Site News: Hurricane


Our hosting company, Hosting Matters, is in reach of Irma. So lines or power could go down and so could this site. They have generators, backups, all kinds of great and groovy stufff, but shit happens.

Luckily, we have a test server. Right now, it’s configured for test usage, not live site usage. So please don’t go there to check it out. But, should the main site go down, I will upgrade the memory and processers so you can use it instead. It is hosted far away from Irma (or José, for that matter!)

Even after memory and CPU upgrades, it will be much less powerful then the main server, but it will work to keep the community going.

Please consider the site a resource to help get through Irma, and whatever cruel twist of fate José might offer.

Your normal nyms should work, and it should work and look like the main site but there may be twitches – it’s a development, testing, and staging site.

The site is at

I will repost this post over the next day or so, stopping when the threat to the main site has passed.

91 replies
  1. 1
    sharl says:

    Thanks Alain! Your work here – on both sides of the curtain – is so valuable.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    Alain? You are a jewel.

    ETA: to be particular, I’d say an emerald or a ruby. Never a diamond, they are so over rated. For my money, Yogo sapphires are the creme de la creme, and you are definitely close.

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    Baud says:

    How fancy! This is the type of service one would normally expect from only a top 9000 website.

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    Always weird when you’re reminded that the Internet has physical locations. Thanks Alain.

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    Alain the site fixer says:

    Oh, and to explain, upgrades are by the minute charge, so it’s expensive to do the upgrade until the main site is down.

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    Alain the site fixer says:

    @Baud: rofl

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    Baud says:

    @Major Major Major Major: Yeah, it’s like seeing meetup photos and realizing nyms are real people.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:


    Yeah, it’s like seeing meetup photos and realizing nyms are real people.

    Speak for yourself. I’m just a figment of your imagination.

    (and an asshole one at that)

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    Baud says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: I obviously need psychiatric help.

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    @Baud: I could’ve told you that. And I’m probably not a robot.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Baud: My wife says I am beyond help.

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    Baud says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: I’ll tell my delusions to be nicer to you.

  13. 13
    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Baud: Why? Nobody else is.

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    satby says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: @Baud: @Major Major Major Major: what would I do without having you three to keep me laughing? Hope I don’t have to find out over the next few days!

    Thanks Alain!

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    danielx says:


    I’m just a figment of your imagination.

    No bot could possibly be as acerbic.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: Note to self: Surprise everyone by being nice to OzarkHillbilly for a day or two.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @satby: I don’t know, watch old Steve Martin movies?

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Others have tried. It didn’t work.

    eta: a ‘t’

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    Baud says:

    @satby: Dean Martin movies?

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    Davebo says:

    Hosting Matters is a solid host. Hopefully things will be fine.

    Great job Alain. And really, testing server? Remember what Captain Ron said.

    “If anything’s going to happen, it’s going to happen out there!”

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Major Major Major Major: Always weird when you’re reminded that the Internet has physical locations. Thanks Alain.

    the internet isn’t in my computer?

    @satby: Marx Bros?

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @satby: The Mask? Dogma? Monty Python and the Holy Grail?

    “Watery tarts lying about in ponds distributin’ swords is no basis for government!”

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    Davebo says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: It’s in your thermostat. LET IT OUT!

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: Oh, don’t worry; I’d be doing it to burnish my reputation – you would merely be a tool.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: I always leave off the Marx Brothers. Something wrong with me. (as my wife says repeatedly)

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    I’d be doing it to burnish my reputation

    If it’s your reputation you want to burnish, you’re going about it the wrong way.

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    Davebo says:

    I once setup and hosted a site for a company that organized motorcycle rallies. It was.. different. I set up a forum for users and that got out of hand quickly.

    This was a over a decade ago but I’ll always remember one user name. InMyMouthNotInMyEye. They were a colorful bunch and I did get to judge a bikini contest once but sadly they were sluggish on remittance and I had to cut them loose. Made my wife happy.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: I haven’t seen Dogma in years. I love that movie. Whatever happened to Linda Fiorentino?

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Baud: I’ve been busy.

    @OzarkHillbilly: Why would I burnish someone else’s reputation?

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: I don’t know. I loved her.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Why would you trash your own by being nice to me?

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    Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: She wanted to go back to the morgue.

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    @Major Major Major Major: We know you’re not a robot, you’ve posted pics on “On The Road” and it checks.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism: Wendy Kroy is on the run

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    Schlemazel says:

    I thought the role of asshole was already taken by me!

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: I don’t think he was talking about me.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Schlemazel: Nope, you’re a ‘nice’ asshole. Everybody likes you. You’ve got some catching up to do.

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    Schlemazel says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:
    She bought a property & was trying to bring it to the screen but it must have died by now. She was working on a documentary about discrimination against Italian-Americans and developing a talk show. So really not much, sadly

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    Schlemazel says:

    hmmmph! We’ll just see about that!

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    Time for bed. Ya’ll play nice now.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: @OzarkHillbilly:

    Mmm Hmmm, Last Seduction, right?

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    O. Felix Culpa says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: Ok, so you made me laugh! Might have to watch that movie again.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @O. Felix Culpa: Might have to?????????????????????

