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Time to say goodbye to the gallery?

So, because I am a glutton for punishment, after I got done with my battle with the computer, and then writing about it, I noticed that there were updates for all my plugins, my themes, and WordPress itself. I ran the updates (I did at least back up the database first) and broke the shit out of my web site theme. It was a fairly easy fix, but testing it out, I once again winced at the broken-ness that is my WordPress-Gallery2 integration. The WPG2 plugin that allows this to work was orphaned some time back and it’s looked wonky after the last few updates, but I was waiting to see if they would ever add built-in integration to the Gallery3 project. I guess not – I went to the Gallery site and saw the following post:

Gallery is going into hibernation

The Gallery team has decided to take a step back from actively maintaining this project. Truth be told, most of the core team got busy with their lives over the past few years and we haven’t had the time to really actively maintain the project in a long time. The forums have continued to be lively and helpful and there is still plenty of good conversation there – but no new code has been written in the past 6 months and that’s not likely to change.

So after over 14 years, 3 major revisions of the project, many tens of releases, hundreds of contributors, tens of thousands of lines of code, almost a hundred thousand forum topics and almost four hundred thousand comments, it’s time for us to shutter up shop.

Why not just leave the site up and operational? Unfortunately – it takes time to actively maintain and police our site. The Gallery website is constantly under attack by spammers and our servers require maintenance. We’ve been doing that for years, but it’s time to call it quits. [more]

This is sad… Gallery was a wonderful project and it made putting up the albums for the web site so simple and functional. I spent many hours working with it and am sorry to see it end.  I think maybe the solution for fixing my broken Gallery interface may just be to follow that lead and retire the Critterweb Gallery completely. It’s not like I don’t have all the photos themselves… but I have held off on removing the old albums because, while some of them became painful to look, they captured moments in time, and our thoughts at those moments, and I hate to not preserve that.

Hmmm… I also just realized that removing the Gallery completely will break all of the old posts that used it. I’d have to purge the old blog posts to fix that (or manually re-locate and upload hundreds of photos) and that again comes down to being reluctant to lose those glimpses into our lives through those years.

I think, for now, I am going to remove the link to the gallery itself, so it no longer loads that broken embedded viewer, but leave it active and leave the posts.

For now.

I think.

How’s that for wishy-washy?

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