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Here is a chronological list of the progress (29 AUG to 22 SEP 2013): (---> see the Latest)
- all dates/times are Central Daylight-Saving Time (CDT) - Texas, USA

  • 29 AUG 2013 [Friday]
    Kramtoad posts notice of shutdown - due to spam and lost current admin (“adminNJ”)
  • 30 AUG 2013 [Saturday]
    Kramtoad updates to 04 SEP 2013 for the shutdown
  • 01 SEP 2013 [Sunday]
    1st backup of (39,606 items / 255 MB via wget)
  • 02 SEP 2013 [Monday]
    Efforts to see who will do something - and find a new name
    Stukka expands his kramtoad tumblr with more info & spreading confidence of future
    2nd backup of (46,782 items / 305 MB via wget --mirror)
  • 03 SEP 2013 [Tuesday]
    New name is found: Scaffies
    Web sites registered (.com/.net/.org/.eu/etc) - lock in the name
    Tumblr account for Scaffies set up (lock in the name)
    Facebook page set up (lock in the name)
    Disqus account for Scaffies set up
    Hosting purchased - Premium for high bandwidth, Hosting Location picked: London (privacy ..)
    E-Mail account set up ( for starters
    Initial simple single page published on the website (whipped up quickly to be ready for next day)
    Coordination with Mr Kramtoad on terms, what he will say on his farewell, what we say here
    Transfer of 740 MB Kramtoad site (status 2 years ago) from Mr. Kramtoad’s server
    3rd backup of (refresher to get last changes via wget --mirror)
    Stukka set up more information on his Kramtoad tumblr: expands from 1 to 4 Kramtoad pages
  • 04 SEP 2013 [Wednesday]
    Mr. Kramtoad announces shutdown will be around 8pm Eastern Time
    Chat options researched: IRC chat picked, tested, “How to” added to single web page
    740 MB Kramtoad tar.gz file does not unpack - checking with Mr Kramtoad
    Mr. Kramtoad shuts down pointer to abandoned site at 8pm EST
    Mr. Kramtoad leaves lenghty farewell notice, posts a picture of him, and e-Mail address
    Ww are watching the #Scaffies IRC chat channel - people find it quickly and it populates
  • 05 SEP 2013 [Thursday] single web page replaced by a complete website with sub-pages
    Tips & Tricks for the Chat are added on the web site
    Interactive Feedback Forum is added to the website (Disqus)
    Kramtoad farewell logo (with the red bar) posted
    Old Contacts” list transferred from Stukka’s Tumbler, several contacts added
    Other Sites” page added, content transferred from tumblr, email for SneakerBB added
    Visits counter on the web site (script) expanded from 7 to 9 digits (just in case ...)
    Google Analytics account for “Scaffies” opened and code implemented to track
    More Tips added to Chat page
    Stukka deletes pages on his kramtoad tumblr, so all info is only in one place (i.e. here)
    Some fine-tuning of the website (Look & Feel)
    Fabio created a cool, new, very subtle logo and posts it on the feedback page
    Logo is promptly implemented on the web site ---> its great!
    New logo updated on Tumblr and Facebook page
    Facebook OpenGraph Meta Tags on the web site updated (2nd time today)
    Registered IRC User Scaffies and registered #Scaffies IRC Channel with password
    At the end of the day, the web site has been visited over 2,500 times
  • 06 SEP 2013 [Friday]
    Survey added to find out priorities and feedback - will publish interim results: 1st on Monday
    Added the tiny ‘favicon’ - logo shows in the URL and on the Tab (takes a while to display)
    Added the “Kramtoad gone” logo also on front page - 1 picture say more than a 1,000 words ...
    Added a page with Video Links - for visual emergencies :)
    Successfully un-zipped and un-tar’ed the file from Mr Kramtoad (almost 1 GB)
    Been looking through the data and file structures of all 3 backups
    Picture Scan Tools run across the Backups to help catalogue
    Will post & email to volunteers the specific projects where we will (!) need technical help!
    Added IRC Command help for Registration of Nickname to the Chat page
    At the end of the day, the web site has been visited over 6,000 times
  • 07 SEP 2013 [Saturday]
    Added age specs for the Scaffies FB and Tumblr pages on the ‘Other Sites’ page
    Renamed ‘Polls’ to ‘Survey’ and added hintthe survey no longer shows when it’s been filled out
    dreamwraith02 suggested a yearly Scaffies meet & greet weekend for 2014 in the chat :-)
    Order of the pages changed - hope this makes it easier for all you guys!
