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Fri Nov 2, 2012, 02:20 PM

High traffic levels and reduced site functionality

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In order to keep DU running during periods of extremely high traffic we have a system of levels in place. As traffic to the site increases, certain functions are removed at each level. When this happens a notification will appear on the Latest page indicating what level we're on. The effects of these levels are described below.

LEVEL 1
Advanced Search is unavailable
Latest page Milestones are not displayed
The red text that indicates a post has been edited is not displayed
Cool section is removed from the homepage

LEVEL 2
The right column is removed from the Latest page
Latest page customization options are unavailable

LEVEL 3
Some navigational images are not displayed
Posts counts are not displayed
Signature lines are not displayed
Stars are not displayed
Avatars are not displayed
The homepage is replaced with a static HTML file

LEVEL 4
The discussion forum is available to registered members only

LEVEL 5
The discussion forum is available to Star Members only

Please understand that under extreme circumstances these measures do become necessary in order to keep the site running for as long as possible, for as many people as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

EarlG, Skinner, Elad
DU Administrators

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Reply High traffic levels and reduced site functionality (Original post)
EarlG Nov 2012 OP
barbtries Nov 2012 #1
Beaverhausen Nov 2012 #2
onehandle Nov 2012 #3
longship Nov 2012 #7
onehandle Nov 2012 #8
libdem4life Nov 2012 #4
jenw2 Nov 2012 #5
Archaic Nov 2012 #6
Major Hogwash Nov 2012 #16
dixiegrrrrl Nov 2012 #23
Major Hogwash Nov 2012 #24
kestrel91316 Nov 2012 #22
glinda Nov 2012 #9
freshwest Nov 2012 #10
glinda Nov 2012 #12
freshwest Nov 2012 #11
libodem Nov 2012 #13
littlemissmartypants Nov 2012 #14
northoftheborder Nov 2012 #15
William769 Nov 2012 #17
NYC_SKP Nov 2012 #18
ellisonz Nov 2012 #19
NightWatcher Nov 2012 #20
Ruby the Liberal Nov 2012 #21
panAmerican Nov 2012 #25
Purveyor Nov 2012 #26
CaliforniaPeggy Nov 2012 #28
Purveyor Nov 2012 #31
Terra Alta Nov 2012 #27
skeewee08 Nov 2012 #29
rug Nov 2012 #30
Kennah Nov 2012 #32
In_The_Wind Apr 2013 #33

Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 02:24 PM

1. thanks for the heads up

i posted to make sure i still have a star, i think it's running out this month

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 02:24 PM

2. Thanks to you and all the admins

I look forward to spending a victorious election night with fellow DUers!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 02:31 PM

3. Just de-vowel all posts. nt

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Response to onehandle (Reply #3)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 03:29 PM

7. It's called, "disenvowel". Get it right! ;-) nt

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Response to longship (Reply #7)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 03:52 PM

8. I knew that wasn't right. Couldn't remember. Thanks. nt

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 02:36 PM

4. Good for planning; better for notifying us and best for just being here. :)

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 03:00 PM

5. Moving to Windows Server 2008R2 would help

 

If you were trying to raise money for that move to greatly improve performance, I'm sure you'd get more donations including mine, and you certainly wouldn't have to cripple the site because of your open sores software.

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Response to jenw2 (Reply #5)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 03:17 PM

6. I admin hundreds of Windows, Linux servers.

My Linux ones don't die or need reboots.

My Windows ones are better than they've been, but nowhere near my Linux boxes.

And I wouldn't want to lock them into a future where Server2012 is their roadmap. What a pile o' crap. Some nice features, but not enough to justify its awfulness.

Back on topic, good extortion, EarlG, I've been lurking forever, and intend to continue to. Election night without DU would be unbearable, so I re-lit my star.

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Response to jenw2 (Reply #5)

Sat Nov 3, 2012, 02:32 AM

16. They don't use much open sores software at the DU.

Because they require too many band-aids.

I. couldn't. resist.

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Response to Major Hogwash (Reply #16)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 07:30 AM

23. Leprosy software???? Had no idea.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #23)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 02:28 PM

24. This may cause cold sores, but I don't think it'll go viral.

People shouldn't comment here after watching the Gangnam Style video for 12 hours straight.

