Moving Day! March 13, 2014 1:53 PM   Subscribe

This Saturday we are planning some downtime of about one hour some time around 10am Pacific. We'll put up a big banner across the top of the site tomorrow to give everyone an additional heads up and post updates to the status blog.

We are moving web hosts and we've conducted most of the move already. The last step will be to take Saturday morning's last few posts and comments and sync them to the new server, and update the DNS to point you at the new box. In testing this has only taken about 20-30min total, but we're budgeting an hour just in case there are any delays. The site should come back up on the new hardware in the new location for everyone later Saturday morning, and we'll squash any bugs we didn't catch in previous testing through the day.
posted by mathowie to Uptime at 1:53 PM (256 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

*takes out an anticipatory paper bag to breathe in*
posted by corb at 1:58 PM on March 13, 2014 [48 favorites]


I hear there will be customizable user pages and <img> tags as far as the eye can see once we get to the new box everyone, so don't panic. Just be patient while we shut down the site for a little while, and then everything... will... be... OK...
posted by Rock Steady at 2:00 PM on March 13, 2014 [10 favorites]


Will we get another "is the site back" video, or shall I queue up the old one and watch that?
posted by rmd1023 at 2:02 PM on March 13, 2014 [4 favorites]


Hey, I've gone ahead and put together a temporary replacement site with, um, most of the main site functionality implemented, which everyone's welcome to use if the downtime on Saturday gets hard to endure.
posted by Wolfdog at 2:29 PM on March 13, 2014 [85 favorites]


Moving to the last hosting service to support JRun.
posted by GuyZero at 2:32 PM on March 13, 2014 [10 favorites]


Metafiller is the perfect name, Wolfdog.

*golfclap*
posted by blurker at 2:43 PM on March 13, 2014 [1 favorite]


Yeah, strangely, the last time we did a major server move, we put up a temp "sorry we'll be back soon" catch-all page for the server but it turned into a nightmare where apache and browsers were caching the page for literally weeks for some people, and you had to do a force-refresh to get the actual new site.

So instead, we're going to just shut the servers down for a few minutes, move the DNS, then bring up the new instance in the new location.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 2:46 PM on March 13, 2014 [1 favorite]


So, for slow people like me, this is 10am Pacific time. And if something goes weird, updates will be at status.metafilter.com (I think?).
posted by LobsterMitten (staff) at 2:48 PM on March 13, 2014


Yeah, sorry I wasn't clearer, I'll update the post to make it clear.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 2:50 PM on March 13, 2014


I'm glad you conveniently timed this to coincide perfectly with the time I'm going to be buying comic-con tickets and thus am unlikely to be metafiltering.

Bravo!
posted by Sara C. at 2:58 PM on March 13, 2014 [2 favorites]


NOOOOOOOOO!
posted by klangklangston at 3:06 PM on March 13, 2014 [2 favorites]


How could you?! And what am I supposed to do here in England between the hours of {calculates} oh 3am and 4am well okay sleep i guess fine go and do what you need to...
posted by Wordshore at 3:07 PM on March 13, 2014 [16 favorites]


Ah, the joys of progressively shortening TTLs in DNS, how I missed thee!
posted by adipocere at 3:11 PM on March 13, 2014 [1 favorite]


This will include chat.metafilter, I assume. Because otherwise, I predict a flood of panic-filled MeFites overwhelming our usual Saturday Morning chat topics (remember the Herculoids cartoon?)
posted by oneswellfoop at 3:14 PM on March 13, 2014


Thanks for the heads-up! Hope everything goes smoothly; see you on the other side.
posted by Elsa at 3:16 PM on March 13, 2014 [1 favorite]


That makes two weekends in a row where we lose an hour.
posted by ceribus peribus at 3:31 PM on March 13, 2014 [18 favorites]


We're too old to just borrow a friend's truck and pay everyone in pizza, aren't we.
posted by The corpse in the library at 3:32 PM on March 13, 2014 [7 favorites]


How have people emotionally felt about MetaFilter being down in past times, you may (probably not) have asked yourself.

Well, let's see:

2013 - existentially
2013 - puzzlingly
2012 - religiously
2008 - sensually
2007 - Microsoftragingly
2006 - cachingly
2004 - patiently
2003 - uncoolnewsingly
2001 - anonymously
2001 - procrastinatingly
2001 - surf's upingly
posted by Wordshore at 3:38 PM on March 13, 2014 [13 favorites]


How could you?! And what am I supposed to do here in England between the hours of {calculates} oh 3am and 4am well okay sleep i guess fine go and do what you need to...

Um, sorry but I think it works the other way so it'll be 5 or 6pm in the UK...

(I will be drinking gin, being Saturday teatime, so I think I'll get through it. Just.)
posted by billiebee at 3:57 PM on March 13, 2014 [4 favorites]


Of course, after the lost time we'll wake up with a metallic taste in our mouths and microchip implanted somewhere in our bodies.
posted by The Whelk at 4:29 PM on March 13, 2014 [7 favorites]


Bottom shelf liquor doesn't really save you any money.
posted by Pudhoho at 4:36 PM on March 13, 2014 [1 favorite]


Godspeed mathowie and pb.

. (old host)
posted by JohnnyGunn at 4:43 PM on March 13, 2014 [1 favorite]


Anarchy! Smash the state! Wooo!
posted by Ghostride The Whip at 4:54 PM on March 13, 2014 [2 favorites]


What am I supposed to do after lunch on Saturday? Because if you say pay attention to my family, I'm gonna cry.
posted by Nanukthedog at 5:13 PM on March 13, 2014 [10 favorites]


*mentally counts bottles of Scotch thought to be remaining in cabinet*

*remembers Bayern game on GolTV isn't on until 10:30*

*steadies self*

*takes a deep breath*

Ok. It's just half an hour. This is doable. I can do this. I CAN DO THIS!

*notices trembling hands*

I can't do this.
posted by Hairy Lobster at 5:21 PM on March 13, 2014 [7 favorites]


You could always repent your sins.

