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Sunday, April 13, 2014

We’re Moved! (And Burst.net can bite me!)

Update Wednesday, April 23rd at 8:30 AM: I’ve been working on the new site set-up. Although things are running pretty well, a few more tweaks should get it running better. I’m also prepping stuff for an upgrade of the site’s underlying CMS. At the same time I’ve been working on the new member group that I set up for contributors. At this point I need to start manually linking member accounts with Paypal. When that’s done I will also need to work on automating that process, although that will have to wait until the CMS is updated and the site is running to my satisfaction. Thanks again for your patience.

Update Thursday, April 17th at 11:00 AM: I’ve been bogged down looking for a fix to a domain redirect issue caused by a new php handler that I’m using on the server. For now using some of the old domain names will produce an error if you try to go to a sub-directory (like www.baseballprimer.com/newsstand/). I’ve decided to put off fixing this until later so I can get to some other things on my to-do list. At the moment I’m working on removing ads for people who’ve donated. With the way I have ads called in the old templates, it’s proving to be be a little time consuming. When I get this task done I’ll start moving people into the new member group I’ve set up to trigger the change. This will be time consuming as well as I will need to manually associate the donations with the accounts. Eventually I will automate the process but, for now, I’d appreciate your patience if it takes a few days to get rid of the ads on your account.

Update Tuesday, April 15th at 7:30 PM: Got a bunch of things done today. Except when I hosed the web server for a few minutes, things have gone pretty well. I’m still not happy with the way things are running but my mind is fried so it will have to wait until tomorrow. Thanks again for the donations. It’s very much appreciated. Assuming I get things running a little better tomorrow, I will start setting things up for those of you who donated. Hopefully, you can start viewing the site without ads by the weekend.

Update Tuesday, April 15th at 1 PM: Things seems seem to be running OK after a few tweaks. There is still work to be done squishing a few bugs (redirects are wonky once in a while). The site also needs some more performance tweaking. Those things will have to wait until a little later, however, because I need to get a little sleep before I make a really stupid mistake.

Update Tuesday, April 15th at 7:30 AM: The site is moved over to its new host. I have a lot of work to do getting the servers optimized. Please bear with me.

Update Monday, April 14th at 3:50 PM: I will be taking the old server off-line tonight between 3-4 AM to finish moving things over to the new server. There should be only a few hours of downtime but it might take longer for certain DNS server.

Update Sunday, April 13 at 7:30 PM: New server set up. DNS redundancy added. Extra domains moved over.Tweaking and testing tomorrow. One day ahead of schedule. Beverage time and GOT time.

I am moving the site to a new server host this week. On March 28th my server host, burst.net, disconnected my servers from their data center in Scranton PA, put them on truck, and took them to another data center in North Carolina. I was not given any notification prior to the move even though the move was planned in advance. During the downtime they did not reply to any tickets and, instead, provided an automated response that they were migrating servers. At the same time, they have been trying to charge my account for next month’s bill weeks before the due date. (Luckily I only transfer money into this account when I am ready to make a payment.) This simply is not acceptable, so I am moving the site.

I have taken a week’s vacation from my regular job to get this done. The tentative plan is to switch the site over on Tuesday night on April 15th or Wednesday night on April 16th, depending on my progress. Although I’m working to minimize the downtime and prevent avoidable problems, there may be times the site will be down. I will post updates on this thread, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

I apologize for the downtime and the inconvenience.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 13, 2014 at 09:00 AM | 120 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. depletion Posted: April 13, 2014 at 01:44 PM (#4685418)
Way to go, Jim. Burstnet = crooks. Best of luck with the new site. Let me know, or any of the computer pros here, if you have any technical questions.
   2. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: April 13, 2014 at 01:52 PM (#4685426)
Good for you, Jim. I'll be sure to make a donation this month to show my gratitude.

   3. BDC Posted: April 13, 2014 at 01:59 PM (#4685431)
Yes, good point, #2. I just sent in my first donation in a while. Jim, there are few people who would take a weekend off from work just to provide me a venue for snarking about Ranger relief pitchers, and I appreciate it very much :)
   4.     Hey Gurl Posted: April 13, 2014 at 02:03 PM (#4685436)
I am also willing to take some time off work to help out, if you're willing. Just let me know.
   5. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: April 13, 2014 at 02:11 PM (#4685441)
Good decision, I'll throw in some money when I get paid next week.

