Potential disruption to mailing list

mike at dev-zero.net mike at dev-zero.net
Mon Feb 24 15:17:10 MST 2020

i hadn't heard anything about bluehost stopping providing this hosting but i also don't hear all conversations at work. i mentioned this to some coworkers who would be able to look into this. this is a reply i was given by a director and asked to pass along. 


Our apologies; that was definitely a bug.  We've tracked down the problem to a piece of our billing code that incorrectly tried to renew the plug.org account as a paid account rather than a valued partner account.

We've corrected that bug, ensured your account is once again renewing at no cost correctly, and added a specific check for this type of error to our ever expanding test suites.

he also said "I'm trying to get them a consistent point of contact with the Affiliate team" in the same chat. i'll follow up on this and find out who that contact will be. i wanted to get a reply out so people don't get too worked up before a short deadline.

it would probably still be a good idea to get DNS ownership figured out and i'm not going to say PLUG shouldn't look at other options that might fit the groups needs in the future. this was an oops though and should be resolved now. this probably fixed a problem for some other customers as well and this let us catch and fix that.


On Mon, Feb 24, 2020, at 11:00 AM, Steve Meyers wrote:
> Bluehost has been kindly providing a server for PLUG for many years.
> Yesterday, I received an email from them saying that the server will be
> shut down on Thursday if we don't pay the $150 that is due for this month.
> I assume it would be $150 per month after that. Obviously, that's not an
> option.
> Unfortunately, the person who was our contact at Bluehost (Jared Smith) is
> no longer working there. To compound the issue, the domain is owned by Ryan
> Simpkins, who I haven't had contact with in several years, so even if I set
> up a new server, I would not have a way to point the DNS at it.
> I will make sure we have a full backup of the mailing list before Thursday,
> and hope for the best from there. I'm sure this will all get worked out one
> way or another, but I'm not sure it will happen by Thursday.
> Thanks!
> Steve
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