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Mon Mar 6, 2017, 06:40 PM

DU had unexpected downtime this afternoon (March 6)

The Democratic Underground website had unexpected downtime this afternoon from approximately 4:30PM to 5:30PM ET. This downtime was an unintended consequence of a minor configuration change we made to our database server earlier today. This configuration change caused us to run out of hard disk space for some of our server logs, which in turn caused the site to crash. The problem has now been fixed.

The site has not been compromised in any way. We were not hacked. No data was lost.

We apologize for the inconvenience. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Skinner
DU Administrator

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Reply DU had unexpected downtime this afternoon (March 6) (Original post)
Skinner Mar 2017 OP
krispos42 Mar 2017 #1
wcmagumba Mar 2017 #2
littlemissmartypants Mar 2017 #3
herding cats Mar 2017 #4
malaise Mar 2017 #5
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LuckyLib Mar 2017 #28
obliviously Mar 2017 #29
liberal N proud Mar 2017 #30
Bear Creek Mar 2017 #41
Ken Burch Mar 2017 #31
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Alice11111 Mar 2017 #33
furtheradu Mar 2017 #34
GP6971 Mar 2017 #45
furtheradu Mar 2017 #53
GP6971 Mar 2017 #58
Judi Lynn Mar 2017 #35
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kentuck Mar 2017 #37
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Mountain Mule Mar 2017 #59
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tavernier Mar 2017 #62
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CBHagman Mar 2017 #64
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Lady Freedom Returns Mar 2017 #67
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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 06:41 PM

1. Ah, that's what happened.

I thought maybe the firewall at work got updated.

Carry on.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 06:41 PM

2. Thanks! nt

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 06:41 PM

3. ♡ Thanks.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 06:41 PM

4. Glad to know all is well again in DU land.

Sorry about the hassle you guys had to deal with.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 06:41 PM

5. Thank you guys

We did panic

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Response to malaise (Reply #5)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 06:43 PM

13. Ditto on the panic, we are living in a strange time. Thanks Skinner!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 06:41 PM

6. Glad to hear you're fine and not going through THAT again.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 06:41 PM

7. Thank you, Skinner! I am relieved we weren't hacked.

And thanks too for the explanation of what happened.

We addicts need our DU fix!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 06:41 PM

8. Whew! nt

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 06:42 PM

9. Phew!

Thank you all. I was

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 06:42 PM

10. Thank you Skinner, EarlG and elad!

You guys rock! Thanks for getting us up and running again.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 06:42 PM

11. OOPS! nt

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 06:42 PM

12. the old 'minor configuration' excuse....sure, sure....

Great News!!!!!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 06:43 PM

14. Appreciate the info!

Only a little scared for that hour

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 06:44 PM

15. Thanks so much for the explanation!

Whew!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 06:44 PM

16. I get those error messages every so often at other sites

I'm glad that it was corrected quickly.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 06:44 PM

17. okay.. phew and I thought it was something worse..

I kept trying to log on and then checked to see if anyone else logged on. The weird thing was, i went to this website: "IS IT DOWN.COM" AND it kept telling me the website was up. I guess they got it wrong too. Good to see everyone back

and thanks again @ismnotwasm

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 06:45 PM

18. Thanks..

appreciate the quick fix.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 06:46 PM

19. Big sigh of relief here.

I was afraid we had been hacked again. DU is a sanity lifeline.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 06:46 PM

20. Thank God! (or whomever...looking at you, Skinner and EarlG.)

I seriously thought the thought police were shutting me down....whew, though!!! I will continue my mean thoughts on flaccid #45!

sage

Oh and ps...

tell EarlG I'm sorry for my lengthy life stories in the emails I sent, please!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 06:47 PM

21. Cool

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 06:49 PM

22. Relieved to hear it was a relative simple problem.

I was afraid it was a repeat of November 8, a day which will live in infamy for multiple reasons. h/t to FDR.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 06:51 PM

23. Thanks for the info. Thought it was another hack job.

n/t

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 06:51 PM

24. Thank goodness

I was thinking it was a maintenance window that I missed an announcement for!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 06:51 PM

25. Thanks for all you do, Skinner.

Onward and upward!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 06:52 PM

26. Whew!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 06:55 PM

27. Thanks for letting us know :) n/t

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 06:56 PM

28. Thanks! My tolerance for the dismal websites that are out there is zero.

DU has spoiled us for everything else!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 06:56 PM

29. хорошая сделка

NT.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 06:56 PM

30. I was afraid it was the Russians or their operatives in the White House

Glad it wasn't.

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Response to liberal N proud (Reply #30)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 07:15 PM

41. Same Here

Just read an article today about russians targeting liberal site then blackmailing. Over what not sure.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 06:57 PM

31. Thanks for the heads-up.

Wasn't on the board when it happened, but good to know.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 06:58 PM

32. Thank fucking god. I was out all afternoon, and when I tried to connect at 5:15,

I got an error message. This really sent me into a panic. Bless the DU managers for keeping us up and running.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 06:59 PM

33. Thank you for all of your work!

You make the world better.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 06:59 PM

34. Golly! Thanks Skinner & Team!

I just signed up last night with new username.
#1) thought I broke the DU
&/or
#2) another hack by creeps
'bout triggered an anxiety attack !
So relieved DU is back. .& I am, too!

