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Server move and downtime, take 2

In a second attempt at moving MetaFilter to a new AWS account, the site will be offline between 22:00 and 01:00 PDT Sunday evening. [more inside]
posted by frimble on Apr 19, 2020 - 104 comments

Server move and downtime

In order to move MetaFilter to a new server*, the site will be offline between 22:00 and 01:00 PDT Thursday evening. [more inside]
posted by frimble on Apr 16, 2020 - 56 comments

Scheduled Downtime

In order to complete a planned update of the MetaFilter database server, MetaFilter will go offline for approximately 2 hours on Sunday, March 22. [more inside]
posted by frimble on Mar 20, 2020 - 31 comments

Moving Day!

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. [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Mar 13, 2014 - 252 comments

Is MeFi down?

www.metafilter.com appears to be down. I can access other subsites, but not the blue - just me? [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave on Sep 20, 2012 - 25 comments


Reddit will be blacked out for 12 hours on January 18th in protest against SOPA. Will Metafilter be doing similar?
posted by Artw on Jan 10, 2012 - 339 comments

Is Metafilter Memories down?

Is Metafilter Memories down? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Jan 4, 2012 - 49 comments

Scheduled Maintenance Saturday

We're going to have some downtime for maintenance this Saturday night at 10pm Pacific Time. [more inside]
posted by pb on Dec 15, 2011 - 144 comments

Lack of posts since yesterday morning?

Am I crazy or is it strange that there's no posts since yesterday at 7:15 am on the blue, and the subfilters since before that? I'm just wondering if there's a problem or we've suddenly gone quiet or busy or what. I miss my mefi.
posted by symbioid on Nov 10, 2011 - 4 comments

We are reconsidering that decision

Deep within the bowels of yesterday’s cluster-fuck, it was stated by jessamyn that the operation of the site during holidays was in question. [more inside]
posted by troll on Jul 5, 2011 - 310 comments

Wha' happen?

Who attacted Metafilter, How, and can they be tracked down and made to squeal?
posted by longsleeves on Jan 26, 2009 - 84 comments

A happy ending!

Muscle memory finally pays off. MeTa is back! [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Jan 26, 2009 - 125 comments

Posting down?

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]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Nov 28, 2008 - 34 comments

Server upgrayedd (the extra d is for a double dose of downtime)

We're in the process of updating the server. You probably noticed about 20min of downtime and things may be up and down throughout this evening but should resume and hopefully be faster later today and tomorrow.
posted by mathowie on Aug 20, 2007 - 31 comments

Uptime is hugely improved

Uptime and performance have been awesome for me lately. In particular the days of long downtimes when the admins are asleep seem to be over. On behalf of UK mefites, thanks.
posted by teleskiving on Jun 4, 2007 - 20 comments


Is this a bug? Or did everyone sleep in these three days? [more inside]
posted by Totally Zanzibarin' Ya on Feb 13, 2007 - 23 comments

Why all the crashes?

Why is metafilter so slow and crash-prone? I know it gets a huge amount of traffic, but what causes the regular outages? Do you guys need a new server or what? I can't think of another major site that experiences as much downtime as metafilter does. (i'm not criticizing, I know how difficult it is to run a site of this scale... just curiouis)
posted by empath on Oct 4, 2006 - 43 comments

Woot, we're back up. Sorry about the downtime.

Woot, we're back up. Sorry about the downtime.
posted by mathowie on Sep 13, 2006 - 103 comments

What's up with the downtime?

Any explanation for why Me* seems to be dying overnight again?
posted by antifuse on Jul 12, 2006 - 25 comments

Why can't I reach Metafilter?

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.
posted by sjvilla79 on Mar 14, 2006 - 64 comments

Are we still getting hit by DoS attacks?

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? :)
posted by antifuse on Feb 17, 2006 - 10 comments


Sorry about the downtime today, it looks like some comment spammers were DoSing the box with requests for long-dead trackback URLs. After that was cleaned up, some other weird bugs kept the server unavailable for a few hours, but things should be back to normal now.
posted by mathowie on Feb 13, 2006 - 26 comments

Is AskMe down? (Jan. 22, 2006)

Is AskMe down? Can't get to it via comments or the main page, on firefox or IE, on two separate computers. This is a new one - I've never noticed just one segment of the site going down before.
posted by By The Grace of God on Jan 22, 2006 - 23 comments

Downtime notice?

WhenMeFiIsDownFilter: Any chance we could see a message a la Flickr-style like MetaFilter is getting a massage and will return soon or something to that effect? Not trying to sound snarky, but ideally I think it'd be better than the hanging pages and timeouts we usually get.
posted by sjvilla79 on Nov 30, 2005 - 7 comments

What's with the downtime?

Matt: There has been lots of downtime lately. What's up?
posted by caddis on Nov 29, 2005 - 22 comments

Is Ask.Me broken?

Is Ask.Me broken?
posted by knave on Oct 28, 2005 - 3 comments

MeFi's down. Again.

Administrators! It seems to me that this website has been having a lot of downtime recently; well, this century. Do we know any more about what is causing it, and are there plans to combat this phantom menace?
posted by Pretty_Generic on Sep 24, 2005 - 15 comments

Comedy of Server Errors

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.
posted by mathowie on Aug 15, 2005 - 10 comments

IP blockage error?

