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JHW 30 May 16 - 05:15 AM
Megan L 30 May 16 - 05:28 AM
Andrez 30 May 16 - 06:00 AM
maeve 30 May 16 - 07:35 AM
GUEST,Henry Piper of Ottery 30 May 16 - 07:56 AM
Leadfingers 30 May 16 - 09:38 AM
Jason Xion Wang 30 May 16 - 10:22 AM
punkfolkrocker 30 May 16 - 10:35 AM
DaveRo 30 May 16 - 11:07 AM
keberoxu 30 May 16 - 11:19 AM
Backwoodsman 30 May 16 - 11:30 AM
Backwoodsman 30 May 16 - 11:31 AM
punkfolkrocker 30 May 16 - 11:34 AM
DaveRo 30 May 16 - 11:54 AM
gnu 30 May 16 - 06:48 PM
GUEST,.gargoyle 30 May 16 - 08:24 PM
keberoxu 30 May 16 - 08:29 PM
Jeri 30 May 16 - 08:43 PM
GUEST,leeneia 30 May 16 - 10:00 PM
GUEST,Fenian Rascal 30 May 16 - 11:56 PM
Helen 31 May 16 - 07:01 AM
Backwoodsman 31 May 16 - 08:10 AM
PHJim 31 May 16 - 09:28 AM
JHW 31 May 16 - 11:36 AM
punkfolkrocker 31 May 16 - 11:58 AM
PHJim 31 May 16 - 12:39 PM
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Subject: Thread count
From: JHW
Date: 30 May 16 - 05:15 AM

I'd wondered how the number of displayed BS threads varied so much but today see only eight top rank threads, ie today less topics than those Below the Salt. Curiouser and curiouser.


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Subject: RE: Thread count
From: Megan L
Date: 30 May 16 - 05:28 AM

Where I am the cat was offline all day yesterday which could account for the scarcity of threads


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Subject: RE: Thread count
From: Andrez
Date: 30 May 16 - 06:00 AM

Same here in Australia.

Cheers,

Andrez


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Subject: RE: Thread count
From: maeve
Date: 30 May 16 - 07:35 AM

Exactly- Just set the filter to 3 or 7 days and you'll have plenty to read.


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Subject: RE: Thread count
From: GUEST,Henry Piper of Ottery
Date: 30 May 16 - 07:56 AM

From Where I am in The U.K, Mudcat is offline these days more than its online !!!


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Subject: RE: Thread count
From: Leadfingers
Date: 30 May 16 - 09:38 AM

Its been Memorial Day weekend in USA - American equivalent of a Bank Holiday !


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Subject: RE: Thread count
From: Jason Xion Wang
Date: 30 May 16 - 10:22 AM

Mudcat offline a lot recently here in China too.


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Subject: RE: Thread count
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 30 May 16 - 10:35 AM

After my recent thread about MOAB, mudcat improved for a few days, then went off air again for most of yesterday.

I'll be optimistic and trust the mudcat techs were busily doing maintenance work...??? 😎

Same kind of scare happened this weekend to my favourite guitar forum which I've followed since 1999,
except the service note on the blank page looked kind of terminal, like unpaid bills or something worse.
Fortunately it was back again today, in better shape than it's been for weeks...

Gotta have faith in the webmaster with the keyboard and screwdrivers...


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Subject: RE: Thread count
From: DaveRo
Date: 30 May 16 - 11:07 AM

Yes, the etta server (which I nearly always get) was not responding yesterday here in the UK. mudcat.org was timing out for me. This morning etta still wasn't working - unreachable this time - but mudcat.org got me the awe server. awe had been working throughout. etta started working again sometime this afternoon.

I did wonder yesterday whether anyone in the US knew that etta had failed. As this thread title suggests, it's soon became evident that half the users were missing.


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Subject: RE: Thread count
From: keberoxu
Date: 30 May 16 - 11:19 AM

My experience on Sunday was a little different. Mudcat Forum could and did come up. But I had a terrible time logging in, same problem Saturday. Finally resorted to posting as a guest on music threads. Then, Sunday, the timing-out started when I tried to post to threads. Okay, maybe my experience was like everybody else's....curious.


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Subject: RE: Thread count
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 30 May 16 - 11:30 AM

WTF are awe and etta? Never heard of them - I just log in to mudcat.org


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Subject: RE: Thread count
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 30 May 16 - 11:31 AM

Are they some stupid "One trouser leg rolled up and jacket on backwards funny handshake" secret that only The Special Ones are allowed to know about?


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Subject: RE: Thread count
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 30 May 16 - 11:34 AM

My experience yesterday was just weird...

Using my Win 8.1 PC, Mudcat would either not open at all despite "isitdownrightnow.com" stating it was online,
or on the rare occasion it did open it would not let me Preview, or Post...
Several times I flushed Chrome cookies and browsing data, and even rebooted my router & PC;
and that seemed to open Mudcat, but as soon as I logged in, it stopped working again...???

