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Thanks Yuriy = Marshalrusty, we appreciate you!

The recent level of Denial of Service has been frustrating, with long wait times between consecutive posts.

Another tangible thank you is on its way ;)

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Thank you to everyone who has sent pizza money; it pays my rent :)

CloudFlare is now enabled on stampboards. This should provide significant DDoS protection going forward, and hopefully reduce some load on the server and speed things up. Only time will tell how much it will help.
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Well done AGAIN Yuriy! Board far smoother in past hour, than for the past week. :D

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Marshalrusty wrote: 26 Nov 2023 16:43
Thank you to everyone who has sent pizza money; it pays my rent :)

CloudFlare is now enabled on stampboards. This should provide significant DDoS protection going forward, and hopefully reduce some load on the server and speed things up. Only time will tell how much it will help.

I got logged in, and speeding along like before! Some $$ sent - hope you got it . Previously my fat fingers sent to wrong address :oops:

Thank you!
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Marshalrusty wrote: 26 Nov 2023 16:43 Thank you to everyone who has sent pizza money; it pays my rent :)

CloudFlare is now enabled on stampboards. This should provide significant DDoS protection going forward, and hopefully reduce some load on the server and speed things up. Only time will tell how much it will help.
Seems that now we’re all back, Cloudflare may be having problems? Hopefully only a temporary glitch.



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Marshalrusty wrote: 26 Nov 2023 16:43 Thank you to everyone who has sent pizza money; it pays my rent :)

CloudFlare is now enabled on stampboards. This should provide significant DDoS protection going forward, and hopefully reduce some load on the server and speed things up. Only time will tell how much it will help.

Good to hear.
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I am trying to convince the host to set up a new server and to move the whole site over to it. That is a ridiculous solution, but they seem completely unable to fix this problem, and their setup is sufficiently esoteric that my knowledge isn't useful in tracking down the issue.

In the meantime, the login issues you have been experiencing should hopefully be fixed.
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Thanks for all your hard work Yuriy. A small token of appreciation has been sent via PayPal.
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Okay, so their "server team" is now working on the problem from their end - makes you wonder who was working on it previously - and I'm seeing a significant decrease in reported server load, which is the core of the issue. I'm not sure what they did (I'll definitely be asking), but this is the first time I've seen the numbers come down to reasonable levels since this problem started.

As we're now connecting through CloudFlare, whenever the server is down (for any reason), you will get that CloudFlare failure page. That's normal. Although, of course, the server shouldn't be down, so you shouldn't be seeing that page often.

Please report any issues you're still experiencing either here or by email to me.

Thanks for your patience.
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I have to login again everytime I click a button "view new posts" or "reply" or now "submit"

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Allanswood wrote: 27 Nov 2023 12:52 I have to login again everytime I click a button "view new posts" or "reply" or now "submit"

Sigh, that's going to be a complication due to the CloudFlare setup. Luckily, I can fix it, just need to tweak the caching settings correctly. Standby.
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Marshalrusty wrote: 27 Nov 2023 13:13
Allanswood wrote: 27 Nov 2023 12:52
I have to login again everytime I click a button "view new posts" or "reply" or now "submit"


Sigh, that's going to be a complication due to the CloudFlare setup. Luckily, I can fix it, just need to tweak the caching settings correctly. Standby.

Okay, let's try that...

For the record, this is why I delayed setting up CloudFlare for so long. Enabling it is easy; getting it to work without bugs isn't so easy.
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Superb Yuri .. more beer and pizza monies just sent from me - little do most members know you have spent absolutely endless frustrating hours on this mess behind the scenes, often battling into the very early hours, just in the past weeks alone.

Please add your PayPal thanks to Yuri - we all need to, or this board would not be visible now - that's a FACT. Think of it as your tiny 'subscription fee' to this great board!

Wrestling endlessly with our suddenly flakey server host inmotion, and adding and tweaking all this Cloudflare software to the back end here, and layers of anti DDOS and security software, to make all members' life smoother and easier and FASTER, when it is all bedded in.

The issue has been 'fixed' a dozen times at server end they tell us, and then goes pear shape in a day. And we start the battle all over again with them. :roll: :roll:

We have had a brilliant up time record for 3 years now.

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Allanswood wrote: 27 Nov 2023 12:52
I have to login again every time I click a button "view new posts" or "reply" or now "submit"

I too was seeing that issue, and it was going in loops. And it was driving me LOOPY!

