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madnige

Site disruption: On Monday the 2nd or Tuesday the 3rd, the site will go offline for an undetermined period. We're changing our registrar and that might disrupt DNS services for a short period. Apologies for the inconvenience.


A couple of things:

1/ Shouldn't the notice be repeated in the Site Announcements forum? (it's not at the moment)

2/ Is the site IP (currently 66.228.43.229) going to change? If not, then tech-savvy users should be able to temporarily put an entry [66.228.43.229 storiesonline.net] in their HOSTS file to make the changeover seamless.

Michael Loucks

@madnige

My experience with changing registrars was no disruption, but YMMV.

If the IPs aren't changing, then setting a long DNS TTL before the transition might help avoid disruption (the reverse is true if IPs are changing, when you want a short DNS TTL before the transition).

Capt. Zapp

@madnige

1/ Shouldn't the notice be repeated in the Site Announcements forum? (it's not at the moment)


That shouldn't be necessary since it appears as a banner across the top of the pages.

Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)

@madnige

The site's IP address isn't changing. I'm just moving away from the thieves at network solutions.

Replies:   Michael Loucks  Not_a_ID
Michael Loucks

@Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)

Did that long ago for the 30 or so domains I own. Hover works great for me, does IPv6 and DNSSec perfectly. Not sure where you're going, but they seem the best to me.

Not_a_ID

@Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)

The site's IP address isn't changing. I'm just moving away from the thieves at network solutions.


Well then, so long as Murphy doesn't become involved, that shouldn't be too much of an issue. Typically service disruptions are due to IP Address changes which various ISP types fail to pick up on until days later due to caching stale data. As the addressing is unchanged, stale should work just as well as fresh.

Of course, that's where Murphy can intervene.

Replies:   Crumbly Writer
Crumbly Writer

@Not_a_ID

Of course, that's where Murphy can intervene.

Or Murphy's mate, Mage Manning of Manniford. She can be rather irksome herself. 'D

Not_a_ID

The less said of Murphy's friends, the better.

Replies:   Ernest Bywater
Zom

Not quite seamless then? New registrar parked the domain? Must have been unexpected!

Ernest Bywater
Updated:

@Not_a_ID


The less said of Murphy's friends, the better.


Except for O'Shaunasy's derivation stating 'Murphy was a bleeding optimist.'

Vlad_Inhaler
Updated:

Things went down here at 08:00 UTC and came back up again 15-25 minutes later, only to go down and up again shortly afterwards.
I assume that was it.
Edit: And down and up again. Things are not stable yet.

Replies:   Grant
Grant

@Vlad_Inhaler

And down and up again. Things are not stable yet.

I haven't had any issues with the site at all.

Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)

This problem depends on each user's DNS server. I created the new DNS entry within 15 minutes of getting the message that the domain name has been transferred.

During this lag, some DNS servers had refreshed their entries and got the parked page IP address.

Now it's more than 12 hours later and some are still reporting this problem. It should clear up everywhere in the next 12 hours. (crossing fingers)

Replies:   madnige
madnige

@Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)

I was using Google's DNS 8.8.8.8/8.8.4.4 (actually these were set in the NAT router and the computer pointed to that), and the site was up and down like a yo-yo. I've changed the primary DNS to the 1.1.1.1 that Lazeez suggested here, and so far, so good.

awnlee jawking

@madnige

Whoopee, Mighty Blighty back online ;)

AJ

Vlad_Inhaler

@madnige

The suggestion was 1.1.1.1, https://1.1.1.1 is where it is documented.
I saw that announcement somewhere else but had decided it was their April Fool's posting.

DiliosSpartanetz

I can access the website only using my mobile 4g connection but when I switch to wifi I can't access it anymore, it gives me a page with storiesonline.net link ads and a multi-colored image. Every time I click the link or refresh the page it doesn't change anything

Replies:   Vlad_Inhaler
Vlad_Inhaler

@DiliosSpartanetz

That is the "parked page" Laz described.
I'd deactivate wifi for a few hours, unless you want to change your DNS server to 1.1.1.1.

Replies:   DiliosSpartanetz
Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)
Updated:

@Vlad_Inhaler

the IP address for the privacy DNS server is 1.1.1.1

Replies:   Vlad_Inhaler
Vlad_Inhaler
Updated:

@Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)

Really?

Click https://1.1.1.1/ and then the INSTALL button. Step 5 clearly states that 1.0.0.1 is the IPV4 address and that 2606:4700:4700::1111,2606:4700:4700::1001 is the IPV6 address.
(sorry, that was step 5 for Linux)

Now I see all other instructions are to use both addresses, just Linux is different.

Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)

@Vlad_Inhaler

1.0.0.1 is for redundancy, so a secondary server, not the primary.

Replies:   Vlad_Inhaler
Vlad_Inhaler

@Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)

I see that, for all platforms except Linux. The Linux instructions give the name of the service as 1.1.1.1 and the IPV4 address as 1.0.0.1. Obviously a mistake.

LOAnnie

Also note that the messaging system still doesn't work quite right. Returns "can't be found" if you click on mail, but if you add www before storiesonline.net it says bad certificate but will let you proceed if you override it.

DiliosSpartanetz

@Vlad_Inhaler

Will they solve the problem or I have to do something?

Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)

Google's tracking DNS service seems to be refusing to update its records. The server returns an empty result when queried about SOL.

Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)

@Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)

Google's tracking DNS service

Well, that's working now.

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