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"Why Is The Forum Down?" - Server Downtime

Discussion in 'Forum Announcements' started by Marco Polo, Jan 4, 2020.

  1. Marco Polo

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    Since we've had two fairly extensive downtime periods recently (3 days in November and 2 days just after the New Year), I think it's probably a good idea to have this thread.

    It's an issue I know most of our older/more active members are aware of, but for those who open the forum on certain days and see that it's down, it can be very confusing. Bascially, our current management "setup" has @sweetjacky and myself as the administrators of the forum, and we have control over most of the day-to-day happenings. However, the one thing we don't control is the server, which is still under @Owl 's ownership. This means the monthly bills etc. still go through him, and given that he's a very busy bird there's sometimes a delay with getting them through. So, if the forum is down at the start of the month then that's the reason why. Don't worry, if it ever gets to a stage where Owl can no longer be our benefactor, we'll make sure you guys are the first to know. If it means starting a Patreon to keep us going, or if it indeed means OPF can no longer run, we'll make sure you guys know what decision Owl and the forum team come to.

    The other purpose of this thread is to notify you of other potential downtimes coming up. The service that our domain name is registered with is undergoing maintenance on the 5th and 9th of January, which may affect whether the forum is up or not. Our HTTPS certificates are due for renewal on January 24th, which could also restrict forum access. This one shouldn't be too much of an issue though, as Owl is aware of this.

    I know it's frustrating for all of us when the server goes down. We're doing what we can to minimise downtime as much as possible with our current setup.

    If you need to contact us during server downtime, message us on Facebook or Twitter, or message the Discord server

    Thank you all for your patience!

    Much love,

    The OPF Team
     
  2. Deathbloke

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    Smart thinking publishing this, once more a good job by joelo
     
  3. Galkie

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    That explains a lot...
    Thanks!
     
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  4. Kia

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    That is so true ^_^
     
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  5. Yeah You

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    I was aware of this, but it's nice to have a heads up. Thank you, everyone - for working so hard to get the forum running again and again. And esp Owl since he sounds really busy.
     
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    I thought it was down due to DOS attack from the Aliens.

    I was about fight the aliens but then saw this thread &
    :oksaitama: no more fighting.
     
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  7. Marco Polo

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    The forum was down from Jan 8-11. I presume this was initially due to domain maintenance but there were a couple of other server bugs as well. Thanks again to @Owl for responding as quickly as he did!
     
  8. Kia

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    #8 Kia, Jan 11, 2020
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    Thank you for the update. It’s good to finally be back.

    The initial maintenance was completed on the 8th, and the status message on the host changed to “resolved” on the first day.

    Please be advised of the potential for it to go down in about 11 hours due to the .net registry maintenance at ~0100 UTC on the 12th. A prompt response to this if it does go out and not come back up in the allocated time once the host says they’re done with their end of things would be great. Do you have a dedicated person for the task of monitoring various host maintenance statuses and reaching out to the parties that be? Perhaps doing so would make things run more smoothly?

    Just a few thoughts. ^_^
     
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    Let me nuke the host server for causing this trouble ! :fuckyeah:_
     
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    We are back!!! Finally haha.
     
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    Just reading ''Owl'' brings tears to my eyes :(
     
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    Glad to know the reason, and it is things that happens, and as long as it returns, there is no reason to worry. ^^
     
  13. Marco Polo

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    i’ll get a list of all the relevant names etc. as soon as possible so i can keep track of this stuff. anything re: dealing with external people tends to go through either myself or owl but if maintenance happens there’s not much we can do but wait until it’s done.

    apologies to everyone for the long wait, the forum picked the worst time to crash as far as marco availability goes...
     
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    I think it is a good idea to set up a Patreon for those who want to donate. Those funds could be useful later on. Those who donate can get special benefits.
     

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