BigCloset is currently being a roller-coaster.

We are working on things as fast as we can, but the server can’t keep up.

We are adding a CDN/Caching system external to our server (cloudflare) and are having issues with it.

We will keep you up to date.

34 Thoughts on “BigCloset Roller Coaster

  1. Thejackle123 on April 15, 2013 at 2:59 pm said:

    Storyportal’s stuck in the mobile theme for me.

  2. Thejackle123 on April 15, 2013 at 3:00 pm said:

    And now its not, must just be laggy.

  3. revolution on April 15, 2013 at 3:50 pm said:

    Good luck! I hope the roller coaster that is big closet slows down enough to be controlled.

    Allie

  4. gauthier isabelle on April 15, 2013 at 4:10 pm said:

    Bonjour.Désolée pour vos problèmes.Je vous souhaite bonne chance pour les résoudre.Je serai toujours là quand ce sera résolu.Merci.Mes amitiés de France.

  5. Ginnie on April 15, 2013 at 4:16 pm said:

    Thank you for working for us all readers and authors. I will try again tomorrow around
    0800 Z/GMT
    Best greetings
    Ginnie

  6. If you want to visit the wayback machine and read some oldies to kill some time while waiting for the live server to come back up, here is the link to the author list back in Jan of 2013. most all of the links work from this.

    http://web-beta.archive.org/web/20130116000631/http://bigclosetr.us/topshelf/authors

    Sephrena

  7. Andrea DiMaggio on April 15, 2013 at 7:46 pm said:

    Thanks Sephrena for the link, and of course thanks to everyone who is working on the restoration.

  8. Da11asF on April 15, 2013 at 8:07 pm said:

    I concur – sorry, channelling “Catch Me if You Can” for a minute there!

    Seriously, thanks for the link – I’ve been reading classics all day, and reading stories on this site to fill in.

    Thanks to everyone who is working diligently to get the site back up. I really need something to watch other than the tragedy in Boston. It is unbelievable what we as a race will do to each other.

    Dallas

  9. valek879 on April 15, 2013 at 8:09 pm said:

    Thank you for the update! Keep working hard!

  10. Jenn C on April 15, 2013 at 9:59 pm said:

    Thanks Sephy now I can catch up on some stories I’ve fallen behind on. And thanks to all the BC elves for their hard work.

  11. Steph J on April 16, 2013 at 9:21 am said:

    All sorts of issues, including getting the Home page with every link redirecting in a circle. Grrrrr…..will have to do some more of my own to drop hints to the internetwebthingy

  12. Andrea DiMaggio on April 16, 2013 at 9:41 am said:

    Oh crap the site is down
    Which old site…the writing site?
    Oh crap Big Closet’s down again.

    When will it come back up
    I don’t know I just don’t know
    When the site will come back up again!

    They’re trying every thing they know
    This waiting really blows
    I really should get a life, you know

    Oh crap the site’s still down
    And it makes me really frown
    Oh crap Big Closet’s down again!!!!

  13. Sephrena Lynn Miller on April 16, 2013 at 10:01 am said:

    Well, maybe we can start posting here in the comments since this is up more than the main site is? 😀

    Until its back up use this link to peruse the site by authors from the Internet Wayback Machine http://web-beta.archive.org/web/20130116000631/http://bigclosetr.us/topshelf/authors

    Sephrena

  14. Sakura Strife on April 16, 2013 at 10:47 am said:

    LOL waybackmachine is down for Maintenance lol…

  15. BeetleatWar1977 on April 16, 2013 at 10:50 am said:

    web-beta.archive is down for maintance – good timing…..

    Muphys Law…..

  16. Taarpa on April 16, 2013 at 11:31 am said:

    Well folks, I think by now we all know how much we need and miss our precious BCTS, I think we need to take up a collection to help purchase new equipment, surely there must be enough of us to make this happen. It shouldn’t fall solely on the shoulders of our administrative staff here. I know and understand that some are on fixed incomes and just don’t have it, but I’m sure there must be enough of us that can spare something. Maybe some of those that lurk here can step up and help as well. We need to give our girls a little help in this way, lord knows they already give so much of them selves to keep BCTS going. I’m in with this, who’s with me? (Hugs) Taarpa

  17. DLJoyce on April 16, 2013 at 11:46 am said:

    This has been more than a rollercoaster ride! Thaanks to all working on this problem but those of us folowing stories are dragging like we see the las mirage and don’t know whether to try to make it to it for a drink or not.

    The home page looks the same but once you click a story, it’s off to spaceland somewhere.

