Server move and downtime April 16, 2020 7:40 AM   Subscribe

In order to move MetaFilter to a new server*, the site will be offline between 22:00 and 01:00 PDT Thursday evening.

The moderator e-mail (via admin@mefi.us) will still be working during this time.

In other time zones:
EDT:   01:00-04:00
BST:   05:00-09:00
CEDT:  07:00-10:00
IST:   10:00-13:30
CST:   13:00-16:00
AEDT:  16:00-19:00
* More specifically, a new AWS account.
posted by frimble (staff) to Uptime at 7:40 AM (58 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

The outage is a half-hour longer in India than elsewhere in the world?
posted by Johnny Assay at 8:26 AM on April 16 [9 favorites]


Thanks for the advance warning! I'll save a static version of the front page and recent activity page that I can load into my browser every 3 minutes during this window of downtime.
posted by aubilenon at 9:19 AM on April 16 [20 favorites]




and just what the hell am I supposed to do between 1:00 AM and 4:00 AM? Sleep? There's a global pandemic going around, you know! I'm a bit on edge.

Joking aside, good luck with the move. I hope it goes smootly.
posted by bondcliff at 9:39 AM on April 16 [2 favorites]


I also hope it goes smootly.
posted by cgc373 at 9:43 AM on April 16 [5 favorites]


also smoothly.
posted by bondcliff at 9:45 AM on April 16 [2 favorites]


Yeah, I don't think a global pandemic is the time to do this. Please provide instructions for how to do what aubilenon said, at the very least.
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 9:51 AM on April 16


Daddy, wake me up when there is some scenery...
posted by OyΓ©ah at 10:18 AM on April 16


Cool - good luck. Do we need to bring a server-warming gift when it comes back up? Or a server-cooling gift I guess.

Also, is any of the prep work why the Infodump is currently giving a 403 for me? More accurately everything on stuff.metafilter.com and status.metafilter.com is giving a 403.
posted by inflatablekiwi at 10:30 AM on April 16 [1 favorite]


The status.metafilter.com site being unavailable is of course an indication that we should have a metastatus.status.metafilter.com site.
posted by inflatablekiwi at 10:33 AM on April 16 [18 favorites]


Would it be too much trouble for you to post GMT times? Not all of us are in one of the zones listed.
posted by signal at 10:33 AM on April 16


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posted by clavdivs at 10:38 AM on April 16 [2 favorites]


BST is 1 hour ahead of UTC/GMT, if that helps.
posted by Greg_Ace at 10:55 AM on April 16


Would it be too much trouble for you to post GMT times? Not all of us are in one of the zones listed

I calculate that it will be 17-04-2020 @250 beats to @375 beats on Swatch Internet Time if that helps at all.
posted by inflatablekiwi at 10:57 AM on April 16 [11 favorites]


The outage is a half-hour longer in India than elsewhere in the world?

Closer to the Himalayas, which because of their size, places a corresponding distortion on time/gravity.
posted by inflatablekiwi at 10:59 AM on April 16 [8 favorites]


Please provide instructions for how to do what aubilenon said, at the very least.

I started thinking about how to do it, and realized that the easiest, most reliable way is to just take a screen shot.
posted by aubilenon at 11:11 AM on April 16 [2 favorites]


During this time when the site is closed to visitors, we'll be letting the animals out to roam around and visit each other.
posted by LobsterMitten (staff) at 11:40 AM on April 16 [77 favorites]


With the site on lockdown, animals are returning to the series of tubes. Metafilter is healing, we are the virus.
posted by Greg_Ace at 11:45 AM on April 16 [9 favorites]


we'll be letting the animals out to roam around and visit each other

Do you get to scale down the six feet social distancing rule for them? I mean if its hamsters, do you enforce 5 inch separation or so, or is it still six feet? Do you enforce masks (or muzzles)?
posted by inflatablekiwi at 11:53 AM on April 16 [1 favorite]


During this time when the site is closed to visitors, we'll be letting the animals out to roam around and visit each other.

Nature is healing, we are the virus.
E: shakes fist at Greg_Ace
posted by rodlymight at 12:07 PM on April 16 [1 favorite]


During this time when the site is closed to visitors, we'll be letting the animals out to roam around and visit each other.

Just like Animal Crossing.
posted by Fizz at 12:09 PM on April 16 [1 favorite]


We will be with our friends again. We will make posts about cats wedged into scanners again. We will meetagain.
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 12:18 PM on April 16 [4 favorites]




Assuming the new AWS account is also in the AWS us-west-2 region in Oregon, I seem to remember most of their data-centers are along the Columbia River. Can the animals therefore be river otters? River otters are cool.
posted by inflatablekiwi at 12:49 PM on April 16 [6 favorites]


that otter be possible
posted by cortex (staff) at 12:50 PM on April 16 [15 favorites]


Do you get to scale down the six feet social distancing rule for them? I mean if its hamsters, do you enforce 5 inch separation or so, or is it still six feet?