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @zhena gogolia: Yup. Love that one, too.

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    O. Felix Culpa says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: My bad, must see it again.

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    satby says:

    I was going to say good night too, but I don’t want to incite any unseemly rumors.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    NBC News‏Verified account @ NBCNews
    WATCH: Officials say 95 percent of St. Martin is destroyed after Hurricane Irma ripped the island apart as a Category 5 storm.

    population 75,000. What now?

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    @satby: Y’all retire early, I’ve not even had dinner.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Major Major Major Major: I’m sure that Bertie Wooster had one at some point.

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    O. Felix Culpa says:

    @satby: Could you incite something else?

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    satby says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: I thought you just never slept at all.

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    satby says:

    @O. Felix Culpa: hmmm… A rebellion? I’ll work on it.

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    Le Comte de Monte Cristo, fka Edmund Dantes says:


    Captain Ron is one of the finest movies of all time.

    “Watch out for guerillas in the jungle, boss.”

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    satby says:

    I’m fostering two cute little kittens my rescue pulled from Animal Control. One of them likes to knead the bed while sucking on the blanket, sounds stupid but she’s adorable. You can hear their happy little purrs from across the room.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Le Comte de Monte Cristo, fka Edmund Dantes:

    Captain Ron is one of the finest movies of all time.

    Been drinking, have we? Huffing solvents?

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @satby: Those are the best kind.

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    chopper says:

    Luckily, we have a test server. Right now, it’s configured for test usage, not live site usage. So please don’t go there to check it out

    nobody tells me what to do! (goes to test site, crashes everything)

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    Another Scott says:

    How Russia created the most popular Texas Succession page on Facebook


    (via Julia Ioffe’s Twitter feed)


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    Gin & Tonic says:

    Does anybody know for a fact, one way or another, whether US TSA accepts a Global Entry ID card as a photo ID at check-in for a domestic flight?

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Another Scott: Succession =/= Secession.

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    O. Felix Culpa says:

    @satby: Yes!

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    @satby: I love sleep and the doggies love their “snuggle time”.

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    Origuy says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: I was on St Martin in 2000. The pictures I’ve seen from Marigot are really sad. The northern half is a Department of France; the southern half has a complicated relationship with The Netherlands. Hopefully those countries can provide support for rebuilding. It will take a long time, though, especially with the main airport damaged.

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    Another Scott says:

    @Gin & Tonic: D’Oh. Sorry.

    (My kingdom for a preview!)


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    Gin & Tonic says:

    Alain, if you’re still here, I’m getting that auto-play audio.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Another Scott: Threaded comments and a preview function? Is there no heresy you will not endorse? Are you also a Semi-Pelagianist?

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    Argiope says:

    Alain, I’d feel a lot better if you were in charge of our nation’s physical infrastructure. You seem to get the whole “belt & suspenders” thing. We’re lucky to have you.

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    Davebo says:

    @Gin & Tonic: Never tried it but I gotta believe they would.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:


    We’re lucky to have you.

    Seconded. I don’t know if Aiain came in with or after the Tommy-related site update, but since he has been the face of the tech side things have been explained clearly and executed as well as updates can be.

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    Aleta says:

    Thanks Alain for your constant work and anticipation.

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    Alain the site fixer says:

    @Gin & Tonic: ad going off for now, thanks.

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    CaseyL says:

    Alain, however many thanks we give you, it isn’t enough: you are a treasure. Thanks for all your hard work keeping us up and running!

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    Another Scott says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: No, I’m more of a Teapottian, myself.

    Either that, or I just say namu amida butsu and I’m good.

    One or the other.



  82. 82
    Alain the site fixer says:

    Thanks to all for the kind words.

    I know that, should there be any downtime, it will be minimal. Our hosts are very good at what they do, but as I said, shit happens. It’s always good to have a plan. Most importantly, communicate the plan with stakeholders.

    So here we are. Good night and be safe, everybody – as Adam says, stay frosty!

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    Alain the site fixer says:

    @Gin & Tonic: please use the form and email John to let him know which advertisers. It’s like whack-a-mole, apparently!

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Alain the site fixer: Sorry, I never listen to it long enough to know who the advertiser is.

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    Alain the site fixer says:

    @Gin & Tonic: Can’t say as I blame you!

    Now – good night all, I’m exhausted and need rest. Good luck to all

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    Mike J says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    Always weird when you’re reminded that the Internet has physical locations.

    It’s worse when you walk out of the server room you spent the night in still wearing a sweater in July.

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    Alain the site fixer says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: I love sapphires, but emeralds – wowzers! I’m blessed to have had a grandmother with great taste and access to emeralds, so mom inherited them and isn’t the biggest fan. I just wish I liked to wear jewelry or had a cane or some other be-jeweling target.

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    Alain the site fixer says:

    @Mingobat f/k/a Karen in GA: thanks, putting the phone down now.

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    joel hanes says:


    Your nym is perfect for the Web, and I don’t recall noticing it before.

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    Arclite says:

    You should configure the test server for text only. No images, no ads.

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