Newsletter June 2016

Newsletter
Findings From the Webministry

June 2016

IN THIS ISSUE:

I.    East Kingdom Offices
II.   Crown Principality of Tir Mara
III.   Northern Region
IV.  Central Region
V.   Southern Region
VI.  Current and Upcoming Services & Projects
VII.  In Case You Missed It
VIII. Give Me Your Feedback

 

Quick Snapshot: Today’s Newsletter

Updates To The Server. The server continues to perform well under the additional load of websites and email boxes being hosted. There are no further planned updates at this time. See VI. Current and Upcoming Services & Projects below for more details.

Website Quality Assurance. The need to support the Kingdom through every Local branch, Kingdom Office and Royal Guild with an engaging, useful and up to date website rests in each of our hands. Collectively, we represent the East Kingdom and the Society on the Internet and we control the way we are perceived to ourselves and more importantly to others.

For many newcomers, the website that we put up is the first impression that they see about us. We want to have the best example possible for them, as well as relevant information for current members looking to use the website as their own resource.

To this end there will be yearly reviews of each website, as listed in the Webminister Policy Handbook. After the review is completed, we are here to help you with any issues uncovered during the process.

The review information can be found on the Help Desk site so that you know what we are looking at.

East Kingdom Help Desk. Currently 64 Webministers have not attempted to login to the Help Desk website located at http://helpdesk.eastkingdom.org/scp/. As an alternative to direct emails, the Help Desk system is available. If you need assistance accessing the Help Desk system, please do not hesitate to contact me.

I. East Kingdom Offices

This section covers every current Kingdom Office and
any impacting actions performed by the Offices to the Webministry, and from the Webministry to the rest of the Officers within the Kingdom.

Please check the following information for accuracy.

State of the Offices. There are currently 28 separate Offices in the Kingdom (including Deputies) that have their own websites. The structure of the Office of the Webminister does not have a specific Deputy for these groups, so they all report directly to the Kingdom Webminister.


There are 22 Kingdom Offices that have a Warranted Webminister-At-Large. There are 6 that currently do not. If anyone is interested in supporting these vacant websites, please see and follow the details below and contact the WAL Coordinator.

Office of the Minister of Arts & Science

Office of the Chronicler

VACANT, Office of the Chronicler Webminister – web_chronicler@eastkingdom.org

Please email the Chronicler, the WAL Coordinator, and myself if you are interested in taking up this website, or know of someone who is interested.

VACANT, Office of the Chancellor of the Exchequer Webminister –  web_exchequer@eastkingdom.org
Please email the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the WAL Coordinator, and myself if you are interested in taking up this website, or know of someone who is interested.

Office of the Earl Marshal

This Office has multiple other Offices under its umbrella.

VACANT, Office of the Scout Commander Webminister – web_scout@eastkingdom.org

Please email the Earl Marshal, the WAL Coordinator, and myself if you are interested in taking up this website, or know of someone who is interested.

Office of the Seneschal

There is a pending Policy with this Office about the East Kingdom Officer Emails. Once the Office of the Seneschal approves this policy, we will be able to delineate which Officers are required to have email boxes, and who is responsible for verifying this service is being used.

 

Office of the Tyger Clerk of the Signet

VACANT, Office of the Tyger Clerk of the Signet Webminister – web_signet@eastkingdom.org

VACANT, Kingdom Scribal Gallery. http://gallery.eastkingdom.orgThe server was just recently updated to the latest version. The program is available to host all of the Scrolls being awarded per Reign.

Office of the Webminister

VACANT, Deputy Webminister – deputy-webminister@eastkingdom.org

Please email me if you are interested in taking up this position, or know of someone who is interested. Duties are listed in the Webminister Policy Handbook.

Other Kingdom Officers

The Royals will also be listed here, so that any impacting actions made can be reviewed and acted upon appropriately.

Their Majesties and Their Highnesses

No new information at this time.

The Polling Orders Administration

VACANT, Order of the Golden Lance Administrator – discuss-ogl-owner@lists.eastkingdom.org

If you know a Companion of the Golden Lance that would like to be the Administrator, please have them email me directly in regards to getting set up with access to the service.


