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[Solved] UM overloaded by human-faced lamb


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#1    Saru

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Posted 14 January 2010 - 02:36 PM

Apologies for the disruptions to the site this morning, this was due to a ridiculously large amount of traffic hammering a single thread on the forums about a lamb being born with a human face - here. At one point there were several thousand people viewing it at the same time, a lot more than our servers can handle.

To remedy this i've redirected the thread to a temporary low-resource page with the story on it, the original thread will be restored once the influx of traffic to it dies down.

In the meantime you can also view this story on our front page news - here.


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Posted 14 January 2010 - 02:42 PM

You're right, it could only happen on UM!


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Posted 14 January 2010 - 02:45 PM

I saw right before I went to bed, around 8 hours ago, there were 53 guests looking at it and I thought 'wow' that was lots...but thousands lol? I should have stayed up a bit longer! Did we get any new members out of it?


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Posted 14 January 2010 - 02:51 PM

Its possible, i'm sure some of them will stick around.

I've just tracked the source of the traffic to a news site in Turkey, the country from which the lamb story originated.


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Posted 14 January 2010 - 02:52 PM

View PostRosewin, on 14 January 2010 - 02:45 PM, said:

I saw right before I went to bed, around 8 hours ago, there were 53 guests looking at it and I thought 'wow' that was lots...but thousands lol? I should have stayed up a bit longer! Did we get any new members out of it?
:blink:  Theirs been like 11 newbies since about 5 hours ago?! :unsure2: UM rocks is all! :tu:  


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Posted 14 January 2010 - 03:55 PM

It could be the new Blossom Goodchild.






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Posted 14 January 2010 - 05:50 PM

The original thread link is now directing the traffic to the front page news story on the topic and the posts that were in it have been combined with two other threads on the subject to act as the comments thread for that story.

There's still a fair bit of traffic to it but it is now at managable levels. Looks like the topic of the "human-faced lamb" is a lot more popular than I would have anticipated, its generated a huge amount of interest both here and elsewhere.


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Posted 31 January 2010 - 07:40 PM

View PostSaru, on 14 January 2010 - 02:36 PM, said:

Apologies for the disruptions to the site this morning, this was due to a ridiculously large amount of traffic hammering a single thread on the forums about a lamb being born with a human face - here. At one point there were several thousand people viewing it at the same time, a lot more than our servers can handle.

To remedy this i've redirected the thread to a temporary low-resource page with the story on it, the original thread will be restored once the influx of traffic to it dies down.

In the meantime you can also view this story on our front page news - here.


To me, no apologies are necessary considering the havoc you were dealing with. It is appreciated that you took time to explain, not many would do. :)

Edited by Graveyard Hound, 31 January 2010 - 07:42 PM.


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Posted 31 January 2010 - 10:02 PM

Not a problem, thank you.

Fortunately this particular issue was resolved a couple of weeks ago so i'll set this thread to complete.





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