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March 17, 2020, 03:25:41 PM
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I would not be worried about CFs ability to handle additional capacity. I would be more worried about the forum’s servers being able to handle the additional demand, however the privacy policy implies cloud services (such as, or similar to AWS) and they are very scalable.

Theymos recently posted that he had symptoms of coronavirus, but says he is feeling better, so it is possible he is under quarantine orders, or is staying home to avoid infecting others even if not ordered to do so. If the capacity to handle traffic is needing to be increased, Cyrus may need to handle it.

That's some scary-ass quarantine without internet access. I wonder how theymos managed to sneak that one post out, maybe bribed a guard with some TP.
Having internet access is not the same as having access to forum infrastructure if it is separate from his house and/or if he keeps whatever he needs to access the infrastructure off site.

Also if he is sick, he may go to a hospital if he gets worse. I obviously don’t wish that on him or anyone, but I am also aware of the risk of that happening.

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March 17, 2020, 05:34:28 PM
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I agree with DdmrDdmr that the forum traffic is decreasing. I've noticed less posts were being made in the General Discussion board during the past two days. Gravitates me towards Meta in those occasions.

The traffic was slightly higher during the yob*t/forum campaign, and the chart vividly shows us that, after the end of that campaign, traffic sank sharply. There is no doubt that with the introduction of a merit system&long crypto winter many members left the forum, and those new members largely failed to advance in ranks, which further demotivated them to stay on forum. Money is the biggest motivator for most people, so I think we are safe from any increase in traffic, regardless of the current situation in the world.

So if the forums traffic is nowhere near it's all time high, it should well be able to handle any increase of traffic from people who have to stay home from work. I bet they didn't reduce their server count after those events you mentioned above so that will make for a lot of unused network connectivity.

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Notice how in your graph that January 2020, when bitcoin almost hit $10000, had a much higher alexa ranking than today. I wonder what kind of topics in which boards were all the surplus users were viewing at the time.

I think you'll find more problems on some forum related to netflix, where people will be comlaining they've bingewatched everything possible, and have nothing to watch.

You mean binge-watched everything they want to see. Human desire to watch more interesting and entertaining stuff can't be satiated. On the other hand I haven't seen anybody binge-watch bitcointalk threads (yet), and if there were any, they would have used the "All" button, which is DDoS-protected by Cloudflare, to see all the replies anyway. Still, the rest of the site may have a DDoS weakness, but I haven't heard of anyone attempting one, yet.

Not sure how much longer Netflix will be around...  they are in debt due to unique productions and other providers are offering more for less.
Blows my mind how business like Netflix stay afloat. They pump so much money into getting the rights to programs and creating their own original content that they're losing massive amounts of money. I think they're just hoping that eventually pretty much every household in the developing world will have a Netflix account and they'll be rolling in the cash but that probably won't happen, especially with all the competition that's around and also up and coming. Netflix is good value for money but most people I know just share their mates or family member's account.

I know I'm wandering off-topic at this point, but trying to get everyone in developing countries to watch netflix shows is a far cry if most ISPs don't offer connections that can't even stream 720p stably. And that's unlimited data caps, not some metered 4G/LTE that the vast majority of africans, and I guess asians too, are using, TV shows will run out of internet too quickly although that's probably a non-issue since the majority of them are watching some 360p Youtube videos. Regarding their money-losing situation, they can't even hold out the programs they licensed from other media companies since they are launching their own streaming platforms and will take away the rights from Netflix to stream them, thus losing them more money.

@hilarious, I found a list of Amazon Prime 4K shows/movies at https://hd-report.com/list-of-4k-ultra-hd-movies-tv-shows-titles-on-amazon-video/.

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March 17, 2020, 06:07:37 PM
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It looks hypothetical to me why you think that the forum will see a hoard of new people, because in most cases, the jobs are getting continued through homes of different companies' workers and they are not just given holidays and/or removed from their jobs. Nonetheless, I don't think it's going to continue for a very long time and people will not get a lot more time to learn about how to earn online (which Bitcointalk is a big part of).

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March 17, 2020, 06:26:35 PM
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For the forum to have serious problems due to high traffic, it is necessary to increase the number of visits several times.

I think that in times of falling markets and financial instability people think less and less about investing in bitcoin. Therefore, you should not expect this amount of traffic to increase at the moment.

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March 17, 2020, 06:45:26 PM
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I don't think that any plausible amount of real traffic would typically cause issues. When you've seen the forum falter under DDoS attacks, that's the result of over 100x more traffic than usual, typically coming in a particularly inconvenient (ie. unlike-real-traffic) pattern.

Neither the virus, nor any plausible economic downturn, nor any plausible drop/rise in BTC price will cause the forum to stop functioning long-term.

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