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.
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 will leave TLS 1.0 and 1.1 enabled for this outage page until January 1, 2019, but after that we'll probably disable it here too. 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.
Thu Dec 13 18:14:42 EST 2018: We will need to reboot the database server overnight tonight for a major OS update. (We've already rebooted everything else.) This was completed at Fri Dec 14 02:00:46 EST 2018
Live basic health check:
It's probably time I updated this picture from June 2008.
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