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My Blog is down

  1. Hi,

    When people visit my blog they get:-

    >>Uh Oh!

    Something has gone wrong with our servers. It’s probably Matt’s fault.

    We’ve just been notified of the problem.

    Hopefully this should be fixed ASAP, so kindly reload in a few minutes and things should be back to normal.

    Is something wrong with the site and can Matt please fix it, its been like this for over 24 hour now?



    The blog I need help with is

  2. It’s probably Matt’s fault.

    That's just a joke, which probably refers to the founder of

    I tagged this thread so that staff takes a look.

  3. I have had this error message in the past. I did what it instructed me to do. I waited and then tried again and experienced success.

  4. Thanks for reporting this. We're looking into it.

  5. Thanks Andrew, that would be great. Just checked and its still down tonight...


  6. @kiwimana - I've looked into the issue on your site and it was caused by the pasting of nearly 200,000 IPs addresses into the Comment Blacklist in the Discussion Options for your site. This field is designed for you to enter a few bad phrases or IP Addresses and not 1000's

    Your site is working again now but will break again if you put that long list of IP Addresses back into the setting - was there a specific issue you were trying to resolve by doing this?

  7. Holy crap, even I don't have that many enemies.

  8. Changing password will do some magic here :).

  9. Oh thanks guys, yes that was me. I was adding the spammers Ip addresses, as we were getting a lot of blog spam. I won't try and add that many again.


  10. IP addresses are not unique identifiers and have not been for over a decade now. ISPs like to save money by placing hundreds of us in the same IP block. The result of blackinlisting means hundreds of people in the same IP block who could be legitimate commenters will automatically send them to Moderation so that their comments do not appear on the blog. Do note though that if they are determined, they can use a different email address or username to get around that. Also, all note all they would have to do is go to a wi-fi hot spot, or connect via a different ISP and they could get around that.

    You have complete control comment moderation. If your blog is public others can, of course, read it. They can submit comments but you can Moderate all comments and choose which ones to approve or not.

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