New Website Theme

The midrealm.org website is going to be getting a face-lift! Friday evening I’ll be applying a new theme to the website. This will dramatically change the appearance of it, but will leave all content unchanged.

The new theme will give us more options for navigation and appearance. Applying the theme is the first step and we’ll continue to make smaller refinements afterwards. However, since this is a big change, I wanted to announce it in advance.

The website will be put in maintenance mode while the change is being made. I do not expect for the downtime to last more than two hours.

Scheduled Maintenance

We will be performing maintenance for both the midrealm.org site and the Services Portal over the next few weeks.

midrealm.org will be updated on Saturday, May 9th, starting at 9pm. No outage is expected.

The Services Portal will be updated by the server host on Thursday, May 14th at 9pm. Maintenance is expected to take thirty minutes and during this time the Services Portal will not be functional.

Services Portal Outage and Update

Good afternoon, everyone.

There will be a brief outage of the services portal this coming Saturday, April 25, at 9pm EDT. We will be updating the URL of the services portal at that time from https://services.midrealm.org/ords to https://services.midrealm.org. Other than the URL change, there is no change in how the services portal works, just a different landing sport when you go to it.

I expect the outage to last about an hour or so and the main midrealm.org page will remain up during that time.

I will post an announcement here when everything is back in service again with a reminder to update any bookmarks you have for sites.

Baron Rijckaert
Kingdom Web Minister

Do you have what it takes?

I have been in the position of Web Minister for close to five years now.  I am insanely proud of the systems that have arisen and the army of people that have come together to make it all possible.  I am also at a point now where I feel confident that another can step into the role of Kingdom Web Minister and not be overwhelmed with the sheer volume of technology that must be managed on top of managing the administrative side of things. 

To that end, I am seeking applications for my eventual replacement.  If you are interested in serving as Kingdom Web Minister, please send me an email at webminister@midrealm.org with your pertinent qualifications.  I would like to make a decision by the end of January and have that person shadow me through Coronation and Crown tournament.

Secondly, I have an opportunity for someone to gain real world IT experience and learn the inner workings of the Kingdom Services portal that has been built on an Oracle Database and Oracle’s Application Express (APEX) tool.  This is an apprenticeship where I will teach a person the basics of database administration, application development with APEX and Oracle’s PL/SQL Programming language, technologies that are used in many corporate environments.  I am hoping to build up the knowledge base of the Kingdom such that not all of the knowledge of how things run under the hood is concentrated in one place, and to allow someone to learn modern data administration in a less stressful environment than business yet has a relevancy beyond the very basics. 

If you are up for this challenge, or have questions about what it will entail, please send me an email at webminsiter@midrealm.org and I would be happy to discuss things with you.
In service, I remain,Baron Rijckaert vanUtrecht, OPKingdom Web Minister

Minitorial: How to grids more effectively

Greetings! I have uploaded a video to my Youtube Channel that is a quick tutorial on how to make effective use of the interactive grids in many pages of the Services Portal.

One complaint I often hear about the portal is that some of the forms are clunky to use. Invariably, they involve the use of an interactive grid and sometimes the information gets “squashed” down and is difficult to read.

By using the Single Row View feature of the interactive grid, you can view the contents of a single row in a format that is easier to use, cycle through the rows in a grid, and even edit (where appropriate).

To use the Single Row View feature, click on the “Hamburger” menu for the row you want to view and select Single Row View. From within there, the left and right arrow keys will allow you to cycle through the other records in the grid quickly. Editing information can be done by clicking on the Edit button at the top of the area. Getting back to seeing all the rows in the grid is simply a matter of clicking the “Report View” button.

I hope this helps you more effectively use the Services Portal. If you have other ideas for tutorials, please drop us a line at issues@midrealm.org and we will work on getting that up on the channel.

Baron Rijckaert vanUtrecht,OP
Kingdom Web Minister

Youth Policy

TEMPORARY VARIANCE GRANTED FOR PENNSIC 2019

By Mike Watkins
Society Seneschal

Issued July 14th, 2019

YOUTH PARTICIPATION AND SUPERVISION POLICY

  1. Parents are responsible for the monitoring and knowing the location of their minor children under the age of 18 at all times.
  2. Parents are responsible for the behavior of their minor children at all times regardless of their location or activity.
  3. Minors under the age of 12 must be directly supervised by their parents within sight or sound at all times unless the Parents arrange with someone to watch their minor children for a specified time or place. That is a private agreement between the Parents and the Supervising Person. The Supervisor must have the ability to contact the parents at all times. The SCA is not a part of that arrangement or agreement at any time.
  4. After sunrise and before sunset, Parents who have minor children 12 years of age or older do not need to be in line-of-sight of their minor children, however, they are still fully responsible for maintaining contact and knowing the location of their children.
  5. After 10 pm local time and before sunrise, Parents are required to keep their minor children under the age of 16 within sight or sound at all times or arrange for a responsible trusted person to maintain supervision in their absence. The Supervisor must have the ability to contact the parents at all times. The SCA is not a part of that arrangement or agreement at any time.

Interpretation: The term “sight” or ”sound” means that a parent or supervisor must have sufficient proximity to effectively supervise the minor children. In practice, this is the “the short distance in which a parent can exert command and control” over their minor children. That can be anywhere in camp or in their immediate vicinity which allows them to respond quickly for safety or control issues.

UPDATED YOUTH POLICY FOR PENNSIC WAR 48 (2019) From, Mike Watkins, Society Seneschal.

The original May 2, 2019 Pennsic rules for minors are reinstated and can be used as published this year. As a history, in January 2018 the Board approved a change to the Seneschal’s Handbook regarding parental responsibility for minor children at events. A few weeks ago, I was requested to issue a variance for Pennsic from the January 2018 Seneschal’s Handbook rules for Pennsic 2019 about minor participation and activity. A variance was granted. That variance is hereby null and void. Again, the original May 2, 2019 Pennsic rules for minors can be used as published this year.

The Pennsic Site Rules can be viewed here: http://www.pennsicwar.org/penn48/GENERAL/siterules.pdf

Old server has been restored

As an update to the missive from a week or so ago, the old hardware, which held the Wiki, the Peerage Sites, and a few groups’ websites, has been brought back up. A huge thank you to Master Lancelin for his continued efforts to maintain the server. He has graciously offered to host the old server at his home until we either a) are able to get the server running on a commercial host; or b) we have moved all the remaining services to a new solution.

Sir Seamus McBain will be working to migrate the Wiki to the new hosting this weekend. There may be intermittent outages of the Wiki as we tackle this. The other services will be moved or updated as time permits.

Thank you for your patience during this time.

Site outage update

Just after the 50th Year Celebration, the Dayton area was hit by tornadoes, causing widespread damage to property. One such was the location where our old server resides, which houses things like the Wiki, the Peerage sites, and two groups’ websites. As a consequence, our server is still down as it was not part of the disaster recovery plan at the location. The server team has been trying to get a copy of the server up and running again, if for no other reason than to gain access to the data on the drives. It’s proving a tough nut to crack due to the age of the system software. We are doing everything in our power to restore service as soon as possible and we appreciate everyone’s patience.

As further updates happen, I will update this note.

In service to the Kingdom, I remain,

Baron Rijckaert vanUtrecht,OP
Kingdom Web Minister