The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

27 November 2007

SiteMeter explains

Well, sort of:

It seems that on Friday November 24th, "Black Friday" (known as such because it's the busiest shopping day of the year) a handful of SiteMeter servers failed, including the one that hosts From what we've heard, the internet had more traffic on this day than ever in its history. We also understand that many sites and server farms became over stressed under the load. At this time we're only able to speculate but it may be that a handful of our sites succumbed to the same fate.

We're slowly bringing the downed servers back online but in some cases we're unable to retrieve data lost during the outage. If your stats are hosted on s21, s24, or s25 you will most likely be missing data from approximately Friday Nov 23rd to Monday Nov 26th.

Actually, it's not the busiest shopping day of the year (nor was it the 24th, come to think of it), and I don't believe in that Cyber Monday stuff either, so they're really going to have to do better than that.

Oh, and my stats are on s21; there's a gap between 11:29 am Saturday and 5:24 pm Monday (all times Eastern), except for one visit somehow recorded on Sunday around noon. Go figure.

Posted at 6:58 AM to PEBKAC

Mine are on s34, which would explain why my site didn't have any SiteMeter-related delays or failures.

All my site's delays or failures were for other, somewhat more accustomed reasons.

The big traffic spike on my graph, though, was on the 18th -- not the 24th or, for that matter, the 23rd.

Posted by: McGehee at 8:22 AM on 27 November 2007

Mine are on s24 and I was sitting there a whole chunk of Monday trying to figure out how the hell I'd murfed up the code. Stupid Site Meter.

Posted by: Nate at 8:44 AM on 27 November 2007

I don't think that my account is on that server, but it still looks like what you described. Come to think of it, you were that single hit, Mr. Hill.

Posted by: Brian J. at 7:39 PM on 27 November 2007

Since mine isn't on those servers, then yay?

Posted by: sya at 8:35 PM on 27 November 2007

During the outage, I checked about twenty meters at random from ye olde blogroll, and fourteen of them were operating correctly — though all of them seemed to be running at about glacier speed.

Posted by: CGHill at 8:42 PM on 27 November 2007
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