As you all know, CPF was down for a few days last week.
(If you don’t know what I am talking about, please see the two threads in the Administrative Announcements subforum in the MarketPlace, and the thread in the AA subforum here on CPF.)
In the wake of The Great Crash, all new posts between the dates of November 2, 2010 and February 27, 2011 were lost. Fortunately, member PeaceofMind was able to retrieve a bunch of data from his Google feed reader, and forward it to member Tandem, who is a programmer by profession, and graciously volunteered his services.
If you were following along, you saw Tandem spent a HUGE amount of time parsing all the data from PoM into a format that the vBulletin software could read and helping Greta to insert this back into the CPF database. Through his tireless efforts, all 7500 new threads from that period were restored. While many subsequent posts were unfortunately lost (unavoidable side-effect), the framework for rebuilding the discussions that took place during that time are all back in place for us to participate in, as all the initial posts in those threads are there. This was a giant task!
If THAT weren’t enough, Tandem also created a program he has dubbed Déjà vu for all of us to use to grab cache data from search engines to plug back into threads of importance to us!
And if THAT weren’t enough, he is STILL assisting Greta with performance adjustments and working out bugs to get CPF optimized, and has been very active the past few days in the Issues/Inquiries subforum here, answering members’ questions and working out bugs in his program.
Overall, the assistance from Tandem has been nothing short of monumental! CPF as a whole owes him (and the Missus, who has tolerated his ‘absence’ for a number of days, no doubt!) a huge debt of gratitude for his work.
This thread is specifically for members to recognize and thank Tandem for his extensive efforts in our behalf! Feel free to make a comment of appreciation to our computer guru and CPF savior, Tandem!
I also feel it would be MOST appropriate if we as a membership were to do something nice for Tandem to demonstrate our thanks. Perhaps we can send him a gift, or some funds or gift card for a night out on the town with Mrs. Tandem. Your thoughts and suggestions on this topic are certainly welcome. I would be willing to manage this if others would like, or if there is another trusted member that would be preferred by the membership, that would be fine. Please let me know what your feelings as members are on this matter, and how you might like to go about it, either by posting here or by PM if you prefer. I believe that a gift from us is the very least we can do given the time and effort that our dear member Tandem has put in for us.
THANK YOU TANDEM!
@ Tandem: You my friend, are certainly welcome to chime in here, but you will absolutely not be permitted to decline any gift the membership decides to give you. So there! LOL..