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 ISP or BGP-related problems.
If you've lost the ability to connect to Fark starting on November 1, 2018, it's probably because your browser and/or OS are too old to support TLS 1.2 or 1.3 encryption. We no longer support TLS 1.0 and 1.1. Many other websites are doing the same, including all e-commerce sites in June 2018 (including Paypal and Stripe) because the older encryption algorithms have long been broken. This affects at least Windows XP, Android 4, Blackberry, and macOS 10.7 and earlier -- it's time to upgrade.
We left TLS 1.0 and 1.1 enabled for this outage page until January 1, 2019. We also require a browser that supports SNI (server name indication), but support for that is older than TLS 1.0, so it's less likely to be a problem.
Wed Jan 16 2019: Still tuning the load balancer setup a bit. The failover timeouts need some work.
Mon Jan 14 2019: we're experimenting with an all-new load balancer setup, so there may be some glitches and outages here and there as we tune it. (And I mean ALL-new, including the OS, the software, and the technique.)
No obvious issues at the moment.
Live basic health check:
It's probably time I updated this picture from June 2008.
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