As always, thanks for everything you do for this site!
   6. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: April 13, 2014 at 02:19 PM (#4685444)
Not to be obtuse. But where is the link to donate? I'm not seeing it....
   7. BDC Posted: April 13, 2014 at 02:21 PM (#4685445)
Jimmuscomp, go to Stuff on the red bar below the logo, then scroll all the way down to Support Us, and then click and scroll down again.

There may be a more obvious way, but that will work.
   8. Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili(Teddy F. Ballgame) Posted: April 13, 2014 at 02:37 PM (#4685457)
Good reminder, BDC. I haven't donated before, but this happens to be a flush week, so I just dropped some coins into the virtual bucket.
   9. deputydrew Posted: April 13, 2014 at 03:25 PM (#4685489)
I just donated. I've received a ton of enjoyment from this site and have never given anything back. It's long overdue.

I'd encourage everyone to donate and to do so in a dollar amount that has some baseball significance. Then come here and tell us why you chose that particular amount.

I donated $19.93. As a Giants fan, the 1993 season will always be a bitter-sweet memory. It was the first season with Barry Bonds, the last with Will Clark and may have been the last great pennant race in baseball history. I also considered $19.89 (as 1989 was Will Clark's greatest season) and $22.22 (as Will wore #22).
   10. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: April 13, 2014 at 03:27 PM (#4685490)
Thanks BDC - it used to be easier to find!
   11. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: April 13, 2014 at 03:41 PM (#4685502)
I just dropped 39.81 on BBTF. 20.02 for the Angels WS title and 19.79 for the first division title.

Good idea deputydrew on HOW to choose amounts.....

Good luck Dan - hoping for a smooth transition....
   12. Jim Furtado Posted: April 13, 2014 at 04:23 PM (#4685532)
Thanks for the donations. To show my thanks, everyone who donates will be able to view the site without ads for the next year or so once I know the site is running fine on the new setup. I've taken the full week off to work on things so I hope everything is running nicely by the end of the week.
   13. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 13, 2014 at 04:31 PM (#4685542)
jim

good luck in the transition

and whatever donation it takes to stop the half naked gamer ads just post the number.

   14. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: April 13, 2014 at 04:43 PM (#4685553)
HA!

That ad causes some consternation in my home as well, Harveys.....
   15. puck Posted: April 13, 2014 at 05:46 PM (#4685577)
So, was any of that equipment Jim's? That would suck to have to drive down to NC to fetch it. But maybe that's why he has to take time off.
   16. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: April 13, 2014 at 06:02 PM (#4685581)
Wait, Jim has a regular job, too?

Anyway, I would have gladly donated more recently if I knew it would stop the ads. When the ads became more and more prominent I just figured that Jim was (rightfully) making some money off this whole thing.
   17. Elvis Posted: April 13, 2014 at 06:21 PM (#4685597)
I donated $19.90 - the year that future Mets star Rafael Montero was born.

Here's the link to donate
http://www.baseballthinkfactory.org/stuff/discussion/support/
   18. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: April 13, 2014 at 06:23 PM (#4685598)
Jim, you really should make an obvious "donate" button somewhere on the main page or the newsblog. I've donated before, and wanted to again, but had trouble figuring out how.
   19. boteman Posted: April 13, 2014 at 06:33 PM (#4685606)
Agreed on making the link to donate cashmoney prominent on the home screen.

