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Discussion in 'Announcements, Questions, Sharing Ideas' started by ActionBuddy, Jun 4, 2007.

  1. ActionBuddy

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    Hi, for 2 weeks now, on and off, I've been unable to access the site or once on it, I have problems accessing forums, next pages, etc. I don't get a page saying Unable to Find.. or one of the Timed-out pages... I just get a blank screen with LPSG in the URL box or whatever page I've gone to in the URL box... but nothing. If I click Reload Page, nothing changes, but most times when I click "Back", I get back to the page I was on. I haven't been in daily, but this is happening every other time or so. Today, it totally froze up when I went to answer a private message using the New Window choice given in the Notice pop-up.

    Not whining, just wondering if anyone else is having this experience? Could it be that this is happening because there are just SO many more users on LPSG than when I joined over a year ago?

    It has been a delightful year as a member, btw!

    Onan
     
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    Yes, that's been happeninng sometimes the last few weeks.
     
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    It has also happened to me. I will get off and then 15 minutes later get back on and it will be fine.
     
  4. novice_btm

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    Arrrg! I just had a 3 minute bout of it.

    Uh, Rob_E, you know I love ya big guy, but there've been enough posts about this that some kinda post back might calm the savages.
     
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    OK, I take that back, I just lost contact for 23 minutes, yes TWENTY three. Is it a backup? Sys maintainance? If we just had our expectations managed, e.g.,...

    "Backups run nightly @ 12:30a.m. Pacific time. During this time, the system may be slow or unavailable for several minutes. Thanks -The Management"
     
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    Ok, that might explain my latest "bout", but it was close to 1AM Pacific Time. But other times, it was during the afternoon and early evenings. I'll keep 12:30 in mind.

    Thanks
     
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    No, no, no, that wasn't an official statement. I "quoted" it, meaning it would be helpful if "The Management" told us something along those lines, so that we knew what we were dealing with. Sorry for the confusion.
     
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    Lpsg.org is backed by a giant database that is being accessed by up to over 1,000 concurrent users, 24/7/365. A few different things happen. First, the database will lock itself rather than risk corruption. This will cause a temporary hang effect. Also, the site is completely backed up to a secure off site location daily. This happens at various times during the day, and is actually done in pieces as to minimize the effect on users. However, during a backup, the site will occaisionally become unavailable. I don't wish to publicize the backup schedule, because a hacker could try to time an attack to affect the backup process. Also, the servers themselves will occaisionally get overloaded, as happened at 1:40 a.m. Pacific Time today. When that happens the site will go completely down as the servers attempt to autocorrect the problem. This morning it took about 15 minutes to recover. There are also a myriad of issues that can happen on the client side. Your computer may become overloaded, your ISP may have a service interruption, etc. If you want to be extra careful, you can copy the text from a new post or PM to your clipboard before submitting, that way you won't lose your work in case of a problem. I'll keep working on the system to make it more reliable, but remember that as I add more capacity, the userbase grows. We are now at well over double the concurrent users of two years ago, and we have far fewer outages.

    Rob
     
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    yup......happens to me from time to time......usually when i really need a big dick fix!
     
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    Awesome! Thanks so much. I think it's much easier for us to "cope", knowing that there's a reason behind it.

    P.S. Yes, I've actually taken to the copy and post method for anything that I've spent any amount of time on writing.
     
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    Well, darn. I stopped to watch a Hugo Weaving movie on HBO last night and missed all the 'fun.'

    I've been to other forums that have so much tech trouble that I've given up on them but Rob_E has done a bangup job at keeping LPSG online and working efficiently, don't you think?
     
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    Definitely, and it's greatly appreciated. My only suggestion is to continue to manage expectations. As I've said before, people are much more forgiving when prepared for possible adversity. But again, it's a great site, and we're thankful for all the hard work! :kiss:
     
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    Bangup job indeed.
    I add my congrats to Rob_E, not just for his conscientious attention to the site, but to the success that he so much deserves for all the work he does.
     
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    Always good to be informed and know that it isn't just my clunky PC. Thanks for the info and thanks for dealing with all the issues and potential for trouble.

    Several websites that I enjoyed were recently hacked and ruined by a fanatical Syrian Muslim. I miss those places to visit and I appreciate the work it entails to maintain and protect this one.

    Onan
     
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    Oh yes, it hums along pretty well. But all fora are subject to some special issues which aren't actually problems. Uses should know what those are so they don't waste time and effort fiddling with their browsers or bitching to their ISPs.
     
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    He really is superman.
     
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    It comes and goes--the last few days have been insane with this problem. My usual quick fix-- which for some reason works-- is to delete my cookies. Even if this is the only site I've been to since my last cookie removal. In most cases when these delays happen I figure it may be traffic tie-up at the board or system renovations.
     
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    I have a lot of friends e-mail and other information stored where.....in private messages here. I am going to go through and move all of them to a special address book.
    I was in a panic that i would lose contact with people I have come to love.

    I have a hotmail account that is strictly for LPSG. I rarely use it for anything else. No one in my family even knows I have it and they certainly can't access it.

    My LPSG e-mail is s2b1t@hotmail.com for those who want to put it in their address book and anyone can send their info to that e-mail address

    I hope others will come forward and post an e-mall address and any info that you want to be public for us all to put in our personal file.

    At least should this site be shut down we can e-mail our closest friends here at the LPSG and keep in contact.

    p.s. I like the idea of an alternate site if that can be arranged. That is out of my league.
     
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    i have also had problems geting acess to the site--it says LPSSG has datbase problems....
     
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    [​IMG]Database errorThe database has encountered a problem.
     
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