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Why is FR so hard to access these days??
February 3, 2010 | self

Posted on 02/03/2010 7:06:09 AM PST by Bean Counter

Every day it gets harder and harder to use FreeRepublic. For some reason the site is suffering from unspecified "server" problems that are rarely explained in a way that longstanding members such as myself can even find. The only reason I know there is a server problem is because someone finally posted a comment from FR Staff over on the Alternate Free Republic site; a place I find myself turning to more and more frequently while waiting for the latest daily problem to be resolved. To say this is merely frustrating is the understatement of the year.

I grant you I don't donate as much money as others here, but I do participate and have for almost 12 years. I do not think it is too much to ask that Management send out a Private Message to all active members here and explain exactly why we are having so many problems on a daily basis getting in here.

I have nearly memorized the error messages and frankly I am sick of it. I do not appreciate being kept in the dark and I do not like having to go hunting for answers when they ought to be readily forthcoming. I don't expect FR to air their dirty laundry on the open boards, as I realize that could lead to further problems by giving the disruptors new ideas about how to do whatever it is they may be doing to disrupt the board.

I do expect improved communication with your members who are not disrupting FR. I have been patient about this for weeks as these access problems ebb and flow, but lately I have had about enough of trying to figure out if the site is up or down or if I have a problem on my computer.


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How about it?? I'm having trouble even posting this!!
1 posted on 02/03/2010 7:06:10 AM PST by Bean Counter
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To: All

Is there another portal to access FreeRepublic in the times when we cannot access through www.freerepublic.com?


2 posted on 02/03/2010 7:08:01 AM PST by Prov1322 (Enjoy my wife's incredible artwork at www.watercolorARTwork.com! (This space no longer for rent))
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To: Bean Counter

Mr. Robinson has explained this situation in earlier posts.


3 posted on 02/03/2010 7:08:02 AM PST by La Lydia
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To: Bean Counter

Yep, the past few weeks have been a nightmare and this morning too.


4 posted on 02/03/2010 7:08:21 AM PST by sickoflibs ( "It's not the taxes, the redistribution is spending you demand stupid")
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To: Bean Counter

My thought is FR is the target of the BArking Moonbat types. May be a tinfoilish thought...but something has definately changed.

Wish I could get some confirmation of the above...then we might be able to follow them home


5 posted on 02/03/2010 7:09:26 AM PST by Explodo (Pessimism is simply pattern recognition)
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To: Bean Counter

Try the following:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2441401/posts?q=1&;page=51

By the way, for those who are wondering about FR’s hardware, my understanding is that we have about a dozen servers at the data center. About half of them are dedicated to handling Free Republic back-end processing. We also have a couple front-end servers directing the traffic and balancing the load, a couple database servers, an administrative server, a secure server, and a real-time database backup server. We have two main IP’s, one as a standby if the first goes down. We also have some older servers that John uses for backup and development.

Theoretically, we have a fail-safe system. The “fail” seems to be working great, now we’re working on perfecting the “safe” part.

It appears that our current series of crashes have to do with our traffic load. It appears that our servers begin overloading and first one crashes (by becoming completely jammed and failing to respond) then the next, and the next, etc, until the entire system and all backups fail to respond. That’s when we have to start rebooting. And we’ve had some problems recently with our rebooting process.

We do not know yet why we are overloading. We have been able to handle several times our normal load with no problem. We do not rule out DOS attack, but cannot find anything in the logs to identify it. John will continue trying to isolate the problem, but we do not feel at this time that it is for a lack of server power.

All I can say is, please bear with us. We’ve experienced these kinds of systems problems before whether hardware, software, balancing or Bolshevik, and have always been able to work through or around them eventually.

God willing, we will persevere!
65 posted on Sunday, January 31, 2010 4:24:37 PM by Jim Robinson (Join the TEA Party Rebellion!! May God and TEA save the Republic!!)
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6 posted on 02/03/2010 7:09:41 AM PST by deport (27 DAYS UNTIL THE TEXAS PRIMARY....... MARCH 2, 2010)
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To: Bean Counter

Do you have a link for the alternate site? At least that way I can check to see if it’s just my computer or if there is a real problem here. Thanks.