Also, after the dust settles perhaps Jim could set up a sandbox copy of the site where we could try out some tweaks to the design, unless he's perfectly happy with the way things are now.
   20. Where have you gone Brady Anderson? Posted: April 13, 2014 at 08:00 PM (#4685647)
Jim, thanks for all your hard work, this site is clearly the best thing on the internet. I also wanted to thank all of the commentors. I've very much enjoyed reading all of your output, whether about baseball or whatever else comes up, and the site wouldn't be the same without you. I made a modest donation, but I don't really mind the ads (although I would not mind if the various permutations of half-naked women disappear), so please leave them on my account, because you deserve as much money as you can get.
   21. Jim Furtado Posted: April 13, 2014 at 08:06 PM (#4685653)
Wow, you guys were very generous today. I appreciate it very much. This has been a labor of love for me but I won't deny getting a little extra cash isn't very much appreciated. My wife has been very understanding while I've been working on the site the last couple of days. I will be sure to use a few of the dollars sent along to take her out to dinner. I will tell her to thank all of you.

boteman, that's a good idea. I've got a redesign about 90% done but have had trouble finding time to finish it off. There is a lot of stuff in the old design that just doesn't work any more. Making it easier for people to submit links really needs to be completed. With a little luck, I hope to be able to get to some of the stuff on my giant to-do list this week.

The servers at burst.net are leased. The lease will expire this week.
   22. boteman Posted: April 13, 2014 at 08:55 PM (#4685670)
Jim, I've been helping the FreeSWITCH project and also the guys writing the SDR# radio package with their wikis. If you need help vetting the new design I'm volunteering what little services I could provide; at the very least I could be another pair of eyes for a sanity check of new things.

As always, if any member of your BTF staff is caught or killed, the secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions.

Good luck, Jim.
   23. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: April 13, 2014 at 09:17 PM (#4685676)
Thanks for making me feel guilty guys :) I've re-upped.
   24. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: April 13, 2014 at 09:48 PM (#4685692)
I'd encourage everyone to donate and to do so in a dollar amount that has some baseball significance. Then come here and tell us why you chose that particular amount.

37.31: The sum of the date, year, and score of my first-ever in-person MLB game.
   25. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: April 13, 2014 at 10:13 PM (#4685702)
Jim, have you contacted Colin W. about his offer of help on upgrades?
   26. Cooper Nielson Posted: April 13, 2014 at 11:59 PM (#4685734)
Long-time member, first-time donor. I just gave $76.20 -- Barry Bonds' HR total x 10.

Thanks for everything you've given us, Jim!
   27. Cooper Nielson Posted: April 14, 2014 at 12:00 AM (#4685736)
Long-time member, first-time donor. I just gave $76.20 -- Barry Bonds' HR total x 10.


OK, I guess that's Barry Bonds' HR total divided by 10 if you want to be pedantic.
   28. Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: April 14, 2014 at 12:37 AM (#4685741)
Long time reader, first time donor. Was going to give $19.18 $20.04 $20.07 $20.13, but saw that for just a little bit more could be a "Supporter" of BTF instead of a "Booster," so I made it an even $25. Thanks, Jim!
   29. tshipman Posted: April 14, 2014 at 01:08 AM (#4685744)
Hi Jim, thanks for moving the site to a more reliable vendor. I donated again.

Have you considered maybe offering memberships or subscriptions? I don't really care about a mug or a t-shirt, but I'd like to support the site since I'm here a fair bit.
   30. shoewizard Posted: April 14, 2014 at 01:41 AM (#4685751)
Long-time member, first-time donor. I just gave $76.20 -- Barry Bonds' HR total x 10.


OK, I guess that's Barry Bonds' HR total divided by 10 if you want to be pedantic.


Not at a penny a homer.

762 * .01 = 7.62 * 10 = 76.20
   31. Knock on any Iorg Posted: April 14, 2014 at 04:11 AM (#4685761)
This place? Pedantic?
   32. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: April 14, 2014 at 09:20 AM (#4685794)
$60.24 coming your way.

2004, 2007 and 2013.
   33. boteman Posted: April 14, 2014 at 10:13 AM (#4685823)
20.05 + 04.00 + 14.00 = $38.05

The day exactly 9 years ago when the Large Tub of Goo threw the first real pitch back in our Nation's Crapital.
   34. 'zop sympathizes with the wrong ####### people Posted: April 14, 2014 at 10:15 AM (#4685826)
$25.00 from me. Thanks, Jim.
   35. dlf Posted: April 14, 2014 at 10:47 AM (#4685842)
I spend way too much time reading to not be willing to put a couple of sheckles in the kitty. Donated Rod Carew's batting average in 1977. And another request to eliminate the video game porn.
   36. Misirlou was a Buddhist prodigy Posted: April 14, 2014 at 10:50 AM (#4685846)
Just donated $21.27, which is military time for 9:27 PM. 9 innings, 27 outs, and also the time of day my son was born.
   37. Randy Jones Posted: April 14, 2014 at 10:57 AM (#4685852)
Jim, you really should make an obvious "donate" button somewhere on the main page or the newsblog. I've donated before, and wanted to again, but had trouble figuring out how.

