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 November 1, 2018, we intend to turn off TLS 1.0 and 1.1 encryption on Fark. (We delayed this from the original dates of January 1 and June 1, 2018.) Any obsolete operating systems (Windows XP, Android 4.3, Blackberry 7.1, etc) and browsers that don't support at least TLS 1.2 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 and 1.1 enabled for this outage page until January 1, 2019, but after that we'll probably disable it here too.
Note that e-commerce sites have an earlier deadline of June 30, 2018, to turn TLS 1.0 off. So as of now, if you have an old browser or operating system, you'll be unable to use Paypal or Stripe to purchase BareFark or TotalFark with it -- or cancel an existing recurring subscription.
In related news, we now require that browsers support SNI (server name indication). Support for this generally pre-dates even TLS 1.0 support, so it's unlikely you can even read this note if your system/device is that ancient. But if you are only able to reach the desktop site, and not the mobile site, and not any TotalFark site, then you may need to upgrade your mobile device or its software.
Tue Aug 7 02:22:49 EDT 2018: Upstream BGP issue? We might be unreachable from some places (like Spectrum) but work perfectly fine from others (like DigitalOcean)
Live basic health check:
It's probably time I updated this picture from June 2008.
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