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Title: How is the forum behaving?
Post by: Tank on November 17, 2011, 07:39:29 AM
I am getting error 500 quite a lot, particularly while banning spammers and admin tasks.
One other member has PM'ed me with the 500 error.
The last 2 PM's I have recieved both came in twice.

Has anybody else experienced these (or similar) problems?
Title: Re: How is the forum behaving?
Post by: Recusant on November 17, 2011, 08:14:18 AM
I kept a little log of my most recent string of "500" Errors, in the hopes that it will help the server operators track down the issue:

500 error on November 17, 2011 at 5:01 AM GMT (November 17 at 12:01 AM Eastern Standard Time US). Error occurred when attempting to access a thread from the "Recent Unread Topics" page.

500 error on November 17, 2011 at 05:09 AM GMT (November 17 at 12:09 AM Eastern Standard Time US). Error occurred when attempting to access a thread from the "Recent Unread Topics" page.

500 error on November 17, 2011 at 05:15 AM GMT (November 17 at 12:15 AM Eastern Standard Time US). Error occurred when attempting to access a thread from the "Recent Unread Topics" page.

500 error on November 17, 2011 at 5:19 AM GMT (November 17 at 12:19 AM Eastern Standard Time US). Error occurred when attempting to refresh the "Recent Unread Topics" page.

Working at November 17, 2011 5:22 GMT (November 17 at 12:22 AM Eastern Standard Time US).

No issue with PMs; my most recent one did not produce a duplicate.  However, sometimes the site seems to freeze up for me when I hit the "Preview" button in attempting to post. In fact it's doing so for this post...

The site had been working fine (as far as I could tell) until I attempted to post this, and now (8:12 AM GMT/3:12 AM Eastern Standard Time US) it's acting up again. No 500 error at the moment, just extremely slow.
Title: Re: How is the forum behaving?
Post by: The Magic Pudding on November 17, 2011, 08:22:48 AM
I'm getting the errors about 30% of the time in the last few days.
I have learnt if I make a post, wait ages and then get the error message, it's best to reload the thread and my post is usually there.
Pages are often failing to load or take ages.
Title: Re: How is the forum behaving?
Post by: Stevil on November 17, 2011, 08:45:32 AM
The system is running very slow at the moment.
Title: Re: How is the forum behaving?
Post by: Tank on November 17, 2011, 08:47:01 AM
The system is running very slow at the moment.
Are you getting 'time out' errors as well or is the forum just slow?
Title: Re: How is the forum behaving?
Post by: Xjeepguy on November 17, 2011, 11:23:57 AM
I get alot of lag when trying to log onto the site, and when I click the link for unread posts.
Title: Re: How is the forum behaving?
Post by: Too Few Lions on November 17, 2011, 11:34:35 AM
I've been getting the Error 500 message a few times too over the past few days
Title: Re: How is the forum behaving?
Post by: OldGit on November 17, 2011, 02:20:34 PM
It's very, very slow at times and I can't work out any pattern to it.  Also a lot of 500 errors.  Do we wrok through Cloudflare?
Title: Re: How is the forum behaving?
Post by: Buddy on November 17, 2011, 03:06:48 PM
Oh, I thought the 500 errors we on my end. Hmm wonder what's going on.
Title: Re: How is the forum behaving?
Post by: Tank on November 17, 2011, 04:26:22 PM
We'll have to wait till Whitney has a look at the errors and the see if our host can do anything about it.
Title: Re: How is the forum behaving?
Post by: McQ on November 17, 2011, 05:01:00 PM
The system is running very slow at the moment.
Are you getting 'time out' errors as well or is the forum just slow?


I thought it was at my end too!

