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Anyone else get regular errors when entering the site?

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I keep getting errors when trying to go to gamedev.net. Mostly they are SQL error messages, but they are so frequent I have to wonder if it's me or the site? I get them on both laptop and phone, although they use completely different networks.

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I saw one site-is-down message earlier today, but other than that it's been pretty stable.

I can get that one several times a day.  Saying maintenance.  Tried on my phone then laptop and finally my PC, all had the same.  But it was like 11am PST.

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You're talking about this, yeah i got this a lot for a while. But most recently it has eased off a lot and haven't had it for days now.

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I had alternating 503 Errors, SQL Errors without detailed error message and maintenance notices, not sure if yesterday or 2 days ago.

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We were having some server issues. I think it's been resolved, but let me know if you continue to see them. With the most recent changes in configuration the site might load a little slower, but at least it'll load.

For the technically curious, we're replicating data to another server running our site upgrade. This has introduced a new load on the current server, and when combined with increasing traffic started to lead to out-of-memory and/or max connection issues. A lot of tweaking between apache and mysql lately to find the right balance.

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We were having some server issues. I think it's been resolved, but let me know if you continue to see them. With the most recent changes in configuration the site might load a little slower, but at least it'll load.

For the technically curious, we're replicating data to another server running our site upgrade. This has introduced a new load on the current server, and when combined with increasing traffic started to lead to out-of-memory and/or max connection issues. A lot of tweaking between apache and mysql lately to find the right balance.

That sounds about right. The examples others have given here look like what I get, too, so it's probably that.

No virus for me to clean out this time. Phew!

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I keep getting errors when trying to go to gamedev.net. Mostly they are SQL error messages, but they are so frequent I have to wonder if it's me or the site? I get them on both laptop and phone, although they use completely different networks.


Someone has tried to implement a security method for sql injection by stripping out the opening html bracket.

What you are seeing is broken html. I see it also.
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I still see the SQL error message when trying to reach gamedev on http. The site is working fine when using https.

I know we are all moving to https and I've updated my bookmark, but if there is no plan to make the non-tls version of the site working again maybe it should redirect to the tls version instead of giving an error?

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http redirects to https already. I think you just caught the legit SQL error for this evening.

RE: this SQL problem. I won't go into the details why these are happening right now. It's a combination of server configuration and custom software issues that have actually been happening for a long time but hidden by patchwork. Suffice to say it's more worthwhile at this point to put as much time as possible into getting the new setup ready. More configuration changes were made today so the errors should be less frequent than they have been, but I'll continue to monitor the situation and do what I can to minimize disruption.

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