Webminister Round Tables
Possible Webinar Series?

I am currently testing the capabilities of a hosted Webinar service that will allow me to be able to contact people over the internet in another medium. If there is enough interest, I can make this a monthly thing, or as needed per Region.

What would people like to see during these sessions? Training? Webminister Hour Recaps? Hangout Q&A? Please let me know.

Webminister Training. For all Webministers of any level of experience, I am working on training specifically to support you for your Office. Please send me your requests and reccomendations on what you feel you need to know in order to support the website(s) you have volunteered for.

WMSTAFF eList. All current “webminister@localbranch.eastkingdom.org” email addresses should now be on the email list server. If you wish to remove your personal email from the list, please go to http://lists.eastkingdom.org/EmailLists.html, choose WMStaff and click on the Unsubscribe request at the bottom of the page with your personal email address.

II. Crown Principality of Tir Mara

Tir Mara Coat of Arms

State of the Region. Today, there are 13 separate groups in the Tir Mara Region, including the Cantons, Colleges and Ridings.

Tir Mara now has a Regional Deputy for the Office of the Webminister. They are the Point of Contact (PoC) for the Local branches within the Region.

VACANT, Shire of Ar n-Eilean-ne – Newfoundland
Shire of Avonmore – New Brunswick, Canada
Shire of Bois Ardent – Mauricie, PQ
Barony of Havre des Glaces – NE Quebec Province
VACANT, Canton of Artigus –
Barony of L’ile du Dragon Dormant – Montreal, QE
VACANT, Shire of La Selve d’Aure – North Quebec
VACANT, Shire of Le Dragonet – St. Jean sur Richelieu, PQ
Shire of Lyndhaven – New Brunswick
Barony of Ruantallan – NS & PEI, Canada
Canton of Distant Shore – NS, Canada
Canton of Seashire – Halifax, NS
Canton of Ynys Y Gwaed – PEI, Canada

There are 9 Local branches in Tir Mara that have Warranted Webministers. There are 4 that currently do not. If anyone is interested in supporting these vacant websites, or know of anyone who is interested, please contact myself (if you live within the Local branch borders) or the WAL Coordinator (if you do not live within the borders).


III. Northern Region

VACANT, Shire of Coldwood – Plattsburgh, NY
Barony of Endewearde – Central and No. ME
Canton of Basingstokes (incipient) – Endewearde
Canton of Wyndriche – Central Maine
Shire of Glenn Linn – Warren-Washington Co., NY
Shire of Hadchester – Mid-coast Maine
VACANT, Province of Malagentia – Southern, ME
Riding of Giggleswick – Southern York County, Maine
Riding of Ravensbridge (incipient) – Malagentia
Shire of Mountain Freehold – Vermont
Shire of Northern Outpost – Potsdam, NY
Shire of Panther Vale – No. Vermont
VACANT, Shire of Smithwick – Northern, ME
Barony of Stonemarche – New Hampshire State
VACANT, College of Knottyng Cross (incipient) – Stonemarche

State of the Region. Today, there are 15 separate groups in the Northern Region, including the Cantons, Colleges and Ridings. The structure of the Office of the Webminister does not have a Regional Deputy for these groups, so they all report directly to me.

There are 11 Local branches in the Northern Region that have Warranted Webministers. There are 4 that currently do not. If anyone is interested in supporting these vacant websites, or know of anyone who is interested, please contact myself (if you live within the Local branch borders) or the WAL Coordinator (if you do not live within the borders).


Webminister Notifications
Microsoft One Drive

The OneDrive storage service plans to change their limitations on Free storage.

“Microsoft is making changes to OneDrive storage plans for consumers and is committed to making this transition as smooth as possible. Changes include the following:
1.Plan to no longer offer unlimited storage to Office 365 Home, Personal, or University subscribers. Starting now, those subscriptions will include 1 TB of OneDrive storage.
2.100 GB and 200 GB paid plans are going away as an option for new users and will be replaced with a 50 GB plan for $1.99 per month in early 2016.
3.Free OneDrive storage will decrease from 15 GB to 5 GB for all users, current and new. The 15 GB camera roll storage bonus will also be discontinued. These changes will start rolling out in early 2016.”

