This is the status page for Fark's behind-the-scenes geekery. If there's a major outage or problem, we'll try to post something here about it (unless we're too up to our eyeballs in trying to actually fix it)... so check here if Fark's hosed for an extended length of time. Normally this page will be blank. :-) For more minor issues, see Mike's blog, or much more likely, Mike's twitter, Drew's twitter, Fark twitter or all Fark staff/mod/admin twitters together. On (very!) rare occasion you may be able to catch Mike on our webcam at QX's data center.
Our normal hosting provider is QX.net, a local ISP here in Lexington, KY.
This outage page is hosted at DigitalOcean in case of backbone-related problems.
On June 1, 2018, we intend to turn off TLS 1.0 encryption on Fark. (We delayed this from the original date of January 1, 2018.) Any older operating systems (Windows XP, Android 4, etc) and browsers that don't support at least TLS 1.1 will stop working entirely at that point. Many other websites are doing the same, because the older encryption algorithms have long been broken. We will leave TLS 1.0 enabled for this outage page until August 1, 2018, but after that we'll probably disable it here too. If you still have antiquated gear, I hope you got something new for Christmas.
Thu Apr 19 09:57:57 EDT 2018: Looking at how a botnet managed to send 34,169 pieces of spam out from our mail server overnight. At first glance it looks like an intern account from 8 years ago had an easily guessed SMTP password -- or a password that was used on a another compromised site. Still investigating though, and disabling bunch of our old email accounts so this doesn't happen again.
No obvious issues at the moment.
Live basic health check:
It's probably time I updated this picture.
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