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    The forum is acting up today

    The forum software has been acting up today (and a little bit yesterday). I am aware of the problem and I am looking into it.

    For the moment the slideshow on the home page is disabled. I hope to have it restored shortly.

    Hopefully this whole issue will be straightened out soon.
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    Re: The forum is acting up today

    Noticed that this morning as well.
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    Re: The forum is acting up today

    The slideshow is now back, and things are working for the moment. However, I don't think I have found the root cause just yet. So things may remain a little unstable for the moment.
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    Re: The forum is acting up today

    Yesterday I got server is busy, try again later message - if that helps.
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    Re: The forum is acting up today

    Yep, that is one of the symptoms. I am also seeing page loads which just timeout. Trying again right away often works when there is a problem.
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    Re: The forum is acting up today

    I just automatically assumed it was something Patrick did........................
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    Re: The forum is acting up today

    Quote Originally Posted by woodyp View Post
    I just automatically assumed it was something Patrick did........................
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    Re: The forum is acting up today

    So we are back up?
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    Re: The forum is acting up today

    Well, yes and no. I have been adjusting some settings to try and stop the problems, and the current combination seems to be working, but I still haven't pinned down exactly what is causing the problems in the first place.
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    Re: The forum is acting up today

    Thanks for the work Jason.
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    Re: The forum is acting up today

    Good job fixing Patrick's mess, man!
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    Re: The forum is acting up today

    I noticed my phone being REALLY slow this morning a few hours ago. But being that my phone is a POS and I was using Tapatalk and I would not put it past Verizon to throttle me, I thought one of those could be the culprit. Although then I went to another forum and things seemed to be working at normal speed.

    I am sure Jason will figure it out eventually
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    Re: The forum is acting up today

    Right now, it's smoother and quicker for me on iPhone than its been in 4-5? Days.
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    Re: The forum is acting up today

    Have you checked your router logs to see if you are under a DOS or DDOS attack?

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    Did the software undergo an automatic update? If nothing has changed on the forum software it is unlikely to be the cause. If it is hosted on a Windows server check the application logs on the server.
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    Re: The forum is acting up today

    Hmmm, I thought we were under Patrick_B west texas pollen attack.
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    Re: The forum is acting up today

    Part of what was happening was an HTML flood attack, but there was another component I am still not able to pin down.
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    Re: The forum is acting up today

    Just got a "The Forum is Busy Right Now" error on Tapatalk.
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    Re: The forum is acting up today

    Not seen it yet thankfully, but that's how it started end of last week for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonLion View Post
    Part of what was happening was an HTML flood attack, but there was another component I am still not able to pin down.
    Can you explain that in non IT Savvy terms?
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    Re: The forum is acting up today

    People sometimes setup computers (robots) to attack web servers. There are many different ways to do this. The trouble this week was mostly caused by someone setting up a robot to access web pages on our site very quickly, loading down the server, causing slow response times and eventually triggering what is basically a "server overloaded" error message. Once I found that part of what was happening, it was easy to block them.

    By the by, I am expecting normal traffic to saturate the server soon, and plan a hardware upgrade for early May. Depending on how rapidly traffic rises this spring, we may get overloaded at some times here and there before the hardware upgrade is in place.
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    Re: The forum is acting up today

    Robots...ok. Still a little bit like the Wild West on the Internet.

    Thanks for the info, all good to know.
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