This was posted over on DA.C by Admin member Baskingshark:
Hi again everyone,
OK, so we have a further update.
We’ve read all the feedback and have spoken with several of you, including Ahsan, who has suggested a solution (thanks Ahsan!)
We anticipated that there would be some issues with the system, but perhaps not to quite this level, and we were acting with the best of intentions in launching now, ie protecting data integrity. However, it appears we’ve gone far too early. As such, we’re going to take the following steps;
We’re going to put in place measures to reinstate the old database and collection
management system. We’re going to need to put up some safeguards first to protect against hacks etc, so it will take a couple of days, but it will be back as soon as possible. We will be speaking with the MAS guys on Monday morning (US time) and will update you all again thereafter. We anticipate it’ll take a couple of days after that to get it reinstated and running safely.
We can’t, however, keep it up and running forever for the many reasons we’ve already explained, and because it’s so old, developing it further is impossible, as is fixing the stuff on it that doesn’t work.
So what we’re going to do is keep it going alongside the new one while we work to develop the latter and make sure it’s what you want. We’ll take on board everyone’s feelings on design, features etc in doing this. Once it’s at that point, the old system will be retired, but until then, you’ll be able to keep using it. You’ll also be able to check in with the new one and see what’s happening there and we’ll post development updates here too. Also, we’ll make sure to give everyone a month’s notice before the old one gets turned off permanently, so anyone who wants to move to DIMA, copy out their data etc, can do so.
We’re sorry this caused so much hassle; as above, it was out of the best of intentions. All data in the old database will be exactly as it was when it was switched off.
Another update will be along ASAP!