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Response to furtheradu (Reply #34)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 07:36 PM

45. Were you a previous

member that couldn't get back in after the hack?

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Response to GP6971 (Reply #45)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 09:08 PM

53. Not exactly

I was a member in the early DU days, * war days. I doubt I would have survived, without DU. I rarely posted, but read, learned, laughed & healed with DU.
Since Nov 8th, been dealing with the similar, overwhelming depression, knew it was time for DU Therapy again. That hack was hurtful..! to SO many.
After DU ~finally! ~ came back,
I tried to get back with my old username, emailed admins a few times, & no luck. Finally figured out it was a sign, time to start again, with a new handle.

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Response to furtheradu (Reply #53)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 09:46 PM

58. Thanks and Welcome Back!!

There have been many changes since you were last here...all for the good IMO.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 06:59 PM

35. Glad hacking wasn't part of this! Thanks. n/t

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 06:59 PM

36. It's good to know there was an attributable cause.




And it's good on you guys that you got the site back in short order.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 07:00 PM

37. Thanks for that info, Skinner!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 07:07 PM

38. GOD EMPEROR, after all, is likely going to die in jail. Bigger fish to fry and all that.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 07:08 PM

39. It's hard not to freak out these days! Welcome back everybody!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 07:08 PM

40. I was certain the shoe had dropped

And I wouldn't be among the first to know.

DU is my lifelink.

Thanks for all you do Mr. Skinner.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 07:15 PM

42. Thanks, thought Trump/Bannon raided the place. Appreciate your efforts.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 07:21 PM

43. Shit happens. Glad you're back.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 07:33 PM

44. Glad all is well...

Lookng forward to DU going https one of these days in any case.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 07:38 PM

46. I'm sure this explains

somewhat the slow as molasses that the site was running at for me early this morning.

Thanks for the update

Luckily for me I napped through the whole thing

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 08:13 PM

47. Thanks, Skinner.

As always.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 08:14 PM

48. Have you considered using a NoSQL database for the logs?

Disregard if you have done so.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 08:28 PM

49. Thank you for all you do.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 08:31 PM

50. Thank you.

Thank you.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 08:41 PM

51. Why are minors making configuration changes anyway?

Seems like a labor law violation.

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Response to xor (Reply #51)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 08:55 PM

52. Not that kind of minor, you fool.

Miners. They dug the changes out from beneath 800 feet of bedrock. Have a little respect!

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Response to Orrex (Reply #52)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 09:32 PM

56. Ohhhhh, now I get it. Makes more sense now.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 09:16 PM

54. I will relay this information to Vladimir ... eom ... da

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 09:30 PM

55. Always expect the unexpected

when making server changes. That is my motto.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 09:34 PM

57. Glad you're back....whew

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 11:07 PM

59. Thanks for all your hard work!

To keep this place going.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 11:16 PM

60. Thanks for the explanation.n/t

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 11:26 PM

61. THX Skinner and back up team.

Saw.... Felt.... Experienced the DU web hiccup today. Was praying some fascist did not cause another two week crash. THX for being here and up an running so we can bring failure and change the course of the tsunami of team DT's decimation of democracy - and preserve same for future generations.




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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 11:44 PM

62. When I was in kindergarten in the '50's

I set off the fire alarm at school, encouraged by an upperclassman second grader. Since then I've always felt that somehow I have been responsible for unintentional accidents.

Thank you for exonerating me on this one.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 11:57 PM

63. Great to know...........

Thank you

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Mar 7, 2017, 12:37 AM

64. You were back up quickly, but it's still good to have clarification.

I had visions of a repeat of the November experience, especially given how intensely the news cycle has been churning. All bets seemed to be off! But I'm glad all is well.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Mar 7, 2017, 12:59 AM

65. Nice work getting the site back up so quickly!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Mar 7, 2017, 04:38 AM

66. Thanks to you all

for being there and ding what you do! Being bereft of DU on Election Night was - almost - as bad as "losing" the election.

Since then, of course, losing the election has proven catastrophic. But thank heavens that DU is still here!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Mar 7, 2017, 06:12 AM

67. Don't scare me like that!

I was for sure it was Election night all over again.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Mar 7, 2017, 08:38 AM

68. Not hacked is good news.

Inconvenience is unremarkable - it happens. Not hacked is better!

The work you do is so necessary. Thank you.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Mar 7, 2017, 12:34 PM

69. glad it was not anything serious.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Mar 7, 2017, 02:05 PM

70. Given that wikileaks just released some stuff that likely Snowden gave to Russia,

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Mar 7, 2017, 04:29 PM

71. Russia

 

is oj the run niw

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Mar 7, 2017, 06:08 PM

72. Damn SQL Log files

I run a small IT outfit out of Syracuse NY and have a good managed services platform. If you need a few servers (which I am sure you have many of and I am blowing in the wind here) monitored every month I would be happy to volunteer some time...

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