EBSQ Debuts Public Patron Accounts

On the wishlist of many EBSQ site patrons over the years was a way to be more involved with the site beyond forum and voting access. Patrons can now create public (or private) profiles at EBSQart.

By default, Patron Profiles are private.  This can be changed by editing your profile (http://www.EBSQart.com/Edit-Profile/). Select the ‘General’ tab to update your privacy setting under “Preferences.”   Note that as long as you are logged in, *you* can always view your profile, even when it is set to be private.

We welcome patrons to upload an avatar and include a bio. You can also include links to venues such as your blog, Twitter account, and personal website.  While Patron Accounts don’t show up in our directories, which are reserved for paid-artist members only, you’re welcome to share your url with the world.

After logging in to your account, you can build galleries of favorites by clicking the ‘Add to My Galleries’ buttons as you browse the EBSQ website. Whether or not these galleries are public or private is completely up to you. If you choose to keep your favourites private, they’ll only be visible to you when viewing your profile page. If you go public, your favourites can then be shared on Facebook and other venues by using the sharing tools that appear near the upper right corner of most site pages.

Sharing your favourite art and artists is a great way to “Support Living Artists!”

Keep an eye on this new feature; we’ll be adding even more functionality for Paton Accounts in the near future!

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Scheduled downtime for EBSQ Forum Upgrade

The EBSQ Forums are getting a much-needed make-over and a software upgrade. The forums will be offline starting 1:00pm EDT on Monday, 13 September 2010 and will go back online when the newest version of the full EBSQ website debuts.

Stay up to date with news by following us on Twitter:  http://twitter.com/ebsq

or by visiting our blog:  http://blog.ebsqart.com

See you on the other side!

Addendum to yesterday’s downtime

Part of yesterday’s downtime was due to a scheduled maintenance window at our Data Center. Part of it was due to a wide-spread network outage at the same Data Center during the aforementioned scheduled maintenance. According to the last tech I spoke with there, they’re still having some network issues so we may still yo-yo a bit. But the biggest current  issue is our email. While it’s not technically “down” right now, because of the system-wide problem at our data center, all of their email is essentially stuck. We have 100K messages in the spooler waiting for their turn in the queue to be delivered (can’t wait to get all that spam, lol!)

What this means for you:

If you’re waiting for a response from us,  it’s likely we haven’t gotten your message yet. We’re unable to send mail as well, so we can’t even respond to the messages we do have downloaded from our server. If you want/need technical assistance, your best bet is to go straight to the EBSQ Member Forums. You can also give us a tweet.

We’ve been assured that our mail *should* start showing up in droves sometime later today.  Once it arrives and is sorted, we’ll get to your questions and requests as soon as we can.  Thanks for your patience, folks!

EBSQ Scheduled Maintenance

EBSQ is doing  scheduled maintenance on our servers. The site is now in read-only mode and the forums are currently unavailable. This means no art uploads/COA generation and periods of brief downtime as a result.  We should be back up to full-speed around noon Eastern Time, and we’ll let you know if this time estimate changes.

Thanks for your patience; we’ll see you on the other side!

Update 9:17 am EST: EBSQ forums are back up, we’re now working to correct our RSS feeds, most of which are showing in reverse!

Update 9:32 am EST: Site search, uploads, and COA management is still unavailable. We’re working to have that back online ASAP.

Update 10:28 am EST : Art uploads are enabled again, but not cycling through the Freshest Art RSS feed. If it’s important to you that your work be seen on the front page and your upload isn’t time sensitive, you might want to wait. Otherwise, upload away!

Update 10:43 am EST: Whoops, I misspoke. NOW the forums are back up. They were back online but somebody (and I’m not admitting its actually me) kinda forgot to turn them back on so that the rest of you can post.  Yeah, that was my bad. Sorry, guys!

Update 2:00 pm EST: All systems *should* be functioning normally. Please drop us a line if you find anything not working as expected and we’ll send in an exterminator to squash the bugs.  Thanks all!