Site Update

I’ve finished installing the last of the new machines earlier this evening. Hopefully this will alleviate the problems we’ve been seeing the last few days. We should have an additional 30% server capacity over what we had been running over the summer.

Thanks for your patience, and please let me know what you see.


Site Errors

Many thanks to those of you who have emailed me site / server errors over the last couple of days. It seems to be server capacity related, and I’m bringing additional servers online to handle the extra load since the weather took a downturn.

I’m not sure I’ll have the bugs worked out for tonight, but I’ll be working on it.


Clearing Browser Cache

I’ve had half a dozen people in the last week tell me they were having troubles accessing the classifieds, and they were landing at this page instead of the normal Classifieds page. This is a caching issue caused by the Amazon outage I had a week ago.

If this is the case for you, the fix is to clear your browser’s cache. Your Internet Service Provider should be able to step you through this, or you might google it.

One of the links that came up for me, and looks reasonable though I haven’t tested it, is:

In related news, Amazon has published a post-mortem on what happened on Oct 22. For those interested in the technical details, you can read them here:

The short story is that Amazon performed a hardware maintenance that triggered a cascading number of servers to fail.

It is also interesting that this sort of thing reveals who else is using technology similar to Netflix, Reddit, FourSquare, and TMZ all are hosting servers on Amazon.


Shorter Subject lines

Since Stace Dunkle installed the original Fuzzy Monkey classifieds software, the subject line for ads has always been described as 5-50 characters, and we’ve had different cautions in the guidelines against longer subject lines or odd characters in the subject line.

Today’s update to the classifieds includes a check of subject line length, and truncates overly long subjects. This will make the formatting of category and search pages cleaner for many users.

My apologies for any inconvenience to advertisers. The body of the ad remains unchanged, with a length limit of 3,000 characters.


Servers Restored

Looks like things should be fine as of Tuesday morning. I’ve had three people report lingering issues, all of which were resolved with a clearing of the browser cache (temporary internet files) or switching to a different browser.


eBay Seller Ratings

I occasionally get requests for inclusion of Ebay Seller Ratings on the Classifieds, or have people telling me that they can check their ebay scores if I want to do a quick verification on their history.

I recently looked into whether or not I could let people carry their Ebay Rating over onto Classifieds.

Apparently the answer is a resounding NO. Ebay very clearly disallows such things.

CNET ran an article quite a few years ago about Ebay disallowing this. Ebay’s position apparently hasn’t changed.

Anyway, it doesn’t seem like I can do it without a who lot of lawyers jumping me. Sorry folks.


Registration and Password changes

Registration emails and password changes were not processing properly from sometime on Saturday (15th) through early afternoon on Monday (17th) when I discovered and fixed the issue. As a result emails for registration and password changes were delayed until Monday afternoon.

The classifieds servers were not impacted, other than those persons needing registration or password changes.

I’ve also fallen behind in support email over the last week or so, and am nearly caught up. If you’ve emailed me recently and haven’t heard from me, I should be in touch with you later today.

Best wishes,

God and Government

Sunday night the St Benedict, PA Community Center is going to be an iPledge simulcast location.

Google today has been advertising “Live! Watch Barack Obama accept the Democratic presidential nomination at 10pm ET”.

You didn’t see such a thing for Romney.

The iPledge simulcast is intended to help motivate and educate people of the Christian faith on political matters.

iPledge Event Listing

If you’re in the neighborhood, consider dropping in!