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5 years ago

Unwritten Etiquette

◊ Posted by A β Pseudolonewolf
Categories: The Site
Do I really have to write explicit rules on the Rules page so then people won't do annoying things?

Something that really frustrates me as a web developer is when people don't keep within the area of the site that's been freely given to them... When they go out of bounds and make changes to things that they shouldn't be changing. A comparison I've made before is that it's like inviting someone into your room out of friendliness, then catching them rooting through your underwear drawer. You never explicitly told them not to, and there's nothing physically stopping them, but that doesn't mean that it's okay.

I have to include loads of checks in any kind of submission code to make sure that correct, acceptable values have been given, and I hate this because I know it's necessary, because people won't just behave themselves naturally... Perhaps I'm odd for being bothered by it at all.

The thing that's made me write this is some people setting their Myers-Briggs type to weird values through browser code editing feature things, due to an oversight in the code that made it possible.
I've fixed it now, but I want to mention that I'll be tempted to ban anyone who hasn't changed their type back to a valid value within the next few days. It really does bother me that much.

It's like posting a sandwich into a letterbox. It's *possible*, and might be amusing, but it doesn't mean you should do it. Perhaps only the postman would be bothered at all, but that's reason enough to not do it.
5 years ago

Sudden Change!!

◊ Posted by A β Pseudolonewolf
Categories: The Site
I changed the site to the new 'sunlit' version about nine months ago in order to make the place nicer for myself; more inviting, less harsh and toxic and so on. I feel that it caused more harm than good, though; the colours were 'too bright', the thinking/feeling split in the forums was certainly a bad idea, etc, etc.

I've tried to remedy this now, all of a sudden, with a reworking of the site. (You may need to refresh to see it properly.)

It's darker now, like previous versions, though the colours are somewhat different. Hopefully this will not burn peoples' eyes out.

I've also changed the forum categories to more sensible ones. Rather than trying to shape the community in a way that I personally find desirable, instead I've designed the new sections around the types of people that have already found their home here. All the existing threads are now dumped into the 'Archive' section.

I've made these changes partly in order to escape an era of my life that wasn't doing me any good... and to hopefully make this place nicer to visit for everyone. But also, it's because I'm working on another site - I've mentioned it a few times now - which will serve as an alternate community that IS more up my street. I know for certain that many members here simply wouldn't belong there, so rather than starting some hostile war over it, I thought I'd make this place somewhere where such people would rather stay *anyway*. I suppose you could think of it as a gesture that I'm not neglecting or ignoring any of you, or telling you to leave or something.

So while the OTHER community will be the soft, feely, emotional, gentle, sensitive, sappy, soppy, empathetic place that I really do want, THIS place is tailored more towards people who'd prefer to have Intelligent Discussions about things in a polite but critical manner, without worrying about walking on eggshells the whole time. Or something. Basically, the other place will be INFJ Land, while this'll be INTJ Land. Yes.

I'm HOPING that that's what'll happen... but I suppose I can but see.

Now I shall brace myself for the disgust at the change and the brutal comments about how certain aspects of this new version just aren't good enough!!!
5 years ago

The site went down because...

◊ Posted by A β Pseudolonewolf
Categories: The Site
Apparently the site's been inaccessible with a 403 error for about a day. This was because the host (HostGator) manually disabled the site when the noticed that it was being too much of a drain on their server.

What I assume happened was that the chatroom got too crowded, perhaps... Maybe there was an Internal Server Error? Or more than one? When these happen, I assume that peoples' reaction is to refresh the page, which is the exact *opposite* of what you should be doing!

Those errors occur when the server's overloaded; when too many pages are being requested at once. I'm no expert at this kind of thing, but what I think happens with sites is that when you request a page, it gets added to a queue thing, and the server handles things at the top of the queue before moving onto the next one. Or something. If the queue gets too long, then the Internal Server Error occurs. Refreshing just adds more to the end of the already too-long queue, eventually causing the whole thing to, well, break.

So if you ever see Internal Server Errors, *wait a few minutes* for the queue to reduce in size or whatever, otherwise you'll just cause the site to go down, causing frustration for everyone.

I'll try to do what I can with the code to maybe prevent this kind of thing from happening, even though I had plans for today, ugh.