  18. Andrea DiMaggio on April 16, 2013 at 12:43 pm said:

    Well, that’s okay, since I’m often off to spaceland anyway….

  19. DLJoyce on April 16, 2013 at 2:33 pm said:

    Home page is up, again, but you still can’t go anywhere.

  20. Anesidora on April 16, 2013 at 2:33 pm said:

    Well, the hell might be over but I still cannot sign into Big Closet but one time out of four.
    Once signed in, I cannot access my messages, my stories, nor leave a comment or blog.
    If I try to post another chapter then I get kicked off and must try running the ‘gauntlet’ once again to reach the point where I can log in.

    When I go to my messages (it says I have a new message waiting) after I sign in, I am redirected to a listing of all the posted stories (perhaps even more as I didn’t check the 9+ pages to see how many there actually were).

    I’m going to ask Renae to check to see if she is experiencing the same problem.

    Anesidora (Denise)

  21. BeetleatWar1977 on April 16, 2013 at 2:49 pm said:

    Hm, all story-links are displaying tthe main storylist – for me. maybe as simple as an database error, but why the mainlist…….

  22. Abigail Drew on April 16, 2013 at 3:08 pm said:

    Yeah… Same deal… It’s “up” but can’t actually go anywhere, do anything, read anything. This has got to be the longest BC down time I’ve experienced.

  23. revolution on April 16, 2013 at 3:40 pm said:

    well with a Bad hard drive i imagine there might be some database corruption and lots of relinking to resolve it. even when restoring from backup depending on the size of the drive and the amount of data that was stored on it can require lots of time to relink all the data. Don’t even want to think about needing to recreate a database *shudder*

    Allie

  24. Da11asF on April 17, 2013 at 12:20 am said:

    I’m as bad as a junky without a fix. I definitely have the Big Closet monkey on my back, and from the comments I have seen I am not the only one, lol.

    To those who have been laboring away at the thankless task of getting the site back up, we salute you. Although thankless doesn’t exactly fit as there have been many comments thanking and praising the team for what they have, and continue to do to get it back up.

    Still, it is a tiresome and time consuming task, and one that we will all be forever great full for once it is completed.

    I would be willing to bet that the mass attack of people trying to get on as soon as the site comes back up isn’t helping. Can you say “denial of service attack”? Not really of course, but it’s essentially the same idea.

    Well, I for one and very happy to see comments posted here from some of my favorite people – it’s like a family reunion!

    Here’s wishing that the next time I see something from Anesidora, or Andrea, or Sephrena, that it will be on BCTS!

    Dallas

  25. Taarpa on April 17, 2013 at 12:53 am said:

    well today was to be my one year anniversary at BCTS officially, not how I was envisioning spending it! LOL Hugs, Taarpa

  26. Da11asF on April 17, 2013 at 10:04 am said:

    Looks like we’re down again. The sites been up and down more than a Catholic at mass, lol!

    Dallas

  27. BeetleatWar1977 on April 17, 2013 at 12:09 pm said:

    Still working for me…….

  28. Karen J. on April 17, 2013 at 1:34 pm said:

    All I can see is the home page. Attempting to view anything else and I get shut out with a message from Cloudfire (?) saying the site is down and no cached version is available.

  29. Karen J. on April 17, 2013 at 3:11 pm said:

    Got on and managed to read a story, so I tried to post a blog. Got CloudFlare telling me the site is currently unavailable. 🙁

  30. Sephrena Lynn Miller on April 17, 2013 at 8:21 pm said:

    We are still be attacked by someone. We are not sure yet of the method but we are trying our best to find a way to block it and get online again. We will solve it!!!!!

    Sephrena

  31. Kingpin192 on April 17, 2013 at 11:40 pm said:

    Looks like this might be part of a viral bot attack affecting thousands of sites. http://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity

  32. Da11asF on April 18, 2013 at 1:22 am said:

    Well, I got an hour of reading done tonight before I got kicked off. The nice thing about it was that I actually got to read new postings from three of my favorite authors. The frustrating part was that just as I finished reading the third one and tried to leave a comment, the site went down again.

    This is worse than dealing with dial-up was! OK – now I’m showing my age, and yes, I can remember black and white tv too. Remember how incredible it was to watch The Wonderful World of Disney in color? Of course, it didn’t hurt that I wanted to be Tinker Bell……

  33. BeetleatWar1977 on April 18, 2013 at 10:01 am said:

    down again :wall:

  34. Thank you administrators for you time you are putting into trying to get the website back up. I know this is likely just as frustrating for you guys as it is for everyone else. Your time is very much appreciated.

    -R

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