7 posted on 02/03/2010 7:09:50 AM PST by Kimberly GG (Join Me In BOYCOTTING all ObamaTV!! (Change the channel or do so and then turn tv off!!))
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To: Bean Counter

I agree, but some here will call you names for not being sufficiently grateful and continuing to suffer in silence.


8 posted on 02/03/2010 7:10:02 AM PST by Magic Fingers
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To: Bean Counter

It’s the dilithium crystals, Captain. He’s giving her all he’s got.

It would be most interesting to know if the disruptions are deliberate, or if admin just needs more duct tape.


9 posted on 02/03/2010 7:10:24 AM PST by silverleaf (My Proposed Federal Budget is $29.99)
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To: Bean Counter

I really don’t get the tone of your query at all. FR seems to be one of the most forthright, truly public-service -oriented sites out there at a time when oh-so-many less-trafficked sites have cashed in. And FR, in my opinion, provides the most critical function of them all.

I too have had some access issues of late, and I hope it is due to growing demand, but I don’t believe it’s because anyone is sleeping on or diverting funds from the issue. Sheesh!


10 posted on 02/03/2010 7:10:41 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: La Lydia

Link?


11 posted on 02/03/2010 7:10:55 AM PST by ecomcon
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To: Bean Counter

I agree. Don’t know what’s going on but about half the time I get error messages that freerepublic.com is non existent or busy. The last couple of days I am getting proxy error messages.
Also some posts do not go through or there will be duplicate posts.
Anyone having trouble with spell check? Most of the time I get the word wrap instead of the spell check. (Yes, I do know how to click on the correct button.)
I love the site, but it is getting really frustrating.


12 posted on 02/03/2010 7:11:51 AM PST by svcw (Ellie and Mark come out come out where ever you are.....)
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To: Kimberly GG

There is an alternate site here (you’ll need to subscribe to the group in order to post): http://groups.yahoo.com/group/freerepublic2/


13 posted on 02/03/2010 7:12:59 AM PST by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: La Lydia

Would have the links? I have not seen those.
Thanks


14 posted on 02/03/2010 7:14:00 AM PST by svcw (Ellie and Mark come out come out where ever you are.....)
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To: Explodo
Hows this for tin foil worthiness, Gov monitoring eating up too much bandwidth.
15 posted on 02/03/2010 7:14:01 AM PST by Boiling point (Beck / Palin 2012)
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To: Bean Counter

Sorry, I don’t agree with the snarkiness of your post, but the trouble getting on the site. If you did not mean to be snarky - sorry.


16 posted on 02/03/2010 7:15:05 AM PST by svcw (Ellie and Mark come out come out where ever you are.....)
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To: Prov1322

Another FR site....

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/freerepublic2/


17 posted on 02/03/2010 7:15:39 AM PST by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: 9YearLurker
I too have had some access issues of late

We all have.

Like most here, we love the site but are all frustrated at the lack of access.

I'm not pointing fingers of blame, but it does create frustration.

18 posted on 02/03/2010 7:15:53 AM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages - In Honor of Standing Wolf)
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To: andy58-in-nh
The other site is mostly just...."It's down again" posts. It is good for letting us all know the problems are not with our own computers.

I'll agree that this is frustrating. Sure let's me know how much time I spend on this site. I think I need a different hobby. LOL

19 posted on 02/03/2010 7:16:04 AM PST by CAluvdubya (Palin 2012...YOU BETCHA!.)
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To: svcw; ecomcon

Oh, you helpwess wittle cuties — User search thingie: Jim Robinson


20 posted on 02/03/2010 7:16:31 AM PST by La Lydia
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To: Bean Counter

everyday this problem persists. the same problem has hit rush limbaughs site too. I could not even listen to Glenn Beck this morning too. It seems everything conservative is being attacked by a virus. two weeks ago my own computer was attacked by a trojan virus. lo and behold it was recovered but 2 days down. the attack is hitting dos programming making for fun times. upgraded to a higher norton antivirus and since than the computer is attacked at least 6 times daily.