I'm cleaning out the garage.
posted by Pudhoho at 5:22 PM on March 13, 2014 [1 favorite]


Even this guy can't do more than 22 minutes...
posted by Hairy Lobster at 5:24 PM on March 13, 2014 [1 favorite]


THANKS OBAMA
posted by winna at 5:53 PM on March 13, 2014 [19 favorites]


"I know, I'll just try that web game grouse posted the other day"
*attempts to load thread*
"Dammit!"
posted by ceribus peribus at 5:54 PM on March 13, 2014 [4 favorites]


Great, another example of the government forcing you to play by their rules, because they think they know best, and now I won’t be able to afford to use Metafilter. I’m sure my rates are going up. I’ll probably die.
posted by bongo_x at 6:06 PM on March 13, 2014


ObamaFilter?
posted by oneswellfoop at 6:31 PM on March 13, 2014


WHAT. THE. FUCK. MATT?

(Seriously, no one thought to say it before me? Y'all are slipping.)
posted by zarq at 6:44 PM on March 13, 2014 [3 favorites]


Y'all are slipping.
Plus, no one has actually linked to the "is the site back" video, which we are CLEARLY going to need and I have no idea how to find it.
Oh, wait. Here it is.
posted by SLC Mom at 6:59 PM on March 13, 2014 [7 favorites]


I do hope the site makes it to the lee side of the stone without too much trouble, and that Timothy gets his medicine.

Watch out for Jenner though, and don't trust him. I mean, he is a rat and all, but seriously, don't trust him.
posted by Ghidorah at 7:42 PM on March 13, 2014 [6 favorites]


In testing this has only taken about 20-30min total, but we're budgeting an hour just in case there are any delays.

When I read this for some reason I flashed on Alastair Reynolds' The Prefect, which I guess is my subconscious' way of reminding me there can be worse outcomes to systems maintenance than an hour without Metafilter.
posted by audi alteram partem at 8:00 PM on March 13, 2014 [2 favorites]


Hey um, I just threw my back out. Couldn't we just hire movers? They always seem to be faster... Just saying...
posted by Nanukthedog at 8:10 PM on March 13, 2014


We can rebuild it. We have the technology. Better, stronger, faster than before.

Or WWIII starts in the Crimea at the resulting chaos of cyberconflict with Russia means metafilter never comes back because both hosting companies get hacked and the database is lost even as civilization struggles back from the brink.

In summary, the future holds many possibilities. Now everyone get under your desks.
posted by spitbull at 8:46 PM on March 13, 2014 [2 favorites]


GuyZero's comment made me think of this, and it seems like as good a place as any to ask as any, but is there still ColdFusion lurking in the backend of Metafilter, or has that all been supplanted by other languages?

The only reference in the wiki to the engine also mentions GPLing the code in July 2003, so I don't think it is necessarily the most up-to-date.
posted by grandsham at 9:26 PM on March 13, 2014


"Of course, after the lost time we'll wake up with a metallic taste in our mouths and microchip implanted somewhere in our bodies."

So… Saturday?
posted by klangklangston at 9:46 PM on March 13, 2014 [2 favorites]


grandsham, it's not just lurking in the backend. MetaFilter is all ColdFusion all the time. The MetaFilter code hasn't been GPLd. I'm not sure what that was about on the wiki.
posted by pb (staff) at 10:09 PM on March 13, 2014


You guys use Adobe's ColdFusion server or one of the open source ones?
posted by jcreigh at 10:39 PM on March 13, 2014


Is this where I complain that Wolfdog pulled my posting privileges from MetaFiller because they're a PC thug who can't handle the truthbombs I'm laying down? Because I'm pretty sure that's what happened. Also, all the new people are ruining MetaFiller.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 10:48 PM on March 13, 2014 [4 favorites]


Oh, 2003 was a different era for Metafilter. mathowie was running the site by himself, at his own expense, and he was burned out: he casually mentioned the possibility of open sourcing the Metafilter server code in 2003, along with options like "close the site, sell it, or throw an essay contest to give it away." Soon after, Google TextAds were introduced on the site, Metafilter made steps toward being self-sustaining, and mathowie felt optimism about the site again.
posted by Pronoiac at 12:04 AM on March 14, 2014 [5 favorites]


> You could always repent your sins.

I'm cleaning out the garage.


Same diff.
posted by Too-Ticky at 12:20 AM on March 14, 2014 [3 favorites]


As somebody who works nights, I wanted to thank you for thoughtfully doing this while I'm asleep.
posted by Pope Guilty at 12:45 AM on March 14, 2014 [2 favorites]


Oh, great. I've been telling everyone that I'm spending Saturday grading, and now I'm really going to have to do that?
posted by GenjiandProust at 1:49 AM on March 14, 2014 [9 favorites]


Or, perhaps, we should form an Emergency Citizens' Committee to send out favorites and snark to desperate MeFites suffering from Loss of Will to Live?
posted by GenjiandProust at 2:02 AM on March 14, 2014


Title:
The End [more inside]
Question:
My favorite place on the Interet will be out for an entire hour in the middle of my night in a few day's time. This has caused my anxiety to spike, as well as my preemptive chocolate chip cookie intake. I also have stocked up on beans (and plates), but to no avail. My therapist - well *chuckle* my therapist.

My friends tell me to start a life, and quit whining, but I will make work of it and detach myself from my friends.
Dear mefites I need a reality check here. Can this even be? How do I keep my head above water during this difficult time? What cookies do you recommend? How to I handle the adrenaline rush when [favorite site] goes online again? And will it be safe to eat after all that time?
Posted by anonymous-and-distressed
posted by Namlit at 2:03 AM on March 14, 2014 [3 favorites]


The real question here is: who can we trust as supreme ruler of the vacuum where MetaFilter doesn't exist for about one hour some time around 10am Pacific Time on Saturday? I say we hold a vote for overlordship of that particular empty space. I saw The Neverending Story as a young child, and I firmly believe that when "the nothing is coming" you need a strong leader in charge - you can't just pin your hopes on an introverted little kid with a weird thing for Luck Dragons. Also "Bastian" isn't even a REAL NAME. So vote #1 "the quidnunc kid" for chief Gmork.
posted by the quidnunc kid at 2:34 AM on March 14, 2014 [19 favorites]


