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From Andrea Pescetti <>
Subject Re: Forum Open Office
Date Wed, 18 May 2016 18:47:08 GMT
Carlo Salvagno wrote:
> For several hours, the forum does not work, the server is not available.

This was fixed a few hours ago, and has 
been working normally since then.

What happened: the forum was never actually down, but it was receiving a 
number of requests that was thousands of times the ordinary rate; so 
only a small percentage was actually fulfilled, and others would see an 
error message.

Investigations showed that these requests originated from an 
out-of-control bot (not necessarily an evil one; this is often due to 
poorly engineered search engines spiders). Infra banned it immediately 
at a network level (we do manage the machine, but not network operations).

When the forum is consistently inaccessible, feel free to open and place a short message there about it. Infra will 
take a look and it will normally act very fast.


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