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YWS Down-time (November 2011)

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Sat Nov 12, 2011 10:34 pm
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Nate says...



As many are no doubt well-aware, the Young Writers Society appears to be suffering from some database malfunctions as of late. In fact, it seems to be happening at least twice every day.

Fortunately, I do know what's causing the problems; it's just going to take a while to fix. In the short-term, what I'll need to do is completely re-design the front page. All those blocks (e.g., "Recent posts," "Recommended for you," "Leaderboards") require a lot of resources for the server to calculate owing to the huge size of the database (it's now more than six gigabytes in size). Getting rid of those blocks should keep things moving, which means the front page will become greatly simplified.

In the long-term, I'll need to do a total site overhaul, which is not going to be easy. I was already planning on starting it come 2012, but I guess I'll just move it up to December.

At any rate, please expect the problems to continue for at least another week. I'm going to a conference and doing a fair amount of traveling this week so I just don't have the time to deal with it.
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Sun Nov 13, 2011 7:10 am
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Nate says...



Hmmm... no comments?

In any case, the problem should now be fixed in the short-short-term (knock on wood). I'll still need to eventually revamp the front page and then the rest of the site, but things shouldn't crash every few hours now.
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Sun Nov 13, 2011 8:13 am
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HerBugaboo says...



It's the wondrous Nate to the rescue, as usual...*grins* Good thing you're fixing it. I can't live without this site.
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Sun Nov 13, 2011 10:36 am
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Charlie II says...



*knocks on wood*

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Sun Nov 13, 2011 2:07 pm
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SparkToFlame says...



*nods* Kay.
I haven't been getting on as much, now. Cause of production/tech week... BUT I'll be fully back soon I hope. But anyway, Thanks Nate!
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Sun Nov 13, 2011 5:03 pm
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Blues says...



*Nods*
So that's why there was downtime. Thanks Nate :D




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Sun Nov 13, 2011 5:41 pm
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Rydia says...



Thanks Nate! On top of things as always <3
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Sun Nov 13, 2011 8:42 pm
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Meshugenah says...



Nate wrote:Hmmm... no comments?

In any case, the problem should now be fixed in the short-short-term (knock on wood). I'll still need to eventually revamp the front page and then the rest of the site, but things shouldn't crash every few hours now.


Of course! I stopped trying to be productive! ;)
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Mon Nov 14, 2011 2:58 am
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Nate says...



Well, it looks like my fix didn't work. Clearly someone isn't knocking on wood.
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Mon Nov 14, 2011 3:33 am
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Meshugenah says...



Nope. I tried to get in to the admin panel. Clearly, I shouldn't have.

(I actually wish I was kidding. The site was running fine until I got an idea in my head and tried to go check something. Then it all went ka-put again)
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