However, at various times when my PC would not connect, I could access Mudcat using Android devices - but I can't remember if I logged in or not,
probably not due to Android security issues on old Tablets...???

If I was a paranoid kind of bloke who believed in conspiracy theories, I might even have started thinking my PC was being targeted and blocked...!!!??? 😱


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Subject: RE: Thread count
From: DaveRo
Date: 30 May 16 - 11:54 AM

awe and etta are the two webserver that run mudcat. When you call mudcat.org you will get one of them - if you look next to the Mudcat Cafe image at the top it will say which one you're using. It's called 'load balancing' - the website load is balanced between these two servers. You shouldn't need to know about it.

How the system determines which you get I don't know. It could be based on your location, or IP address, or something else. Last week in France I was sometimes getting one, sometimes the other. This might be because different hotels had different IP addresses, but I don't actually know.

You can connect to a particular server - eg by using awe.mudcat.org - that's how I know that it was working yesterday. This is not generally a good idea, but might get you in sometimes. (And my add-on won't work if you do.)

Services like 'is this site down' won't always give useful information. etta was maybe 'up' yesterday (pingable), but not responding. This morning it was 'down' (unreachable).


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Subject: RE: Thread count
From: gnu
Date: 30 May 16 - 06:48 PM

Ya got yer Mudcat and ya got yer Mucat 2, as I call it...

http://awe.mudcat.org/index.cfm#top


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Subject: RE: Thread count
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 30 May 16 - 08:24 PM

It has been my experience, over two decades, the MC is most likely to "go down" over periods of USA holiday weekends...i.e. when most of the USA is with family and friends.

Like jugglers in a three ring circus the "elves" and "clones" keep the Mudcat moving..

On major-extended USA holidays...many of the MC "magicians and servants" elect to be with their family and friends.

New Years, Passover/Easter, Memorial, Veterans, Christmas/Hanaka are also traditional times for hackers/exploaters to attempt attacks on a system.

In the past few years I believe Max moved over to "Go Daddy."
The system has been increasingly stable. And it has allowed him a "real life."

Sincerely,
Gargoyle

If you seek records of times, dates, down-time, for MC, those records are transparent, and public.

It has been several years since a plea for funds has gone out.


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Subject: RE: Thread count
From: keberoxu
Date: 30 May 16 - 08:29 PM

There's an echo in here, dear Gargoyle, dear Gargoyle....


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Subject: RE: Thread count
From: Jeri
Date: 30 May 16 - 08:43 PM

Max, and only Max, still maintains the machines. I'd guess he's having a weekend.


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Subject: RE: Thread count
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 30 May 16 - 10:00 PM

What bothers me is the people who exploit the Mudcat to engage in wrangles. For example, the thread on the "Easter Rising" has over 1100 posts.

After 12 hours, my thread on the interesting tune called "Dance of the Demon Daffodils" has 3 posts and is unlikely to have any more. Yet the Mudcat is supposed to be about music.

I've donated money to the Mudcat. I wonder how many of those on contentious BS threads have ever donated.

Not all BS threads are contentious, but I think that even positive threads, such as "Janie's Rainbow" should be stopped and made to start over after a while. Who's going to read hundreds of posts? And why should electricity and memory be given over to preserving them?

I think BS threads should be stopped at 256 posts. Why? Because 256 is 16 times 16. It's real binary.


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Subject: RE: Thread count
From: GUEST,Fenian Rascal
Date: 30 May 16 - 11:56 PM

Oh no, the contentious threads are the reason (after 32 years of losing) I'm winning arguments with my Old Lady. God bless those guys.


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Subject: RE: Thread count
From: Helen
Date: 31 May 16 - 07:01 AM

DaveRo, I only access Mudcat from home and sometimes I get awe and sometimes I get etta. I never really knew what it meant until reading this thread but I notice it sometimes when I refresh the website.

I also wonder whether the time when I am likely to access Mudcat, i.e. 4 or 5 in the morning here in east coast Oz, is actually "peak hour" across the pond and that might be why I have trouble sometimes getting into the site.

Helen


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Subject: RE: Thread count
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 31 May 16 - 08:10 AM

Thanks for the explanation, DaveRo. I use my iPad 99% of the time for Mudcat-lurking, and it doesn't show the server, just 'mudcat.org'.


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Subject: RE: Thread count
From: PHJim
Date: 31 May 16 - 09:28 AM

Shouldn't this thread be in the BS section?


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Subject: RE: Thread count
From: JHW
Date: 31 May 16 - 11:36 AM

Tech(ish) is usually on the top shelf


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Subject: RE: Thread count
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 31 May 16 - 11:58 AM

PHJim - What.. so now all GUESTS without exception should be denied posting to address technical problems accessing mudcat...????


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Subject: RE: Thread count
From: PHJim
Date: 31 May 16 - 12:39 PM

Yah, I guess you're right JHW.


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