Oh dude! I'd love to help you move. But I just twisted my ankle, and the doctor says I'm not allowed to lift any heavy bits and pieces. Sorry bro! I really wish I could help.
posted by bjrn at 2:43 AM on March 14, 2014 [2 favorites]


Stocks up on watercolours, paper and brushes. Squints.
posted by infini at 3:22 AM on March 14, 2014 [2 favorites]


Surely there are pizzas you could eat, beers you could drink, and NCAA basketball conference tournaments you could watch.
posted by ardgedee at 4:16 AM on March 14, 2014


I guess I'll just have to rely on reddit until mefi is back online
...
...
...
*laughs hysterically*
Yeah that'll happen
*cries*
posted by forforf at 4:58 AM on March 14, 2014 [3 favorites]


my wife put you up to this, right... so I would spend some time with her? Clever...
posted by HuronBob at 5:20 AM on March 14, 2014 [3 favorites]


Oh dear- this is when I usually log on in the morning. Sighhhhhh. Guess I'll have to go to work early...
posted by PlantGoddess at 5:22 AM on March 14, 2014


I just want to tell you both: Good luck. We're all counting on you.
posted by SpiffyRob at 5:54 AM on March 14, 2014 [5 favorites]


Clever...

I so badly wanted this to say "clever mod," followed by raptor-cortex and raptor-Jessamyn devouring HuronBob while raptor-pb looks on
posted by Ghidorah at 5:55 AM on March 14, 2014 [6 favorites]


You guys use Adobe's ColdFusion server or one of the open source ones?

We use the standard Adobe version.
posted by pb (staff) at 6:15 AM on March 14, 2014


At least we know when they will find the plane now.....
posted by pearlybob at 6:22 AM on March 14, 2014 [5 favorites]


An hour? Pfffft, no biggie, I'll just catch up on some little tasks I sometimes put off in order to hang around here. It shouldn't take any longer than [checking list] 562 hours or so.
posted by FelliniBlank at 6:30 AM on March 14, 2014 [3 favorites]


I am going to spend the time with Metafilter's Down (And So I Hit F5)" on infinite repeat.
posted by Flunkie at 7:03 AM on March 14, 2014 [3 favorites]


Someone make a song, metafilter's down, please?

Oh...
posted by Namlit at 7:08 AM on March 14, 2014


Heck, how well does "preview" work in combination with ol' pudding brain.
posted by Namlit at 7:09 AM on March 14, 2014


Man, I feel like I should rerecord that some time. About half of it is still charming to me and half is just evidence that I was rushing.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:24 AM on March 14, 2014


Well, Cortex, looks like you have some free time Saturday morning ...
posted by dotgirl at 7:25 AM on March 14, 2014 [3 favorites]


Ghidorah: I so badly wanted this to say "clever mod," followed by raptor-cortex and raptor-Jessamyn devouring HuronBob while raptor-pb looks on
You get your first look at this "six foot turkey" as you enter a clearing. He moves like a bird, lightly, bobbing his head. And you keep still because you think that maybe his visual acuity is based on movement in the flag queue– he'll lose you if you don't move on. But no, not Velocimoderator. You stare at him, and he just stares right back. And that's when the banhammer comes. Not from the front, but from the side, from the other two mods you didn't even know were there. Because Velocimoderator's a pack hunter, you see, he uses coordinated deletion reasons and he is out in force today.
posted by Rock Steady at 7:43 AM on March 14, 2014 [15 favorites]


We would also have accepted "Moderaptor".
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:51 AM on March 14, 2014 [27 favorites]


Did cortex just get propositioned a few comments up? High five to dotgirl for her assertiveness!
posted by Nanukthedog at 8:17 AM on March 14, 2014 [3 favorites]


We would also have accepted "Moderaptor".

Unfortunately, the actual "moderaptor" or "Moderate Raptor" (Velociraptor moderatos) was only about the size of a small turkey. The Vermont Raptor (also known as the "Deinomoderus" (Deinomoderus vermontensis) was much larger and apparently had a terrible banhammer on each hide leg. You have to do a little more research than just watching Jurassic Weblog again (or worse, simply listening to the synopsis on the podcast We Have Such Blogs to Read to You)....
posted by GenjiandProust at 8:20 AM on March 14, 2014 [6 favorites]


cortex: We would also have accepted "Moderaptor".

Damn it, that's much better.
posted by Rock Steady at 8:22 AM on March 14, 2014


Moderaptors can be fierce, but Metaraptors - sheeeeeeeeiiit.
posted by Mooski at 8:28 AM on March 14, 2014


Whereas the mettaraptors kill their prey with kindness, and the muditaraptors take sympathetic joy in the slaughter by other raptors.....
posted by GenjiandProust at 8:31 AM on March 14, 2014 [1 favorite]


I can be there early, with donuts, boxes and tape to help.
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 8:32 AM on March 14, 2014


After the outage, a void ship simply appears, the door opens up and Moderaptors emerging, bringing with them the Genesis Ark in which all comments are held in stasis.

There's an outside you say?
posted by arcticseal at 8:52 AM on March 14, 2014 [3 favorites]

Lametasaurus (luh-MAY-tuh-SAWR-us - meaning "Lameta lizard") named for the Lameta Formation, Jabalpur, India, is the generic name given to a possible dubious dinosaur species.
I'm not sure, but I think them's fightin' words.
posted by mbrubeck at 9:30 AM on March 14, 2014 [1 favorite]


So where's this big banner we were promised?

* crosses arms, taps foot impatiently *
posted by Curious Artificer at 9:36 AM on March 14, 2014


Next, the Lametasaurus Configuration of the Puzzle Box....
posted by GenjiandProust at 9:47 AM on March 14, 2014


So where's this big banner we were promised?