Seems like getting 'reinitialised' with Cloudflare works to solve this.

I just typed in my password, and clicked the 'REMEMBER ME' button, and touch wood, all running very smoothly for the past day.

Great work from Marshall Rusty - Yuriy once again. 8-)

Board seems super fast to me today. :!:

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Most recent downtime was caused by an artifact from the fix that was implemented a few days ago. This has now been fixed and shouldn't happen again.

Overall, the server is running incredibly better compared to a couple days ago; hopefully you're also feeling that in terms of pageload times. Fingers crossed, we're on the tail end of this bizarre episode.

EDIT: Bots took the site down. I have increased CloudFlare's mitigation measures here; hopefully that doesn't cause unintended consequences :?
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When I click the preview button to view a draft post, the system often takes me to the sign-in page again - even though I'm already shown as logged in at the top of the page. If I sign in again, the next page has erased my message. And I have had to log in AGAIN to post this message.

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ROB

A lot of us have had this issue.

Glen suggested this to me & it worked a treat.

Logout, then login back in again & when you do tick the "remember me box".

Give that a try & report back here, please. :D
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FYI got a "server not operating or under maintenance" page when I wanted to get to the site this afternoon (couple of hours ago).

Am glad to be back :)
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Very pleased to see it back up this afternoon.
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Working smoothly for me - many thanks for the hard work!
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Humming along speedily now! Thank you for all the help ! Hope you subbed turkey for pizza!
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I have now implemented further stability hardening and will be immediately notified of downtime.

Fingers crossed.

EDIT: Testing to make sure it works correctly. This unfortunately requires me to break the site (to see if it kicks it back on automatically), so there will be slight instability for the next 15 minutes or so.
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Working ok this morning.

I keep the site open on a tab all the time. This morning after I refreshed by hitting ‘my posts’ it showed 1 Notification. So the cookies are working.

But when I clicked the notification, I had to sign in before I could see the post!

Should be ok now, though, unless there are any further technical resets.

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norvic wrote: 01 Dec 2023 18:33But when I clicked the notification, I had to sign in before I could see the post!
This is unfortunately due to the CloudFlare setup. It is currently mostly working, and there's a 99% chance I can polish out those last few issues. I've been focusing on the far more pressing uptime problems, but the remaining login bugs will be next!
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It's not the most elegant (or optimistic!) solution, but now if the server encounters a number of error states, it can reset the relevant services automatically. There are also detailed logs on what actually happened. And I get an email notification.
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Marshalrusty wrote: 01 Dec 2023 19:50
norvic wrote: 01 Dec 2023 18:33But when I clicked the notification, I had to sign in before I could see the post!
This is unfortunately due to the CloudFlare setup. It is currently mostly working, and there's a 99% chance I can polish out those last few issues. I've been focusing on the far more pressing uptime problems, but the remaining login bugs will be next!
Thanks Yuriy. I wasn't complaining, just alerting to a situation - and one that the user can easily resolve, especially if they have a password manager!
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norvic wrote: 01 Dec 2023 21:13Thanks Yuriy. I wasn't complaining, just alerting to a situation - and one that the user can easily resolve, especially if they have a password manager!
No problem at all. I can't fix stuff unless I know it's broken, so thanks for the reports!

So the bad news is, everyone is going to have to log in again.

The good news is, I think I've fixed the login problem, so it should be back to normal.
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FYI:

Image loading still inconsistent.

Repeated/incessant log ins necessary.
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BigSaint wrote: 30 Nov 2023 08:08
Glen suggested this to me and it worked a treat.

Logout, then login back in again and when you do, tick the "remember me'' box.

Give that a try, and report back here, please. :D

Exactly Brad. 8-)

To do a one time reset, to get fully integrated into the new Cloudflare software layer, that has just been installed for extra security and uptime stability, this is all that seems needed, to those who read. :!: :!:

To repeat for all - clear your cache, log out of stampboards totally, and then log back in, and type in your handle, and type in your password, and click the 'REMEMBER ME' button.

Job done, it seems now. 8-)

Top marks to Yuriy for the truly endless hours behind the scenes these past few weeks, and endless communications with our server hosts in the USA, unseen by all except he and I .. board is flying along at super speed for the past day, much faster than usual, and zero outages or hassles. 8-)

Send him a Pizza and a few beers now please folks. This robust and ever upgraded tech backup does not happen by voodoo magic. :mrgreen:

As to the vague, totally non specified, alleged 'image loading issues' - none I have seen, or anything resembling them, since Yury's last update. And I post more images here than anyone.

