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February 17, 2016, 06:39:23 AM
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I keep getting that error message (alone) on a page while I'm browsing the forums since the morning,what's going on ? It sometimes appears and sometimes it doesn't but it happens often .

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February 17, 2016, 06:53:47 AM
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Same here.

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Sorry, SMF was unable to connect to the database. This may be caused by the server being busy. Please try again later.
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February 17, 2016, 06:55:03 AM
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Might be a DDoS attempt, or theymos messing with back-end stuff. Happened on my end today as well
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February 17, 2016, 06:57:32 AM
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Since SMF is probably using a mysql backend, chances are that it's just a low parameter setting in my.cnf. My guess would be max connections.
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February 17, 2016, 07:06:09 AM
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Same here.

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Sorry, SMF was unable to connect to the database. This may be caused by the server being busy. Please try again later.

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Some forums handle much bigger crowds, and this one usually works really well.

Might be a DDoS attempt, or theymos messing with back-end stuff.
Theymos would probably announce possible issues before "messing with back-end stuff"?
Most admins would not want a single user to have unnecessary trouble connecting to the site. A DDoS attempt sounds pretty likely.

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February 17, 2016, 07:44:43 AM
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Theymos would probably announce possible issues before "messing with back-end stuff"?
Most admins would not want a single user to have unnecessary trouble connecting to the site. A DDoS attempt sounds pretty likely.
Theymos is pretty discreet about messing with stuff, and only answers if questioned publicly
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February 17, 2016, 08:26:42 AM
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going back and forth it will reload the page almost instantly, better than the 502 gateway crap, but if it was a ddos theymos would have enlightened us i think...
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February 17, 2016, 08:28:38 AM
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for those who think it's DDOS attack , I don't think so because when it's the case (or there is a lot of requests) we get the 502 gateway error instead of this one .

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February 17, 2016, 08:30:17 AM
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for those who think it's DDOS attack , I don't think so because when it's the case (or there is a lot of requests) we get the 502 gateway error instead of this one .
DDoS attacks come in many 'flavors', i.e types , intensity etc. Anyway all of the posts here are just speculation, only theymos can clear why the error is happening
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February 17, 2016, 09:01:58 AM
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I also get these SMF error messages quite often today. It's probably a less severe DDOS attack, but still very annoying.

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February 17, 2016, 03:23:41 PM
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Yep , something is wrong , that's for sure :



Hopefully everything will go back to normal once maintenance is finished and hopefully theymos will explain to us what's going on Smiley

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February 17, 2016, 03:25:40 PM
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I dunno if it's why I told theymos but it probably is...
I'll explain once i get permission from theymos himself.

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February 17, 2016, 03:25:57 PM
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 News: The forum is going down for an hour of maintenance starting 30 minutes after the hour.

Only thing I can understand is forum down for 1 hour, but the starting 30 minutes after the hour part is confusing
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February 17, 2016, 03:43:10 PM
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Hopefully everything will go back to normal once maintenance is finished and hopefully theymos will explain to us what's going on Smiley

Actually it went quicker than expected, only 10 minutes.

I think that the previous problem should be much less common now.

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February 17, 2016, 03:48:44 PM
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News: The forum is going down for an hour of maintenance starting 30 minutes after the hour.

Only thing I can understand is forum down for 1 hour, but the starting 30 minutes after the hour part is confusing

I think that it meant that the forum would be down for one hour after the half of the current hour. Since we don't all have the same timezone this explains everything. Anyway, I have to admit that it was not very clear for me too at the beggining.
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February 17, 2016, 05:29:40 PM
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Hopefully everything will go back to normal once maintenance is finished and hopefully theymos will explain to us what's going on Smiley

Actually it went quicker than expected, only 10 minutes.

I think that the previous problem should be much less common now.

Problems with the disks again?
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February 18, 2016, 03:10:10 AM
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...Since we don't all have the same timezone this explains everything.

Well, a clearer wording would have been time + timezone.
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February 18, 2016, 03:17:02 AM
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Hopefully everything will go back to normal once maintenance is finished and hopefully theymos will explain to us what's going on Smiley

Actually it went quicker than expected, only 10 minutes.

I think that the previous problem should be much less common now.

I haven't noticed a single problem today, thanks for the fix.  Smiley

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February 20, 2016, 03:51:42 PM
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Now I see 502 Bad Gateway problem, lost some posts because of it

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