Wot no comments?

As you may have noticed, we’re having a bit of trouble with the comments facility on the website at the moment. (The problem is being caused by our new load balancer.) We’re working on it – we hope to have comments available again by tomorrow!

Move along, nothing to see! We’ve fixed the problem, which was caused by some WordPress plugins not playing nice with the load balancer. Get commenting!


khulat avatar

Well, let’s see if they are working again.

link162 avatar

Looks like they are

liz avatar

They are for some people, from what we can make out – Pete’s currently ruining his Good Friday looking at it. ;)

Dave avatar


danny avatar

FYI I can see them

Sleepy avatar

A comment about no comments! ;-)

I would call it and Easter egg!

alex avatar

no comment ;)

tzj avatar

Freeze dried raspberries with cream

aaa801 avatar

O noes how did i get here, i no good with computer.

Timothy Giles avatar

I was wondering if this is some sort of special easter egg…. well done on fixing it

Dave avatar

Don’t you think it is a little early for April fools jokes?

silverfox0786 avatar

that’s the beauty of it

every expects Aprils fools jokes on 1st april

so do it a few days early


liz avatar

Sadly, it’s not an April Fools. The reason you guys can comment at the moment is partly that we’ve turned the spam filter off – so the mods and I are now drowning under a tsunami of ads for trainers. (We’ll do our best to make sure you guys don’t see any of them!)

Bjarne Bachmann avatar

I guess the load balancer need to be up running before releasing the camera module :-)

liz avatar

It worked!

silverfox0786 avatar

I know the feeling I hate load balancers as well

half the time they don’t work

and the other half one small setting incorrect or not precise and it all goes out of kilter

I just keep mine off and use other means of spam blocking and DoSS blocking

liz avatar

Now we’ve done some tweaking, I’m actually very pleased with it; it’s a nice solid solution to our DoS woes, and we *always* prefer a fix that’s been hacked together by one of us (Pete from Mythic in this instance) to an off-the-shelf answer. Just took a little finessing to get some of the back-end of WordPress to behave well with it, but it’s looking great now.

stubright avatar

That sounds quite balanced to me!!! :)

Pygar avatar

Can you hear me now?

Ben avatar

Use “botblocker” – it’s the best anti spam plugin I’ve found!

alex avatar

Sounds like an alternative to Imodium to me. :)

liz avatar


Nathan avatar

I logged on to the site yesterday afternoon and saw that nasty default WordPress theme, and wondered what happened.

liz avatar

It’s beyond me how this happens, but I’ve noticed that this sort of thing *always* seems to happen over a Bank Holiday, or another time when we’re meant to be taking it (relatively) easy. We’re completely fixed now (fingers crossed) – including the nasty business over in the forums where we realised belatedly that the load balancer meant that banning spammers by IP addresses was randomly banning a quarter of our users (including the mod who implemented the original ban)!

Dave avatar

I was just being a smart arse that’s all. I know you were experiencing real issues when you should have been enjoying a LONG weekend. Something I miss since moving to the USA!

James avatar

nested comments don’t work for me :(

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