~ ~ ~ C O L D F U S I O N    A C C O M P L I S H E D ~ ~ ~
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:48 AM on March 14, 2014 [11 favorites]


Banner accomplished.
posted by pb (staff) at 10:09 AM on March 14, 2014 [1 favorite]


Where are the neutrons?
posted by Wolfdog at 10:10 AM on March 14, 2014 [1 favorite]


7 AM, guess I'll walk the dog and take her to the bar for breakfast.
posted by scottymac at 10:16 AM on March 14, 2014


Oh my God! MetaFilter has disbanded!
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 10:29 AM on March 14, 2014


I like that there is a site-wide banner and 80-some comment MeTa about an hour's downtime.
posted by kafziel at 10:39 AM on March 14, 2014 [2 favorites]


Once again I am disappoint about the kind of raptors being discussed. I should know better by now.

I will spend the hour's downtime tomorrow contemplating this.
posted by rtha at 10:45 AM on March 14, 2014 [3 favorites]


Et tu, Matt?
posted by schmod at 11:06 AM on March 14, 2014 [1 favorite]


kafziel: "I like that there is a site-wide banner and 80-some comment MeTa about an hour's downtime."

If we're lucky, flapjax at midnight is composing an entire Klingon opera to commemorate the occasion.
posted by zarq at 11:08 AM on March 14, 2014 [6 favorites]


I like that there is a site-wide banner and 80-some comment MeTa about an hour's downtime.

I too am pleased that we are stable and self-assured enough to not enact Security Protocol 7 even with this terrible threat looming on the horizon. I trust the steely nerves of mathowie and pb to see us through the maelstrom. I assume they will not have to release the Apocalypse Juggernauts even for a little bit to ensure order among the populace. All Hail the New Servers!
posted by GenjiandProust at 11:08 AM on March 14, 2014


I guess it's time to see if I remember my Monkeyfilter login. Or I could finish cleaning up my yard after last month's tragic ice storm.
posted by TedW at 11:16 AM on March 14, 2014


I like that there is a site-wide banner and 80-some comment MeTa about an hour's downtime.

Surely we shame those other sites, like that Twitterbird, who go offline without warning or a Gmail, which refuses to load. If only others were as user centered.
posted by infini at 11:45 AM on March 14, 2014 [1 favorite]


While Metafilter is down we should all just go check out plastic.com or Memepool.
posted by killdevil at 11:49 AM on March 14, 2014 [5 favorites]


Thanks for the heads up!
posted by travelwithcats at 11:54 AM on March 14, 2014


killdevil: While Metafilter is down we should all just go check out plastic.com or Memepool.

I know you're joking over ghosts of past community sites, but there there are a number of side-communities and related websites that have varying levels of activity and Meta-relevance.
posted by filthy light thief at 12:14 PM on March 14, 2014


I lament that MetaChat seems to have relatively little activity these days. In past years it's been my go-to for para-Metafilter action.
posted by killdevil at 12:44 PM on March 14, 2014


Ya, let's send an hours worth of traffic to MonkeyFilter; imagine the head explosions when they see the page view spike in their stats.
posted by Mitheral at 12:45 PM on March 14, 2014 [1 favorite]


Oh my God! MetaFilter has disbanded!

I'd like to say "thank you" on behalf of the group and ourselves and I hope we passed the audition.
posted by arcticseal at 12:58 PM on March 14, 2014 [4 favorites]


Will the wiki be up? Is it on the same hosting and I need to make sure to like open tabs NOW to my back up metafilter offshoot replacement communities? How will we get through this long dark night.
posted by stoneweaver at 2:40 PM on March 14, 2014


The wiki should be up, I think; it's not run by the site. (It's run by the outstanding and magnanimous Pronoiac.)
posted by LobsterMitten (staff) at 2:43 PM on March 14, 2014


Yup, the wiki's a separate thing, and it will still be running.

*knocks on wood*
posted by Pronoiac at 3:02 PM on March 14, 2014


Before you junkies go into withdrawal, here's a quick fix..... just in case.
posted by HuronBob at 3:05 PM on March 14, 2014


Is it too late for more Jurassic Park shenaningans? Aw, who am I kidding, this is something that has to be inflicted on everyone: Hahahrawrrahaha

For best effect, download, place on repeat for the entire time the site is down, and feel your soul and will to live slowly slip away.
posted by zombieflanders at 4:58 PM on March 14, 2014


FYI, the link on the banner is all but invisible if you're using the professional white background.
posted by desjardins at 5:30 PM on March 14, 2014


I can't believe no one has yet said, "Beware the Ides of March."
posted by Apoch at 5:39 PM on March 14, 2014 [4 favorites]


More like the 'Idles of March'.
posted by Pudhoho at 6:30 PM on March 14, 2014 [2 favorites]


FYI, the link on the banner is all but invisible if you're using the professional white background.

Oh thank god. I was all, whoever thinks that is a "big banner" has obviously not yet entered The Presbyopic Years*.

*phrase shamelessly lifted from student essay
posted by FelliniBlank at 6:36 PM on March 14, 2014


We're moving to Tumblr, aren't we?

Mar 14th, 2014
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posted by Songdog at 10:29 PM on March 14, 2014 [2 favorites]


Malaysian officials have denied the site will go down.
posted by panaceanot at 12:55 AM on March 15, 2014 [5 favorites]


Is it down yet? Why isn't it down? Oh. Pacific time.
posted by hat_eater at 3:01 AM on March 15, 2014 [1 favorite]


What, memepool.com is down? When did that happen?
posted by effbot at 4:03 AM on March 15, 2014


Pony Request Site improvement: When Metafilter returns, please include the installation of a holographic Tupac to MC all callouts on MetaTalk.
posted by Nanukthedog at 4:53 AM on March 15, 2014


Okay someone start a countdown.
posted by sammyo at 5:30 AM on March 15, 2014


Here you go.
posted by gman at 5:50 AM on March 15, 2014 [3 favorites]


So let's see.... 10am Pacific time, that's (quickly counts on fingers) 1pm east coast. Well heck, what do you expect me to do for that hour or so? Actually do the work I'm being paid to do?!? That's just crazy talk, people.
posted by easily confused at 6:37 AM on March 15, 2014


Here you go

I'll need all the pints from the Golden Mile to cope.
posted by arcticseal at 7:18 AM on March 15, 2014


As the MeFites wait, all expressing certainty or uncertainty in their own peculiar ways, the fact remains -- they have put their faith in the predictable order of the site, the progression of FFPs and questions and MeTas, followed by comments helpful and combative, drive-by one-liners and walls of text, punctuated by mod interventions and advice, but they have refused to accept the glaring fact that it is all merely invisible electrons whirling under the auspices of soulless machines, and, in the end, MetaFilter is only a thin veneer stretched over the boundless chaos below. Whatever meaning MeFites have attached to this artifact of civilization, soon they must accept the proof that Nature and Chaos underlie all, and the server migration is merely a dress rehearsal for the greater void of death.

