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Re: Could only reach the forums changing my DNS
« Reply #75 on: February 27, 2023, 12:34:34 PM »
The last few days seem to give less trouble, but I was just met with this:

Connection Problems

Sorry, SMF was unable to connect to the database. This may be caused by the server being busy. Please try again later.

That's not Akamai being silly.

No that's just the forum slow or busy (as the error message states.  This used to happen long before the Akamai issue came along.  So we were complaining about the forum being slow and it probably needed to be on a faster server with more grunt.  Even then the SMF software running the forum needs to be updated as it isn't the latest (I mentioned this before) as that also may help.
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Re: Could only reach the forums changing my DNS
« Reply #76 on: February 27, 2023, 03:00:10 PM »
It would also explain why it takes 10+ seconds to load a page sometimes.

I hope it gets sorted out soon. Real soon.

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Re: Could only reach the forums changing my DNS
« Reply #77 on: February 27, 2023, 03:15:45 PM »
It would also explain why it takes 10+ seconds to load a page sometimes.

I hope it gets sorted out soon. Real soon.

I wouldn't hold your breath as we have been asking for this for some considerable time.
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Re: Could only reach the forums changing my DNS
« Reply #78 on: March 01, 2023, 09:21:52 PM »
So it would seem....


Page created in 28.567 seconds with 10 queries.

ffs

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Re: Could only reach the forums changing my DNS
« Reply #79 on: March 01, 2023, 09:28:18 PM »
So it would seem....

Page created in 28.567 seconds with 10 queries.

I used to dream of page loads that quick when the forums were really slow.  Not to mention the figure shown felt much longer.  A watched kettle never boils as they say.

However whilst there is the odd slow page load and or SMF problem, I don't find it that frequent.
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Re: Could only reach the forums changing my DNS
« Reply #80 on: May 03, 2023, 12:45:50 AM »
Currently I can't reach the forum from a UK IP. When I switch to another European IP it works normally.

Weird. Could be a VPN block for that IP, or could be more shenanigans like before.

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Re: Could only reach the forums changing my DNS
« Reply #81 on: May 03, 2023, 12:54:46 AM »
Currently I can't reach the forum from a UK IP. When I switch to another European IP it works normally.

Weird. Could be a VPN block for that IP, or could be more shenanigans like before.

Well I'm connecting from the UK without issue, no VPN used.

Not sure why you mention VPN block, as by your comment "or could be more shenanigans like before" if you mean Akamai, that wasn't a VPN block as such, but DNS issues as mentioned in this topic.
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Re: Could only reach the forums changing my DNS
« Reply #82 on: May 03, 2023, 01:32:46 AM »
Currently I can't reach the forum from a UK IP. When I switch to another European IP it works normally.

Weird. Could be a VPN block for that IP, or could be more shenanigans like before.

Well I'm connecting from the UK without issue, no VPN used.

Not sure why you mention VPN block, as by your comment "or could be more shenanigans like before" if you mean Akamai, that wasn't a VPN block as such, but DNS issues as mentioned in this topic.

I mention VPN because I can't say whether it is the VPN IP that is blocked, and it just happens to be a UK IP, or if it is more widespread like before when Akamai was causing problems by effectively blocking an entire continent. That is also why I explicitly mentioned being able to connect from another European IP.

When an IP is blocked, it doesn't show an error page. It just flat out refuses to connect at all, like the whole forum is down. That's just how it appeared with the Akamai troubles.