Please review the follwing website for the details, https://blog.onedrive.com/onedrive_changes/

What does this mean for you?

The East Kingdom Minister of Æther team are currently testing a Document Management & Storage system on the East Kingdom server.

If you are being, or will be impacted by the upcoming restrictions by OneDrive, please contact me so that we may discuss the future needs of your Documents to be hosted on the East Kingdom server.

Please remember that this new service is in the testing phase and will be updated as needed through the process of preparing it for full functionality for Kingdom use.

Yahoo! Groups

Since February of this year (2016), Yahoo! Inc. is looking to sell its core services as well as its internet services, which may or may not go to the same bidder.

The latest news that I found can be read here: http://www.dealstreetasia.com/stories/att-seeks-to-top-verizon-as-yahoo-reviews-new-bids-43791/

What however, does this mean for us?

There are dozens if not hundreds of Yahoo! Groups dedicated to East Kingdom Local branches, Royal Guilds and Kingdom Offices. There is no guarantee that they will exist after Yahoo! is bought by either AT&T, Verizon/AOL or another unknown entity.

In order to preserve the history of the Groups out there, the East Kingdom server can host these email lists and their archives that are currently off the server and possibly in peril.

However, to migrate the lists take time, and can not be processed quickly with the way we are able to copy the data over. Therefore, planning must be done in order to assist the Kingdom.

I have added an entry in the Help Desk site for Request – Yahoo! Group Migration so that we can best assist those groups that wish to migrate. The form to fill out is set up with basic questions at this time.

Chrome Browser vs Shockwave Flash

Google plans to Block Adobe Shockwave Flash by default in their Chrome Browser. The process has already started. a simple search for ‘flash in chrome’ through your favorite search engine will come up with all of the details and hearsay involved.

If you are running any Flash content on your website, it is suggested to start phasing that out and looking towards the HTML5 coding to replace it.

WordPress 4.5.2 Automatic Updates. If you are receiving emails showing “[ ] Background updates have finished” in the subject line, there is a missing Site Title in your configuration.

There are new entries in the Knowledgebase for this titled “How To: Set Up Your Site Title” and “How To: Setup Automatic Updates”listed under “WordPress Support”. Please note that the second entry is a link to the WordPress document for this process.

IV. Central Region

Shire of Anglespur – Troy, NY
Barony of Bergental – Western, MA
Barony of Beyond the Mountain – North, East CT
Canton of Dragon’s Aerie –
Canton of Ravenhill – Northwest CT
Barony of Carolingia – Greater Boston, MA
Canton of Aschehyrst – Central MA
VACANT, Canton of the Towers – Northeast MA
Shire of Coill Tuar – Southern Ulster Co., NY
Barony of Concordia of the Snows – Albany, NY
Barony of Dragonship Haven – Southwestern CT
VACANT, Shire of Frosted Hills – Dutchess Co., NY
Shire of Midland Vale – Sullivan and Orange Counties in New York
Shire of Nordenfjord (incipient) – Rockland County, NY
Shire of Nordenhalle – Kingston, NY
Shire of Quintavia – Worcester Co., MA
Barony of Smoking Rocks – Southeast MA
Barony of the Bridge – RI State

State of the Region. Today, there are 18 separate groups in the Central Region, including the Cantons. The structure of the Office of the Webminister does not have a Regional Deputy for these groups, so they all report directly to me.


There are 15 Local branches in the Central Region that have Warranted Webministers. There are 3 that currently do not
. If anyone is interested in supporting these vacant websites, or know of anyone who is interested, please contact myself (if you live within the Local branch borders) or the WAL Coordinator (if you do not live within the borders).