/Herzog
posted by GenjiandProust at 8:20 AM on March 15, 2014 [8 favorites]


Just a heads up—we're moving the moving time. Looks like it'll be closer to 2pm Pacific today.
posted by pb (staff) at 8:50 AM on March 15, 2014


Just a heads up—we're moving the moving time.

I think you are just doing this for the ratings. Next, you will give us a twist ending. Or is it?
posted by GenjiandProust at 9:00 AM on March 15, 2014


You know who else kept moving the End Of The World? Harold Camping.
posted by gman at 9:01 AM on March 15, 2014 [2 favorites]


I'm not sure I can handle having my emotions toyed with like this ...
posted by dotgirl at 9:13 AM on March 15, 2014 [1 favorite]


I think you are just doing this for the ratings.

Six subsites and a buyout.
posted by zombieflanders at 9:13 AM on March 15, 2014 [2 favorites]


46 minutes to go
posted by infini at 9:14 AM on March 15, 2014


Moving the moving time? You're just toying with my emotions.
posted by arcticseal at 9:19 AM on March 15, 2014


I swear to god, if 2 pm today turns out to be the time Justin Bieber decides to completely flip his shit and take the police on a low speed highway chase to the border on national tV and metafilter isn't back up to live blog it...
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 9:26 AM on March 15, 2014 [2 favorites]


Slarty stop giving him ideas, you know he reads this
posted by wheelieman at 9:31 AM on March 15, 2014


So did the big MF Outage of Death, Destruction and Swarming of Locusts just happen a couple of minutes ago? The site was dead for a few minutes.

or was it just my sucky internet connection?
posted by lampshade at 9:48 AM on March 15, 2014


I got a "Metafilter is over capacity" error! Gremlins! Or something.
posted by rtha at 9:51 AM on March 15, 2014


Not just you, it was all of us taking a little practice outage. Did everybody make it to the meeting point and count their buddies?

(pb says it was just a temp thing, unrelated. We're still going to have the longer outage later today.)
posted by LobsterMitten (staff) at 9:51 AM on March 15, 2014 [1 favorite]


ahhh....thanks for the update.
posted by lampshade at 9:58 AM on March 15, 2014


Oooph. thought it was over and done already.
posted by scottymac at 10:31 AM on March 15, 2014


It sure responds fast now! Like nearly instantaneously.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 10:33 AM on March 15, 2014


WAKE UP SHEEPLE! The real MetaFilter IS already down. This is not the real MetaFilter! Don't listen to the "mods". They are not who you think they are!
posted by Hairy Lobster at 10:39 AM on March 15, 2014 [6 favorites]


On the internet, nobody knows you've been replaced by an exact replica.
posted by LobsterMitten (staff) at 10:40 AM on March 15, 2014 [3 favorites]


Nice try, LobsterMitten, trying to cover up the Truth uncovered by Hairy Lobster! I would think you lobsters would stand together, but I see that is not the case.

Also, MetaFilter has always been at war with Eastasia. And, possibly, lobsters.
posted by GenjiandProust at 10:44 AM on March 15, 2014 [4 favorites]


There is no lobster war. There is perfect lobster harmony. Join us.
posted by LobsterMitten (staff) at 10:56 AM on March 15, 2014 [11 favorites]


Don't tell anybody I said this, but rumor has it the new server is actually an old mining ship on an escape orbit, and the mods have been replaced by a neural network running a bunch of simulated lobster AIs.
posted by Dr Dracator at 11:02 AM on March 15, 2014 [3 favorites]


Don't tell anybody I said this, but rumor has it the new server is actually an old mining ship on an escape orbit, and the mods have been replaced by a neural network running a bunch of simulated lobster AIs.

Don't tell me that's the same ship where the governments of the Earth stashed all the forests (and Bruce Dern)!
posted by GenjiandProust at 11:05 AM on March 15, 2014


They stashed away Bruce Dern AGAIN? Maybe that's why he lost the Oscar for "Nebraska"...
posted by oneswellfoop at 11:08 AM on March 15, 2014 [1 favorite]


...and I'm sure pb WISHES the new server would be "Silent Running"...
posted by oneswellfoop at 11:09 AM on March 15, 2014 [1 favorite]


I think the lobsters are conspiring against us in a twisted plot to avenge the suffering of their kin. It's a trap!
posted by homunculus at 11:12 AM on March 15, 2014 [2 favorites]


Does everyone have their ape masks ready, to mess with the new server?
posted by Pronoiac at 11:16 AM on March 15, 2014 [3 favorites]


This sounds like a job for the Cabal.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 11:21 AM on March 15, 2014


Does everyone have their ape masks ready

Ape masks are encouraged at MoFi.
posted by homunculus at 11:25 AM on March 15, 2014 [1 favorite]


What we should be doing during the downtime is obvious... #mcconnelling. So download some MeFi Music NOW and Mitch Match It!
posted by oneswellfoop at 11:33 AM on March 15, 2014


I was congratulating myself on missing the tension of the outage by doing chores this morning, but the outage is still yet to come! OH, THE SUSPENSE!
posted by batmonkey at 11:36 AM on March 15, 2014 [1 favorite]


angst increasing.
posted by sciencegeek at 11:48 AM on March 15, 2014


Hold me.
posted by Going To Maine at 12:00 PM on March 15, 2014 [2 favorites]


the new server...

