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This is a sticky post for issues.  Got an issue or question?  Post it here! 


Sep. 14th, 2017 02:03 pm
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We are having power issues in the Portland metro region, so we are in a (hopefully short) downtime.  ETA is 4pm Pacific. 


Aug. 3rd, 2017 07:33 pm
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We are back up...for now!

Finally able to get us back online. Things will take a few hours to shake out, like lost email, etc. But we should be caught up soon.

We'll have another downtime either tomorrow afternoon or Saturday. It won't be as long ::knock wood:: but it's putting more preventative measures in place.

Thanks for your patience, folks!


Aug. 2nd, 2017 07:38 pm
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Power issues are something we deal with on a regular basis, and come back from relatively quickly. Only issue with today's power issue is that it seems to have fried our firewall. There's not much we can do, because we need to minimize running unprotected. I hope to have things in place by late tomorrow (Thursday). My apologies, folks. 
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It appears that we are having power issues, and all services are currently down.  Excessive heat is causing a huge demand for power in Oregon, so this could take a while to resolve.  Updates as I get them.
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It has come to my attention that some artists and authors, through another site (the AO3), have been utilizing sites like Patreon, GoFundMe, and the like to take money for fanfction and fanart.  What these people are doing completely invalidates the Fair Use doctrine that we rely on for the ability to play with a universe's characters in our own playgrounds.  It has been shown that the doctrine of Fair Use covers us when we create realms, character pairings, new worlds, etc for a fandom.  You are free to do this, as long as what you are doing is for non-commercial use. However, taking money for the act of creating fanworks is completely out of bounds and will not be tolerated at Squidge.org or any affiliates.

What is allowed:
  • Creating fanfiction for personal use, sharing it on squidge.org or an affiliate site
  • Creating fanart for personal use, sharing it on squidge.org or an affiliate site
  • In either your profile on a shared site, or on your personal page/space, offering fanart for sale, as long as the sale covers the cost you incurred.  You cannot profit off of it, within reason.  If a print costs you $5.75 and mailing costs $2.00, then charging $8 is appropriate.  But charging $20 or more is not.
  • In either your profile on a shared site, or on your personal page/space, calling for submissions and offering for sale Fanzines.  Fanzines are designed to share stories, not for profit.
  • Hosting a non-profit fundraising event for the sole purpose of raising money for a specific function like our Help Japan auction a few years ago, or as a surprise to help fun raise events for people in extenuating circumstances.  
What is NOT allowed
  • Putting a statement in your personal profile on a shared site, or on your personal page/space, that you are taking money for the creation of fanworks.
  • Having a link to Patreon, Gofundme, etc for the express use of raising money for the act of creating fanworks.
  • Anything else not covered that would allow a person to use Squidge.org or its resources for the act of raising money solely for their own benefit.
Questions?  Please don't hesitate to contact me on either DW, LJ, or email.

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If you have been on any Squidge.org hosted site in the last few days, you may have noticed a slowdown. This is because, besides the dozens of hackers trying to get into the database, Yahoo! and Bing have somehow decided to attack us with hundreds of requests every second. I've put in code to slow them down, but they're ignoring it for now. Hopefully their furious indexing will stop soon.
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 We are in a power outage at the moment. No ETA. 
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New to Squidge.org - SSL Everywhere!

Over the next few days, you may have your web browsing session interrupted slightly. I am installing SSL certificates for every domain that is hosted on Squidge.org, which is quite a few in number. Now anytime you go to a website hosted on Squidge.org without the secure "https://" prefix, your browser should be redirected to the secure session instead.

Doing this means that we have to move configuration files around, causing us to have to cycle the webserver twice per domain group. This is going to be a bit frustrating, and I'll apologize in advance. But we need to have https everywhere for everyone's web surfing safety!

Questions? Let me know!
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WE'RE BACK, as of 19:45 Pacific time, 1/12/17.

We came up with a bit of an unorthodox solution to be able to get everything back up.  The big issue was power to the ONT, the network point between my ISP and the server farm.  We solved that tonight, and we're back up!
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Here's what's going on.

Our server farm is located in our home, specifically in a loft in the detached garage.  As it's a separate building, it has its own power, which is fed from a powerline from the house.

This winter has been more brutal than most, and the powerline to the garage (which is original to the dwelling) has frayed with the influx of ice.  This fraying has caused the line to short out.  This is why the power is out, and Squidge.org is down.

An electrician was able to come out last night on an emergency call (electricians are about 30 days out where we are, due to weather).  He diagnosed the issue, and said that he was going to have to replace the line between the house and the garage.  He was going to expedite it; someone is supposed to come out today - but that doesn't necessarily mean that the job will be completed today.  I'm hoping it will be, but I'm not holding my breath.

More updates as I get them.  Think good thoughts for them to complete the work today and that we can come up later on - hopefully that will happen.   
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SquidgeStatus is now mirrored at Dreamwidth, so if you want to join us over there, you can. We will be crossposting to LJ, but will be primarily found at DW now.

Contact us at either.
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There were a few pressing issues that caused the outage we're in right now; this is what's going on.

First, there was intermittent Internet outages due to our ISP.  Then, our mini "datacenter" (which in reality is a loft in our garage) started having power fluctuation issues.  The circuit breaker to the garage blew for some unknown reason, and stayed on for a short period of time.

During that time, it was found that the power issues caused the firewall server to go kaput; so the firewall machine is dead.  It will not boot at all, so I took it out of service and started installing on another machine as a backup.

Then the circuit breaker tripped a few more times.  After doing research, it seems that there is a short somewhere in the wiring, so the system is shutting itself off - which means no power to the garage, and thus, no power to the servers.

So an eletrician is being contacted to come out and figure out what's going on.  They'll have to fix whatever the issue is, and then we'll be able to restore service.  Hopefully that will be in the next 24 hours.  Then once completed, we'll run without a firewall until a new one is put into place.

My apologies for this unforseen issue; we've been running in this space for 12 years now with no real power issues (besides the occasional outage) so I know this is disconcerting.  More updates as I get them.
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Because of power issues, we are having many periodic outages. FYI.

Back up!

Oct. 12th, 2016 03:53 pm
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We are back up!

Awesome husband is awesome.  He's our true failsafe failsafe.  We are back and running!  Now to figure out what happened...

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Due to unforseen circumstances, the main server AND the failsafe are both down. We are in an extended downtime at the moment.  There is no ETA at the moment.

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We are down at the moment!

Appears that the main server went down sometime overnight on October 12th.  I'm doing what I can to remedy the situation.

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It appears our ISP is having intermittent network issues every hour or so.  If a page doesn't load, wait about 30 seconds and then try again.
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FYI, there will be a short downtime Friday May 6th around 7am Pacific for a network update.
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I ran one final update today that should have reset the dates stories were created and the dates they were updated, and they should reflect what was found over on the old archive.  So if you're looking for something you know was created in 2009, the original date is back on the story.
Also, if anyone would like to volunteer to become an admin, please let me know.  There's really nothing much to do, but it's better to have more than one admin than not.  You can contact me at walterh@squidge.org or on our Facebook page at facebook.com/Squidge.org or just leave a message on here.
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