The donation link appears for me right above the Hot Topics and personal bookmarks on the sidebar. Is it not there for everyone?
   38. bjhanke Posted: April 14, 2014 at 11:20 AM (#4685872)
Jim's #12 is game-changing for me. I will donate as soon as I figure out how. I really like this site. I don't want it to go away. - Brock Hanke
   39. dr. scott Posted: April 14, 2014 at 12:40 PM (#4685928)
Just donated... though I forgot to log in before I donated.. so don't know if it will connect to my account here... oops. anyway I donated $26.40 in honor of Barry Zitto's OPS while batting for San Francisco the last 7 years (would have included batting in Oakland, but that pushed it below 0.250). I've always loved Barry's batting line as his AVG and SLG are identical (.108/.156/.108 for SF). In 386 PA's he never got any hit but a single, and his batting line was nearly identical every year for his first 4 years in SF. Also, for such a bad hitter, he walked a lot.
   40. bobm Posted: April 14, 2014 at 12:42 PM (#4685931)
Just donated - thank you Jim
   41. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: April 14, 2014 at 01:30 PM (#4685963)
A SITE WITHOUT HALF-NUDE GAMER ADS? FOR THE PITTANCE OF A $20.12 DONATION??**

SOON.

SOON.




**In honor of the Nationals' first playoff season.
   42. Charlie Gibbs Fracture Zone Posted: April 14, 2014 at 01:47 PM (#4685977)
Donated Colby Rasmus's career HR total. Couldn't afford his average annual strikeouts.
   43. JE (Jason) Posted: April 14, 2014 at 01:53 PM (#4685982)
Best of luck, Jim: I just sent in "2X Chai" to cover your Dunkin' Donuts coffee breaks.
   44. thetailor Posted: April 14, 2014 at 02:11 PM (#4685997)
Wait, can I donate and KEEP the half-naked gamer girl ads?
   45. Karl from NY Posted: April 14, 2014 at 02:16 PM (#4686002)
I'm in too. I don't have any favorite baseball statistics or numbers so went for a standard $25.

It's times like this that we remember these sites exist because somebody works hard to keep them there.
   46. Jean Claude Vander Wal (Pokey1228) Posted: April 14, 2014 at 02:21 PM (#4686005)
I just donated $26.27 in honor of my two favorite athletes from Philadelphia - Chase Utley and Ron Hextall. Okay, Hextall played hockey, but he had a beautiful left-handed swing. Just ask Kent Nilsson.

edit: Just wanted to add that I rarely comment, but I spend an unhealthy amount of time here reading about one of my favorite things. Thanks for all of your hard work to keep this place up and running.
   47. Misirlou was a Buddhist prodigy Posted: April 14, 2014 at 02:24 PM (#4686007)
Well, the half naked gamer is gone, but now I'm asked to speed date sexy Asian ladies.

Actually, what's way more annoying is the occasional video ad with sound.
   48. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: April 14, 2014 at 02:50 PM (#4686028)
Will be donating come pay day -- Friday. Might do so before then, but my laptop's in the shop, & until I know how much the bill will be, I'm clutching my wallet nervously.
   49. David Nieporent (now, with children) Posted: April 14, 2014 at 03:07 PM (#4686035)
Just did $26.32, and anybody who can't figure that one out is hereby banned from this site.
   50. Run, Mookie, Run Posted: April 14, 2014 at 03:48 PM (#4686054)
Donated for 1986 Game 6 = $25.86

Good luck and thanks for the efforts, Jim
   51. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: April 14, 2014 at 03:48 PM (#4686055)
I was so eager to donate that I didn't pick up the idea that the donation should relate to a famous number. So, er, um, I donated to commemorate Brady Anderson's 'roid total.
   52. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: April 14, 2014 at 03:59 PM (#4686059)
Just did $26.32, and anybody who can't figure that one out is hereby banned from this site.