"Whom do you serve?"
"Saruman!"
posted by Namlit at 12:04 PM on March 15, 2014 [1 favorite]


This was supposed to happen during my bike ride. Now what am I supposed to do, talk to my boyfriend?
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 12:37 PM on March 15, 2014 [3 favorites]


What if they move the downtime again? What if I go to sleep and never wake up? What if there's only a monster under my bed if I look under it?
posted by Potomac Avenue at 12:42 PM on March 15, 2014 [3 favorites]


What if there's only a monster under my bed if I look under it?

Then your problems will be over...
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 12:44 PM on March 15, 2014


Wait, but I already got my Comic-Con tickets! Now what am I supposed to do all afternoon? Write? Bah.
posted by Sara C. at 1:03 PM on March 15, 2014


It's kind of too hot to sit in the backyard any longer. I guess I'll go inside and doze to whatever basketball game is on, and plan to sleep through the outage.
posted by rtha at 1:11 PM on March 15, 2014


>What if there's only a monster under my bed if I look under it?

Then your problems will be over...


Technically, your many small problems will be replaced by one extremely pressing one....
posted by GenjiandProust at 1:22 PM on March 15, 2014 [3 favorites]


NOoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.... okay I can deal.
posted by pwally at 1:43 PM on March 15, 2014


I think it's going to be okay, guys - I have nachos!
posted by batmonkey at 1:51 PM on March 15, 2014


on the road to utopia
posted by bukvich at 1:52 PM on March 15, 2014


Is MetaFilter about to have a Satoshi moment so the NSA can patch in through the Putin API, oh conveniently going down now while the eyes of the world are focused on Flight 370 appearing in the Crimea? Wake up, Sheeple; this is why Obamacare because Matt. If this site disappears within the next 10 minutes then LIBTARD CENSORSHIP and Rushbaugh was RIGHT! Cruz/Palin 2016.
posted by Wordshore at 1:53 PM on March 15, 2014 [1 favorite]


Does the countdown sound anything like this ??
posted by marsha56 at 1:54 PM on March 15, 2014


Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit smoking
posted by Area Man at 1:55 PM on March 15, 2014 [2 favorites]


Don't go! I'll change!
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 1:59 PM on March 15, 2014 [1 favorite]


Yay, we're done and moved!
posted by mathowie (staff) at 2:28 PM on March 15, 2014 [8 favorites]


Protip: if you see a unicode snowman in the lower right of the footer, you're on the new server (the old server is still offline, but we'll bring it back eventually for the stragglers)
posted by mathowie (staff) at 2:31 PM on March 15, 2014 [4 favorites]


The new server seems awfully slow. This morning response was nearly instant; now pages take me 10 seconds to load.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 2:47 PM on March 15, 2014


And back! Everything looks fine and smooth and ... hey?! Why is my bitcoin wallet completely empty now? What's goin
posted by Wordshore at 2:47 PM on March 15, 2014 [2 favorites]


Yay!
posted by travelwithcats at 2:47 PM on March 15, 2014


Yeah, it's been kind of up and down in the first few minutes, it's finally getting speedy for me again.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 2:48 PM on March 15, 2014


Tiny snowman confirmed.
posted by travelwithcats at 2:49 PM on March 15, 2014 [1 favorite]


Snowman sighting seconded; page loading back up to fast speed here in Ye Olde Englande.
posted by Wordshore at 2:50 PM on March 15, 2014


So THAT'S what that little smudge next to FAQ/Contact is! I had to "+" the page up 5x to see it throwing its cute little twig hands up in the air like it just don't care.
posted by batmonkey at 2:53 PM on March 15, 2014


Metafilter: tiny snowman confirmed
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 2:56 PM on March 15, 2014 [3 favorites]


Boy that was rough! Ok so did everybody make it to the other side safely? You all still holding hands with your buddy? Lets do a head count...
posted by billiebee at 2:59 PM on March 15, 2014


So THAT'S what that little smudge next to FAQ/Contact is! I had to "+" the page up 5x to see it throwing its cute little twig hands up in the air like it just don't care.
posted by batmonkey at 23:53 on March 15


Waving? Little hands? What?
Oh.
posted by Ms. Next at 3:00 PM on March 15, 2014


First!
posted by urbanwhaleshark at 3:01 PM on March 15, 2014


Yay! My snowman has a fez!
posted by Curious Artificer at 3:02 PM on March 15, 2014


I didn't know what to do, so I called my lawyer who suggested I call my therapist who suggested I call 911 who suggested I dump the motherfucker already and buy some more groceries.
posted by oceanjesse at 3:03 PM on March 15, 2014


Sounds like a project from either the Ministry of Defense or cstross' Laundry division:
Codename BLUE SNOWMAN.
posted by ceribus peribus at 3:04 PM on March 15, 2014 [1 favorite]


I've found something that might be a snowman, I'm not sure how long it's been out of the fridge, it doesn't seem to be melting though. Is it safe to eat it?
posted by hat_eater at 3:06 PM on March 15, 2014 [1 favorite]


Welcome to the new world order MetaFilter.

Brought to you by LobsterAI™
posted by Hairy Lobster at 3:07 PM on March 15, 2014


Huh. While the mothership was down I scrolled through the AskMe RSS feed in InoReader, marking as "unread" the ones I wanted to come back to when it came back up. Now they're not there. I don't know if the problem is with MeFi, InoReader, or me.
posted by The corpse in the library at 3:07 PM on March 15, 2014


I did the same thing with the main Metafilter RSS feed and it's fine; the problem was probably me.
posted by The corpse in the library at 3:07 PM on March 15, 2014


☃?

☃.
posted by invitapriore at 3:08 PM on March 15, 2014 [2 favorites]


I was taking a nap and then felt the need to wake up and here you all are!
posted by rtha at 3:11 PM on March 15, 2014 [1 favorite]


Snowman?

I controlled "+" as many times as I could and still didn't see a snowman. So, next I copied and pasted the little blob into Word and blew the font size all the way up to 72.

Yup, I see a cute little snowman now. Yippee !!
posted by marsha56 at 3:17 PM on March 15, 2014


Mobile site is telling me that https: is broken and i'm not to trust it. Is that just me?
posted by arcticseal at 3:19 PM on March 15, 2014


Mobile site does not have tiny snowman.
posted by winna at 3:21 PM on March 15, 2014


Full site does, though!

