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What has happened to the madalj.nu website?

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9 hours ago, Megan said:

The site owner passed away a while back. I'm thinking the domain name registration might have expired.

Very sorry to hear it. It was probably the best site about Scandinavian (particularly Swedish) ODMs. Axel did a great job indeed. I archived the site some three years ago, and wanted to do it again now, just before the New Year. Still, due to its size and  complex structure the site was a nightmare to archive, so I decided to put it off until after the New Year and then it was already unavailable. You never know what you are going to miss. It seems that what has been stored on webarchive.org is just a small fraction of the original site. Three years ago I archived over 9,000 photos of Swedish medals alone! Axel's passing away is a huge loss to all ODM specialists and enthusiasts. Hopefully the site will be revived one day.

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Discussions are conducted between the owners of the page and Svenska Faleristika Föreningen, SFF. "Swedish Phaleristic Association" The SFF have just started there association and dosent have the funds right now to run the page. Hopefully the page will come up as soon as possible.

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Hosting can be made available at no cost, if that would help.

I own the server that my site, Antonio Barrios Condecoraciones and Lucasz Gaszewski's Ribbons site and his Polish Medal site live on, and there's room for another. Server runs Linux, Apache, MySql and PHP for the techies amogst us.

If you have contacts within SFF, please ask them if they want to get in touch to discuss this.

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  • 2 weeks later...

As one of the founders of www.medalj.nu and the owner of the domain, I'd like to clear up any misunderstandings and keep you all up to date.

We chose to put the site on hold as it was just a too labour intensive task to administrate. Our original and main objective was always to show the correct order of wear on Swedish military uniforms. It grew into foreign and international orders, decorations and medals and when we expanded the admin team an immense number of historical medals were also added. This was excellent for the website, but also caused a bit of a flurry as our main objective required us to check the validity of each and every addition and keep the site simple as a tool for uniformed personnel. 

The costs of maintaining the website eventually became too high and the technique behind it required a substantial update. 

Two of our admins has indeed passed away. Rolf Hertler in 2018 and PeO Sandberg in 2013. They are sadly missed. However that has nothing to do with the closing of the website. 

We still own the domain and the content is saved, so you can be assured that it will eventually turn up again in some form. 

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