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Jeremy Blackman

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Reply #555 on: January 30, 2019, 11:15:09 AM
I got an error message a couple of hours ago saying the site had maxed out its bandwidth. Just an FYI. All seems fine again now obvs.

Yup. Here's a timeline of that issue:

A couple weeks ago, I checked our bandwidth and noticed that the usage was unusually high. I contacted tech support, and we did a couple minor things.

As month-end approached, I started getting warnings that we were reaching max bandwidth. I opened a ticket. Tech support (uncharacteristically) did not respond for a couple days.

Today, we reached our max bandwidth and tech support noticed my ticket. They helped us out: "As you may have noticed, the account simply stops working when the bandwidth is exceeded. I've given you a bit extra now so your site is back online."

They did more digging into our bandwidth usage and tightened up our firewall. More importantly, we identified three excessively scraping bots that are using 19% of our bandwidth. Yikes. So we're going to block them.

Of course if needed, we'll upgrade to a higher bandwidth. But filtering out the worst bots should be enough.
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Reply #556 on: January 30, 2019, 12:55:13 PM
I figured you were on top of it. Since I'm one of the few typically on here early, thought it'd be worth mentioning. Thanks JB.
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Reply #557 on: January 31, 2019, 05:27:56 PM
Access is restored now, but only because we rolled over into February. No response to my ticket yet. But I'm sure we'll get this ironed out.
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Reply #558 on: January 31, 2019, 06:34:12 PM
Yeah, I got the warning ("BANDWIDTH EXCEEDED...") around 2:30pm Pacific Time today...
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Reply #559 on: February 01, 2019, 06:13:52 PM
I have a decent grasp now on how to block these bandwidth-hogging bots some (most?) of which are malicious, some of which are spiders/crawlers going overboard. Our host has a tool that shows # of files accessed and total file size downloaded by a certain IP. So I will keep an eye on that and block the obvious ones.

If for some strange reason you get blocked from the website, email me at xixaxfilmforum@gmail.com
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Reply #560 on: February 02, 2019, 11:58:28 AM
Hey JB, in the new UI where do we click on a post to reveal its permalink?


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Reply #561 on: February 02, 2019, 01:21:51 PM
Excellent question. I'm kind of sad about that, because as far as I can tell, there is no easy way to get the permalink anymore.

You can, however, get the URL by following this format:

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http://xixax.com/index.php?topic=NUMBER.msgNUMBER#msgNUMBER
Mouse over the "report to moderator" flag to see the topic # and message #.

So using that method, I could create a link to my post higher up on this page:

http://xixax.com/index.php?topic=9379.555.msg356333#msg356333
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Reply #562 on: February 02, 2019, 01:27:45 PM
Alternative method:

If I use the quote function, it goes to a new compose page and shows me this:

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[quote author=Jeremy Blackman link=topic=9379.msg356333#msg356333 date=1548977276]
The important part is this:

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topic=9379.msg356333#msg356333
So I could start with this code:

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http://xixax.com/index.php?
And simply add the "important part" onto it:

http://xixax.com/index.php?topic=9379.msg356333#msg356333
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Reply #563 on: February 02, 2019, 06:26:07 PM
Thankz!


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Reply #564 on: February 06, 2019, 01:14:55 PM
Bandwidth update: looking good. We're now on track to use 33% of our bandwidth in a 30-day month.
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Reply #565 on: March 20, 2019, 12:54:52 PM
This is long overdue, but... I made an edit so "8)" no longer turns into a smiley.

Now, when you need to swiftly create the sunglasses smiley (and don't we all sometimes), you'll need to use this code:

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8-)
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Reply #566 on: March 20, 2019, 01:59:44 PM
I thought of that the instant my last post with an "8)" turned into sunglasses dude...  Thanks for the tweak.
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Reply #567 on: March 20, 2019, 02:09:07 PM
8-)
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Reply #568 on: March 20, 2019, 02:40:09 PM
Now I can finally start my math thread without accidentally look cool.