Apr 18 '14

Recent Outage Post-Mortem

Hey everyone.

We just wanted to update everyone on what occurred during the recent outage.

At around 7:30 PM EDT, the Weasyl mainsite, Redmine, and status page all went down, giving users a connection error. When we traced the issue back we found that our RAID card on our main ESXi server had an ECC fault in its memory module, which safely brought the array offline. It took a bit for us to get back into the ESXi as all VMs were migrated to a single host, part of a seamless server migration last week.

Once we gained access to ESXi we checked the status of the array and got the host back online. A bit of work with ESXi to re-attach the array, and we continued on. Once we powered up the VMs we found a memory config problem with the DB VM as well as a network config problem with our main app server. We were able to address these issues and get the site back up safely at around 10:30 PM EDT.

We’re not, however, just leaving things at that. We’re going to be improving our ability to manage the VM cluster in case of another failure. Also we’ll be looking into improving our network config, memory config, and creating some redundancy across arrays for VM storage.

We apologize again for the outage and thank you all for your patience as we addressed the issue.

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Apr 3 '14

Updates? We Got Some Fresh Ones For Ya!

Hello everyone!

Now that we’ve sprung forward into April we wanted to take this opportunity to update you on some of the new improvements to Weasyl. Most of these changes have been a result of feedback from the community. If you recognize one of these changes as something you’ve asked for in the past, we’d like to thank you for bringing it to our attention! And without further ado, the updates:

First, we’ve created a page which fully lists all active streams which formerly show up randomized on the Weasyl front page “Streaming Now” feed. Simply click on the “View All” link to the right of “Streaming Now” to view all currently active streams.

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Mar 20 '14

Weasyl Conbadger for Anime Boston and FWA!

Hey Everyone!

Attending a convention this weekend? Want a quick and easy way to identify yourself in the crowd AND promote your Weasyl page at the same time? Then look no further than the official Weasyl Conbadger!

Click here to get started!

Once you follow the instructions of the above link, you’ll be able to print out your own custom Weasyl Con Badge featuring your profile’s avatar and a QR code which, when scanned with any mobile device, will take someone to your Weasyl page!

Print one out today and enjoy your con!

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Mar 1 '14

Get Ready For Spring With Fresh Updates!

Hey everyone!

We’re back with another update filled with some great new features and improvements to our site thanks to your feedback.

Let’s jump right into it with our first big feature: Weasyl users now have the ability to “Hide” comments on their profiles, content, and journals as well as their own comments. You can do this by looking at the top-right hand corner of a given comment and click on the “Hide” button. Comments that are hidden will not leave a notification that they’ve been hidden.

You may find a few more notifications in your inbox. This is because we’ve added notifications and history for any and all tagging on your content. If a community member adds tags to your work, you will know exactly who placed a tag.

We’ve also changed the way that “view counts” are tallied. Previously, view counts on user pages and content were accumulated solely by registered users of Weasyl once they’ve logged in and viewed your page or content. Now, unregistered or users who aren’t a logged in will also be accounted for in your views.

One of the most heavily requested changes has gone live! Thumbnails no longer require “hovering” over them with your mouse to view the name and creator of a submission. These have now been placed below thumbnails on the front page, when browsing, and in galleries.

We’ve also updated our staff listings. Previously, staff only ever held the title of “Admin” or “Mod”. We’ve now expanded to add “Director”, “Dev”, and “Tech”. Now you’ll have a better idea of what staff are replying to you!

And finally, we’ve adjusted the user-linking code in Markdown. Please be sure to check out our Markdown Guide here for more information.

A few known bugs have also been recently addressed, including issues with Friends listings, Collections filters and ratings, as well as issues with folder options.

One quick announcement we’re especially proud of: we’ve recently reached 500,000 submissions hosted on Weasyl! We do really appreciate your involvement with the site and uploading your content here. We look forward to seeing the next 500,000 submissions.

Thanks again for all your feedback. Without you, a lot of these changes wouldn’t have been possible. And if you have any other questions, comments or suggestions, or simply want to get more involved in the Weasyl Community, please be sure to follow us on Twitter and Tumblr, as well as join our forums.

We’ll see you soon!

Art by Thestory.

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Feb 8 '14

New Mods and Downtime Announcement

Hey all,

First of all we would like to offer our congratulations to the new mods joining us today and everyone that applied. We had more applicants than we could have ever hoped for and were flattered by the number of users willing to volunteer their time to further help the site. There were many worthy applicants, far more than we could accept, but if your application was not accepted this round we would love to see you apply again. For now we will begin training our new moderators and are looking forward to further bringing our staff and users closer together.

As we start another chapter for Weasyl we thought this would be a good time to apply some major work from our tech team as well. There will be some minor downtime planned for February 11th, 3am PST in order to apply some improvements which will keep the site operating for a long time. We hope to accomplish our work quickly and keep the inconvenience and interruption to a minimum. In the meantime feel free to visit us on the forums to take part in the community.

Thank you for your patience and continued support.

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