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Hi everyone

Just a heads up that next week on Wednesday 23rd February, sometime during the night, we'll be moving to a new IP address. Same provider but they're having some internal shuffle.

I'm expecting an absolutely nightmare and really worried about it.
Some things you should be aware of...

1) There will be some downtime when the IP changes. This will be while the DNS records update. Your own ISP might have some delay also before they update the records. So if you find BM isn't reachable, try again after a few hours

2) Emails might not be received successfully. It takes some time to rebuild a good reputation as an email server. We currently have an A* reputation so gmail and hotmail accept almost all our mails. But when we start sending from a new IP address they get much stricter and it can/will cause trouble.


Please go to your email provider via their webmail login and add the following to your "safe senders" or "safe domains" or "whitelist"...

hal @ bikermatch (without spaces!)

So the server email address (remove the spaces) and also the main domain name (without the www.)

On Wednesday, you should be able to see the website around 10am again at the latest. Let me know if not by reaching out to me via

And wish me luck :-/ I'm really nervous it'll be a catastrophe.


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Matt @ 16/02/2022 13:00  

Hi Matt thanks for all the work you have done on BM I hope it goes well

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Hipotomuse @ 16/02/2022 13:59  

Fingers crossed for you Matt (figuratively - they'll be busy doing other things for the week!)

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izzyhill @ 16/02/2022 16:31  

Well yes like i understood any of the stuff you just said matt. lol

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JP @ 16/02/2022 17:11  

I guess it means, in layman's terms, we'll have to amuse ourselves doing something else that day JP 🤔

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Strom67 @ 16/02/2022 18:25  

Hope you dont expect me to do some work Storm. I may get up at 2am to go in but I try to do as little as I can

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JP @ 16/02/2022 18:49  

Sounds like a good plan JP but I try to avoid the w word🤣

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Strom67 @ 16/02/2022 19:48  

I expect you all to use the downtime to reflect on your lives. The past, present and future.
Keep the curtains closed and write poems all day.
Once BM is back online, post your poems here for our entertainment.

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Matt @ 21/02/2022 14:51  

Roses are red violets are blue, Look a motorbike

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JP @ 21/02/2022 17:35  

IP has changed.
So far so good folks with the exception of IPv6 which seems to be broken.
Not gonna worry about it right now though. Will get some sleep and pick this up tomorrow.

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Matt @ 23/02/2022 00:55  

What on earth is an IPv6 and should we all have a spare one handy?

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Strom67 @ 23/02/2022 03:46  

Storm I think its a Chinese sports car

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JP @ 23/02/2022 09:11  

Would the site work faster if we dropped in an IPv12?

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Strom67 @ 23/02/2022 10:43  

Having a lot of trouble. Sorry for the sudden dropouts. Firewall keeps going mad, overloads it's disk, fills it up then crashes

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Matt @ 23/02/2022 16:01  

FYI I will turn on the red warning banner whenever I think there's a chance of the site going offline (rebooting things).
If the banner isn't there then you should be safe to use the site and write messages etc

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Matt @ 23/02/2022 17:41  

Good luck Matt👍

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Strom67 @ 23/02/2022 18:30  

Thanks. Making good progress now. ipv6 seems to be fixed but there was also some serious performance issues with the upload speed.
Tweaked some hardware stuff and rebooted a few times and now it magically works.

Gonna leave it alone now and monitor tomorrow.

Goodnight folks. Thanks for your patience


Good luck Matt👍...

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Matt @ 23/02/2022 23:03  

Everything going ok for you guys still?
Are you receiving emails? Pages loading ok? No weird stuff happening?

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Matt @ 03/03/2022 15:24  

Seems ok to me but Im no computer wizz. As for weird stuff my life is full of that anyway

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JP @ 03/03/2022 15:53  

Operating within normal parameters - as far as I can tell :)

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izzyhill @ 03/03/2022 17:13  

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