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Stormynature

SQL error entering Gamedev site

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Last 3 days I have been receiving an SQL error when trying to load the site -- it only seems to be happening in the period of 2pm - 2.30pm my time (starting approximately 50 minutes ago at time of posting). The message says to inform site of the above code except there is no code. In my stupidity I forgot to screen capture but will do so if it reoccurs again.
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Ick.. what time zone are you? I have a lot of once a day processes running in the early wee hours of the morning (which really only applies to the U.S. though)
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@Michael

Noticed you pop on so started logging on and off during this period at random times

At 2.24pm my time started noticing a slowdown in switching to different threads. Logged off. Hit the SQL error trying to log in at 2.27pm was finally able to get in just after 2.40pm.

SS of the error

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Hope this helps :) Edited by Stormynature
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I'm also at +10:00gmt. If this can't be avoided, is there any way of at least giving a friendlier error message? As-is it just looks like a crash rather than something intentional.
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I get this error pretty consistently too, around 10:30ish pm (MDT; UTC?06:00).
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I was getting this last night. Got it when I was trying to load up 3 files links at once and thought I broke the site! Anyway, it was late PM early AM in eastern time.
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Just an update: I'm getting this very consistently, every night at around 10:30pm (MDT; UTC?06:00). I don't know what concerns me more: the fact that GameDev goes down every night with this error at the same time, or that I've finally realized I habitually check this site, and I usually check it within the minute of 10:30pm...
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