New Servers February 10, 2012 1:37 PM   Subscribe

We're moving to a new server and the sites might be bumpy for the next few hours.

You might remember that we moved to new servers last December, and that went pretty well. But we've had a consistant bug that we haven't been able to squash. We're moving to a new server today to hopefully take care of it.

We just updated the MetaFilter DNS settings, and traffic should start moving over to the new server now. As with any new server, we're going to have to watch things and tune. There also might be some new bugs at the new server, so please post here if you see anything off.

You'll know you're at the new server if you see an asterisk in the footer next to the FAQ and Contact links.
posted by pb to Uptime at 1:37 PM (97 comments total)

Whoa 4min later and I'm on the new server.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 1:41 PM on February 10, 2012 [2 favorites]


It's appropriate that #1 should get to be on the new server first(ish).

No asterisk for me, yet.
posted by rtha at 1:43 PM on February 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


Does this server make my asterisk look faq?
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 1:44 PM on February 10, 2012 [21 favorites]


Sweet! This new server rules! Too bad for you, rtha!
posted by Mister_A at 1:45 PM on February 10, 2012


But we've had a consistant bug that we haven't been able to squash

So that's where clavdivs went.
posted by griphus at 1:47 PM on February 10, 2012 [4 favorites]


The asterisk is raining ponies. Should I be concerned?
posted by CrystalDave at 1:48 PM on February 10, 2012


I'll never abandon the old server!
posted by OnTheLastCastle at 1:49 PM on February 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


YAY NEW SERVER
posted by koeselitz at 1:51 PM on February 10, 2012


did anyone else lose about 4 hours and wake up pantsless in a field reeking of burnt ozone?

No?
posted by The Whelk at 1:51 PM on February 10, 2012


I'm willing to fasten my seatbelt, but only for so long as you keep up the in-flight drink service.

Actully, it looks like I'm already over, so I'll just loosen this up a bit.
posted by SLC Mom at 1:52 PM on February 10, 2012


Hello new world!
posted by pemberkins at 1:55 PM on February 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


YOU GUYS. THE NEW SERVER IS AMAZING. (oh you're not here yet? Sorry. The unicorns will probably have run away by the time you get here).
posted by arcticwoman at 1:56 PM on February 10, 2012


Sweet! pb, as usual, is da bomb. ♥
posted by Lynsey at 1:56 PM on February 10, 2012


Pony request: can we keep that asterisk for ever? I think it's just what the site's been missing.
posted by Mngo at 1:56 PM on February 10, 2012 [3 favorites]


did anyone else lose about 4 hours and wake up pantsless in a field reeking of burnt ozone?

Well it is Friday.
posted by shakespeherian at 1:57 PM on February 10, 2012 [5 favorites]


Ha! I am here! It is beeeYOOOOtiful!
posted by rtha at 1:57 PM on February 10, 2012


I still have my pants, but it does smell slightly of brimstone.

Also, I feel like Barry Bonds.
posted by sciencegeek at 1:57 PM on February 10, 2012


where are we going to get Barry Bonds at this hour?
posted by The Whelk at 1:59 PM on February 10, 2012


Guys the Bonds market is already closed today.
posted by shakespeherian at 1:59 PM on February 10, 2012 [5 favorites]


where are we going to get Barry Bonds at this hour?

Probably at the drug store.
posted by inigo2 at 2:01 PM on February 10, 2012 [2 favorites]


Ain't no sin
To take off your skin
And dance around
In your Bonds
posted by Dumsnill at 2:03 PM on February 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


That's Gold Bond. On sale now.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 2:04 PM on February 10, 2012


I'm on the new server! Giddyup!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 2:20 PM on February 10, 2012


There also might be some new bugs at the new server, so please post here if you see anything off.

Uh....
posted by zarq at 2:21 PM on February 10, 2012


Let me know when everyone is on the new server. I'm planning on hitchhiking back to the old one and setting up my own tiny fiefdom with chimichangas and paper hats.
posted by shakespeherian at 2:24 PM on February 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


So basically you're smoking in a dark room and telling us to hold on to our butts?
posted by 2bucksplus at 2:29 PM on February 10, 2012 [5 favorites]


A new server? Laphroaig neat, please. There's a good lad.
posted by octobersurprise at 2:35 PM on February 10, 2012 [2 favorites]


please post here if you see anything off.

Yes, apparently I've been let onto the new server. I'm sure it's an oversight and someone will be along shortly to see me out so that all the cool kids can get on with the party, but I figured I would just let everyone know so we can all get on with our Friday night.
posted by never used baby shoes at 2:37 PM on February 10, 2012


please post here if you see anything off.

Reality swirls around me as an infiltrate complex and moving series of interlocked gears and devices that fuse into a unknowable, unthinkable lattice of shifting engery and movement so it's all normal.
posted by The Whelk at 2:39 PM on February 10, 2012


THE COLORS
posted by Occula at 2:48 PM on February 10, 2012


"So that's where clavdivs went."

