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Hiatus Coming To A Close

posted by pudge on 10:05 AM May 10th, 2000   Printer-friendly   Email story
Well, we moved the new Slashdot servers, WITH the new Slash code (thanks to all of you for your help!) live last night some time before midnight. It is all looking pretty good. The new software and hardware are clear improvements. We'll spend the rest of this week doing cleanup, and then regroup and get back into the swing of things next week.

One of our first orders of business will be to merge the changes made to the code on Slashdot BACK into the Slash code, and set up CVS on the machines so we can develop mo' betta, since we now we will have not just me and CaptTofu, but also the Slashdot team, and some other folks (CowboyNeal, Cliff, Krow, jamie), all working on the same codebase. Thank you all once again for your patience during this busy time, and for all of your contributions to the code and the Slash user community.

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  • by Anonymous Coward
    gross, Kiro5hin, ick ick ick ick ick yucky
  • I find it funny that an anonymous coward is asking for openness and honesty and straightforwardness.
  • *shrug*

    I do not care about other sites, or how many of them are out there. I care about this site.

    If you don't want to take the 2 minutes it takes to get a username and password -- and since we use cookies, you probably never need to type in your username and password again -- then that's your problem. My problem is dealing with discussions and development which are harder when I don't know whom I am talking to.

    Take this story. One guy posted "the reason I did such and such," but since he posted as Anonymous Coward, I have no idea what he is talking about. So it makes my work more difficult.

    You are right, not everyone who posts anonymously is a coward. Many of them here are, and many of them simply don't want to register or lost their password or something. But for whatever the reason, it still makes my work harder.

    So feel free to post as Anonymous Coward, but your comments and suggestions will be a much lower priority to me, and, I wager, to most people, than those from people who have a name attached to them.

  • Wired reported that Slashdot was DDossed earlier today, and recovered. Now, though, I can't get to it at all, not even the main page.
  • by Anonymous Coward
    ok well i just know that exodous sucks major ass...they are slow and poorly set up...screw them!
  • by Anonymous Coward
    I don't. I doubt he was trying to conceal his identity in one way or another, I bet him, like most people around here, don't feel like signing up for two Slashdots. I don't have an account here because it's just redundant and I see no need. It's not a matter of privacy.

  • What the heck is going on today? The place has been slow before, but I've only barely been able to view a page or two today!

    Is slashdot being hit by a DOS?

    Is the new server causing big problems?

    Or has the new speedy server increased the popularity so much that it's slower than before?

    What the hell is going on?

  • by Anonymous Coward
    If the slashdot team truly feels that way about anonymous cowards why don't you prevent anonymous cowards from posting altogether? We can take our buisness elsewhere like Kuro5hin where we are heroes instead of cowards.

    You fail to realize the anonmyous cowards have the power; most slashdot visitors I am sure do not register.

  • The homepage seems to be working, but nothing else does. At least I have something to read though....
  • by Anonymous Coward

    I find it the height of irony that /., home base of so much "open" rhetoric can't even find the time to take 15 minutes and post some sort of explanation, however brief, of what is fscking up the server.

    Today, I visited slashdot, and after successfully retrieving the home page, was returned the following SQL statmement:

    SELECT nickname FROM users WHERE uid=-1 SELECT * FROM users, users_index, users_comments, users_prefs WHERE users.uid=-1 AND users_index.uid=-1 AND users_comments.uid=-1 AND users_prefs.u

  • by Anonymous Coward
    How many sites are out there that require you to register a username and password pudge? Fucking millions. Of course people arent gonna register for every damn site that they visit a few times, it is annoying and time consuming. Not to mention all those usernames and passwords.

    Try to open your eyes, I know its hard for you but not everyone who does not register for a username for every single service on the web is a "coward" in fact more power to them.

  • It came back up about a minute before this was posted :-)
    Proclaim your love for G27 radio on /. by clicking Here!. [sourceforge.net]
  • by Anonymous Coward
    My /. username is blicero.

    As the other poster in this thread kindly points out, it seems pointless to have to create a second login.

    So, now that we have that particular piece of irony out of the way, what gives? Were all the problems of the last week due to:

    • DDOS attacks?
    • Problems with the new version of slash?
    • Problems with some other piece of open-source software?

    I would assume that other visitors here would be interested, too. After all, if one is planning on running slash, it sure would be usef

  • by Anonymous Coward
    Anybody??? Its been screwed for two days now.
  • I first heard Slapdash [slapdash.org] from a Meept troll on Slashdot. I was amazed when the actual URL worked. I always assumed the /. crew had it registered and pointing to the original IP as a gag? Anyway, I always found it easier to type quickly :)
    Proclaim your love for G27 radio on /. by clicking Here!. [sourceforge.net]
  • by Anonymous Coward
    Indeed it is not Slashdot. However, Slashdot is powered by Slash, pioneered once exclusively for them, which is what this site produces. Therefore, it was apparent that I meant 'Slashdot-related sites', or 'Slash users' in my original post.

    Perhaps he did. However, having thousands of loyal readers experience outages is enough of a reason to post a summary. Now that he did, we know that there was no other motive than being busy. I only wished he informed us sooner.
  • by Anonymous Coward
    Am I the only one that Slashdot is totally screwed for? The front page loads fine, but whenever I try to go to the comment sections, I just get a white background with a bunch of perl code at the top and its totally empty. It doesn't happen all the time. Sometimes it works. And when I try enough for the comments to acually load, when I try to reply on the thread, it gives me a white screen and makes it look like I am replying to a Napster/Metallica thread, no matter what the story. WTF is going on?
  • Well, it is all there on Slashdot now [slashdot.org].

    Suffice it to say for this site's purposes that it had nothing to do with the slash code, but with other things.
  • I am not sure of all the details. The basic answer is that we are having technical difficulties and are working to get it righted again. I am sure CmdrTaco will give out all the details at some point.
  • It kept going down yesterday afternoon (GMT time that is) but seemed okay a while later. But now it's totally died, I can't even ping the site. Is this just due to the very heavy load from the MS story or something else, and when will it be back up again?


  • This is not Slashdot. So one does not need to sign up for two Slashdots.

    And as far as having a reason for not trying to conceal anything, perhaps you've considered that CmdrTaco had a reason beyond trying to conceal things, too?
  • What is slapdash? The host isn't responding.
  • No this wasn't DDOS - just somebody who wanted to really /thoroughly/ test the new setup. :-)
  • Apparently the URL for Slapdash [slapdash.org] is not working in quite the same way after the move. Before it would allow you to login, post, etc. and still keep the slapdash part in the location field of your browser. Now when I log in it takes me to the normal page, slashdot, and makes me log in again. This is happening on both Netscape 4.7 and IE's 4 and 5. Just thought I'd mention.

    Otherwise, great work guys! the thing is sooo much faster and everything else seems to have went without a hitch. Thanks for fixing Meta
  • Thanks for the update. I've been working with slash 1.02 the last couple of weeks and will definitely be moving my site over within a month or so. Just wanted to say I appreciate all the effort you've put into this amazing piece of work.