I've gotten timeout errors too. It's been crazy. I really thought it was at my end though. I guess not!
Title: Re: How is the forum behaving?
Post by: Tank on November 17, 2011, 05:02:14 PM
It definitly appears to be a host server issue  :(
Title: Re: How is the forum behaving?
Post by: AnimatedDirt on November 17, 2011, 06:05:29 PM
This has been going on for me since Monday.  I didn't see this thread until now though.
I get the error 500 screen a lot and when posting, it just hangs up.
Title: Re: How is the forum behaving?
Post by: Tank on November 17, 2011, 06:12:19 PM
This has been going on for me since Monday.  I didn't see this thread until now though.
I get the error 500 screen a lot and when posting, it just hangs up.
This does appear to be a serious issue, I hope something can be done about it.
Title: Re: How is the forum behaving?
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on November 17, 2011, 06:49:38 PM
Very slow, lots of "time outs."  I'm getting this on two separate computers, and only on this forum, so it must be this system, I guess.
Title: Re: How is the forum behaving?
Post by: Velma on November 17, 2011, 10:13:19 PM
Lots of 500 errors (couldn't reply to this thread last night because of them and at times I can't even get on the forum), slow, and the page doesn't always fully load.
Title: Re: How is the forum behaving?
Post by: DeterminedJuliet on November 17, 2011, 11:41:49 PM
Yep, same here. Lots of errors loading/posting  :-[
Title: Re: How is the forum behaving?
Post by: Tank on November 18, 2011, 05:14:47 PM
Well I have stuck my head up and it got painted red. Whitney has kindly made me an administrator so I will be doing my best to sort this out; don't hold your breath!  :D
Title: Re: How is the forum behaving?
Post by: Asmodean on November 18, 2011, 05:49:42 PM
Exactly what The Pudding said.
Title: Re: How is the forum behaving?
Post by: Tank on November 18, 2011, 09:09:25 PM
I have just cleared a few thousand redundent ban triggers and deleted 25,000+ unused and inactive spammer accounts and things seem to have improved. Is this also the case for you?
Title: Re: How is the forum behaving?
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on November 18, 2011, 09:16:27 PM
It does seem to have helped, at least for now. Good job!
Title: Re: How is the forum behaving?
Post by: Asmodean on November 18, 2011, 09:16:34 PM
Had a timeout while posting my last comment. Things aren't bad though... It works.
Title: Re: How is the forum behaving?
Post by: Tank on November 18, 2011, 09:17:07 PM
It does seem to have helped, at least for now. Good job!
Cheers!
Title: Re: How is the forum behaving?
Post by: Tank on November 18, 2011, 09:17:49 PM
Had a timeout while posting my last comment. Things aren't bad though... It works.
Keep the information coming!
Title: Re: How is the forum behaving?
Post by: Tank on November 18, 2011, 11:28:06 PM
We now have only 2,818 members and those with no posts are probably 'clean'  ;D
Title: Re: How is the forum behaving?
Post by: Whitney on November 18, 2011, 11:38:43 PM
We now have only 2,818 members and those with no posts are probably 'clean'  ;D

If that was the fix to the timeouts I'm going to feel like an idiot lol.
Title: Re: How is the forum behaving?
Post by: Tank on November 18, 2011, 11:56:26 PM
We now have only 2,818 members and those with no posts are probably 'clean'  ;D

If that was the fix to the timeouts I'm going to feel like an idiot lol.
I think it wa a combination of un-indexed bans and masses of members.
Title: Re: How is the forum behaving?
Post by: Whitney on November 19, 2011, 12:04:45 AM
It does seem to be running correctly now...great job  :-*
Title: Re: How is the forum behaving?
Post by: Tank on November 19, 2011, 12:13:51 AM
It does seem to be running correctly now...great job  :-*
Thanks, It definitly seems better, still got a few hundred banned accounts to delete by hand then it should be squeeky clean.
Title: Re: How is the forum behaving?
Post by: DeterminedJuliet on November 19, 2011, 01:34:04 AM
Yeah! Good job, it's seemed a lot better!
Title: Re: How is the forum behaving?
Post by: Asmodean on November 19, 2011, 06:21:19 AM
Yes, it seems to be fine. Tank should get a crown for this. Well, at least a coronet. Well done!  8)
Title: Re: How is the forum behaving?
Post by: The Magic Pudding on November 19, 2011, 07:15:06 AM
Yes, it seems to be fine. Tank should get a crown for this. Well, at least a coronet. Well done!  8)

Yes all's well here.
I think Tank would look nice in a Tiara, I think I've got one here somewhere.