The number of times that Andy Pettitte REALLY did PEDs?
   53. Run, Mookie, Run Posted: April 14, 2014 at 04:25 PM (#4686075)
The number of times that Andy Pettitte REALLY did PEDs?


He did face Pettitte 51 times with a slash line of 267/353/444
   54. Swedish Chef Posted: April 14, 2014 at 04:37 PM (#4686083)
$60.24 coming your way.

2004, 2007 and 2013.


I liked that, so I added the years the Marlins won the WS (and got a pretty boring number).
   55. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: April 14, 2014 at 04:59 PM (#4686106)
19.89 + 6.16 = $26.05. See user name for details.
   56. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: April 14, 2014 at 05:05 PM (#4686113)
19.89 + 6.16 = $26.05. See user name for details.


You learn something new everyday, I didn't know the card number.
   57. The Polish Sausage Racer Posted: April 14, 2014 at 05:14 PM (#4686124)
Donated $19.82 for the Brewers lonesome World Series appearance. Good luck with the server transfer, Jim. Sometimes it's great. Other times....you'll be glad you took the week off.
   58. dlf Posted: April 14, 2014 at 05:28 PM (#4686131)
Good idea deputydrew on HOW to choose amounts.....


Seconded. I am enjoying reading how posters are choosing the amounts of their contributions.
   59. Bernal Diaz has an angel on his shoulder Posted: April 14, 2014 at 07:29 PM (#4686183)
I just donated my SAT score.
   60. Curse of the Andino Posted: April 14, 2014 at 07:32 PM (#4686184)
Uggh, I had to deal with and upgrade my servers over the weekend 'cuz of HeartBleeds. Then the shopping carts broke and my customers couldn't buy the pr0n they need. Only fixed today. You, sir, have my sympathies (and a donation.)
   61. Misirlou was a Buddhist prodigy Posted: April 14, 2014 at 07:33 PM (#4686185)
Cheapskate!

Edit: that comment was for #59
   62. Bernal Diaz has an angel on his shoulder Posted: April 14, 2014 at 07:36 PM (#4686187)
I just donated a pair of gently worn slacks.
   63. Bernal Diaz has an angel on his shoulder Posted: April 14, 2014 at 07:40 PM (#4686190)
Can I request fully nude ads in return for a donation?
   64. Jim Furtado Posted: April 15, 2014 at 06:22 AM (#4686344)
Testing.
   65. Jim Furtado Posted: April 15, 2014 at 07:29 AM (#4686345)
Testing again.
   66. boteman Posted: April 15, 2014 at 10:05 AM (#4686365)
That's a good test.
   67. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: April 15, 2014 at 10:14 AM (#4686368)
Just did $26.32, and anybody who can't figure that one out is hereby banned from this site.

I hope that's referring to Boog and Matt, and not to what you paid in taxes. (smile)
   68. Big Ears Teddy shouldn't see TFTIO Posted: April 15, 2014 at 10:15 AM (#4686371)
Thanks, Jim. I have been known to ##### and moan, but you are doing the Lord's work here.
   69. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: April 15, 2014 at 10:22 AM (#4686377)
Jim, the feature where I get paid out in quarters from my personal slot machine in the home office every time I offend someone is broken.
   70. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: April 15, 2014 at 10:30 AM (#4686379)
Jim - When I get onto BBTF using Firefox I can see the site but when I click any of the links I get the "we are shut down for six hours" message. I can log on using IE. I have already cleared cookies in Firefox.
   71. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: April 15, 2014 at 10:36 AM (#4686381)
Chrome works fine so far. Threw a little dosh your way for the troubles. Don't spend it all in one place.
   72. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: April 15, 2014 at 10:39 AM (#4686382)
Donation on its way in the ether.
   73. Jim Furtado Posted: April 15, 2014 at 11:48 AM (#4686402)
Jose, are you still having the issue?
   74. BochysFingers Posted: April 15, 2014 at 02:51 PM (#4686490)
I see the Monkey!
   75. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: April 15, 2014 at 03:08 PM (#4686510)
I see the Monkey!