    Second version of the Scaffies logo with the link in the picture
    Scaffies Tumblr has the updated logo on it - updated description (NSFW/NC-17) and new pics ...
    New Discussion Board on the Kramtoad page - we are adding multiple (focused) feedback areas
    Renamed Feedback! to Public Feedback! - this is a general feedback forum
    Added “Who are we?” page - fight anonymity :-)
    Added Redhead Buster’s NutSmashing blog with the cool drawing to “Other Sites”
    New “Master Plan” page ... with separate discussion board for what’s good and who will help
    Some content adjustments on the Home page - to reflect current status / comment boards
    Added the “R.I.P.” to the Kramtoad Page button
    Added the “Click on Nicks to insert (IRC)”tip on the Chat page
    Added a page for Stories - should be no character limit, and can be edited by poster!
    Re-grouped page bottons once again, by History --> Content --> Feedback & Plans --> Others
    Posted a few stories on the Stories page - for a start, some old favorites of mine :)
    Added a reminder of recommended Browser and Ad Blocker to all Disqus discussion boards
    Added to the “Other Sites” page (also refence on the Stories Board)
    Added a new moral supporter (Scott / Boxers456) on the “Who are We?” page
    Added a new moral supporter (Riley / Gumaer) on the “Who are We?” page
    Added several contacts to the “Old Contacts” page
    It seems people are finding us from Kramtoad: over 10,000 hits at the end of the day
  • 08 SEP 2013 [Sunday]
    Two new Supporters on the Who are We page (thanks guys!)
    Three adds to the Old Contacs List
    We are out of responses on the survey free account! :-) we stop it rather than pay, and here is the result
    --> immediate result to the survey is a new discussion / sharing board on the Video Links page
    Added BB’s Yahoo Group with several hundred ball busting stories to the “Other Sites” page (and -> Stories)
    @Scaffies - Scaffies is now also on Twitter: easy to stay on top of developments!
    “Prettied Up” a little with a few icons / graphics - best is the nutkick round on the Public Feedback we think ..
    Added a Pictures page with an explanation on how to view, comment, and submit (!) on Scaffies tumblr
    --> so we now covered all “Media”: Stories, Pictures, and Video boards :-)
    Added a picture to the Chat page - seemed many had trouble to find the Private Messages
  • 09 SEP 2013 [Monday]
    Added another xtube link(Sam’s ffzs) to the Video Links page (and cleaned it up a little)
    Added a new “protect your IRC nick when you are away” command on the Chat page--- doesn’t work :-(
    Spent a couple hours on an IRC bot to keep the #Scaffies channel safe and auto-op it (with help from someone)
    Introduced Scaffies Chat etiquette (introduction)
    We had to ban the first user off the Chat channel - ‘Haggar’ clearly a troll posting f-words dozens of times -
    --> but illustrates the IRC channel has a lot of options previous chats didnt have (woohoo)
  • 10 SEP 2013 [Tuesday]
    Did some data digging in the multiple copies of old Kramtoad sites. Trying different tools to prep data.
    Looked into Wordpress and Wordpress Plug-Ins, as suggested by a supporter. Still unclear what to do best ...
    Happy to see over 20,000 hits on this website in the ast 6 days - the Kramtoad --> Scaffies switch works!
    Think we may need to do some more simple polls as to which options to follow.
    Pictures & “Wouldn’t it be fun?” possibly on Picasa with comments? Would allow easy upload of old pictures, too
  • 11 SEP 2013 [Wednesday]
    Too weird a date to do much today ... [Cooper is from NYC -- was 11 then and only a few blocks away]
    Added a new “how your IRC nick is protected when you are away” comment on the Chat page
    Updated Front Splash Page
  • 12 SEP 2013 [Thursday]
    If you are on LinkedIn, you can follow there, too, now
    Spend a few hours this morning looking through file structures and HTML code of the old, saved, web sites
    Still waiting for community feedback on the forums - so far only very generic pointers ...
