Sunday, March 29


Sorry About The Site Glitches

Our statistics database filled up. This wasn't immediately obvious from the logs, and since it was due to a size limit being set too low rather than running out of server resources, it wasn't obvious from the state of the server.

It's been addressed now, the server processes have been restarted to clean up any hung connections, and all should be well with the world.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at 10:40 AM | Comments (88) | Add Comment | Trackbacks (Suck)
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1 Should I notify you of the "Bad Gateway 502" error I just got a few seconds ago, which went away when I clicked refresh?

Posted by: Wonderduck at Sunday, March 29 2015 11:15 AM (jGQR+)

2 Actually, yes.  That reminded me that I'd put in a patch to try to resolve the problem and needed to take it back out, because it's probably un-helping now that we're stable again.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sunday, March 29 2015 11:30 AM (PiXy!)

3 I was only getting 500 errors.

Also, wasn't there some policy of auto-closing the comments on posts over a certain age? Some spammer just picked one of Brickmuppet's year-old posts. (Is there a name for spam that pretends very well to be a person?)

Posted by: Mauser at Sunday, March 29 2015 11:34 AM (TJ7ih)

4 As a rule of thumb, if the site glitches enough that you notice, please let me know.

There's always some sort of crap going on on the internet, but if you have to hit refresh more often on than, say,, I should be able to fix that.  They have a lot more resources than I do, but they have to do a lot more as well.  Should even out.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sunday, March 29 2015 11:37 AM (PiXy!)

5 Mauser, yeah, on the 500 errors, it depended on when you saw it; you either got a 500 error from the blogging software, or a 502 error from the server because the blogging software was doing an automatic restart.

And yes, I'll check on the comment-closing feature and get that fixed up.  That's a useful spam trap as well - I track IPs that comment on closed posts and blacklist them

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sunday, March 29 2015 11:41 AM (PiXy!)


Pixy, new posts are now defaulting to "comments disabled".

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Monday, March 30 2015 09:52 AM (+rSRq)

7 Oops!  Sorry, I'll get that fixed ASAP.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Monday, March 30 2015 04:14 PM (PiXy!)

8 Fixed now.  There's a "template" post containing the default settings for newly created posts; when I closed the historical posts to slow down the stream of spam, I accidentally closed the template post as well, and the default for comments switched from on to off.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Monday, March 30 2015 07:14 PM (PiXy!)

9 Sorry to bother you, but Brickmuppet is being spammed again.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Monday, March 30 2015 11:30 PM (+rSRq)

10 Opened a fresh can of Spam-B-Gone.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Tuesday, March 31 2015 04:17 PM (PiXy!)

11 I've never quite understood the statistics produced.  The numbers get very large compared to the apparent traffic.

Posted by: Mauser at Wednesday, April 01 2015 11:14 PM (TJ7ih)

12 I'm going to do something to break it down.  More than half our traffic seems to be webcrawlers - Google, Bing, sites like that.

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