I'm not getting that message on mobile, articseal.
posted by winna at 3:22 PM on March 15, 2014


thanks, arcticseal. I'll take a look.
posted by pb (staff) at 3:22 PM on March 15, 2014


Confirming no snowman and invalid certificate on mobile site. Safari, iOS 7, ipad.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 3:22 PM on March 15, 2014


If you see invalid cert, can you let me know what browser you're using?
posted by pb (staff) at 3:23 PM on March 15, 2014


I have the snowman on my iPad Air.
posted by cooker girl at 3:25 PM on March 15, 2014 [1 favorite]


You won't see the snowman on the mobile site. We haven't brought the old server back up yet, so if you're not seeing the new server, you'd still be getting connection errors.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 3:27 PM on March 15, 2014


Oops, I do see the snowman (in the other lower right <blush>)
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 3:27 PM on March 15, 2014 [1 favorite]


gopher://gopher.metafilter.com is still down.
posted by Wordshore at 3:31 PM on March 15, 2014 [2 favorites]


I'm on Chrome on Android 4.4.2 (Nexus 7), if that's helpful. Going to try to clear the cache and do a full reboot to see if that fixes it.
posted by arcticseal at 3:36 PM on March 15, 2014


http://unicodesnowmanforyou.com for those who need one.

Is it safe to eat it?

I guess you could limit yourself to the hat.
posted by effbot at 3:37 PM on March 15, 2014 [1 favorite]


http://unicodesnowmanforyou.com for those who need one.

Sad to see Matt Smith has let himself go a bit since quitting Doctor Who :(
posted by Wordshore at 3:38 PM on March 15, 2014


Nope, still getting it. Can try troubleshooting over email if you like.
posted by arcticseal at 3:41 PM on March 15, 2014


The snow man looks slightly larger than a snow paramecium on my browser.
posted by bukvich at 3:42 PM on March 15, 2014


The cert itself is checking out ok. I see an "insecure items" warning on a Nexus/Chrome here. That isn't happening in other browsers that I've tested so I'm not sure what's going on with that yet.
posted by pb (staff) at 3:44 PM on March 15, 2014


I'm also using chrome on android 4.1.2, on a Samsung and getting the certificate.
posted by Helga-woo at 3:48 PM on March 15, 2014


Is that a snowman? I was looking for something like this.
posted by Namlit at 4:06 PM on March 15, 2014 [2 favorites]


On deeper inspection, I'm getting the padlock with yellow triangle on MetaFilter and the padlock with red cross on MeTa.

MeFi: "The site uses SSL, but Google Chrome has detected either high-risk insecure content on the page or problems with the site's certificate. Do not enter sensitive information on this page. Invalid certificate or other serious https issues could indicate that someone is attempting to tamper with your connection to the site."

MeTa: "Server's certificate is not trusted".
posted by arcticseal at 4:10 PM on March 15, 2014


I was getting an untrusted cert warning on the login page on my android device, but I'm not getting it now.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 4:25 PM on March 15, 2014


Welcome to the new world order MetaFilter

Welcome to the new word order FilterMeta
posted by Ghidorah at 4:39 PM on March 15, 2014 [2 favorites]


I keep getting:

Server Error
The server encountered an internal error and was unable to complete your request.

JRun closed connection.


Is this right?
posted by GuyZero at 4:46 PM on March 15, 2014


Ok, just kidding. Man, was it hard digging up actual old examples of MeFi JRun errors.
posted by GuyZero at 4:46 PM on March 15, 2014


Now all sites are showing the yellow triangle, certificates are OK, connection encrypted but "page includes other resources which are not clear". Unfortunately I can't recall if the yellow triangle was there before the server move.
posted by arcticseal at 4:52 PM on March 15, 2014


Ok, just kidding.

Heh, I was seriously reading the comment thinking "oh shit, what could be wrong here?"

We're now on Amazon's AWS cloud hosting, with MeFi running on EC2 instances.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 5:06 PM on March 15, 2014 [4 favorites]


THE FUTURE. Now when Netflix goes down we won't be able to check MeFi in the meantime. *sigh*
posted by GuyZero at 5:14 PM on March 15, 2014 [1 favorite]


Ms. Next:
I'm on FF 27.0.1 on Win 7 SP1 and get the little hands, so maybe dude's info is out of date...?
posted by batmonkey at 5:15 PM on March 15, 2014


Search isn't working for me via the mobile site. Not sure if this is intentional, but wanted to mention it.
posted by dotgirl at 5:21 PM on March 15, 2014


We had search off for a while but it should be back on now.
posted by pb (staff) at 5:22 PM on March 15, 2014


Search works if I'm logged in but it gave me an error in an incognito window. Desktop Chrome Windows Version 33.0.1750.146 m
posted by GuyZero at 5:30 PM on March 15, 2014


Internal search is only available to members.
posted by pb (staff) at 5:35 PM on March 15, 2014


And members of Metafilter VIP Platnum Experience.
posted by The Whelk at 5:40 PM on March 15, 2014 [4 favorites]


Ya, but that always works as long as cortex's phone is working so he can read you the results.
posted by Mitheral at 5:42 PM on March 15, 2014 [2 favorites]


Plus youcan wait in the lounge while the search runs, eat some chocolate covered nuts, get a massage on the velour couch, really treat yourself.
posted by The Whelk at 5:50 PM on March 15, 2014 [1 favorite]


There are one hundred and seventeen results for "marky mark underoos plastination". Can I get you another Laphroaig?
posted by cortex (staff) at 6:35 PM on March 15, 2014 [9 favorites]


I hope the little snowman stays around. I like the randomness of FAQ | Contact | [snowman].
posted by jamaro at 7:00 PM on March 15, 2014 [4 favorites]


Did I miss the snowman or am I just hopelessly uncool? Because I want a snowman.