That guy could sure turn a phrase...
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 2:57 PM on February 10, 2012


There is an asterisk in Brazil.
posted by adamvasco at 3:11 PM on February 10, 2012


Ghost in the Metafilter.
posted by The Whelk at 3:12 PM on February 10, 2012


I'm on the new server and I must say all these little dancing unicorns and singing gumdrops are a little distracting.
posted by winna at 3:23 PM on February 10, 2012


please post here if you see anything off.

Whelk is acting funny and all my acid is missing.
posted by griphus at 3:28 PM on February 10, 2012


My god, it's full of stars! an asterisk.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 3:44 PM on February 10, 2012


OH MY GOD THE BEES

THEY'RE EVERYWHERE

I think I found Whelk's pants, though.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 3:53 PM on February 10, 2012


totallyawesomecats.jpg
posted by 2bucksplus at 3:58 PM on February 10, 2012


Hmm for some reason the image tag isn't working for me? Can anyone confirm?
posted by 2bucksplus at 3:58 PM on February 10, 2012 [3 favorites]


It's all so shiny and new!
posted by donnagirl at 4:00 PM on February 10, 2012


Awwww... I'm still on the old'n busted server. = (

I never get to have any fun.
posted by PROD_TPSL at 4:05 PM on February 10, 2012


And I hereby name this server Ponyville!
posted by SPrintF at 4:22 PM on February 10, 2012


on the new server no one can hear you scream
posted by mintcake! at 4:26 PM on February 10, 2012


GooGoo Clusters are awful nice and the 7-11 on 14th street is the only place in Manhattan that has them.
posted by jonmc at 4:50 PM on February 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


Someone should really let asterix know about this call out.
posted by gingerbeer at 4:58 PM on February 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


Yup, on the new server here in Amsterdam. Yay! But, um, am I supposed to be hearing "We May Never Pass This Way Again" every time a page loads?
posted by likeso at 5:05 PM on February 10, 2012


These aren't my pants, these are an exact copy of my pants.

Don't look at me like that with your huge fly eyes, just mind me my silver pantaloons before the air becomes ants.
posted by The Whelk at 5:21 PM on February 10, 2012


- .... . / ... .. - . / ... . . -- ... / - --- / -... . / .-. ..- -. -. .. -. --. / .- / -... .. - / ... .-.. --- .-- --- -. .-.. -.-- / -.- .. -.. -.. .. -. --.
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 5:40 PM on February 10, 2012


There we go. All is well.
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 5:41 PM on February 10, 2012


lamrou ot kcaq si guihtyreve poog lleW
posted by The Whelk at 5:42 PM on February 10, 2012


That's a nice asterisk you've got there. Be a shame if something were to happen to it

*wink wink*
posted by h00py at 6:01 PM on February 10, 2012


*kicks some asterix*
posted by jonmc at 6:08 PM on February 10, 2012


*
posted by cjorgensen at 6:25 PM on February 10, 2012


I'm rereading Breakfast of Champions, so I must be on the new server. It's big.
posted by ifjuly at 6:40 PM on February 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


new server!
posted by sweetkid at 6:52 PM on February 10, 2012


"Ils sont fous ces mefites!"
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 6:58 PM on February 10, 2012


Hmm for some reason the image tag isn't working for me? Can anyone confirm?

Looks fine to me. Those are some awesome cats!

Maybe you forgot to enter your TotalFilter password?
posted by Rock Steady at 7:19 PM on February 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


Needs more bumps.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 7:27 PM on February 10, 2012


I am ok with the existing bumps level.
posted by pb (staff) at 7:29 PM on February 10, 2012 [2 favorites]


I've got this bump on my Metafilter, been there a couple hours, do I need to go to the ER? Should I eat it? What about my cats!?!?!?!
posted by ish__ at 7:31 PM on February 10, 2012 [4 favorites]


That little asterisk all by itself in the corner there. It's like an anti-footnote, somehow.
posted by maryr at 7:50 PM on February 10, 2012


bug report: I keep clicking the asterisk and nothing happens.
posted by desjardins at 8:00 PM on February 10, 2012


I did a bump of Metafilter at a party and ended up making out with Jared Leto.
posted by The Whelk at 8:01 PM on February 10, 2012


˙ʇɹodǝɹ ƃnq˙˙˙ɯn
posted by Kronos_to_Earth at 8:10 PM on February 10, 2012


I did a bump of Metafilter at a party and ended up making out with Jared Leto.


gimme some
posted by sweetkid at 8:19 PM on February 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


Ain't gonna bump no more.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:28 PM on February 10, 2012


Is there any public info on what the server setup is? As a geek who used to have to do server admin, I'm curious what sort of iron runs this place, how the load is distributed, etc.
posted by introp at 8:39 PM on February 10, 2012


It's very straightforward, three servers. We have a couple of beefy Windows servers. One for ColdFusion and one for SQL Server. We have a Linux server for static components like scripts, images, and stylesheets. (Some of those files are then distributed through CloudFront.) And that's about it. There's no fancy caching, virtualization, or load balancing.
posted by pb (staff) at 8:58 PM on February 10, 2012


I've consulted phrenology texts, and they've been no help at all in interpreting the bumps in MetaFilter. What am I doing wrong?
posted by hippybear at 9:48 PM on February 10, 2012


I left the asterisk out overnight. Can I eat it?
posted by Occula at 10:38 PM on February 10, 2012


What am I doing wrong?