21 posted on 02/03/2010 7:16:40 AM PST by hondact200 (hondact200 No to Socialism - Michigan destroyed by Progressive Liberalism)
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To: La Lydia

I would but I can’t get the user search to work the last week or so.
helpwess wittle cuties - I love being called cute.


22 posted on 02/03/2010 7:17:49 AM PST by svcw (Ellie and Mark come out come out where ever you are.....)
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To: svcw

I have found with the search thingie that you have to let it search “titles” first, and then try again, erasing the asterik, for a user search.


23 posted on 02/03/2010 7:19:49 AM PST by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia

Thanks


24 posted on 02/03/2010 7:22:19 AM PST by svcw (Ellie and Mark come out come out where ever you are.....)
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To: Bean Counter

http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/Internet-surfers-caught-in-a.6034994.jp


25 posted on 02/03/2010 7:22:35 AM PST by mnehring
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To: CAluvdubya

I mainly use the other site just to check in and see that others are experiencing connectivity problems as well. I agree, though - perhaps we all need to get out a little more. ;-)


26 posted on 02/03/2010 7:24:40 AM PST by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: Bean Counter

Are you logged in?


27 posted on 02/03/2010 7:26:58 AM PST by humblegunner
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To: Boiling point

Google analytics?


28 posted on 02/03/2010 7:31:46 AM PST by Explodo (Pessimism is simply pattern recognition)
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To: mnehring

What a crock of BULL-S” !!!!

67 years of age, disable vet....if I were any happier I couldn’t stand it. Spend eight to ten hours a day, 90% on FR.


29 posted on 02/03/2010 7:33:25 AM PST by buck61
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To: Kimberly GG; jellybean

There is another alternate site here:
http://altfreerepublic.freeforums.org

and here:
http://www.freedominion.com.pa/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=14

I usually check them all out.


30 posted on 02/03/2010 7:38:10 AM PST by Marmolade
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To: Bean Counter

The answer is simple - they’re still perfecting the Bean Counter filter, but it stills screws up and lets you in...;)

It’s probably a number of connections limit to the server.


31 posted on 02/03/2010 7:41:21 AM PST by PugetSoundSoldier (Indignation over the Sting of Truth is the defense of the indefensible)
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To: Boiling point
Hows this for tin foil worthiness, Gov monitoring eating up too much bandwidth.

Actually, monitoring would most likely not take up any bandwidth anywhere, as it would be a tap into router somewhere between his ISP and a core router somewhere. Of course its possible, but HIGHLY unlikely that such a thing is being done. Its easily done by the ISP or anyone one Jim's subnet, but outside of that, its nearly impossible for the average schmo to get anywhere near a place that and then even identify which lines to tap and write a program to reassemble all the packet segments. Its fun to think about though and if you have access to the right building and have the right equipment (usually any old PC will do) you can do it with a bit of knowhow and patience. I recommend reading "The Cuckoo's Egg" for some pre-internet cyber-spy true crime fun.
32 posted on 02/03/2010 7:42:05 AM PST by lefty-lie-spy (Stay metal. For the Horde \m/("_")\m/ - via iPhone from Tokyo.)
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To: La Lydia

Maybe so, but I haven’t been privileged to see them and they ought to be a standing thread at number one until the problems are solved. and thank you La Lydia for bringing it up. Post times are one way of seeing the problem.

During the day post times are frequent and only seconds apart. When there are minutes between posts, there is a problem. I speak generally, as I haven’t kept records, but I lose contact every morning about this time and it can stretch into hours.

The quickest way to see how your computer is doing, is log onto another site and when you gain access in milliseconds, while FreeRepublic is unresponsive you know it is FreeRepublic and not your computer.


33 posted on 02/03/2010 7:42:56 AM PST by wita
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To: PugetSoundSoldier

Perhaps management slows it down so that members will cough-up faster giving the impression that it’s $$$ causing the slowdown. Works for the government!


34 posted on 02/03/2010 7:43:42 AM PST by Georgia1
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To: USS Alaska

I’m not saying we shouldn’t ask about it; I’m just saying there’s no reason not to ask nicely.