    We are looking at a variety of Social Media site tools - we plan to set up sort of a ballbusting-mini-facebook :-)
    Added the ‘jumper to the latest news to make it easier to get right here with one click :-)
    Lots of research, reading comments and reviews, comparing features and recommendations ...:
    ---> with the help of David / LunarBevel we made a decision for the future of Scaffies - see the “Master Plan”!!
  • 13 SEP 2013 [Friday]
    It has begun! We are setting up the new site in parallel, and when it is ready, we just switch (the backend).
    We bought a second hosting package with a LOT more bandwidth as we have right now with this.
    In sizing the hosting for the new site, we found this site had 2.4 GigaByte of traffic in 10 days (and <30k hits) !!
    David Lunarbevel is installing WordPress already (in progress)
    On the new Scaffies site, we are reserving the No 001 account for Kramtoad, of course :-)
    People have asked if we plan to set up something for donations - we likely will, since people are wanting to contribute
    (so far we spent a total of about €400 = ~US$532 - we register and host in the EU, that’s why it is in € Euros)
    If/when we do that, we will list every expense and every donation next to each other --> transparency!!
    But that will be totally optional - we are doing OK on that end :-)
    The Scaffies Team got a very sweet & nice E-Mail from the last Kramtoad Admin; he offered support and help.
    We offered him to join the Scaffies Team and asked if we could share his message with all.
    (we never heard back, so we did not share his e-Mail)
    We (C+S) are thinking of us all as a Team by now, not C+S with help from others - we just started it
    The “MashinGrapes” Ballbusting Story Blog from Bruce Lee is gone - crossed it out for now (Sites / Stories)
    This weekend is Pride in Dallas, and Cooper’s birthday is tomorrow - so do not expect too much this weekend!
  • 14 SEP 2013 [Saturday]
    Added NutSlugr to the Old Contacts page
    Added NutButter to the Old Contacts page
  • 15 SEP 2013 [Sunday]
    Added LondonBalls to the Old Contacts and Video Links (Xtube) pages
  • 16 SEP 2013 [Monday]
    David finished the setup of WordPress & BuddyPress with PlugIns on Sunday already
    Updated the HomePage, MasterPlan page here (clarification, clear outdated info --> “lean & clean”)
    Working on Configuration of new site (page layouts, fields, etc etc)
    David and Stukka have been real busy today - the new Scaffies Social Media Site is running rudimentarily!
    We need to make a decision on the theme, and then we will start on details and layouts
    --> in other words: we are making great progress! :-)
  • 17 SEP 2013 [Tuesday]
    We got a promising draft for a Square Logo from someone who prefers not to be named
    New Social Media Site Updates:
    Spent several hours messing around with different Word/BuddyPress Themes to find the “killer” one
    --> we think we found a good condidate!
    Configured and tested the new chat, changes options etc etc - Chat works fine!
    Forums and Groups also work fine. User Profiles will get some additional extensions to be ‘rich’
    Had a weird database problem around noon, which was on the hosting end, and was promptly fixed
    --> Next: decision on Theme, then building pages.
  • 18 SEP 2013 [Wednesday]
    A decision on the future appearance (“theme”) of Scaffies has been made (it is a tricky thing, if you know anything about WordPress/Buddypress). It will be “sick”, to quote David :-)
    We just bought the “DynamiX” theme ($55 License + transaction fees = $57), and now continue working on putting the final designs and touches on the new (and permanent) Scaffies full social media ballbusting site. We feel quite confident to get everything ready and running on schedule (before Sept 30th)
    We had another big database crash on the hosting service side, worse than yesterdays’ failure. Completely unreachable for two totally different services, both of which are based on DBs. Getting slightly worried about reliability :-(
  • 19 SEP 2013 [Thursday]
    The database problem on the new site still isn’t fixed after 3 tickets and a call to Australia :-(
    We came to the conclusion that we no longer feel comfy hosting there, so we cancelled that contract
    We are buying different hosting elsewhere with an even bigger company... sigh, lost several days work there
    3 am CDT: answered a somewhat aggressive public post on the feedback forum about K with a lenghty message
    We concluded buying new hosting - this time it is in the US, not in the UK (sorry privacy!)
    --> but at least it is unlimited bandwidth (!) and cheaper (just hope we do get the ~$450 back like they said)
    ... sleepy time - we need to set everything up from scratch again (which is not tooo bad, most time was spent on research and learning)
    11 am CDT - The 1st hosting company we chose has now admitted they can’t figure the database problem out (oops!)