V. Southern Region (Western Region *)

Barony of An Dubhaigeainn – Suffolk Co, NY
Canton of Hawke’s Reache –
Shire of Archer’s Ford * (incipient) –
Shire of Barren Sands – Atlantic, Cape May,Cumberland and Salem Co,NJ
Barony of Bhakail * – Philadelphia, PA; Delaware and South Chester County, PA
Canton of Black Icorndall * – Media, PA
Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust * – University of PA
Shire of Blak Rose * – Camp Hill and Harrisburg, PA
VACANT, Shire of Buckland Cross * – S. Bucks Co., PA
Shire of Caer Adamant * – State of Delaware
Barony of Carillion – Monmouth, Ocean, S.Middlesex Co., NJ
VACANT, Keep by the Endless Sea – Bradley Beach, NJ
Canton of Forestgate – Mercer Co. NJ
Shire of Eisental * – Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton & Reading, PA
Shire of Hartshorn-dale * – Chester-Montgomery,PA
Barony of Iron Bog – Camden,Gloucester, S. Burlington, NJ
VACANT, Shire of Montevale * – Fulton,Franklin,Cumberland, PA
Crown Province of Ostgardr – Greater NYC
Canton of Brokenbridge – Brooklyn, NY
Canton of Lions End – Nassau Co, NY
Canton of Northpass – Putman & Westchester, NY
Canton of Whyt Whey – Manhattan, NYC, NY
Shire of Owlsherst * – York County, PA
VACANT, Shire of Rusted Woodlands – Rockland Co., NY, Bergen, Sussex & Passaic Co, NJ
Barony of Settmour Swamp – Somerset, Morris Co. NJ
VACANT, Canton of Gryphonwald – Middlesex City, NJ
VACANT, Canton of Marwick: inactive – Union County, NJ
Shire of Silver Rylle * – Lancaster, Lebanon Co., PA

State of the Region. Currently, there are 28 separate groups in the Southern Region (Western Region *), including the Cantons, Keeps and Bailiwicks. The structure of the Office of the Webminister does not have a Regional Deputy for these groups, so they all report directly to me.

There are 22 Local branches in the Southern Region (Western Region *) that have Warranted Webministers. There are 6 that currently do not. If anyone is interested in supporting these vacant websites, or know of anyone who is interested, please contact myself (if you live within the Local branch borders) or the WAL Coordinator (if you do not live within the borders).


VI. Current and Upcoming Services & Projects
Current Status of the East Kingdom Server

Virtual servers 162
DNS domains 27
Virtual websites 159
SSL websites 4
Mail domains 107
Databases 170
Mail/FTP users 876
Mail aliases 936

Current Status of East Kingdom Services
Many will not care what these things say, as it is the technical back end aspect of the system. For those who will care, these will be updated as they change.

Apache Webserver Version 2.2.22
BIND DNS Server Version 9.8.4
Dovecot IMAP/POP3 Server Version 2.1.7
GNU Mailman List Server Version  2.1.20
LimeSurvey * Version 2.06+ Build 150731
MySQL Database Server Version 5.6.29
osTicket  Version v1.9.12
RoundCube Webmail Version 1.2.0
PiWiGo Version 2.8.1
Postfix Mail Server Version 2.9.6
Procmail Mail Filter Version – None Listed
SpamAssassin Version 3.3.2
SSH Server Version OpenSSH_6.0
Virtualmin Version 5.03
Webmin Version 1.801
WordPress Version 4.5.2

* Pending Updates


VII. In Case You Missed It

Recent Webminister Activity:
Main East Kingdom Website. Multiple pages have been updated.

There is a Help Wanted page for people to review open positions within the Kingdom Offices.

The Officers Menu has been updated with modern equivalents to help Newcomers navigate the  website.

Phishing Attempts. Multiple Officers have been getting emails with “Subject: Administrative Notice”. Please see the posting on the main website – http://www.eastkingdom.org/AnnounceWeb2.php

Webminister PowerPoint Presentations. I am in the process of creating presentations to help with different aspects of the Office. Please send me your requests for documentation regarding any aspects of your role to webminister@eastkingdom.org.


VIII. Please Give Me Your Feedback

This Office of the Webminister has an Open Door Policy. I want to hear your questions, suggestions and comments about everything going on. Simply send me an email at: webminister@eastkingdom.org.

If you see me at an event, please do not hesitate to come up to me and chat.

I will endeavor to return a quick reply.

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East Kingdom Webminister: Signore Lorenz Greylever

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