If my IP were blocked, would the symptoms be something like constantly getting a "Error Executing Database Query ... Server returned: No buffer space available (maximum connections reached?)" error, even though everyone else can connect just fine, until it occurs to me to ssh elsewhere and try connecting? At which point I get through fine?
posted by Harry Morgan on Aug 13, 2005 - 23 comments

cannot connect to jrun server

I've been unable to view any part of Meta for the past four and a half hours today because of a "cannot connect to jrun server" error. Whilst this doesn't normally bother me (it is quite a frequent occurance) I find that most of the time other people are still able to continue posting during this 'outage'. So how come it is completely broken for me but not for everyone else?
posted by ralawrence on Jun 23, 2005 - 14 comments

These days it seems like MeFi is down constantly

Can I just make a frustration-vent post? These days it seems like MeFi is down constantly, several times a day, and to be honest... I'm getting to the point where I'm about ready to move on to another spot. The problem is that, for me, my main community site is like comfort food; it's a place that I can always pop into to see posts and comments from the people I know, and I can always fill in a time gap or soothe my real-life-related nerves by browsing there. But one of the things about comfort food is that it has to be easy and accessible, and lately, MeFi... isn't. So I have some questions...
posted by taz on May 16, 2005 - 154 comments

Why does MetaFilter occasionally just wink out of existence?

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.
posted by CrunchyGods on May 6, 2005 - 45 comments


posted by scarabic on Feb 8, 2005 - 38 comments

status.metafilter.com independent or not?

Matt: when you setup status.metafilter.com, wasn't it supposed to be independent of the Mefi server? I don't get how come they were both down at the same time last night.
posted by dash_slot- on Aug 15, 2004 - 41 comments

Anything we can do to help keep MeFi up?

Anything we can do to help keep MeFi up? Because these frequent downtimes are annoying me. I need my MeFi in the morning more than coffee.
posted by johnnydark on May 24, 2004 - 31 comments

Is there any way we can help to ensure MeFi uptime?

Is there any way we unfortunate non-Californians can help to ensure that MetaFilter becomes a 24-hour operation once more? [More inside.]
posted by MiguelCardoso on May 6, 2004 - 36 comments

Server Downtime

Why the downtime? For the last week or so, Metafilter goes down at late morning GMT, and doesn't spring back to life until Late afternoon GMT. It seems too regular to be anything other than a deliberate act. Is it going to be a regular thing? How are us European MeFites going to waste time at work?
posted by seanyboy on Apr 21, 2004 - 38 comments

Reasons for Downtime

Hey, just curious if the reason this site tends to have downtime with relative frequency (it's not terrible or anything, but it's certainly more than any other popular site I check out) is a result of the ISP it's hosted at, or the server it's running on...

I'm not asking to be a jerk or anything, I'm just curious, since I have a 1u server colocated somewhere myself, and am moving it to a new facility soon etc.. so network / hosting / downtime issues pique my interest...
posted by twiggy on Mar 4, 2004 - 7 comments

We're back

So alas, one of the processor fans in the MetaFilter server decided to up and die, which coincided perfectly with a planned vacation to New York. Upon coming back, no replacement fan was to be found on my doorstep (due to stupid delayed shipping by the company from whom the replacement was ordered), so a trip to CompUSA later, we're back in business. Sorry 'bout that.
posted by delfuego on Feb 16, 2004 - 74 comments

Server outages

MetaFilter, MetaTalk, and Ask Metafilter might be sporadic over the next day or so, as the server hosting the DNS has died for now. Hopefully that server will be back tomorrow morning, but if not, you could hack your hosts file to point the three domains at

If you see the sites unreachable by morning, that's why.
posted by mathowie on Feb 4, 2004 - 14 comments

Upgrade in progress

Just a heads up, I'm in the middle of a slightly messed up software upgrade in process - expect things to be broken for the next few hours
posted by mathowie on Jan 29, 2004 - 32 comments

night without mefi

so, what happened to mefi tuesday evening?
posted by quonsar on Oct 8, 2003 - 21 comments

Server Downtime

Sorry about the downtime -- it turns out that storms and thunder and lightning make the power in Brookline, MA go away for a short bit. Thank goodness for the wonder of uninterruptible power supplies and graceful shutdowns...
posted by delfuego on Aug 3, 2003 - 9 comments

Upgrades in the Works

Uptime will probably be sporadic over the next few days while I do some software and hardware upgrades. On the upside, I get to bask in the glow of the server while I do the upgrades.
posted by mathowie on Jul 11, 2003 - 28 comments

Servers and delfuego moving, expect downtime.

Tomorrow, I’ll shut down all the computers that still live in my old apartment in New York (including the one running this site and the MetaFilter server), drive them up to Boston, and set them all up on the new T1.
5 Jul 03 @ 9:31 PM"

Expect downtime. MetaFilter addicts take note. You have been warned. We now return to your regularly scheduled flamewar.
posted by wendell on Jul 5, 2003 - 84 comments

Sorry about the downtime

Sorry about the downtime, I was moving from one place to another, far away. Things should be back to normal now.
posted by mathowie on Jul 1, 2003 - 33 comments

Trouble loading the front page, and being redirected.

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.
posted by SimStupid on Apr 9, 2003 - 9 comments

MeTa seems very slow today and MeFi isn't half as zippy as usual

MeTa seems very slow today and MeFi isn't half as zippy as usual. Instead of starting bothersome "Is it only me?" threads like this one, is there a way users can determine for themselves whether it's the server's fault or something else?
posted by MiguelCardoso on Mar 24, 2003 - 6 comments

is MeFi dead?

Sorry if this is a stupid question, but is MeFi dead? I haven't been getting through all day until just now, and even now I'm only seeing "Index Of" and two HRs.
posted by oissubke on Jan 10, 2003 - 38 comments

Sorry about the downtime.

Sorry about the downtime. I was dicking around with the server a little. Things should be back to normal now. More downtime tomorrow, perhaps as I finish the upgrades.
posted by anildash on Nov 23, 2002 - 12 comments

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