The rule is number of feet Γ— 3. Thus humans should do physical distancing of 6 feet, hamsters 12 feet, and millipedes should stay about 0.56 miles away from other millipedes.
posted by oulipian at 12:56 PM on April 16 [12 favorites]


Good luck, we're all counting on you.
posted by Kabanos at 1:05 PM on April 16 [20 favorites]


^^^ Was just coming here to say this ^^^
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 1:09 PM on April 16 [10 favorites]


Would it be too much trouble for you to post GMT times? Not all of us are in one of the zones listed.

timeanddate.com Event Time Announcer
posted by zamboni at 1:48 PM on April 16 [3 favorites]


To be fair, I had never heard of these names for time zones either and it was not very easy to look up which is which. I've heard of GMT and UTC, but not these.
posted by Too-Ticky at 2:15 PM on April 16




I thought the tradition was to push on 5PM on Friday and then disappear for the weekend.

No? Only jobs I've worked?
posted by isauteikisa at 3:34 PM on April 16 [12 favorites]


Here's hoping the move goes without a hitch!
posted by Roger Pittman at 5:31 PM on April 16


Unfortunately, the move did hit a hitch, so we're going to have to retry in a few days.
posted by frimble (staff) at 12:16 AM on April 17 [8 favorites]


During the outage, visiting Metafilter resulted in a Chrome security warning. The status page was being served on metafilter.com but with a SSL certificate for mefi.us.
posted by matthewr at 1:21 AM on April 17 [4 favorites]


> "Would it be too much trouble for you to post GMT times? Not all of us are in one of the zones listed."

Also, AEDT ended 2 almost weeks ago…
posted by Pinback at 2:42 AM on April 17 [1 favorite]


I have no idea how these people got their hitches wedged into their servers, or why.
posted by Tehhund at 3:36 AM on April 17 [3 favorites]


Also, AEDT ended 2 almost weeks ago…

Obligatory Tom Scott video about the horrors of trying to deal with time zones.
posted by FishBike at 4:33 AM on April 17 [2 favorites]


Status site still says Metafilter is down for me (when it’s not). But I’m enjoying the links on it anyway so......
posted by inflatablekiwi at 6:16 AM on April 17


Let this be a lesson: there are no time zones on Cat Island.
posted by rhizome at 9:19 AM on April 17 [2 favorites]


At 12:40 PM Eastern, I am still getting the chartreuse "MetaFilter is down for scheduled maintenance" page on my iPhone although on my laptop it is (obviously) fine.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 9:40 AM on April 17


Obligatory Tom Scott video about the horrors of trying to deal with time zones.

Philomena Cunk asks "What is clocks?"
posted by Lexica at 4:08 PM on April 17 [4 favorites]


Unfortunately, the move did hit a hitch, so we're going to have to retry in a few days.

So where -- exactly -- are we right now? Here, or there?
posted by rtimmel at 4:51 PM on April 17


We're at "now," now.
posted by Tehhund at 5:40 PM on April 17


Now GMT or.....
posted by inflatablekiwi at 6:09 PM on April 17 [1 favorite]


We're at "now," now.

When?
posted by Greg_Ace at 6:56 PM on April 17 [2 favorites]


What time is clock
posted by Burhanistan at 8:10 PM on April 17


ricochet biscuit, I had a similar issue last time there were updates- I had to force my phone to refresh the page and it was fine.
posted by freethefeet at 8:27 PM on April 17


When

Here, then, but now. like now.
posted by mwhybark at 9:04 PM on April 17 [1 favorite]


...Now?
posted by Greg_Ace at 9:20 PM on April 17


well, now... now and then, when then was now. so then, now.
posted by mwhybark at 9:41 PM on April 17 [2 favorites]


Focus on why and then when will take care of itself.
posted by Burhanistan at 9:47 PM on April 17 [2 favorites]


Is this one of those things you'd need a Metafilter account to understand?
posted by Literaryhero at 3:54 AM on April 18 [1 favorite]


The best link is mods reading internet curses. It's almost like not leaving this time-line at all!
posted by mightshould at 4:32 AM on April 18 [2 favorites]


Literaryhero, more like a Mr. Coffee.
posted by trig at 7:28 AM on April 18 [1 favorite]


millipedes should stay about 0.56 miles away from other millipedes.
posted by oulipian


I personally try to stay at least 1000 miles from giant centipedes.
posted by Splunge at 8:55 AM on April 18 [1 favorite]


During this time when the site is closed to visitors, we'll be letting the animals out to roam around and visit each other.

Just like Animal Crossing.


MetaFilter (1999-) is the text iteration of Animal Crossing (2001-) and has been for a long time.

Lobstermitten is Reese. Taz is Isabelle. Frimble is Resetti. Eyebrows McGee is Blathers. Good News for the Insane is Kapp'n. Restless Nomad is Katrina. Vacapinta is Pascal. Jessamyn is Rover.

And Cortex? C'mon; so obviously K.K. Slider.
posted by Wordshore at 5:48 AM on April 19 [3 favorites]




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