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packing.org appears to be dead, and according to some web sites there was some unhappy interactions that lead to its death.

Is this true? I'm sorry to see such a fabulous resource go the way of the dodo.
 

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I haven't seen anything on the other sites I frequent to suggest that it died. It has been down before for days at a time and the site owner has relinquished control while he attends law school (IIRC).

There is another, similar, site - www.handgunlaw.us - that covers much of the same material but in a less user-friendly format but it is probably more up to date than packing.org.
 

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Gads, I hope it's not dead. I haven't been able to reach it for a couple of days.

It is true that it sometimes has been unavailable for several days in a row. It's been a very valuable resource. The talk section has been less useful than it once was, because the trolls aren't effectively dealt with like they used to be. However, the state pages have been excellent.
 

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It's back up. From the site:

After six days of being broken, packing.org is back online with all new hardware -- a new server.

The filesystem took a hit from somewhere or something, perhaps hardware related, so after days of trying to fix the system, my hosting company and I decided to start with a totally new server and my (thankfully) great daily backups.

It looks to me like everything is working fine, but I will perform a system check later today to ensure.

Thanks for all your patience!
 

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This is what I pasted directly from Mark Solomon's personal web site. He is the man behind packing.org

Packing.org Server Crashed, in ICU, but Recovering!
April 13, 2007 â€" The packing.org server (two years old) crashed Saturday, April 8, 2007. I've been working with my hosting company since then, even with my ultra-limited schedule, to restore the site. The main filesystem took almost a full day to perform file system checks (using the fsck command) and frequently resulted in seg-faults, which ate much time). Even after getting the system bootable again, the file system was in very bad shape. Fortunately, I kept good daily backups,

We finally got a new server provisioned last night (Late Thursday, April 12, 2007), and I started to configure it. I have more obligations this morning (Friday) but should be able to have a couple/few hours to work on the server this afternoon/evening, and hope to finish by then. My hope is that the new server is strong enough to handle packing.org's demand, which I hope still exists.


Very glad to see that it's back up!
 

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Well it has been at least two full weeks or more since I could get on to packing.org. I think it either crashed severely, or it is now a dead forum.
What a shame, it was a very good forum to go to & I for one, will miss it.
 

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I'll miss it, but mostly because of what it once was.

Over the last few months it lost a lot of it's appeal for me. Some of the posters thought they were God's gift to the shooting world, and wanted to rudely (VERY rudely) contradict everyone else's comments. And who can forget the ZERO BANDIT that caused some of the very best posts to be hidden?

Rest in peace, Packing.org, I mourn the site I once knew.
 

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I fairly strongly suspect that the Zero Bandit and other posters who did damage to PDO were Trolls intent on damaging the site ... i.e. anti-gunners who were bent on ruining such a good site. Seems to have finally worked. I think that a different moderation approach might have saved it, but that's too late now.
 
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