That's what she said.
   76. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: April 15, 2014 at 03:41 PM (#4686546)
Jose, are you still having the issue?


Same song, different verse. Now I get taken to a page that says this...

The page isn't redirecting properly

Firefox has detected that the server is redirecting the request for this address in a way that will never complete.

This problem can sometimes be caused by disabling or refusing to accept cookies.


Not really comfortable disabling cookies. I'm not that tecnology savvy that I'm sure what I can and cannot do with settings for my work computer. I can access with IE now however. The problem is just FireFox.
   77. Gary Truth Serum Posted: April 15, 2014 at 06:42 PM (#4686594)
It's not baseball related, but I donated an amount that appears in the title of the #1 song the day I was born and that rhymes with "if man is still alive".
   78. zack Posted: April 15, 2014 at 10:11 PM (#4686670)
I'm having the same problem as Jose (the bad redirect error) in Firefox. This is the only thread that will load, and when I try to post I get the error again.

Clearing all the BTF cookies makes no difference.

Works in Chrome.
   79. boteman Posted: April 15, 2014 at 11:49 PM (#4686694)
I suggest if you're getting the "redirect" error, try:

1) Forced full refresh. It always seems to change on me; it's either Ctrl-F5 or Shift-F5 or something-F5, but I'm pretty sure F5 is involved in some way. I know F1 is almost always Help, so there's that.

2) It could be that the changes to the DNS entries simply have not propagated to your ISP yet. AFAIK there aint nuttin' you can do but wait for the old entries to time out and get refreshed with the new i.p. numbers. This happens under the hood, you can't influence it. I noticed I was getting the site fine on my desktop machine on my Comcast connection, but on my AT&T smart phone this morning I still got the "site down" error page. AT&T just hadn't gotten the updated phone book listing.

3) If you think you've waited long enough, you could poke around in Firefox's awful cookie management window, locate the cookies for bbtf.org and baseballthinkfactory.org and just delete them outright. Then the site will think you've never visited it before and maybe that will fix it. Or it could start World War III.
   80. CrosbyBird Posted: April 16, 2014 at 02:08 AM (#4686736)
I cleared basically everything but form entries from my history, and restarted my computer, and the site started working. I still get a bunch of code at the end of the URL that forces an error when I first log in, but then I delete the extra text and I'm fine.
   81. Jim Furtado Posted: April 16, 2014 at 08:47 AM (#4686771)
Which URL are you using to get to the site? I changed the php handler and I'm working through some redirect issues.
   82. Gaylord Perry the Platypus (oi!) Posted: April 16, 2014 at 09:25 AM (#4686791)
Congratulations on a really smooth transition, Jim.
   83. Randy Jones Posted: April 16, 2014 at 09:41 AM (#4686802)
2) It could be that the changes to the DNS entries simply have not propagated to your ISP yet. AFAIK there aint nuttin' you can do but wait for the old entries to time out and get refreshed with the new i.p. numbers. This happens under the hood, you can't influence it. I noticed I was getting the site fine on my desktop machine on my Comcast connection, but on my AT&T smart phone this morning I still got the "site down" error page. AT&T just hadn't gotten the updated phone book listing.

If this is the case, or any time you are having issues with your DNS servers, you can change your network settings to use OpenDNS or Google's DNS servers. How to change that depends on your OS obviously, but it is easy to do.
   84. zack Posted: April 16, 2014 at 10:12 AM (#4686833)
It's actually worse for me this morning. Yesterday I could get to http://www.baseballthinkfactory.org and http://www.baseballthinkfactory.org/newsstand fine, it just wouldn't load any threads besides this one. Now it won't even load those three pages. www.bbtf.org does not work either. I do use noscript, but even with that turned off it still doesn't work (and I don't think there were ever any scripts on bbtf).

It's not a DNS issue since it works fine in chrome, I think.

