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Topic: CPM Site Outage May 18-21, 2012  (Read 4375 times)
BWJM
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« on: May 21, 2012, 03:47:25 pm »

Hi folks,

Many of you were likely suffering some kind of withdrawal while the forums were unavailable over the last few days.  I apologize for putting you through such torment! ;)

Here's what happened: My hosting provider suspended the account.  I asked why and was told it was due to the Wiki site.  I pushed for more details and they said it was due to massive connections to the Wiki site.  Again, I pushed for more details and they said it was a DDOS attack "from thousands of spoofed IPs which keeps on changing".  They initially said I need to upgrade to a more expensive VPS hosting account, and then they simply refused to host the account at all.  I kept pushing, this time for logs.  They sent me about one minute worth of logs and much to my surprise, the only visitor, from about five different IPs, was a clearly identifiable Microsoft Bing search engine spider!  This sort of overzealous behaviour from search spiders can easily be controlled via robots.txt files... hardly a problem worth getting upset or cancelling accounts over.  Round and round we went a few more times and much to my surprise I managed to convince them of that earlier today.  They unsuspended the account and put in some robots.txt files to shoo away the likes of Bing.  I've since reallowed Bing, but have throttled them back considerably.

So we're back up and running! ;D

But what a stressful couple of days dealing with those people... ::)

BWJM
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« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2012, 04:42:34 pm »

Hey B.,
Thanks for getting thing back up and running again, can't beleave how much I missed checking here.

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« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2012, 06:00:47 pm »

Great work Brent!

I kept on visiting the site only to remember it was down

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« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2012, 06:29:24 pm »

Was wanting to make a post but couldn't.
Thanks for bringing it back online.

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« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2012, 06:49:32 pm »

Thanks for fixing the problem Brent!

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I kept on visiting the site only to remember it was down
I was doing the same thing.


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« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2012, 06:50:13 pm »

It sounds like the site needs a new host.

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BWJM
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« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2012, 08:07:35 pm »

It sounds like the site needs a new host.
I'd love to have a hosting account with super tech support, guaranteed uptime, a powerful server, etc, but these things all cost money which I don't have much of.  This is all coming out of my pocket, so it's what I can afford.

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« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2012, 09:49:20 pm »

Thanks - without people like you sites like this would not exist and that would be a real shame.  I am very grateful.
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« Reply #8 on: May 22, 2012, 12:42:03 am »

Maybe there should be a "donations" button on the menu bar, after all, this is a site for people who have an interest in or collect money!
I have found the site, and a few people I have had dealings with because of it, helpfull and informative in the few weeks since I have found it.
Keep up the good work Brent, I appreciate it.

 

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