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November 21, 2001
Dan posted to ns.general,hfx.general,can.motss: "There's a new and innovative Halifax web page on line. http://welcome.to/gayHalifax is a place for information, opinions and entertainment relevant to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, transgendered and friends community.
"I set the page up in about ten minutes, and wanted to make it as current as possible," said Mike Godfrey, host and occasional editor of the web site. "The site is as current as its viewers want, and has whatever content they like, because they're the ones writing it."
system was brought online by MikeGodfrey as welcome.to/GayHalifax using the Ward Cunningham HyperPerl wiki - the very first wiki software ever released.
March, 2002
DragQueens project started by DanielMacKay as a way to relieve boredom at drag shows.
December, 2002
has about 700 pages on line, covering many aspects of Halifax life.
December 4, 2003
DanielMacKay brings a backup system on line with almost 900 pages.
April 20, 2004
One Thousand Pages!
2004 midyear
sysadmin MikeGodfrey gets threatened with legal action by EmeraldGibson about content pertaining to her on the website. Sysadmin duties are handed off to DanielMacKay.
October, 2004
LocalEvents gets edited for the one thousandth time and the URL changes to https://gay.hfxns.org/
April, 2005
over 1200 pages on line
August, 2005
Major cleanup: about two hundred pages not related to queer life in Halifax MarkedForDeletion
February 13, 2006
system converted to the OddMuse "engine" with a few OddmuseChanges
March, 2006
pages MarkedForDeletion in August are actually deleted
May 11, 2006
Encyclopedia overrun by spam. QuestionAsker "captcha" system installed.
June 1, 2006
"Triangle Background" look & feel designed by Radomir Dopieralski. Comments on the new design are here.
June, 2008
1400 pages on line.
March, 2009
1600 pages


August 23, 2010
System moved from 15-year-old Sun E220R to an AMD 3800 X2 with approximately 15x the performance and 1/5 the power consumption.
November 25, 2010
1467 pages + 632 day pages on line.
December 6, 2011
Happy 10th Anniversary! 1568 pages + 291 day pages on line! 62 pages marked HistoryProjectTodoList.
April 27, 2012 14:00 - 15:00
System was unavailable while being moved to a new location. Formatting of pages and an error message were displayed until about 18:00
May 7, 2012 09:00 - 11:00
System was unavailable for network rewiring
June 26, 2014
Upgraded the database to Oddmuse 2.3. 1665 + 351 day pages on line.
Begin referring to the site informally as "Halifax Rainbow Encyclopedia"
December 6, 2016
Happy 15th Anniversary! 1659 non-day page articles on line; 517,000 words (including day pages.)
The GlitterBeanCafe uses pages from the Encyclopedia in its queer history wall.
May 15, 2019
1738 pages, 525,000 words on line.


January 30, 2020
System moved from Debian 7.11 to 9.11. 1780 pages.
February 10, 2020
Changed the SiteName to "Halifax Rainbow Encyclopedia"
February 27, 2020
Logo (at the top of every page) updated after 20 years to JessicaRoweJerome?'s "rainbow books" design
March 12, 2020
Server moved to a kimsufi KS-1 server, an Atom D425 - 2GB DDR3 1066 MHz - 500GB SATA at the RBX5 data centre in Roubaix, France.
March 18, 2020
https / ssl enabled on site
May 13, 2020
all http:// links switched to https:// (almost entirely photos)
May 17, 2020
outage: apache2 SIGTERM 18:29 -19:17
May 17, 2020
outage: apache2 SIGTERM 00:19 - 06:32
March, 2021
GI Joe's in Montréal upset about SaunaGIJoe which due to being very badly written and out of date, was not clear that it was historical. Dan worked with them for a week to fix up the page, make sure that anyone who found it would understand that it was 1) historical and 2) got a link to the current one. With a very happy ending - ask Dan.
July 10, 2021
System down for a couple minutes a few times to perform Debian system upgrades
November 21, 2021
Happy 20th Birthday! Wayves article here 1922 non-day pages.
January 1, 2022
We have over six hundred thousand words in two thousand finished pages, works-in-progress, or article stubs, and about thirty five hundred images and very roughly a hundred hours of indexed audio and video recordings.
March 1, 2022
Misinformation posted to MannaForHealth. Backed out by request April 7, 2022.
April 3, 2022 10:10 - 13:08
System down while diagnosing a connectivity issue, that is, fail2ban banned mercury's own IP number while downloading JaneKansas' Harper Lee website. And then, later another 15 minutes while the service provider replaced the motherboard due to rx_csum_offload_errors (which didn't fix it.)

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