Are there cookies for this site that aren't labeled baseballthinkfactory?
   85. Jim Furtado Posted: April 16, 2014 at 10:45 AM (#4686850)
I'm going to test things in Firefox. You man want to clear all the cookies for bbtf.org as well as baseballthinkfactory.org and then coming back to the site using the full domain, not bbtf.org.

For the Apache buffs, I'm having an issue with the way redirects are being handled in Apache while using mod_fcgid to handle PHP. Does anyone have a workaround for the apparent mod_fcgid/mod_redirect problem?
   86. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: April 16, 2014 at 11:45 AM (#4686907)
Mr. Gower cabled you needed cash. Stop.
My office instructed to advance you up to $25,000. Stop.
Hee-haw and Merry Christmas. Adam Wainwright.

(Hark the herald angels sing...)
   87. zack Posted: April 16, 2014 at 12:14 PM (#4686926)
Jim, it seems to be working in Firefox for me now. Thanks.
   88. boteman Posted: April 16, 2014 at 04:22 PM (#4687206)
If you're seeing the site but no threads you might be looking at the new version which presents things differently.
   89. Chris Fluit Posted: April 16, 2014 at 05:40 PM (#4687297)
$26.32 for Cal Ripken's Games Played Ironman Streak.


Edit:
(I didn't notice that David Nieporent beat me to it. Oh well, still a good number.)
   90. Hysterical & Useless Posted: April 16, 2014 at 09:27 PM (#4687457)
I'm too tired and lazy to think of a good bb related number so I just dumped a wad of cash in the cup. Now please stop playing that saxophone.

Jim, you are one of the great heroes of modern times. This site is essential to a civilized life.

But you guys complaining about the half-naked women are just....confused.
   91. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 16, 2014 at 10:17 PM (#4687482)
Wrong thread.
   92. Sweet Posted: April 16, 2014 at 10:38 PM (#4687492)
Donated an amount related to the Cubs' championship futility.
   93. base ball chick Posted: April 16, 2014 at 11:42 PM (#4687528)
hows about us GRRRRRLS (and gay guys) complaining about half nekkid females?

we don't get to see all those awesome mostly nekkid MALES ads. which i could get behind

um

so to speak
   94. FrankM Posted: April 17, 2014 at 08:52 AM (#4687574)
But you guys complaining about the half-naked women are just....confused.

Maybe the complaint is they're only half naked.
   95. JLAC is engulfed in a harmless burst of flame Posted: April 17, 2014 at 10:05 AM (#4687623)
Jim:

I’ve been occasionally getting the site hijacked by a virus scam trying to get me to “update my Java” (and download an exe file). I find this very concerning.

I go to a new page, and suddenly the page is hijacked and a box descends from the top of the page, saying "your Java needs to be updated, click here" and the box (if you were to click on it) tries to download an .exe file. It's happened 5-6 times in the last couple of days.
   96. JLAC is engulfed in a harmless burst of flame Posted: April 17, 2014 at 10:07 AM (#4687626)
I've tried to deal with it for now by installing AdBlock and blacklisting BBTF, but I prefer not to do this.
   97. Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2014 at 10:57 AM (#4687681)
JLAC, I'd be shocked if this is originating from the site. I only have two ad agencies supplying ads on the site. They are both well-established and have mechanisms in place to prevent people from uploading such ads. Can you send me some screenshots when this happens?
   98. boteman Posted: April 17, 2014 at 11:06 AM (#4687692)
Is a good bet that all that stuff is occurring in an iframe that intercepts legit requests. It likely has nothing to do with this site. If you're running Firefox I strongly suggest the NoScript plugin to stop anything from running until you allow it.
   99. zonk Posted: April 18, 2014 at 08:16 AM (#4688336)
Ron Cey (11) + Keith Moreland (6) + Gary Matthews (36), my 3 favorite Cubs from the 1984 team.... and thanks, Jim, for providing the online chronicle from young and foolish Cub fandom to old and foolish Cub fandom... The world must know!
   100. kthejoker Posted: April 20, 2014 at 12:40 AM (#4689475)
I don't know if it means anything, but bbtf.org now redirects me to http://www.baseballthinkfactory.org/$1 which is definitely a mod_rewrite rule gone screwy.
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