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Re: Site back up again

by jdporter (Canon)
on Jul 11, 2010 at 22:09 UTC ( #848886=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Site back up again

Personally, I thought the placeholder page was considerably worse than a generic server error page. It did nothing to ease my mind with regard to the possibility that the site had been hacked. Quite the contrary, in fact.

Since there was no other communication forthcoming from anyone at Pair or any of the site admins, all I could do was idly hope that things were no worse than in fact they turned out to be.

I suppose I could have emailed tye or someone whose email address I happen to have, on the hopes that they might know something...

I did manage to hail Petruchio on another channel, but he avowed ignorance of the situation.

I posted a message on the PerlMonks facebook group wall, thinking maybe someone who knew something would reply. Alas, that was fruitless as well.

I think there should a be a defined "emergency plan" for keeping the monks informed in the event of future similar occurrences. As a first rough cut, I'd recommend that one or more of the following be done, in this order of preference:

  1. Put up a real, meaningful placeholder page which is both informative and reassuring.
  2. Send a broadcast message to all of the email addresses of record.
  3. Post messages on other sites of the Perl community — particularly those which point to PerlMonks as a community site. One obvious choice is use.perl.
At the very least, situation status updates should be communicated poste haste to all gods so that they may respond usefully when queried by monks who may happen to contact them. The expectation that any given god would know what's going on is, I think, not unreasonable.

Thank you.

What is the sound of Windows? Is it not the sound of a wall upon which people have smashed their heads... all the way through?

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Re^2: Site back up again
by davido (Archbishop) on Jul 12, 2010 at 07:17 UTC

    I would gladly follow a low-volume @perlmonks twitter feed, if one existed for the purpose of emergency updates. That should be sufficient. Listing "Follow @perlmonks on twitter for emergency broadcasts" at the bottom of the page ought to be more than adequate advertisement of the 'feature'.


Re^2: Site back up again
by Anonymous Monk on Jul 12, 2010 at 05:33 UTC
    Send a broadcast message to all of the email addresses of record.

    How about no? I'd much prefer directions to the agreed upon alternate meeting place, ie perlmonks irc channel, use.perl account or something the gods manage that is not on perlmonks servers

      This is to the PerlMonks gods in case they do want to give such a status update, and everyone else who wants to listen to these. There is an unofficial low-traffic perlmonks irc channel on slashnet named #perlmonks. Also, you may give a status update in the topic of the #cbstream channel on the freenode network (just please leave the FAQ url in there; ask me for an access flag so you can update the topic, or, if your religion forbids irc, mail me the information about the update and I may put it up within some time).

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