It’s server maintenance time. The site will be offline at 10PM Pacific on Friday, November 14th. We’re planning to be offline for 15-20 minutes.
Last Friday, Amazon (our ISP) performed some maintenance that affected our servers. Since then we’ve heard reports from a few users that they can’t connect to MetaFilter from specific networks. We asked Amazon about the problem but they haven’t been able to track it down. We’re investigating things on our end as well and we haven’t been able to find the problem.
If you aren’t able to reach MetaFilter, you might try a different network if you can. We apologize for the hassle. If you can reach MetaFilter, we’re discussing the issue in MetaTalk.
Update 9/29: The issue seems to have cleared for everyone after some backend rearranging.
We’re having some server trouble this morning and we’re working to correct it. Until we have things fixed the server might be running slow or unresponsive. Sorry about the trouble.
Update (2:17pm Pacific): The server is back up to full speed.
Our old status blog was removed by the service that was hosting it. Long live the new status blog!
We have some maintenance planned tonight at 10pm Pacific Time. We plan to be offline for 15 minutes or so.
MetaFilter is currently offline. We're working on the problem and will update here when we have more info.
Update (10:21PM Pacific): The database server is throwing serious errors, and has a failing hard drive. We're in the process of restoring from backups from about 8:40PM on a backup server to see if we can get things running there while the database server is being fixed.
(11:57PM): The database server has had its hard drive replaced, and we've restored from backups on a staging server successfully, but lost about an hour and a half worth of data before the drive died. We're now trying to see if we can bring the database server back online and the site soon after.
(12:57AM): The site is back, restored to 8:40PM Pacific. Thanks for your patience.
(1:24AM): Offline again until we work out some bugs.
(4:07AM): Site is back, restored to 7:40PM and running well again.