    --> so it was a good choice to follow our gut feeling and to cancel it. They did cancel both hosting products (and confirmed the refunds for both), which is why this web site has temporarily been moved elsewhere (you shouldn’t notice the switch other than the different URL and the temporarily missing Disqus boards).
    This deleted “” as well though - we changed the feedback address to Stukka’s Gmail - but all incoming emails are lost in that account :-(
    Despite this little setback, we should be well on our way to get the new site running and open for you guys on time.
    Added a new site to the “Other Sites” page: ManDownBallbusting on BlogSpot - submitted via our FB page.
    7:30 pm CDT - the domain switch is in full swing - with the cancellation of the hosting to the new one. By sometime tomorrow everyone should land here. I hope you can live for a few days without the discussion boards, so we do not have to move it one additional time. Thanks for your patience!
  • 20 SEP 2013 [Friday]
    After some additional (!!) hurdles, the new hosting is set up - in the US (“Ultimate” package with unlimited everything: space, bandwidth, databases, e-Mail accounts, etc) -- we do not expect problems with that anymore ... this interim website is now hosted at - the New Social Scaffies site will also be here soon (redirected as or
    The troll who is posting (now removed off the site, but logged with all evidence of course) and e-mailing us threatening messages, did so from the IP, which is located in Durham NC 27709. This B-class IP v4 range is assigned to CNRT, the big North Carolina Education & Research Network at Triangle Park. If anyone also received similar messages, and wants to do something / file charges, here is where you can call, and/or file the criminal complaint: - include the message, and the message header (!) with exact time & date. It is really easy, they will e-mail you a link to fill out online and sign it digitally. For compliance with anti-bullying laws, and to avoid the big civil law suits, all school networks have to log every usage on their networks, so it is easy for school / college cops to pinpoint the unique MAC address of the device used, identify the user through all the other use from that device, and charge the person. The troll in question here has a long, 922-day history with 70 Disqus comments - and used the same e-Mail address for all, so there is definitly a long track record on file. Busted!! You should not send threats (in writing) across state lines, if you do not understand technology --- had you been nice instead, you could have been busted in a much more fun way ... :-)
    3:30 pm CDT - after the to-and-fro with the hosting in the last few days, things are now progressing as planned
    If all goes well, it will be your last weekend with this interim solution and IRC chat!
    Sat & Sun we are installing and configuring all the tools (sorry, we have plans this Friday afternoon and evening)
  • 21 SEP 2013 [Saturday]
    Pending installations / Setups / Tests for the new Scaffies Social Media Site:
    - WordPress: Check!
    - Anti-Spam Tools: Check!
    - JetPack Integration: Check!
    - BuddyPress: Check!
    - Forums: Check!
    - Admin Tools: Check!
    - WordPress to DropBox Automatic Backups: Check!
    - Chat System (we had to replace it with a more $$ one - no user-to-user chat with 1st choice): Check!
    - Theme: Check!
    - Pages (Login/Logoff, Static) Creation, Configuration: Check!
    - Extended User Profiles with Maps, Preference Questions, Intro Spaces, Links: Check!
    - Testing: Check!
    - Set Up of Initial Reserved User accounts (K): Check!
    - Seeding Story, Picture, and Video Link Boards with Archive Material: Check! (it is an on-going project)
    - Update Static Pages with Announcements, FAQ/Help, and Policy Pages: Check!
    - posted a new topic in the IRC channel announcing the opening of the new site: Check!
    - Scaffies is now OPEN for Public Use - Register, Try it out, give us feedback!
  • 22 SEP 2013 {Sunday]
    some clean-up work, updates to the FAQ (Help) page on the new site
    some changes to layouts and wizards on the new site
    added the counter to the new site (same as this one) and Google Analytics code
    transferred the “About” (Who is behind Scaffies) page
    Unpublished pages here, which are no longer needed
    Added some stories from archives to the new stories page (1st of many steps to seed new site)
    Asked a bunch of people to share the Scaffies announcement on Facebook
    new members are now signing up - seems to be working OK :-)

    This concludes the transition
    - not bad in 3 weeks from K’s announcement to a full-fledged social media site, huh?

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