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29 Sep 2005
by Benjy Rose
First of all, it's great to see all your smiling server requests here. ALL of them. Even with the outage during our peak lunchtime hours, we had the highest one-day visit total ever on this site yesterday ... breaking the old mark by about 30%. Thus the outage.
Apparently, so many of you tried to come visit us at the same time that the server couldn't handle all the requests, stuck its fingers in its ears, and yelled "La la laaaa, I can't hear you!!! La la laaaa!!!" Essentially, it shut down. We got it back up and running, after migrating to a different server, and put the "Sorry, We're Closed" sign up for the afternoon.
Meanwhile, two things were going on concurrently: first and foremost, we're working on a major reworking of the code that drives FootballOutsiders.com. Without getting too technical, it will allow the server to handle more simultaneous requests without doing the finger-in-the-ear thing, which is good.
The second and more immediate action was the creation of FO Lite, which is what you see. Looks just like FootballOutsiders, but with some functionality taken away to decrease server load. Everything you've always wanted in a football web site ... and less. Consider this Diet Crystal FootballOutsiders...OK, don't. Really. We removed the "last commented by" links on all of the Ramblings and Extra Points postings, and no longer will you see the Most Recent Ramblings boxes or the Most Recently Commented Extra Points box. Removing those three items should allow the site to handle the influx of traffic a whole lot better than it did before. Once we get a handle on what the traffic will look like -- and once we've done our SuperOptimization Code Thingy -- we should be able to reintroduce those features back into their natural habitat ... a Studebaker.
Thanks for your patience during this exciting time of growth.
54 comments, Last at 09 Oct 2005, 2:00pm by Sid