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Invision Free forums down

If you're a member of a forum hosted on Invision Free, and want to read it this morning (which I am and I do, darnit), you appear to be hosed. Except if you're not. The comments on Suz's post are a very small sampling, but I'm not seeing a pattern.

Me, I can't even get their main page to load, either by typing in the URL or clicking on the link in the Google hit. DNS errors all the way.

The latest comment on Suz's post seems to explain the discrepancy:

However, from experiece, this looks like a DNS problem, possibly their domain expired? when this happens, due to the nature of the "Time To Live" (TTL) feature, usually defaults to 24 hours, some people won't have a problem, while others will... but I'd be interested if those who can currently access it will be able to in 24 hours? I think that if this is a DNS issue, it should correct itselfas the problem is identified and fixed.

So, PSA: Hold off on the headdesking. It's not just you.


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Jun. 1st, 2008 02:22 pm (UTC)
I read something about a major hosting provider having ... er ... difficulties with its on-site facilities. Something about a problem that "took out three walls of the power room".

It knocked out several webcomic pages that I check, that much I know.
Jun. 1st, 2008 02:23 pm (UTC)
*jawdrop* DUDE.
Jun. 1st, 2008 02:24 pm (UTC)
Jun. 1st, 2008 02:51 pm (UTC)
oh! was this the electrical fire at The Planet in Houston. I read about that.
Jun. 1st, 2008 02:59 pm (UTC)
:: checks news articles :: Holy spinnoli! O.o
Jun. 1st, 2008 04:28 pm (UTC)
Yeah. That was the building the company my email is hosted by is in. No people fatalities, at least three server fatalities. The damage and control teams from the various tech companies that are in that building are now seeing what they have left and trying to get their systems back up--the fire department wouldn't let anyone use their emergency back-up generators because they were afraid that the wiring might get overloaded and spark additional fires. At last report they're looking at Monday a.m. GMT before anything in that building comes back up.

I am so glad I downloaded and saved all the photos that were sitting in my email boxes Wednesday night.
Jun. 2nd, 2008 12:32 am (UTC)
My invisionfree forum is down too (found this post through Google). Is there a confirmation that the Planet fire is responsible?
Jun. 2nd, 2008 11:17 am (UTC)
I know the Planet fire is responsible for my email, because the provider has said so. (They're doing an awesome job of keeping us up to date on the problem and repairs on their website.) The email provider said that there were 9000 servers belonging to various companies in the building that were affected, so I'd say it's a good guess that that's where the responsibility for the invisionfree forum downtime lies.
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