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To Index or Not?

The site is getting pummelled lately, so I ran stats on the past few days to see if there was a national news story or something. Of the 300k page views in the past four days, 100k, or 1/3 of the traffic was solely due to the googlebot.

It appears that having 13k threads filled with 200k comments of google-loving ascii is acting as some sort of honeypot, attracting the google indexers like mad. Broken down by day, the Googlebot appears to visit over 25k pages at metafilter.com PER DAY. If you look at browser/OS stats, the googlebot visits metafilter more often than all Netscape clients combined. Also, the googlebot exceeds all visits by people using Mac operating systems.

Although I'm impressed with the results (google searches are the #1 referrer), is it worth basically bringing down the machine and keeping humans from being able to access it? If I were to include a robots exlusion file and block all search bots, would the net community be at a loss for not being able to find information discussed here?

I guess the big question is, does the utility of having the site indexed outweigh the problems the indexing causes?
posted by mathowie on Jan 4, 2002 - 32 comments

MeFi Lite?

I'm currently visiting metafilter with my images turned off in the hope that it will reduce server load just a little. does it?

along the same line of thought, matt, an version of metafilter until server problems are resolved? ala emergency CNN? would it make a difference?
posted by rebeccablood on Oct 5, 2001 - 18 comments

does the site seem slow to anybody lately

does the site seem slow to anybody lately, or is it me? there are long waits when i click on comments, or basically anything which loads from the database.
posted by moz on Sep 27, 2001 - 11 comments

curious if the MeFi community could advise me

i've remember threads like this before, but my searches turned up nothing, i think im searching for the wrong things ... anywho. i was trying to set up an apache server with some fun toys and was curious if the MeFi community could advise me on what i would need to set up to run PHP, and all that fun stuff.
posted by a11an on Jun 25, 2001 - 2 comments

Metatalk 404 error

I keep getting the following when accessing Metatallk:


Error Occurred While Processing Request

Error Diagnostic Information

An error has occurred.

HTTP/1.0 404 Object Not Found

Please inform the site administrator that this error has occurred (be sure to include the contents of this page in your message to the administrator).

Any idea why?

posted by ParisParamus on Jun 15, 2001 - 13 comments

Nonusers can't even look at mefi?

Will new users ever* be let into** MetaFilter?

*I’m not interested in starting a conversation about the various benefits and liabilities of more users.

**Open MetaFilter.com with cookies off, and you'll see what I mean.
posted by capt.crackpipe on May 31, 2001 - 13 comments

Speedy MeFi

Great job, Jason, MeFi is speedy once more. And I'm within a mile of the box itself.

Somehow being in such close physical proximity to MeFi is soothing.
posted by anildash on May 31, 2001 - 17 comments

Is the IRC channel closed during MeFi shutdowns?

Before MeFi goes off line for its connection upgrade (see side-blog), what's the scoop on an IRC channel, especially after the last shut down? During shutdown, it might ease withdrawal < : ( > and also be interesting in and of itself. And if only I could get Ircle to run on my Mac...
posted by ParisParamus on May 30, 2001 - 2 comments

Can anyone tell me how to set up a net server?

So I Want To Set Up A Server. Since I trust the MeFiFolk, I'm asking this here: can anyone point me to a guide that tells me, a complete server hardware neophyte, what I need to get my own box on the net? Much obliged....
posted by hijinx on Apr 18, 2001 - 28 comments

We seem to be experiencing some slow sledding here.

We seem to be experiencing some slow sledding here. Any ideas?
posted by Avogadro on Apr 17, 2001 - 25 comments

Is the 5k affecting MeFi this morning?

Is the 5k affecting MeFi this morning? I keep getting timeouts and server too busy messages.
posted by iceberg273 on Apr 11, 2001 - 14 comments

DNS issues related to server switch

There were DNS issues today, there might be more soon, as I switch to new servers. Beware.
posted by mathowie on Mar 8, 2001 - 0 comments

Moving MeFi Serviers

So, um, the MetaFilter box may be moving soon. I can bring it home and host it off my DSL (upgrading the upload line to 384kbps), but it'll be slightly slower than the shared T1 we had at Pyra. If anyone has any ideas for budget rackspace or has some bandwidth to spare, let me know here or via email, thanks.

I'll give warning if/when it moves, but expect 24-48 hours of downtime when that takes place (and to the 15 other domains I host on the same box).
posted by mathowie on Feb 2, 2001 - 14 comments

Not back yet

Ok, so it's no longer late May, and the site's not up. Wanna know why? read here...
posted by mathowie on Jun 3, 2000 - 2 comments

MeFi Downtime

Just a warning - MetaFilter will be moving servers at the end of the month, which will be a down time of a couple days.
posted by mathowie on Mar 14, 2000 - 2 comments

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