35 posted on 02/03/2010 7:44:30 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: wita; Bean Counter; La Lydia

...and obviously this should have been to Bean Counter and not La Lydia


36 posted on 02/03/2010 7:45:25 AM PST by wita
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To: Bean Counter
overwhelming number of people using the band width. It has grown exponentially since the beginning. It is usually a fight to keep up with adding more band width.

I know nothing about the process. Free Republic has a very accessible process. I choose it over ALL others I know.

It does get hacked every so often. Many are the liberals that want it to die.

Jim and John do a great job. They had to add assistants to keep it going.

Thank you all. You are accomplishing a important service to republicans, conservative, the learning youth, Americans. God bless you.

37 posted on 02/03/2010 7:48:30 AM PST by geologist (The only answer to the troubles of this life is Jesus. A decision we all must make.)
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To: svcw

Spell check - sometimes every word is flagged. going back and reclicking “Spell” sometimes solves the problem - but not always.


38 posted on 02/03/2010 7:55:01 AM PST by PIF
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To: Bean Counter

I think Jim Robinson’s explanation makes sense. Maybe it’s Marxists attacks, as well. We could all just roll with it; it strengthens one to do without, after all.


39 posted on 02/03/2010 7:56:09 AM PST by bboop (We don't need no stinkin' VAT)
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To: hondact200

Perhaps someone upload a root kit hidden in an image file?


40 posted on 02/03/2010 7:57:19 AM PST by PIF
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To: Bean Counter

Constant cyber attacks?


41 posted on 02/03/2010 7:59:16 AM PST by JimRed ("Hey, hey, Teddy K., hot enough down there today?" TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: PIF

Yea, eventually I get the process to work, just can’t figure out why after all these years the last few months have been googly. (Googly my granddaughter’s word for things without explanation.)


42 posted on 02/03/2010 8:02:31 AM PST by svcw (Ellie and Mark come out come out where ever you are.....)
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To: Bean Counter

When I’m having trouble accessing FR, I do what every good FR addict should.

I get out the Hoppes #9 and start cleaning. It’s very relaxing and I just love the smell.

Give it a try, you’ll find you feel so much better afterwards.


43 posted on 02/03/2010 8:02:33 AM PST by Dr.Zoidberg (Warning: Sarcasm/humor is always engaged. Failure to recognize this may lead to misunderstandings.)
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To: Bean Counter
Whether it's overloaded servers or something more sinister, we're all in the same boat.

Technology isn't perfect, and anyone who has worked in a company that uses servers and computers for everything on a daily basis has gone through this. We depend on technology - for our livelihoods and much more. We're at the mercy, so to speak, of IT professionals.

When calculating what I gain from FR vs. the occasional problem, they are not even close. I think this website does a terrific job, present issues notwithstanding.

44 posted on 02/03/2010 8:12:43 AM PST by floozy22 ("As government expands, liberty contracts." RWR)
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To: Bean Counter

and, most likely, its OUR TAX $$$$$ being used by (guess who) to do all this, too...


45 posted on 02/03/2010 8:30:30 AM PST by gunnyg (Just An Old Gunny ~ And *Still* Not A F'n Commie Basterd!)
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To: 9YearLurker

What he said.


46 posted on 02/03/2010 8:40:49 AM PST by La Lydia
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To: Bean Counter; La Lydia

Lets see what the nOOb has to say about our manners and less than charitable commentary.

Oh, and there was a hottie ping yesterday that I missed out on because I couldn’t access FR.

I can see it on Ping and Trace and the pathing and returns look fine but when I can’t access it, very frustrating.

1...., 2....., 3.....


47 posted on 02/03/2010 8:46:43 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: La Lydia; Bean Counter

Wow I didn’t think you would actually show up again on this subject. but there you are....


48 posted on 02/03/2010 8:47:48 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: Vendome

Don’t take life so seriously... You’ll never live through it. — from someone who has been happily freeping since 2000.


49 posted on 02/03/2010 8:48:58 AM PST by La Lydia
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To: Magic Fingers; mylife

What’s that? “We are ungrateful wretches”?

Is it that nOOb La Lydia again?


50 posted on 02/03/2010 8:54:17 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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