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    TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES

    I am sure many of you have noticed the serious lag time, and maybe even been kicked off the forum a few time this Monday February 8, 2016.

    The people who host the forum are suffering from "adverse performance on some of our servers, and are investigating the causes".

    As I said, this is a problem with the hosting service.
    Many other websites housed there are also suffering similar problems.
    As far as we can tell, it is NOT a problem specific to TOP Forum.

    Please bear with us while they make repairs.


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    The Forum was offline for several hours today, because of problems at the server farm.

    When they saw several servers being knocked offline, they initially thought it was a Denial of Service attack.
    It turned out, however, that a safety protocol had been activated that shut down all servers because of a fire hazard caused by a power failure.
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    You may notice that things are still sluggish today.

    The server that hosts the site is one of three experiencing problems at the server farm.

    The server farm have let us know that they are in the process of copying its content to a new server.
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    The forum is sluggish again. We have been experiencing up to 400 hacking attempts per hour by two separate botnets.
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    The forum was offline for approx. 20 hours because of DDOS attack, with up to 140 000 hacking attempts in just a few hours.
    An opinion should be the result of thought, not a substitute for it.
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    The forum was offline for a while because of an 'intermittent network connectivity issues' at the server farm.
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    The forum was down part of Sunday 11/13/2016 due to an ISP database problem (many sites, not just TOP Forum). We are assessing damage.
    It appears a DB backup may have been installed to complete the recovery, and the last few postings are missing.
    Please bear with us as we evaluate recovery options.
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    UPDATE ON FORUM RECOVER, AFTER THE SUNDAY Nov 13, 2016 FAILURE
    The database restore has been completed by the forum's Hosting Service, following the failure/replacement of their DB server.

    Web Host:
    The database restores have all completed now. Once again, our apologies for the inconvenience caused...
    It appears the restore rolled back the Forum posts approximately 24Hrs +/-.
    We did lose something under a dozen posts made on Saturday, that were made after the last known good backup completed.
    Apologies if your post was one of the lost ones, but please feel free to re-enter.

    Thank you for understanding.
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    THE SERVER FARM WAS OFFLINE for a few (5-6) hours today, Jan 17, 2017,
    with "Technical Connectivity Issues".

    Thank you for your patience during the repair process.

    We seem to be in business, it does not appear any posts were lost.
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