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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.

[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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[User Picture]From: lino
2001-08-26 03:46 pm (UTC)


It's about as useful as the "Don't push the big red button" sign.. And thats all there is to say on that subject.
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[User Picture]From: chrissmari
2001-08-26 03:44 pm (UTC)
I agree.
It's insulting.
I think the message for unpaid users where it says don't reload come back in 15 is a lot nicer than the less you reload the more it will work.
i mean if you have to tell people not to reload
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[User Picture]From: lino
2001-08-26 04:02 pm (UTC)


Amen :)
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[User Picture]From: johnbot
2001-08-26 04:03 pm (UTC)
but you do have to tell people, sadly.. a lot of people will sit there clicking reload over and over again until it loads.. people don't seem to understand that even if it's not working, you're still dinging the server. i dunno, the message doesn't really bother me.. if you're not hammering the server, then it's not really something that applies to you.
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[User Picture]From: johnbot
2001-08-26 04:06 pm (UTC)
and btw, i think we all appreciate the work that is going into this.. i knew when i paid that the site has its ups and downs.. i didn't pay just to get (hopefully) better performance, but to try to give some encouragement to you guys busting it to keep lj going.
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[User Picture]From: barkis
2001-08-26 04:30 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: dlbags
2001-08-26 06:44 pm (UTC)

Kiss ass.
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