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Title: Re: How is the forum behaving?
Post by: Tank on November 19, 2011, 10:04:06 AM
Excellent  ;D
Title: Re: How is the forum behaving?
Post by: Recusant on November 19, 2011, 05:25:35 PM
This is a test post from Tank, using the Tanksock puppet account so the account does not get deleted in the zero post sweep

Why, the audacity, the sheer gall of it! Now that Tank has become an admin, he feels free to flaunt the rules of the forum, and rub our faces in it!!! Tanksock indeed! I'm spluttering in impotent outrage!!! (http://www.rationalskepticism.org/images/smilies/icon_argh.gif)  All that hard work that he's volunteered to do was just a ruse to allow him to create a sock puppet, and do so with impunity. I don't think I've ever seen the like, and there's nothing any of us can do about it, except Whitney, and of course she won't, because she's no doubt very grateful to him for the work that he's done. What is the world coming to, I ask you?

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On another note, at my end the forum has been functioning without glitches since your purging operation, Tank.  Great job, sir, I guess I'll just have to swallow my ire and thank you for your excellent efforts. (http://www.rationalskepticism.org/images/smilies/icon_hide.gif)
Title: Re: How is the forum behaving?
Post by: Tank on November 19, 2011, 05:41:36 PM
What's the point in having power if one can't abuse it  ;D
Title: Re: How is the forum behaving?
Post by: Asmodean on November 19, 2011, 06:08:19 PM
What's the point in having power if one can't abuse it  ;D
The Book of Asmodean(tm), rule number two.
Title: Re: How is the forum behaving?
Post by: The Magic Pudding on November 19, 2011, 10:54:52 PM
We now have only 2,818 members and those with no posts are probably 'clean'  ;D

I think things improved further between the quoted post and now, a day later 2338 members (480 less).
Title: Re: How is the forum behaving?
Post by: Tank on November 19, 2011, 11:04:02 PM
We now have only 2,818 members and those with no posts are probably 'clean'  ;D

I think things improved further between the quoted post and now, a day later 2338 members (480 less).
Yes, that was some further cleaning out of more recent spammer accounts  ;D
Title: Re: How is the forum behaving?
Post by: Tank on November 21, 2011, 07:23:11 PM
Oh the irony. Now the forum is running more smoothly more spammers are signing up  >:(
Title: Re: How is the forum behaving?
Post by: Asmodean on November 21, 2011, 08:09:59 PM
Oh the irony. Now the forum is running more smoothly more spammers are signing up  >:(
Well, you know what they say... A Tank's job is never done  ;D
Title: Re: How is the forum behaving?
Post by: AnimatedDirt on November 21, 2011, 09:00:58 PM
Lots more smooth for me also.
Title: Re: How is the forum behaving?
Post by: OldGit on November 21, 2011, 09:20:37 PM
Yup, no trouble now.  Well done, Tank!
Title: Re: How is the forum behaving?
Post by: Tank on November 21, 2011, 09:25:04 PM
Oh the irony. Now the forum is running more smoothly more spammers are signing up  >:(
Well, you know what they say... A Tank's job is never done  ;D
If I ever meet a spammer in real life.....  >:(
Title: Re: How is the forum behaving?
Post by: Tank on November 21, 2011, 09:25:31 PM
Lots more smooth for me also.
Good  ;D
Title: Re: How is the forum behaving?
Post by: Tank on November 21, 2011, 09:26:04 PM
Yup, no trouble now.  Well done, Tank!
Cheers  ;D
Title: Re: How is the forum behaving?
Post by: Asmodean on November 21, 2011, 09:36:59 PM
Oh the irony. Now the forum is running more smoothly more spammers are signing up  >:(
Well, you know what they say... A Tank's job is never done  ;D
If I ever meet a spammer in real life.....  >:(
...While carrying around a real banhammer...  ;D
Title: Re: How is the forum behaving?
Post by: Tank on November 21, 2011, 09:42:56 PM
Oh the irony. Now the forum is running more smoothly more spammers are signing up  >:(
Well, you know what they say... A Tank's job is never done  ;D
If I ever meet a spammer in real life.....  >:(
...While carrying around a real banhammer...  ;D
Nope, rope, paperclips and a cigaret lighter come to mind!
Title: Re: How is the forum behaving?
Post by: Crow on November 23, 2011, 02:38:48 AM
Seems to be running much quicker now, though it is still a bit sluggish for my connection speed but not really complaining just stating.

