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  1. The Futon Critic has updated the schedule for Young Sheldon. A rerun of 304 "Hobbitses, Physicses and a Ball with Zip" will air Thursday, May 7. The season finale will air Thursday, May 14.

    So that's 22 episodes this season, in line with the previous two. But given the news of the early shut down and the number of reruns being aired in April/May, the plan must have been for 23 or 24 episodes.

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  2. Season 3, Episode 17 - An Academic Crime and a More Romantic Taco Bell

    Airs March 5, 2020 at 8:00/7:00c on CBS

    Dr. Sturgis is furious when Sheldon accuses him of plagiarism. Also, Mary sets out to find a “girl trophy” for Missy’s end-of-season baseball ceremony, and Georgie has an awkward run-in with Veronica (Isabel May) while on a date with his new girlfriend, Jana (Ava Allan).

    Stand-up comedian Louie Anderson guest stars as Ralph, a Trophy Store employee.

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  3. In Season 10, Episode 2 "The Military Miniaturization", Bernadette tries to keep her pregnancy hidden from people at work for fear she will be treated differently. There's some discussion about how she has always been treated differently at work.

  4. Season 3, Episode 16 - Pasadena

    Airs February 20, 2020 at 8:00/7:00c on CBS

    Sheldon visits CalTech for the very first time. Also, Georgie is furious when Mary listens in on a phone call with his girlfriend, and Meemaw tries to cheer up a jealous Missy.

    Wallace Shawn guest stars as Dr. John Sturgis.

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  5. Season 3, Episode 12 - Body Glitter and a Mall Safety Kit

    Airs January 16, 2020 at 8:00/7:00c on CBS

    Sheldon learns to listen when an emotional Paige (Mckenna Grace) struggles with her parents’ divorce. Also, George Sr. is furious when Georgie tries to buy his way out of chores.

    Wallace Shawn, Wyatt McClure, Mckenna Grace and Andrea Anders guest star. Lea Thompson (Back to the Future, Caroline in the City) directed this episode.

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  6. I want to apologize for the period of intermittent downtime and the forum closure that followed.

    This was an unplanned move made in response to what appears to have been an attempt to disrupt the forum and/or the website. This was not a technical failure. I believe it was a malicious event, although there is no indication there has been unauthorized access to the forum or server.

    This was a crude attack, known as a DDOS [distributed denial of service] which aims to crash a server by flooding it with requests. I have no indication why the forum was targeted as it appears to have been. The traffic originated in a specific country likely using a network of compromised devices, although that does not necessarily mean the attack was orchestrated from that country.

    I have stepped up network security to deal with the current attack [which is ongoing] and try prevent this in the future. In the twelve year history of the site, this is the first time I believe we have been the victim of an attack. I don't believe this is related the recent host move, as the outcome on the previous host would have been the same given the circumstances.

    You may encounter some security features as you browse the website as we attempt to root out any malicious traffic. Please let me know if you encounter anything that's not working right or doesn't seem right. Thank you and sorry again for today's interruption.

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  7. 3 hours ago, Stephen Hawking said:

    Did I dream it, or did the forum come back on, go off again, and come back again now?

    ETA: This is my second attempt to post this. The first time (a minute or so ago) I got a message saying the forum was unavailable.

    The new configuration is not as stable as I would like, particularly with the forum. It's hosting the main site fine, but the forum is a bit more demanding.

    It has a very large database, which puts a strain on the server memory and on the hard drive if the memory gets close to the limit. That's causing the database server to crash occasionally now that it's serving the forum as well.

    I've just made a change now (which caused a couple of minutes of downtime) which should improve the situation. I'll still need to fine tune the configuration over the next few days, so there may be the occasional short outage.

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  8. The forum and main site will be unavailable for a period of time this weekend for a planned server move.

    The work is scheduled to begin Saturday, December 21 at 7:30 am Eastern Time  (4:30 am Pacific / 12:30 pm UTC).

    This will definitely involve a period of time where the forum is closed, even if it's still technically accessible. A limited period of technical downtime, where the connection to the site simply fails, is also a possibility.

    The time where the forum will be closed is likely to be at least three hours. As this involves a server switch, there is also a lag time while the DNS change propagates around the Internet. This means that even if we have the forum up and running on a new server, you may still be connecting to the old server until the DNS change works it way through the system.

    As a result, I can't place an estimate on how long it will take until you are able to access the forum again, even if the move itself is successfully completed within three hours. Hopefully the DNS change will work its way rapidly through the system. 

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  9. As part of an effort to reduce the cost of hosting the website and forum now that the show has ended, certain email functions will soon be disabled on the forum. This will allow us to move to a lower cost hosting service and rely on an external, trusted service to send the forum emails reliably.

    From December 31, 2019 we will no longer be sending emails to notify you when somebody replies to a thread you're following or creates a topic in a forum you follow. We will also not send notification emails if your posts are quoted, if you are mentioned in a post, or if you somebody links to your posts. Digest emails for followed content will also cease. You will still be able to follow content and receive those notifications on the forum or in Tapatalk.

    We will continue to send emails, if your personal settings allow, when you receive a private message or a warning. The content you can follow will not change.

    The forum and website are moving to a less full-service hosting platform which won't be configured to send emails. Running our own mail service on this platform would have introduced more complexity and risk, with regards to spam and whether emails will be successfully delivered. Instead, we will be moving the forum and then relying on a third party to send emails.

    While pricing up the email service, I've seen how many emails the forum sends each day and how few are actually opened. There's a lot of reply notifications for certain threads that perhaps aren't even useful to the people who once requested them, judging by the open metrics. On a trusted mail service, the frequency of unopened emails could pose a problem to our account.

    We do need to maintain a cost-effective and reliable email service for core functions like registration and member functions like password reset. I also recognize the needs for alerts when you receive a private message, but I think the reply notifications which can be triggered multiple times a day per person are no longer practical in the new environment.

    If you have any concerns, please do let me know.

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