MozillaZine Forums Temporarily Offline

Saturday April 26th, 2003

Due to a large increase in traffic in recent weeks, MozillaZine's bandwidth usage has risen dramatically. We're currently working with our excellent hosts, American Data Technology, Inc., to find a new hosting solution that can accommodate MozillaZine's growing popularity. In the meantime, we've disabled the MozillaZine Forums, which accounted for much of the site's data transfer. This should reduce our bandwidth usage and also eliminate the MySQL errors that many of you have experienced recently. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and we will endeavour to get the forums up and running again as soon as possible. Thanks to all our readers for your continued support.

#46 Re: Restrictions vs. total shutdown

by hoodedone0 <>

Tuesday April 29th, 2003 11:23 AM

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In a word... no. The forum software simply isn't designed to work that way. It's either on or off. Since the user only has a connection to the forum when they are submitting a form or receiving a page, the server wouldn't even have a way to determine how many are "online," because the majority of the time would be spent without an active connection to the server.

"The forum is down due to bandwidth issues" is a rather common message to see if you browse enough message boards. It also inspires a lot more confidence than "the forum is down because the website has been hacked" or something along those lines.