Update on Renewing Ads

In February I offered some choices on what people would like to see added to the site next. The overwhelming choice was the ability to more easily repost ads. I’ve been working on this since then. While it has taken me longer than I’d hoped, last night I released an update that brings us closer to that goal. Under ‘My Ads’ you will find that recently deleted ads can now be called up. Only expired ads and self-deleted ads will show up. If they were removed for violating the posting guidelines, the ad is simply gone. I’ll keep working at it until I’ve completed the promised update.

Chris

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day!

I hope everyone is enjoying the day. I remember with fondness my days of working in Harrigan’s at the Holiday Inn in Indiana. Mother’s Day was one of the biggest events of the year for us. Man am I glad I don’t work in food service anymore. I still have dreams about that place. Sam Kenly, if you are out there reading, it is NOT funny to hand a waiter 2 twenty tops within 5 minuets of one another!

Speaking of Indiana, I was there the other day, stuck in traffic right in front of the parking lot of Uncle Sudsy’s. As you might imagine, Uncle Sudsy’s sells six packs. (Say that 5 times fast.) Also like you might imagine for a six pack shop embedded practically in the heart of a college campus, they sold over priced six packs. Unlike you might imagine, they tended to be rather hostile to college students. To young people in general, actually. I suspect they just got tired of a constant stream of fake driver’s licenses.

Anyway, I was positioned perfectly to turn into the parking lot, which I did. It was either that or sit there and get grumpier about the traffic. Turns out that May 7 was their last day in business, and everything was 30% off. Even at a 30% discount the beer was still over priced. However they had two examples of barley wine (which may or may not be the same thing as an “old ale”) and so I did in fact walk out with beer. I haven’t gotten around to trying either one, but if anyone is interested, I’ll post here when I do get to try it.

Hope everyone has a great Mother’s Day. Happy Mother’s Day, mom!
Thanks,
Chris

Happy Easter!

Thanks again for bearing with me while the website was unstable. A few people emailed me to let me know that the logout was not working. I believe I have this working now.

Happy Easter everyone!

Thanks,
Chris

Happy Easter!

Thanks again for bearing with me while the website was unstable. A few people emailed me to let me know that the logout was not working. I believe I have this working now.

Happy Easter everyone!

Thanks,
Chris

Site Update

I believe that the remainder of the issues with the PW Classifieds have been resolved. Everyone should be able to log in once again. If you find that you cannot log in, please let me know. My scincere gratitude to all of you for bearing with me while I repaired the website.

Thanks,
Chris

Continuing Problems

I’m still having problems with the network this morning. I’m working to restore full functionality as soon as is possible. I’ve restored access for as many people as is possible, however no one can sign in at this point. If you are already signed in, you should be fine. I’ll post updates here as I know more information.

Thanks,
Chris

Problems today

Today started out a litle rough. The company we use to host many of our computers (amazon.com) is having some issues with its network. The front page of the site (www.pennswoods.net) was down for a while today. After I got things shifted over to another machine, we were good for a while.

Unfortunately a short while ago the problem has impacted the computer that keeps track of who is signed in.

I’m working to correct that problem as quickly as is possible. However in the mean time, the PW Classifieds are available as read only, no one can be signed in.

I apologize for the inconvenience, and I will work to restore full service as quickly as possible.

UPDATE 19:29: I’ve restored some ability for those who have been logged in recently to be logged in now. I am continuing to work towards full restoration.

Thanks,
Chris

Scammers

Well here it is April 2, and I managed to resist the temptation to pull any April Fool’s pranks. I’m proud of myself, and at the same time dissappointed. What happened to that care free spirit that once felt a good joke was worth a verbal (or physical) beating?

It has been over 4 months since I mentioned scammers, and more than 16 since I directly addressed how to help keep them at bay. Recently I received an email along the lines of:


I’m so tired of people posting free animals then when you email them they delete their ad off. They are scammers and should not be allowed to do this.

Well I’m right there with you. Unfortunately none of them ask me for permission. And just for the record, they rarely delete their own ads, their ads are pulled when they get reported as scams.

Most of these probably originate from Korea, Cameroon, etc. So of course I block
those countries from the site. Then they find virally compromised
computers on major cable, dsl, and even dialup networks. It is virtually
impossible for me to tell the difference between them and a legitimate
user.

Fortunately the ad is usually pretty obvious. No one gives away a $1200
bulldog or yorkie for free. No one gives away a $5000 parrot for
free. When you see these ads, hit the report ad button in the lower
right of the ad. When a number of people report an ad, it removes the ad.

If the account has multiple ads that get reported that way, ALL of
the ads for that account are removed and the email address for that
account is locked out of the system.

I also regularly review removed ads and lock out the ipaddress they came in from.
Yes, that
means I am constantly banning ipaddresses on domestic networks
and thus potential legitimate users of the classifieds can’t sign up, so eventually I have to deal with that when a legitimate user tries to sign up.

Of course there is a never ending source of infected computers out
there, so all I’ve really done is made the job of the scammers harder.
It doesn’t end it, it only slows them down. You can help me slow
them down and thwart them by reporting obvious scams when you find
them.

Thanks,
Chris

Downtime today

My apologies for the downtime on the website today. It looks like the site was unavailable from a bit after 8am until nearly 11am. The problem was a database that failed in a bad way. Normally if a database fails, the webserver just goes on to the next one in the pool. Unfortunately in this case the database was responding just fast enough that the webserver would wait for it rather than move on. After a few hundered connections to a web server started hanging, the webserver itself would start to falter, and before long it would stop serving web pages. I normally have 5 web servers working in tandem, but 30 of them wouldn’t have been enough to fix this problem.

The bad database has been removed, and I’ll replace it later this week or early next week. Again my apologies for the absence of the website this morning. If you were among those who emailed me this morning, I will be responding to you as soon as I am able to get caught up.

Thanks,
Chris