Help, Suggestions, Future of The D-Word

Help with The D-Word

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Difficulties with The D-Word? If you can't find the right answers on our Help page, please post in this topic. Ideas for future D-Word releases or projects can be posted here as well.

Peter Gerard
Pro

I've just made another wee upgrade. I will make a major upgrade next week.

I will post info about planned downtime soon.

Thanks for your patience!

Peter Gerard
Pro

OK, I apologize for the long period of downtime today. We had a server emergency this morning which required me to move the entire site to a new server. This took longer than I expected, but it has great benefits. I ended up doing next week's major upgrade today!

The server software has been updated to the latest versions and we are using some new and efficient technologies that will speed things along on The D-Word. Enjoy!

Jo-Anne Velin
Pro

Thanks Peter, and though I haven't conducted a poll, this probably mirrors the appreciation of the full stable...! (By the way, it does feel faster).

Ben Kempas
Pro

It does feel much, much faster now, doesn't it? (But maybe that's because those people who usually spend their whole day on The D-Word simply couldn't log on during the downtime.)

Doug Block
Host

well done, peter. thanks for improvising on your feet.

Ben Kempas
Pro

Turns out it takes a bit longer for some people to get back on... This is because the new server for d-word.com needs to be propagated around the net first. No need to worry, and nothing has been lost! Good night...

Joe Moulins
Pro

I haven't been able to connect at all today..Still can't through my own access point.
I'm borrowing a neighbour's wifi in order to write this. Weird.

Christopher Wong
Pro

don't know if this relates to you, joe, but when i typed in "d-word.com", all i got was a page that said "It Works!" when i typed in "www.d-word.com", then i got in without any problem...

Jason Osder
Pro

Hi, I have noticed that other people have more than one URL listed under website on their profile. I too have several URLs that I think would interest the community. How can I do this?

Ben Kempas
Pro

There's a field "Other website" when you're editing your profile.

Also, you can just put URLs into your bio.

Jason Osder
Pro

I don't get that field – is it only for members? I'm planning to apply to be a member, but wanted to get my profile together first.

Ben Kempas
Pro

I don't actually know... but I can assure you that the number of websites won't determine eligibility for membership... :-)

Mikal Jakubal
Pro

In reply to Christopher Wong's post on Tue 13 May 2008 :

Yeah, I had the same experience as you, with the "It Works!" page. Likewise, I eventually typed in the complete URL and got in. Just out of curiosity, what was that page anyway?

I'm still getting occasional "bad response from server" messages and the pages are often very slow to load. Will look into Opendns.com...

Doug Block
Host

Appears that problem is fixed, Mikal. I had it, too. Peter will come on sometime soon and explain. Anyway, the pages should load now with lightening speed.

Jo-Anne Velin
Pro

minor loading issues here this morning – just letting you know. Some threads worked well and some not at all.. All fine this evening.

Mikal Jakubal
Pro

Doug, you know, the funny thing is that just after I made that last post, I couldn't get in at all. I had wanted to add a thank you note to Peter and the hosts for keeping this great site together. So, there, thanks!

P.S., seems to be working fine for me now. Yes, "It Works!" indeed.

Peter Gerard
Pro

All should be ironed out now. Technical details hidden below:

The "It Works!" message was related to DNS, as that's the default page on an Apache web server so if your DNS wasn't updating it was sending you to the wrong place temporarily.
Then there were some unexpected errors due to some testing that I didn't know was going on and that broke the topics list. I fixed that. Then I adjusted the memory-balancing to better handle our load.
If you were on the site at the same time as I was making small changes it could have given you occasional "bad response" errors. But now all seems fine.

I get an email every time something goes wrong. On the old server I'd get them daily (primarily due to Google-bot-spiders doing tons of simultaneous searches and eating all our memory). Now that everything is smooth on the new server I don't get any. Still, I will shortly block the Google-bots out of certain areas just to be sure all our resources are dedicated to people rather than spiders...

Paul Kloeden
Pro

I won't pretend to understand all that technical stuff just extend my thanks to someone who obviously does. Thanks Peter.

Doug Block
Host

Yep, we're just creepin' and crawlin' with spiders and bots here.

Mikal Jakubal
Pro

One of which seems to have built a web in the little bit of code that resets the already-read topic lists when I click on Topics. Was that clear? Here: I read the new posts in a topic, click Topics, but when the Topics page comes up, the topic I just looked at still has the circle with the number of unread posts in it. Just so you know...

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