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What's up.... [Aug. 26th, 2001|02:29 pm]
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Now that things have settled a bit I'm feeling unstressed & awake enough to let you guys know what's been up.

-- site was getting slower & slower

-- revjim did a lot of work to make site use database slaves more often. basically we have to go through each query and decide if it's critical that it runs against the master database.

-- we worked on a ton of other code (all on our development servers)

-- idiots started to complain that all the changes we'd been making weren't helping. Um, yean... that's because we develop on test servers, not on the main site.

-- I turned off new account creation yesterday to stop growth while we worked on things.

-- site got worse. (master database was overloaded)

-- we gave in and decided to update the site with the new code. there were tons of little problem.

-- now, slave dbs were the busy ones. this is good, especially since we have 2 more on the way, due to arrive on the 1st.

-- we made one of the existing 4 db slaves be a paid member only one, and it seems to be doing good now. (this was a half hour ago)

From here, we're making more code be multi-db aware and we're waiting patiently for the new servers to arrive. We also ordered another 3 gb of memory for various machines, and we're going to be rebuilding the existing db slaves with a new configuration once we have the new ones installed to take up the slack.

Anyway, here's another 10 days of free time.

Just wanted to let you all know that we didn't forget about you ... the guilt of knowing paid members are getting screwed is what keeps us up until 8am in the morning.

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[User Picture]From: dormando
2001-08-26 02:30 pm (UTC)
9am :)
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[User Picture]From: simones
2001-08-27 04:02 am (UTC)
*hands over all her candy*
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[User Picture]From: sorchar
2001-08-26 02:31 pm (UTC)


Thanks Brad and crew... we love ya. ;)
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[User Picture]From: rinnywee
2001-08-26 02:32 pm (UTC)

yeah thanks guys
glad you got it all fixed
now go get some rest!
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From: ex_hibernian45
2001-08-26 02:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you kind sir.

I was getting the shakes, just thinking about being without LJ for the rest of the bank holiday weekend.

Have a gold star.
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[User Picture]From: chrissmari
2001-08-26 02:35 pm (UTC)
Don't feel too guilty about it though, just keep giving more freetime :P
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From: ex_nathanr
2001-08-26 02:38 pm (UTC)
*gives you a chocolate fudge sundae*

Here, Brad. I think you deserve this.
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From: ex_nathanr
2001-08-26 02:41 pm (UTC)
*passes one each to dormando and the rest of the crew*

Don't wanna forget about you...

Great work, guys...
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[User Picture]From: lino
2001-08-26 02:39 pm (UTC)
Thats lovely and all, but try and do something about the page that tells people not refreshing isn't working.. It's trite. I don't need it.
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From: mntoots
2001-08-26 02:43 pm (UTC)

Thanks for all you do! It is truly appreciated!!!
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[User Picture]From: happyphantom
2001-08-26 03:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :)
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[User Picture]From: jhimm
2001-08-26 03:48 pm (UTC)


i've already gotten more than my initial $50 investment out of this,
and that's ignoring the time/effort/sweat/stress/money
you've dumped into it,
at consultant hourly rates would be insane.

let the bitches rot, man, you've been kicking ass.
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[User Picture]From: seattlesparks
2001-08-27 01:08 am (UTC)

Re: please...

I agree on this. I've gotten my money's worth from LiveJournal, and I've run enough online services to know what a labor of love it is.

While I admit I get frustrated ('just show me my friends list, server!') or start to plead with my browser ('just one little entry, please... I can stop anytime I want...'), I also realize this is hardly your entire lives. Take some downtime. Relax a little bit. We'll survive. :)

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[User Picture]From: maus
2001-08-26 03:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks for all your hard work Brad!

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[User Picture]From: carmen
2001-08-26 03:53 pm (UTC)
you rock.

just a suggestion... you may want to make a link to this from the paid users error message :)
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[User Picture]From: stephenbooth_uk
2001-08-27 05:31 am (UTC)
But surely if you're getting the error message then you'd just get it again when you clicked the link to this entry?

A link to the status page might be a good idea tho'.
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[User Picture]From: heavenwept
2001-08-26 03:54 pm (UTC)
yesyes, thank you!!! You guys do amazing work. :)
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[User Picture]From: amylynn
2001-08-26 10:31 pm (UTC)
yeah, what my Nicotine said. :)
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From: anonymooz
2001-08-26 03:59 pm (UTC)

you know brad, the 10 free days really wasn't necessary (although i'm not going to argue with free time, by any means). i know running a site that's always growing is a pain in the ass to cope with (although i can't even imagine what a huge pain in the ass admin'ing a site with over 330,000 users would be).
i think the job you guys are doing is incredible.. you are a perl god, sir.
keep up the great work, and thanks for the site.
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[User Picture]From: perpetualmotion
2001-08-26 03:59 pm (UTC)

Thanks heaps for not giving up when the shit hits the fan and people start bithcing full force left and right. Amazing job *big pat on the back, buys round of slurpees*
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