MetaFilter was offline from around 9:45 PM Pacific Time to 4:00 AM Pacific Time. A hard drive failed in our database server, taking some of the database with it. We were able to restore from a backup that happened at 7:40 PM Pacific. So we lost data during those two hours. We apologize for that, the long downtime, and the bumpiness as we get things running again. [more inside]
I was initially trying to read the metafilter post There's No Avoiding Google+
and I kept getting a server error:
Your Browser: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64) AppleWebKit/537.31 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/26.0.1410.64 Safari/537.31
...so I'm hoping against hope that there's room in the paddock this year for an old nag to keep all the new ponies company. [more inside]
We're having a few technical glitches with the MetaFilter servers so you might experience a few problems. [more inside]
members.metafilter.com? Please explain! Is it for more than recent activity?
We're moving to a new server and the sites might be bumpy for the next few hours. [more inside]
What comprises the total hardware used in delivering to us our beloved MetaFilter? Not just the main server, but also any personal electronics a mod might use to regulate.
. However, the ad server reports that it is should no longer be used. [more inside]
We were performing some scheduled maintenance on the server tonight, and lost some data over at Ask MetaFilter. [more inside]
Tanks for the new server. Can we see a picture of it? [more inside]
Can't post a comment to the blue.
"Error—Comment Timed Out
Your comment took too long to add. This happens when the server load is unusually high. Please use the back button on your browser to return to the comment form and try posting it again. Sorry for the inconvenience." [more inside]
Ugh. Ok, we should be back now, mostly working. I'm sure there are lots of little things I need to fix and I'll try and get things going over the next couple days.
Help! I see this message instead of the Metafilter homepage?
If you can see this, it means that the installation of the Apache web server software on this system was successful. You may now add content to this directory and replace this page.
Daddy, I want a pony.
Further to me asking this
, I'd love it if Matt would make a(nother) RSS feed for each user, listing all of their contributions (posts and comments [or maybe just posts?]) - basically, a what-I-said-on-MeFi Feed. Is it a big strain on the server, making these feeds? There seem to be a lot per-user already.
Metafilter's DNS is broken. (More inside.)
Any explanation for why Me* seems to be dying overnight again?
What is being done to curb the continuing amount of times that MetaFilter dies in the arse each day (e.g. when it's inaccessible)? Just wondering.
Is Metafilter still getting hammered a la this thread
? I notice that just about every day this week, I have been unable to reach mefi at all in the morning time (GMT, say 8am till roughly 11 or noon). I thought it might just be my net connection at work, but my home connection has the same issues whenever it appears to be down.
Are we just undergoing backups or some-such thing at this time? Or does Ireland just disconnect from MeFi every morning for some reason? :)
So, Matt, what are
your server log retention policies
. This is not a snark, it's a serious question. I'm American, and I don't trust my government.
What uses less bandwith, posts that are calling out people being stupid or hypocritical, or MeTa posts that are calling out the deletion of posts that call out people that are being stupid or hypocritical?
Ask MetaFilter post message has spazzed out and I keep getting server errors ("Server is still starting up"??).
I just thought I'd impart this thrilling news for your edification and reading pleasure.
I'm done now.
Sorry for the downtime, I was tweaking one small aspect of the server when a comedy of errors ended up with two hours of hair pulling before the server was reachable once again. Everything should be back to normal now.
creaky server, creaky software [mi]
I've swapped in the new mefi homepage showing the last 50 posts for everyone, including non-members. You can use the links at the bottom to page through more results. Gone is the feature that let you customize how many days to show on the front page, but on the positive side, this should make for a much better use of server resources.
I'm fairly new around these parts, so forgive me if this is stupid question, but why does MetaFilter occasionally just wink out of existence? This doesn't seem to happen to most of my other favorite sites.
Sorry about that, but for the first time since I started hosting mefi at server matrix, there was an outage:
D2 OUTAGE: www.metafilter.com Last Updated: 05/04/2005 19:05:17 Details: This server did not come back online after reboot. We will investigate shortly.
(bwalker-05/04/2005 19:05:17): This server would not power on. We have swapped the chassis and this machine is now powered up and responding to ping and RDC.
But all should be good now.
I've been trying to track down a post about a guy who had a server (from which he was hosting his site) inside his body. Does anyone remember this or have I just gone mental and imagined the whole thing?
from looking at this thread
, hoder mentioned a thread that (presumably) I made and that was deleted. I tried to go to the page in question, http://www.metafilter.com/mefi/35470
, and got a "connection failure" notice. What's up wit dat, yo?
Moving on up... If all goes well, I'll start moving everything over to our new servers later today. When that happens, I'll be shutting the site off during the move (to conserve bandwidth for moving actual files). Just a heads up that the site may be down between now and say, Monday at the latest.
= MetaFilter? Weird.
The future of the Internet? If your posted site is getting mefi'ed, you might consider also providing a link from Coral
. Coral is a p2p network that replicates content across participating servers. Heres metafilter through Coral.
Is there any way we unfortunate non-Californians can help to ensure that MetaFilter becomes a 24-hour operation once more? [More inside.]
Okay, since I sort of wasted my last MeTa post by being too fast on the draw, how about something more constructive. I think we could save a great deal of overhead on the server by changing the way 100+ post threads are displayed.
These days there's enough traffic on MeFi (which is a good thing) that it takes a while, what with interruptions and such, to get through all the new links, comments, and new comments on previously-seen threads. So Matt, could you increase the timeout setting (or make it configurable on the User Page) for deciding when to update the new comments count? Thanks!
Was anyone else offline last night between 6 & 11 p.m. PDT besides me?
I tried to load up metafilter earlier and it was taking a while. I noticed at the bottom of my explorer window it said something like "Opening page http://www.b4ta.com/metafilter" Then the page failed to load entirely. I'm confused.
Alas, there was a critical fact overlooked on the recent hardware upgrade, one which left the server vulnerable to the [sapphire|slammer|SQ hell] worm. All's better now.
Server's back up. Not all the updates are done, but the server should be exactly the same as before.
Sorry about the brief outage today; the networking equipment at this end of the T1 had a seizure, apparently, and needed to be restarted in order to get things back in order. Makes no sense to me (or to the networking gurus at my ISP), but there you have it.
The new server is here for now:
Be a dear and please give it a go today. It's a copy of the entire server, as of this past weekend, and I don't mind if you post drivel there, as I'm just checking to see how it performs. Try out the search engine, change your sorting options, post a dozen comments. The server should be downright zippy at all times, do report back here if you find any snags or slowdowns.
I would guess that the new server is up. Wow! Thanks Matt. Anyone else notice or am I just getting lucky?
Yay-- MeFi's back! What happened?
Here's a weird one. I can't view the front page. (More inside)
I assume the server keeps error logs. So, is there any way to edit the error message itself so that it displays how many times it's happened? The idea is that hopefully, common sense will kick in when it shows that it's happened 150 times or something and we don't end up flooding Matt's mailbox when obviously just a few notes will do.
"Error Occurred While Processing Request" - Is it just me, or is Metafilter down?
I'm curious, what did other mefiers do during the outage? I'm 1/3 through the first volume of a certain story by Proust, although to be fair I've had a lot of free time these past few days.
How big is MetaFilter? There's a description of the server on the about page
, but I'm interested in how much disk space the site consumes, and how big the DB is. (more inside)
I seem to remember Matt saying once that front page requests are the single biggest load on the server. Would it make sense to make all links, including threads, open up in a separate window (that can be reused)? People can still refresh the front page if they want the latest links.
Is it just the adtext-fueled upbeat mood or is the server particularly fast today?