As you probably noticed, the Server really bogged
down today. The reason is quite simple: Katz's story,
with about 500 comments weighed in at about a meg.
70 httpd's trying to serve a one meg file (which takes 2-3 minutes
for most of you to download) perhaps a dozen times a second.
Do the math *grin*.
So I have a server level setting that will enforce Comment Limits
when we get bogged. This will annoy the heck out of
some how you, but it vastly speeds up page loads.
After that mess, I'm glad to have some good news: I
brought the 2500 stories online that I yanked awhile back when we were
getting overloaded (mostly stories from late 97 early 98)
so you can search for them again. More random musings
are attached below.
I changed the numbered links on the homepage (and
the word 'XX Bytes in Body') to link to the article instead of
to the comments page, so you can cleanly use them instead of
the 'Read More' link to browse at -1 or 'No Comments' mode,
and still read the article contents. Thanks to the 8
billion of you who asked for that one :)
I added a Default Comment Limit now. Originally the limit
was 50,000 (in other words, never :) but I've changed that to
100. This won't happen much, but it will be a good line of
defense when those stories get really huge. You can still
change that number in your user preferences if it annoys
you. Your user preference will always take priority, unless
the server goes into Overload mode.
Finally, I wanna strut a bit: Since we brought the old
archives back online, Slashdot now has over 5400
stories in the database. Over 3300 of them were posted by yours
truly, which strangely seems to explain my lack of a social
life at this point :) Anyway, I just thought that was cool.