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    Mathematics, University of Warwick
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    Mathematics
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    I'm a lecturer at a UK university.
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    Lecturer (Engineering)

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  1. Seems as thought I spoke too soon; another power outage hit just now. Hopefully that is it for now, fingers crossed...
  2. Yep unfortunately down for about an hour. The power went out at our hosting facility and when it turned back on, the server didn’t automatically boot. Should all be back to normal now!
  3. Apologies for today's downtime. This was due to a power outage at our hosts. All should now be up again and good to go, but let us know of any issues you encounter.
  4. Apologies from myself also - we will try to put in place some measures to ensure this doesn't recur. None of your posts, threads, etc will have been lost in this process. Thanks for your patience and look forward to once more hosting your discussions!
  5. HTTPS is now enabled, so you should see a padlock icon next to the address bar. Do let me know if you see any problems!
  6. As you might be able to tell, with all the server woes this never happened! With the new version of IPS installed and running smoothly, I will be trying to get HTTPS support enabled tomorrow. I'll be updating once it's enabled.
  7. Sorry for the short notice but wanted to take the opportunity to replace a faulty drive -- unfortunately took a bit longer than expected!
  8. Apologies for the slightly extended downtime this morning, but the server is now back up and running. Do let me know if you see any issues!
  9. Just a quick note to say happy holidays from me and all the other staff at SFN -- I sincerely hope you're all having a great break. I'm also going to take the opportunity to replace a failed drive whilst traffic to the site is a bit lower due to the holiday period, so there will be a short amount of downtime tomorrow at around 10:00am GMT (UTC+0).
  10. So things look like they have improved quite a bit over the last few hours. Looking at our server load averages for the last 12 hours, it's been quite clear that the load has reduced and SFN feels a lot more responsive. We'll see how we can do in relation to the 'bad gateway' issue over the next few days.
  11. Okay all, I have changed another couple of IPB-specific options. Initial observations are encouraging (disk I/O has been reduced considerably), so let's see if this performs any better...
  12. Both Cap'n and I have been looking over this in the last few days. It looks to me like there is some kind of database issue, specifically with the InnoDB format that's now required by the forum software. This seems to be a lot more write-heavy, for some reason, and it's causing PHP processes to hang, which consequently run out and give the bad gateway error. I'm looking into why this is the case. I've tweaked a few more parameters tonight, let me know if you are all getting slowness still.
  13. As you might be aware, websites are increasingly turning towards secure HTTP (HTTPS) in order to increase security and safeguard user privacy. Browsers such as Google Chrome are placing increasingly stringent requirements on non-secure websites, so we have been investigating switching to HTTPS by default. At SFN, we're planning to trial this from next weekend. Since our forum software only supports one protocol or the other, we are planning to switch over to HTTPS next weekend. From your perspective you should see very little difference, asides from a nice green padlock symbol on your browser bar. However it's also possible that, for a short while, you might see some warnings about certificates being insecure, or mixed-content warnings, whilst we complete the transition. We'll post again here to let you know once HTTPS has been enabled.
  14. Just to clarify and allay your concerns on this point: this is not the case at all. (Nor was it Capn's point.) SFN is operating in exactly the same manner today as it did yesterday and for the preceding decade, i.e. entirely independently. We've simply updated our forum software, and Invision is the company that provides the software.
  15. There's now an updated thread in the maths forums that describes some of the changes to the LaTeX rendering.
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