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Thursday, March 23, 2006

Seven Days site down thanks to Drudge

Don't know if anybody's noticed  yet, but the Seven Days website crashed sometime last night after Matt Drudge's Drudge Report linked to Peter Freyne's story about Chris Graff. Apparently we weren't ready for all the traffic. But I guess that means that Peter got the best dirt, which is cool.

Don the designer/web guy is working on it.

March 23, 2006 at 10:14 AM in House Rules | Permalink


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If Don wants any suggestions for tuning the web server for spikes in traffic like that, let know. I'd be happy to help. I noticed that Seven Days went down when an article about Burlington Telecom was Slashdotted awhile ago as well.

Posted by: Bradley Holt | Mar 23, 2006 1:01:18 PM

Yeah, I remember when that happened. We just jerryrigged a solution, but we're working on a plan for when this happens again. I'll alert Don to your offer.

Posted by: cresmer | Mar 23, 2006 1:14:14 PM

Hi Cath. I'm trying to find the link to Seven Days on Drudge and I'm not having any luck. Do you happen to know if they get pushed off towards the end of the day?

BTW, how long was 7d down? I know it sucks to have the site go down, but huge traffic is always nice.

Posted by: Brian Brown | Mar 23, 2006 7:05:34 PM

Ah, that explains it. I was trying to link last night and no worky.

BTW, have you been following the story of WaPo hiring Ben Demenche for their "Red State" blog? It's been really funny as people have discovered he's a serial plagiarizer, not to mention of course an editor at Regnery and a Bush administration appointee (as is his Abramoff-connected daddy). All that at the ripe old age of 24!

How is it that some schmuck like him gets a cushy job, but Graff gets canned...?

Posted by: NTodd | Mar 23, 2006 9:17:46 PM

Bradley, I would be interested in ideas about tuning for spikes. I got a spike on the 16th from being on Coast to Coast Radio. Fortunately we were able to handle it. It was only about 5,000 new visitors (about 10x our norm) and the reallotment of bandwidth I did ahead of time was enough. But I worry about what will happen if something like that hits http://NoNAIS.org again. -Walter

Posted by: Walter Jeffries | Mar 25, 2006 9:22:49 PM

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