Or Spam Police. Seriously… It has been a while that I made an update post about things that are going down or have already gone down for Metanorn. Besides the usual millions of hits received per year, we made a weird record to share this time around. Overall, the team was not too happy about this development, but I have to share because some of you had to face error pages and sluggish site response randomly due to it. Not to mention, the Disappearance of Your Comments was no fun either. I am indeed talking about our Spam Monster and it has definitely grown aplenty since I last talked about it on our 10M milestone post. Don’t believe me? Here are the astonishing statistics:
Look, Ma, Metanorn did something weird again!
Around 10 months ago, the spam count was a measly 1 million but in last two months, it escalated to around 2 million in a zip! I was besides myself in trying to clear the spam as soon as possible but it kept on escalating. The end result was DDoS by spam bots, which caused Metanorn to go offline for hours on 26th June 2014. Of course, our Tech Guru Will saved the day by keeping a check on our server setting and basically banning all the malicious IPs. However, even that didn’t stop the continuous attack for the better part of July. Many of the writers had to clean up the spam queue within minutes but to no avail. Finally, Will did come up with a solution to kill the bots at the server level rather than PHP level and it worked. There’s still daily spam (two to five thousand), but nothing like 2~5 spam per second. You can say things are much smoother than before and in control. Though, if any of your comments do get stuck, give us a shout on post and we’ll look for it; though, there’s regular cleanup many times a day to keep the spam monster in check. Thank you for bearing with us during last two months and if you still ever face any such issues, do ping me on twitter or email for a quick resolution.
Besides this long-winded update, I have prepared a poll for you to give your opinion in preparation of our next site design. Don’t expect it to happen in a week or even a month. It will definitely take months and me having some free time from work, the probability of which is a bit foggy currently but I just wanted to hear from our regulars what would they like more in terms of design, site content and even something completely out of the left field. The below poll is not fixed, I would actually appreciate to get your feedback/suggestions on anything else besides it. That is, whatever site features/ sections/ content that you want to add to the next update wishlist!
All hail, Metanorn Community! Let’s hear from the Regulars/ Lurkers/ Team members!
A summer Shiki for your viewing pleasure