I have had this happen a few times though (see below).
(http://img13.imageshack.us/img13/8816/screenshot20111123at023.png)
Title: Re: How is the forum behaving?
Post by: Whitney on November 23, 2011, 03:12:08 AM
Seems to be running much quicker now, though it is still a bit sluggish for my connection speed but not really complaining just stating.

I have had this happen a few times though (see below).
(http://img13.imageshack.us/img13/8816/screenshot20111123at023.png)

That may be an issue with your ISP....I was getting that same issue form time to time before Tank cleaned things up but now I don't have any issues and the forum loads in about a second or two (fios)
Title: Re: How is the forum behaving?
Post by: Tank on November 23, 2011, 08:06:31 AM
Seems to be running much quicker now, though it is still a bit sluggish for my connection speed but not really complaining just stating.

I have had this happen a few times though (see below).
(http://img13.imageshack.us/img13/8816/screenshot20111123at023.png)
This happens because the CSS style sheet (a file of formatting rules) has not been applied by the client computer (your's) to the data served by the page request (from the server). I get is sometimes as well. I'm not sure why it happens at HAF but I suspect its something to do with the page design of an smf forum as I never get it with other sites irrespective of size or speed. Do you run Firefox or some other browser?
Title: Re: How is the forum behaving?
Post by: The Magic Pudding on November 23, 2011, 08:26:32 AM
Do you run Firefox or some other browser?

I've had that happen here with Firefox occasionally, not just recently but it's not a big deal.
Title: Re: How is the forum behaving?
Post by: Tank on November 23, 2011, 08:28:27 AM
Do you run Firefox or some other browser?

I've had that happen here with Firefox occasionally, not just recently but it's not a big deal.
One can just refresh the page and 99 time out of 100 that clears the problem.
Title: Re: How is the forum behaving?
Post by: xSilverPhinx on November 24, 2011, 07:44:23 AM
This is going to be redundant, but I was also getting those error messages, but it's stopped now.

Whatever the bug was, looks like you fixed it.   

Title: Re: How is the forum behaving?
Post by: Asmodean on November 26, 2011, 05:35:49 PM
TANK?! Where you at?!

Have a whole bunch of errors and timeouts now. Whatever it is you are messing with, leave the damned thing alone, will you?!  :P
Title: Re: How is the forum behaving?
Post by: Tank on November 26, 2011, 05:38:35 PM
TANK?! Where you at?!

Have a whole bunch of errors and timeouts now. Whatever it is you are messing with, leave the damned thing alone, will you?!  :P
I've had a few to. I think it's the server in general at this point.
Title: Re: How is the forum behaving?
Post by: Asmodean on November 26, 2011, 05:40:11 PM
I've had a few to. I think it's the server in general at this point.
Indeed it is. Thus the tongue-out smiley  :P