I recently updated the software that runs the core of ARTS & FARCES internet to ExpressionEngine 2.6.0. Like every other major ExpressionEngine point release (this site’s been running ExpressionEngine since the initial release of pMachine, its predecessor) major functionality of the site has failed spectacularly.
In this particular case, registered members—including the ARTS & FARCES principals—are unable to login to the front-end user accounts of the site (back-end, Control Panel functionality appears to be unaffected). To make matters worse, ExpressionEngine’s Wiki module has failed in a most unseemly way. It appears that the product’s code has unilaterally decided to throw a bunch of crap into any Wiki URL. A first access to any Wiki page seems to work, say, http://www.farces.com/index.php/wiki/Category:Technology::Adventures_with_the_naked_Mac_Mini_Server, for example seems to work just fine. But any subsequent navigation to any other Wiki page fails miserably: http://www.farces.com/index.php/wiki/Category:Technology::Adventures_with_the_naked_Mac_Mini_Server::ML-ExpressionEngine_titleCategory:Technology::Adventures_with_the_naked_Mac_Mini_Server::ML-ExpressionEngine for e,xample. In this example, everything after “_title” is redundant garbage. If you manually strip out everything from “_title” to the end of the URL, you can force it to work, but who needs that?
Oh yeah, and since we can’t get into the front-end user accounts, we can’t edit any of the Wikis. Like I said: Spectacular.
I remain convinced that EllisLab, which recently pivoted to a paid support business model, never spends much time—if any at all—testing its releases. In this case, I’ve filed the necessary bug reports (here and here) but I’m done serving as an involuntary quality assurance tester. Aside from that, EllisLab has singularly grown astoundingly arrogant, condescending, and hubristic over the years. Nothing wrong with the first two, by the way, so long as you’re under-promising and over-delivering; but EllisLab hasn’t done that for a very long while.
So, ARTS & FARCES internet is going to pivot to a new content management system (CMS). I’m not quite sure which just yet, but any change is going to bring major, irreparable breakage and one absolute certainty is that all existing links will permanently fail. I’ll produce new, accurate sitemap.xml and sitemap.xml.gz files, of course, but there will surely be some confusion in the interim.