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Re: Anyone having trouble with initial access to the forum?
« Reply #135 on: September 09, 2019, 03:59:39 PM »
While login seems better the past week, yesterday I saw a delay logging in...footer said over 150 "guests" online.  But overall I would say things are better than when this fiasco started  :wink:

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Re: Anyone having trouble with initial access to the forum?
« Reply #136 on: September 09, 2019, 06:38:43 PM »
And just now prevented from replying to a PM by being suspected of being a robot and having to answer silly questions! The reply I had laboriously typed no longer existed, and I had to log out and back in before I could do anything else. . .

I don't think that's new. It's happened to me a time or two. I don't know what causes it though but fortunately it seems rare enough that I don't think it's a major issue.
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Re: Anyone having trouble with initial access to the forum?
« Reply #137 on: September 09, 2019, 06:47:32 PM »
I don't think that's new.

OK. But it's new to me!
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Re: Anyone having trouble with initial access to the forum?
« Reply #138 on: September 09, 2019, 08:47:16 PM »
I wasn't having any problems up until a few days ago. Now it take 5-10 seconds for the forum to come up on first access.

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Re: Anyone having trouble with initial access to the forum?
« Reply #139 on: September 10, 2019, 07:18:19 AM »
Had a ~8 second wait for the first time. Have logged into this thread once per day without delays up to now.
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Re: Anyone having trouble with initial access to the forum?
« Reply #140 on: September 10, 2019, 08:52:01 AM »
Yes: ~10 sec to find the site, 20+ to log in, ~10 sec to show unread posts.

EDIT: and over 5 seconds to post this reply!
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Re: Anyone having trouble with initial access to the forum?
« Reply #141 on: September 10, 2019, 11:16:29 AM »
I'm still not convinced that the Chinese traffic isn't causing problems. The firewalls have blocked over 250,000 hits from China in the last 24 hours. Having said that the forum seems pretty responsive to me most of the time. When it's sluggish I find that other sites are sluggish to which suggests it's my connection rather than the forum.

Edit: Reply posted in less than a second
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Re: Anyone having trouble with initial access to the forum?
« Reply #142 on: September 10, 2019, 04:34:01 PM »
When it's sluggish I find that other sites are sluggish to which suggests it's my connection rather than the forum.

Not the case here, the Forum has just been bad all day on Edge with no sluggishness on other sites. Logged out and tried Chrome: just as bad.

Edit: Back on Edge now and it's getting worse. Just spent over 5 secs to read my messages and over 5 secs to send a reply.

Edit2: and 7 secs to post the last edit.
« Last Edit: September 10, 2019, 07:32:51 PM by bitsostring »
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Re: Anyone having trouble with initial access to the forum?
« Reply #143 on: September 11, 2019, 02:00:54 AM »
For what it's worth.

Yesterday was the slowest ever.
Today I popped right in super fast.

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Re: Anyone having trouble with initial access to the forum?
« Reply #144 on: September 11, 2019, 06:19:58 AM »
Yesterday was the slowest ever.
Today I popped right in super fast.

That's the weird thing. The server is doing the same thing every day. I didn't make any changes in the last 24 hours either. The only thing I can see is that the number of attempts by China to access the forum dropped from 260,000 to 200,000 between the two days. That traffic should be blocked before it hits the server for the last 2-3 days so that shouldn't be affecting it anyway. Consider me puzzled.
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Re: Anyone having trouble with initial access to the forum?
« Reply #145 on: September 11, 2019, 09:50:31 AM »
Yesterday was the slowest ever.
Today I popped right in super fast.

Me too. . .!

Appreciate your efforts, Chris. I'm sure it's been slow in the past and we've all thought nothing of it. . .

P.S. Silly question: why are we told "Protected by: Forum Firewall 2010-2014" twice at the foot of the page?
« Last Edit: September 11, 2019, 09:56:00 AM by bitsostring »
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Re: Anyone having trouble with initial access to the forum?
« Reply #146 on: September 11, 2019, 11:22:54 AM »
I've looked at the Forum Firewall messages before and they're inserted by the mod but I couldn't see a way to get rid of them without disabling part of what the mod does.
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Re: Anyone having trouble with initial access to the forum?
« Reply #147 on: September 11, 2019, 11:31:36 AM »
I've looked at the Forum Firewall messages before and they're inserted by the mod but I couldn't see a way to get rid of them without disabling part of what the mod does.

Thanks, Chris.
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Re: Anyone having trouble with initial access to the forum?
« Reply #148 on: September 11, 2019, 04:00:10 PM »
Although things have considerably improved where I still do see an slight delay of maybe between 5 and 10 seconds is the first access. Once on I have not had any issue with delays either browsing the forum or posting. Also as mentioned earlier I have not been logged out by the forum at all. Anyway for me the current status is perfectly liveable with. Thanks Chris for all your hard work and sorry I stirred this up originally  :roll:

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Re: Anyone having trouble with initial access to the forum?
« Reply #149 on: September 12, 2019, 06:49:57 AM »
I'm still digging as I get a chance. One thing I've noticed is that there are a lot of sessions (4-5000) in use. These are for logged in users and tend to last around 90 minutes so that's a lot to be seeing in such a short times. That's sent me back to look at the logs and I see a lot of BingBot accesses. The IP addresses for BingBot scans are supposed to come from MSN domains but a couple of IP addresses I've looked aren't linked with any domain so I'm now wondering if there's another 'attack' going on from someone pretending to be BingBot. Time for work soon but I'll try to investigate some more this evening.
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