And to be cool!
posted by stet at 7:18 PM on March 15, 2014


There's the snowman! It's just not on metatalk. I feel validated.
posted by stet at 7:21 PM on March 15, 2014


Unless you bastards get it on metatalk!
posted by stet at 7:21 PM on March 15, 2014


Still seeing my snowman on MetaTalk!
posted by cooker girl at 7:22 PM on March 15, 2014


The snowman sees all.
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 7:23 PM on March 15, 2014 [1 favorite]


The snowman sees me, and sees into me, and yet I cannot see into the snowman. Wow.

OTOH, I'm still on the old metatalk and y'all are a buncha newbs.
posted by stet at 7:34 PM on March 15, 2014 [1 favorite]


Is it just me, or is there a different snowman than this afternoon? #snowmanconspiracy
posted by zombieflanders at 7:53 PM on March 15, 2014


All the RSS links on individual posts are redirecting me to this error page.
posted by Blue Jello Elf at 8:09 PM on March 15, 2014


Thanks, Blue Jello Elf. Should be working now.
posted by pb (staff) at 8:16 PM on March 15, 2014


There's my snowman! I am complete and may rest now. Thanks, pb!
posted by stet at 8:16 PM on March 15, 2014


http://unicodesnowmanforyou.com for those who need one.

As seen on MetaFilter!
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 8:31 PM on March 15, 2014 [1 favorite]


Is a snowman better than a strawman?
posted by Hairy Lobster at 8:41 PM on March 15, 2014


Yep, RSS feeds are working perfectly for me now. Thanks, pb!
posted by Blue Jello Elf at 8:46 PM on March 15, 2014


This page no longer seems to be there:

http://ask.metafilter.com/search_comments.mefi

Could you please bring it back?
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 8:47 PM on March 15, 2014


That page was throwing errors for me Chocolate Pickle so I've disabled it for now. I'll need to get in under the hood and figure out what's wrong, but it's a ways down my to-do list right now. Sorry about the trouble.
posted by pb (staff) at 8:58 PM on March 15, 2014


ok, back for now.
posted by pb (staff) at 9:01 PM on March 15, 2014


I have seen the snowman. The snowman is cool.
posted by Dr Dracator at 2:36 AM on March 16, 2014


Goddamn it, I thought I'd blown the lid off of something when I noticed that snowman.
posted by COBRA! at 5:27 PM on March 17, 2014


Just FYI, the "MetaFilter will be offline for one hour on March 15th. More info." message is still showing for me at the top of the home page. Although I may be stuck in a temporal rift.
posted by FreezBoy at 8:10 AM on March 21, 2014


FreezBoy, that means your DNS hasn't updated yet for some reason. We left that message up on the old server so folks would be able to see that they're at the old server vs. the new one.
posted by pb (staff) at 8:21 AM on March 21, 2014


Thanks, PB! Evidently my crank-started, steam-powered router likes the old server better.
posted by FreezBoy at 8:27 AM on March 21, 2014


Probably just a raccoon in the pneumatic tubes again.
posted by pb (staff) at 8:41 AM on March 21, 2014 [2 favorites]


Which, please feed him if you see him.
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:42 AM on March 21, 2014 [2 favorites]


Here are some ways to clear your DNS cache. If that doesn't work you could switch away from your ISP's DNS and use Google's Public DNS.
posted by pb (staff) at 8:47 AM on March 21, 2014 [1 favorite]


After feeding the raccoons the message seems to have disappeared. I'm on Comcast, so I'm not surprised their DNS is wonky. Thanks for your help and the tips.
posted by FreezBoy at 8:57 AM on March 21, 2014


Heh. The Infodump files are really updating, but the datestamp on the page isn't.

And IRL notifications are wonky, but you knew that.
posted by Pronoiac at 11:55 AM on March 22, 2014


The Infodump files are really updating, but the datestamp on the page isn't.

Thanks, we'll get that fixed up.

And IRL notifications are wonky...

They aren't anymore. Notifications didn't go out for IRL events posted on March 15th, but they have since then. Sorry about that.
posted by pb (staff) at 11:57 AM on March 22, 2014


First, my apologies if I'm cranky. I've been playing interactive fiction where I fail at wearing pants.


>> The Infodump files are really updating, but the datestamp on the page isn't.

> Thanks, we'll get that fixed up.

My bad: the files weren't updated today. It's only been a week since the move, though it seems longer. So the files were from 3/15, but the page said 3/1.


>> And IRL notifications are wonky...

> They aren't anymore. Notifications didn't go out for IRL events posted on March 15th, but they have since then. Sorry about that.

I think the time and place were nailed down after that, though, and I thought that would trigger another email.
posted by Pronoiac at 12:17 PM on March 22, 2014


...I thought that would trigger another email.

We've talked about adding that feature in the past but we haven't ever worked it into the site. So notifications only go out for new posts, not changes to posts.
posted by pb (staff) at 12:25 PM on March 22, 2014


My bad: the files weren't updated today.

ah, yeah, I see that now. We'll get the infodump fixed up this week.
posted by pb (staff) at 12:27 PM on March 22, 2014


wow, good thing we have you (and MetaTalk) to jog my memory. We did add IRL update alerts in February last year. Those are definitely not running now so I'll see if I can get that fixed up.
posted by pb (staff) at 12:36 PM on March 22, 2014 [1 favorite]


ok, IRL update alerts are back on.
posted by pb (staff) at 12:43 PM on March 22, 2014 [2 favorites]


Thanks! I feel a little better, despite being outsmarted by pants. :)
posted by Pronoiac at 12:50 PM on March 22, 2014


Don't feel bad. Pants are surprisingly tricky.
posted by rtha at 12:58 PM on March 22, 2014 [3 favorites]


Is it time to take down the 'MetaFilter will be offline for one hour on March 15th.' message?
posted by box at 11:32 AM on March 24, 2014


Yep. It should be down now.
posted by pb (staff) at 11:32 AM on March 24, 2014 [1 favorite]


Wow, that was fast.
posted by box at 11:43 AM on March 24, 2014


heh. It's been off the site at the new servers since the move on the 15th. I was doing a bit of housecleaning today and the message went back up for a minute or two. That's probably when you saw it.
posted by pb (staff) at 11:53 AM on March 24, 2014 [1 favorite]


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