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Server Downtime 19:30-21:00 07/10/19

Post by Funkycowie » Mon Oct 07, 2019 3:17 pm

Hi,

We experienced some down time today that was caused by a suspected attack or high load that caused the server to fall over and the database to be corrupted. This was repaired fairly quickly as I happened to be browsing the forum.

I hate to do this but this is also an opportune time to remind any one that reads this site runs through donations and Chris's, Ged's and my time also all you happy posters :) We got a free half year of server running due to a host created outage a little while back but funds are low for this year. The server costs £130 a year and is up for renewal this month but we only have £56 in donations. If you can only afford a £1 it's something.

Thank you to all that have donated so far and thanks for reading this.

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Post by roadster » Tue Oct 08, 2019 3:50 am

For some reason the donation button works in dollars so I sent you a small donation from my paypal account directly. Keep up the good work - thanks.
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Post by Meldrew » Tue Oct 08, 2019 4:07 am

I noticed it was in US dollars too, but my PayPal account converted it to GB pounds when my bank account was debited.

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Post by Funkycowie » Tue Oct 08, 2019 12:12 pm

Thanks guys :)

The paypal account was set up when I lived in the US so it automatically does a dollar amount, I am reluctant to open a new one as this one allows me to have donations when it shouldn't.

I have an update on the site/server. It appears we are experiencing a bot attack as it's affecting the server load so I am trying to find a way of blocking them.
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Post by Funkycowie » Tue Oct 08, 2019 3:11 pm

I believe the forum and therefore the server is being mass searched by a bunch of bots either trying to get info or register. During summer we were seeing a lot of registrations from dodgy email accounts so we put in measures to reduce this as dealing with is was getting really tedious. Whilst these measures worked in stopping registrations the bots are still trying to visit and it seems to have increased subsequently overloading the server yesterday. I have removed a couple of features available to guests, including the search function, to reduce server load. Guests will still be able to search via google and therefore find the site, as google bots and other trusted search engine bots have a form of user account.

As for the not secure thing, it's nothing to worry about really.

Thank you all for the donations, it has covered quite a bit extra.
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