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Response to jenw2 (Reply #5)

Sun Nov 4, 2012, 06:57 PM

22. Thank you for insulting our DU admins.

Enjoy your stay.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 05:09 PM

9. I made a donation and where is my star? Don't they show anymore?

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Response to glinda (Reply #9)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 05:41 PM

10. I can see your star for the minute. Look again, although it may be off for traffic.

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Response to freshwest (Reply #10)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 07:13 PM

12. thanks!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 05:42 PM

11. Thanks, EarlG, for explaining this.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 09:28 PM

13. I smarted off in the appreciation thread

But I am truely grateful for all the effort put forth,operating the site.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 11:09 PM

14. Thanks for the heads up!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 11:40 PM

15. Thanks for the explanation. And thanks for your excellent administration of the website!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Sat Nov 3, 2012, 09:04 AM

17. Thanks for the detailed explanation.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Sat Nov 3, 2012, 01:08 PM

18. Bookmarking.

We are expecting a significant amount of traffic through election day and beyond. Elad has installed an additional front-end server but we still expect to have to disable certain forum functions once the load on our servers becomes too great. During these times it is absolutely necessary to remove these functions otherwise the servers will crash and the site will be unavailable to everyone.

In order to keep DU running during periods of extremely high traffic we have a system of levels in place. As traffic to the site increases, certain functions are removed at each level. When this happens a notification will appear on the Latest page indicating what level we're on. The effects of these levels are described below.

LEVEL 1
Advanced Search is unavailable
Latest page Milestones are not displayed
The red text that indicates a post has been edited is not displayed
Cool section is removed from the homepage

LEVEL 2
The right column is removed from the Latest page
Latest page customization options are unavailable

LEVEL 3
Some navigational images are not displayed
Posts counts are not displayed
Signature lines are not displayed
Stars are not displayed
Avatars are not displayed
The homepage is replaced with a static HTML file

LEVEL 4
The discussion forum is available to registered members only

LEVEL 5
The discussion forum is available to Star Members only


A word of warning: there is a strong possibility that -- at least for certain periods of time -- we will have to operate at Level 5 on election night. To prepare for this possibility you can purchase a Star Membership here if you have not done so already.

Please understand that under extreme circumstances these measures do become necessary in order to keep the site running for as long as possible, for as many people as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

EarlG, Skinner, Elad
DU Administrators

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Sat Nov 3, 2012, 02:10 PM

19. I've been told that a proper DEFCON system goes from 5 to 1.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Sat Nov 3, 2012, 02:14 PM

20. I tried to donate, but stupid Paypal wont take my credit card

It says that another account has already registered that card. I dont suffer from multi-personalities, nor do I have more than one Paypal or email account.

I liked it when yall took credit cards directly. Hope I can still log in Tuesday, I just found out they dont want me to volunteer as a poll watcher here, so I'll be home all day tuesday

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Sat Nov 3, 2012, 04:52 PM

21. "The homepage is replaced with a static HTML file"

Smart move. I would hate to think how many queries that page generates every time it loads. Do hope you all would be able to do a manual update if something bizarre/unthinkable happened, like a massive earthquake or something.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 07:18 PM

25. Site is already slowing down

Let's not become like the Freepers, please!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 11:12 PM

26. Has the "advanced search' feature ever worked? eom

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Response to Purveyor (Reply #26)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 01:11 PM

28. It certainly has, but not in the last 10 days or a week or so.

I miss it, and I'm looking forward to getting it back!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #28)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 06:38 PM

31. I guess I missed it and certainly do miss it since I post a lot of articles and hate doing dupes. nt

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 08:26 AM

27. Hopefully, it won't get to level 5.

I want all members to be able to participate in an Obama victory.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 01:13 PM

29. Thanks Elad, got my star.....

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 04:43 PM

30. At Level 6, the only forum we can access is Cooking & Baking.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 11:21 PM

32. Is there any expectation of reduced DU activity in 9 months?

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Apr 17, 2013, 07:52 AM

33. ♥

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