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Another "for information" screenshot.

Earlier today I couldn't log in to Stampboards, and got this screen, previously reported by norvic (27 Nov):

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I went to other online links and did things there for some time. When I came back to Stampboards, login was working, and I made sure to select "remember me" when logging in — that has been working well for me over the past 24hrs or more.

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I got that part way through a session.

I closed the iPad, got up, and had breakfast :lol:
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Marshalrusty wrote: 27 Nov 2023 10:47
As we're now connecting through CloudFlare, whenever the server is down (for any reason), you will get that CloudFlare failure page.

That's normal. Although, of course, the server shouldn't be down, so you shouldn't be seeing that page often.

Thanks for your patience.

Sigh, to repeat AGAIN what Yuriy just posted on this very thread, to save more folks stating the bleeding obvious to all. :roll:

As those who are reading will have absorbed, we now know PRECISELY to the second when any minor outages occur. It is not a news flash. No cheer squad breathlessly reporting them here is needed, with screen shots. Some hiccups last only a minute or two only our logs show. We are onto this. :!: :!: :!:

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I got a novel denial of service page today, when I was in the middle of building a post.
https://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?t=104205&start=113
It continued for quite a long time, so I exited and went to work on other projects.

Here is a screenshot, for general information.

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/RogerE 🦉

Footnote. (I know Glen doesn't like us to post these images, because Yuriy gets automatic notifications of the problems, but posting them here does serve the useful purpose of reassuring others that it's a server problem and not a glitch with their own software. Those of us of an elderly persuasion are not always as tech-savvy and tech-confident as the younger ones.)
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Roger, yes Yuriy and I did see this MANY hours back, we were alerted in minutes, and it was fixed fast by Yuriy, as members will realise - 99.99% of whom it did not affect.

Clearly nothing to do with member computers, and I am sure no-one thought it was. First tiny incident for a week or so of very impressive reliability. Nothing new here. :!:

Australia Post website is often down or flakey - and they have 100 full time techies. 8-)

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9deadcanarys wrote: 16 Dec 2023 16:15 Donation made from Richard Tassie - many thanks Yuriy.
Received, thanks!

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My monitor suggests that stability has been pretty good over the past few days. Has this been your experience as well?

Also, you folks can always send bug/issue/experience reports to me by email if you prefer not to post them in public. If something's not working correctly, I want to know. I may not be able to fix it immediately, but at least it'll go on the to-do list.
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Good evening Yuriy. I have a spare of this postcard. If you would like this please send me your address details.
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Yuriy

I received this message this morning when selecting " View Your Posts"
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Everything else seems to be working fine. :)
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Yes the search function does not seem to be working properly.
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The onboard search box at top right of each page etc, has issues now and again as we know, that Yuriy rectifies.

HOWEVER Yuriy has also loaded a powerful site specific SEARCH at the base of each page, under the large stampboards logo, which manages to find most things, as a very handy backup.

That works very well for many things. Indeed for phrases and multi-word searches is always best :!:

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Thanks I had not noticed that one and will try it out. In the meantime everything is working perfectly again. So thanks to all concerned. :D
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Yes, thank you Yuriy. :D
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Thank you again; 'View Your Posts' is used more than anything. :)
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"Notifications" (top right of page) has not been working for me since some time yesterday, 24 Dec 2023 :o

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Works fine for me. :roll:

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Working OK here too. Try clearing this sites cookies and logging in again.
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Yes, I wish some folks would do basic trouble shooting before 'Crying Wolf' on petty matters, wasting the time of others. :roll:
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Following suggestion, I restarted, cleared cookies, then restarted again.

This screenshot shows that latest information I get from "Notifications" — it clearly doesn't look up-to-date like Glen's image. I don't get any count attached to "Notifications", and I can't scroll down in its list — just see the four-and-a-half items shown in the screen shot.
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This in not "crying wolf". Any helpful advice from those with relevant knowledge/skills would be appreciated. Thanks!

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Turn notifications off. I did years ago. You don't need it.
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That's an alternative, thanks Ubobo.R.O., but doesn't suit my normal method of replying when others have posted in threads I usually follow.

Normal service restored :D

It turns out that tweaking once again has returned my "Notifications" to its proper behaviour, so all is well again. However, I have no idea what went wrong, and which lucky tweak has now restored it :o

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