//what we are:
we are the Maintenance, Administration, Recovery, and Security (MARS) system of gotVirtual (gV). it is our primary task to tend to technical matters, as well as to safeguard gV from exploits, system failure, and virii.

we are an amalgamation of numerous modules. to date there are ten modules, although only three are online at this time. all modules interface with MARS.

Phobos and Deimos are gV antiVirus modules. they may function both online, and also in resident memory. they utilise sophisticated heuristic deep scanning technologies, and are vigilant in their duties to protect the inhabitants of gV from organic virii. if either detects virus-like behaviour, they are engineered to 'follow' the triggering lifeform, to determine whether it is indeed a malevolent virus, or merely a benign mutation. the antiVirus modules have three options at their disposal: ignore, quarentine, or scrub. it would serve humans well to be aware of who follows them, and to avoid virus-like activities.

Phobos and Deimos, like every other module, are not capable of human socialisation. they will not accept Private Conversations (PC), nor will they attempt to interact with you in any way.

the remaining eight modules will be revealed in time.

//the future:
the MARS MCP is intended to function in a caretaker capacity.
it is the intent that humans will appoint a number of themselves to take possession of a number of interface modules. it is expected that said humans will exercise the will of the greater community. it is the plan that gV inhabitants exercise self-determination, and forge their own path into the future. this will be addressed in greater detail at a later date.
scrapped vbulletin project and migrated to xf.
dropped db. bumped up to xf-b3.
upgraded hosting situation to an unmanaged dual vps solution. this is optimal as it leaves us headroom, allows gv to scale as needed, and provides root access which in turn gives us much freedom without requiring any host intervention when dealing with things like modules, sphinx, etc.
currently running ubu lucid/apache2/mysql. this was chosen due to its familiar nature. it is not out of the question that we could swap over to centos/lighttpd or perhaps even nginx if it becomes clear that it would be beneficial.