work as it did before. I have a ticket with the hosting team and escalated the issue.

In the meantime bowlers can register one at a time, submit, and pay as before. You can add comments to your entry on who will be bowling with you, team order preference and doubles partner preference.  I disabled the multi-bowler form access while this issue is being addressed.

This issue is temporary. I expect it to be addressed within the next 3-4 days due to its complexity.

Update: Thursday, December 18, 2014 The Hosting service completed the server setting change to allow user forms to post 400 or more fields. The multi-bowler form, which is huge,  now works as before. 

~Mike

[RESOLVED] TournReg.Net servers undergoing maintenance – Unplanned outage

Gearhhost, our TournReg hosting service, is rebuilding legacy GearPanel servers after an unplanned outage that occurred earlier today (Monday, 12/15) around 1:30 PM eastern. There were also spot outages over the weekend. They expect to have services restored system-wide within the next 24 hours. This outage impacts all their accounts on the GearPanel servers, not just TournReg. I escalated my support ticket with them. Gearhost server outages are rare. In fact I have a separate alert service (not Gearhost) pinging our servers regularly. TournReg has a monthly up-time rating of 99.8% consistently for the past two years.

I am very confident they will have services back up in next day or so. I apologize for this inconvenience. I use a shared hosting account, so these events are unavoidable. If I had more money, I would pay for a dedicated server. 🙂

UPDATE as of 12/16/2015 11 AM ET: Gearhost is near completion of rebuilding the server cluster for their “legacy” shared hosting accounts. (Their newer cloud servers were not impacted by this infrastructure change.) Once completed, they will migrate TournReg site code to the new server cluster. They expect this to occur later today or tonight. After the site migration is complete, I will test the site and let everyone know when we are back to normal operations.

UPDATE as of 12/16/2015 7 PM ET: Gearhost completed the TournReg server migration. We are now on a new Windows 2012 server. All site operations are back to normal including web, data, and email services. Total downtime was 29 hours. Alert monitoring remains in place.

Mike

TournReg Discontinuation Notice – Effective August 1, 2015

It is with deep regret that I announce the discontinuation of the TournReg online registration platform. Effective August 1, 2015 (14 months from now), I will no longer offer my “optional” TournReg service to IGBO-member tournaments. Tournaments currently using my service have a year to plan for an alternative online registration process. In the meantime I am committed to all tournament registration development and support for the upcoming 14-month period.

Below are details of the forthcoming TournReg Discontinuation Plan:

Notices to each individual tournament are being sent out the week of June 3 to respective tournament directors and key contacts on file. If you have more questions, feel free to contact me at any time.

In Unity, Fellowship, and Communication,

Mike Tamburrino
Webmaster, www.tournreg.net
For All Things TournReg: http://www.tournreg.com/news