I don't know, but I've been double checking on some things out of my handwriting analyses books. Apparently everyone here seems to have the exact same personality traits.
posted by P.o.B. at 10:42 PM on February 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


Everyone here has the same trousers.

* present and correct in China. Carry on.
posted by arcticseal at 12:48 AM on February 11, 2012


Congrats. You guys run coldfusion on windows right? It can be tough to roll out new features to multiple servers let alone switch server completely. Well done.

I run 4 frontend. 1 rabbitmq and erlang, 6 backend, 4 DFS and 4 sql cluster and it takes me 4 hours.
posted by Ad hominem at 1:51 AM on February 11, 2012


Ooooh Africa sees the asterisk
posted by infini at 2:43 AM on February 11, 2012


Where did clavdivs go? I miss him. He was unique.
posted by spitbull at 6:14 AM on February 11, 2012


Does bumpy mean the first two FPPs are in 12 point font (per my preferences) and the rest of the front page in 10pt (small) ?
posted by infini at 6:34 AM on February 11, 2012


Sorry, trigger finger, I meant to conclude "instead of all of it being the same size?"
posted by infini at 6:34 AM on February 11, 2012


No, that is something on your end.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 6:39 AM on February 11, 2012


Cleaned cache, cleared out all recent cookies. It just happened suddenly during a refresh. Help? Should I be worried in case its malware?
posted by infini at 6:46 AM on February 11, 2012


Try AskMe or a new MeTa thread? This is not something on our end.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 6:47 AM on February 11, 2012


ok
posted by infini at 6:47 AM on February 11, 2012


I stand corrected. May be a weird HTML thing, let me look at it.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 6:58 AM on February 11, 2012


Meta on the text thing.
posted by zarq at 6:58 AM on February 11, 2012


hmm, the mobile menu does not work in opera mobile on android 2.3. I touch and it does nothing. It works in Dolphin so I don't know. Also, you guys are the Newt Gingrinches of servers. Why don't you just use several servers?!
posted by fuq at 6:59 AM on February 11, 2012


you guys are the Newt Gingrinches of servers.

I don't quite understand this reference, but a lot of the stuff that gets repeatedly served like CSS and scripts are cloud-based so they're served from anywhere. The servers we have seem to do the job just fine.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 7:02 AM on February 11, 2012


ok well the menu works in metatalk now, so uh, I don't know. My bad jokes are one effect of switching servers. Just ignore them.
posted by fuq at 7:04 AM on February 11, 2012


I don't quite understand this reference,

Repeatedly commit to one, only to drop it when it gets sick, while keeping a few extra on the side?
posted by radwolf76 at 9:15 AM on February 11, 2012


How long will the asterisk be there?

Forever?
posted by kenko at 10:12 AM on February 11, 2012


Another day or two for the asterisk I'm guessing.
posted by pb (staff) at 10:22 AM on February 11, 2012


Where did clavdivs go? I miss him. He was unique.

Actually, his conversational style was so exactly like a guy in one of my previous communities that one of the first things I did when I got admin access was check to see if it was, in fact, that guy.
posted by restless_nomad (staff) at 10:22 AM on February 11, 2012 [1 favorite]


I really thought that someone would get my Asterix reference. :(

"Actually, his conversational style was so exactly like a guy in one of my previous communities that one of the first things I did when I got admin access was check to see if it was, in fact, that guy."

I was serious when I said that he could really turn a phrase. Not always in a pleasing way; but it was often very interesting how he could say things so unconventionally and oddly.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 10:49 AM on February 11, 2012 [2 favorites]


...it was often very interesting how he could say things so unconventionally and oddly.

Yep.

I still sort of miss thomcatspike, who was similarly capable of writing in strange and lovely ways (though I don't think he was doing it deliberately, like clavdivs).
posted by jack_mo at 12:19 PM on February 11, 2012


I've never really noticed anything overly odd about clavdivs. I wonder what that says about me.
posted by deborah at 12:38 PM on February 11, 2012


Goo Goo Clusters in NYC? This is a magical new server.
posted by moonmilk at 4:06 AM on February 12, 2012


Hmm - is taz's 'staff' graphic suddenly missing or am I imagining that it was there in the first place?
posted by mintcake! at 6:08 AM on February 12, 2012


The staff icon only appears in MetaTalk, so if you're not seeing it in MetaFilter or Ask that's the way it should be.
posted by pb (staff) at 7:14 AM on February 12, 2012


Ahh, I think I'm confusing it with a Greasemonkey script thing. Thanks, pb.
posted by mintcake! at 7:24 AM on February 12, 2012


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