[kde-community] Blog availability

Ben Cooksley bcooksley at kde.org
Tue Jun 16 05:47:42 UTC 2015

On Tue, Jun 16, 2015 at 6:01 AM, Jonathan Riddell <jr at jriddell.org> wrote:
> I'm impressed you don't just filter out these e-mails, I always have.

I'd just disable them rather than filter them out :)

> I guess the better solution would be to send such e-mails directly to the contributor in question, a fun job incase anyone wants to take it up.

Indeed. In many cases it is a temporary network glitch though, which
is fine (even Blogspot and Wordpress.com have hiccups from time to

> Jonathan


> On Mon, Jun 15, 2015 at 11:24:06PM +1200, Ben Cooksley wrote:
>> Hi everyone,
>> Of late planet has been having quite a lot of problems accessing a
>> small minority of blogs. This results in sysadmin receiving an email
>> once every time planet checks for new posts indicating there is a
>> problem (every 30 minutes essentially).
>> It would be appreciated if people could please ensure their blogs are
>> adequately hosted to avoid these problems in the future.
>> Some of the issues which have been problems in the past include:
>> database servers being down, blog software being inoperable, domains
>> expiring, hosting plan limits being exceeded and systems being
>> overloaded.
>> In terms of blog software failure:
>> Wordpress upgrades have only completed partially on numerous
>> occasions. Please ensure all parts of the site are accessible
>> post-upgrade, as the absence of .htaccess files will still allow the
>> front and admin pages to be accessed.
>> Ghost has been plagued with numerous issues for those who use it. If
>> you do choose to use it, please keep aggressive backups and ensure it
>> is supervised and automatically restarted as needed (by using Phusion
>> Passenger for instance).
>> Mitigating hosting plan limits and system overload:
>> This can be accomplished by shifting heavy resources such as images to
>> cloud providers or by using a caching intermediary like Incapsula or
>> CloudFlare. For those operating the server themselves, the use of
>> Varnish for caching is also an option.
>> Thanks,
>> Ben Cooksley
>> KDE Sysadmin
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