Short site outage earlier this morning March 21, 2022 7:48 AM   Subscribe

The site was down for a couple of hours this morning; resolved now and we're looking into what triggered it. Sorry about the inconvenience, y'all.

Looks like it was an issue with a load spike on our database instance tied to some otherwise normal nightly backup activity; frimble slapped the appropriate part of the jukebox to get things running again, and we'll look into the specifics of what happened so we can hopefully avoid a repeat of the situation.
posted by cortex (staff) to Uptime at 7:48 AM (22 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite

Thanks for fixing it.

I was very much afraid I was going to have to do actual work at work. Thankfully crisis averted.
posted by antiwiggle at 7:56 AM on March 21 [19 favorites]


Ayyyyyy!
posted by zamboni at 7:56 AM on March 21 [6 favorites]


I felt a twinge of JRun nostalgia.
posted by Klipspringer at 7:58 AM on March 21 [14 favorites]


Yay! Thanks for fixing.

Status.Metafilter.com was still reporting that the site was up and available even when it didn’t appear to be for what it is worth.
posted by inflatablekiwi at 8:03 AM on March 21 [9 favorites]


It's OK, I didn't have anything to add anyway.
posted by Capt. Renault at 8:08 AM on March 21 [3 favorites]


Thank you!
posted by Glinn at 8:17 AM on March 21


Status.Metafilter.com was still reporting that the site was up and available even when it didn’t appear to be for what it is worth.

Yeah, this ended up being an unusual failure mode of the sort that page doesn't account for, which is, y'know, a neat trick. Learn something new every day.
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:26 AM on March 21 [10 favorites]


Cheers, thanks for updating twitter when you noticed so I could se what was going on!
posted by sciatrix at 9:26 AM on March 21 [2 favorites]


*Files Homeowners Association Complaint*
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 10:44 AM on March 21 [10 favorites]


A bunch of services hockey-sticked on downdetector this morning especially Google & Apple stuff; not sure if related but, yeah, definitely coincided with some 'bad internet weather' fwiw
posted by churl at 11:15 AM on March 21 [1 favorite]


For me the site was down for just short of 4 hours, I was actually starting to worry that Cortex might have deliberately thrown the power switch and stomped off in a huff never to return!
posted by Lanark at 1:06 PM on March 21 [1 favorite]


Honestly, even in the worst of all possible worlds I'd still leave the engine running and let people know where the bus was safely parked before I fucked off. It's not my football to take home.
posted by cortex (staff) at 1:36 PM on March 21 [31 favorites]


In the post-PDT weerie hours, I was thinking 'oh well, just another manifestation of the Great Unraveling.'
posted by jamjam at 3:52 PM on March 21


*Files Homeowners Association Complaint*

specifically, it's your sign - it lacks a plain white professional background and is not printed in comic sans per community standards

also, we have been getting noise complaints - specifically, a lot of squawking - you aren't keeping chickens are you? that's against our rules

you see that house where the patels live? it used to house plastic.com - that green house where the millers are? kuro5hin - and that mountain of gravel near the entrance? that was adequacy.org - it was so toxic, we had to bury it under tons of little rocks

we are the homeowners association - do not attempt to game us, we will own you
posted by pyramid termite at 4:13 PM on March 21 [5 favorites]


It’s not my football to take home.

While I greatly appreciate the sentiment, there might be another place where it would be beneficial to deploy it. I’m well aware it won’t be easy, but maybe it needs doing.
posted by box at 5:23 PM on March 21 [6 favorites]


Oh I thought it was a time out penalty for derailing the Ukraine thread again.
posted by ctmf at 9:40 PM on March 21 [1 favorite]


it's 4:00 a.m. on a monday
tryin to find an AOL disc
posted by clavdivs at 12:14 AM on March 22 [2 favorites]


I always mistakenly read outage as OUTRAGE.
posted by a humble nudibranch at 3:32 AM on March 22 [8 favorites]


MetaFilter: slapping the appropriate part of the jukebox since 1999.
posted by The Ardship of Cambry at 4:02 PM on March 22 [4 favorites]


Did you try turning it off and on again?
posted by Kadin2048 at 9:51 AM on March 23


I always mistakenly read outage as OUTRAGE.

Short Site Outrage my new album title.
posted by thivaia at 10:22 AM on March 23 [1 favorite]


I think I'd go with "Unscheduled Outrage" but then, maybe "Scheduled Outrage" is better.
posted by pompomtom at 9:13 PM on March 23 [2 favorites]


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