Update May 18, 2013
http://sternnation.com forums are back online, Mike got everything back up today after the Godaddy screwup. I’ve closed the backup forum for now. See you on the SternNation Forums!
Regarding the outage of the SternNation forums May 15, 16…
Spoke to Mike, there has been a wave of people who have had hosting through GoDaddy have had their sites go down recently. There are posts on the godaddy forums as well as wordpress forums and various others. The reason Godaddy have been telling everyone including Mike of SternNation is “excessive DNS” issues.
Now to take hundreds of sites offline for this particular reason is a bit like chopping your toe completely off just because you had an ingrown toe nail. I spoke to Mike via emails and reading everyone’s complaints on other forums what I’ve been able to piece together is the common factor is a runaway sql server. Now those sites that host with Godaddy use Godaddy’s sql servers, and it’s probably a safe bet that the sql servers aren’t all shared. It’s probably all seperate virtual hosts, it’s very possible that the sql servers vhosts are on it’s own machine while the web hosting accounts are on it’s own machine. Anyhow it doesn’t matter how it’s really setup, but from I can piece together the majority of people with issues all ran forums or wordpress/drupal/joomla type sites.
In the case of a forum it could have been set to not disable hostname lookups, which if there were tons of abandoned accounts or lots of incoming traffic that would cause a whole lot of reverse ip dns requests you then combine this with hundreds of other Godaddy hosted forums also set to do hostname lookups, each time those logs or specific sections were accessed it would send a huge spike in dns traffic to Godaddy’s dns servers creating a type of “internal DDOS” in a sense. Blog sites like WordPress and such also have options to turn on hostname lookups or not.
This is my conclusion going on the posts on godaddy forums and wordpress.org forums at least. The annoying part is Godaddy never informed it’s customers of this issue and dropped the sites offline to deal with the problem without telling the customers creating a huge hornet’s nest of angry customers.
Anyhow with that said, Mike will have the sternnation forums back up and running shortly. But until then I tossed up a temporary forum for those looking for news can swing by and check it out until sternnation is back up. I do have registrations tightened down a bit, so when you register it may take a little bit as I have to approve it manually. But don’t fret, it’ll be taken care of as soon as I see it
Update 5/18: Stern Nation Forums are back online! See ya on the forums.
Had a short network outage but all should be back up and running now…Hopefully so that is
Seems like around Jan 7 around that afternoon had a problem with the server but hopefully things should be fixed now “crosses fingers”
Some may have noticed the site was down for a couple days. Sorry about that, the server had went down few months back due to a bad raid controller card that caused the drives to become corrupt. Got that sorted and things reinstalled from backups and was good to go, but seems once again raid problems have popped up again. I think this time, at least for now will be not using raid and just reconfigure things a little differently.
Everything isn’t back to 100% just yet, but things should be getting back to normal. There may be a couple outages due to reboots or any possible reconfigs on the host that may possibly be required. But don’t fret, if the site happens to be down just check back later.
For some strange reason this server just seams to hate raid
Anyhow Dude Suit Radio is back up for now, and things should pretty much be back to normal for the most part.
Last Thursday had a hard drive crash on the server that hosted this site. Seems there was a power surge that took out the raid controller card and a couple hard drives. To make a long story short, got everything back up and been restoring the site from a backup, even though it was an older backup so I’ve been having to add more recent stuff back manually. Still need to fix a couple issues, but things should be back up and going now.