I did a email interview with Damien Venuto of StopPress (an online advertising industry mag) a few weeks back. It has now been put up online if anyone outside of that industry is interested.
I’m in my usual pleasant, widely expansive and egotistical best with my beautific face beaming out at you*.
Previous articles in this series were interesting to read.
Umm I can’t have done too badly. Our contact at Scoop emailed me without screaming how I’d made our site unsaleable. I must be losing my touch… I usually try to ensure that people always come away wanting to avoid any further contact. It helps with balancing time between home, work, family, and the blog.
Incidentally, we’re coming up on 700 thousand comments (just over 696k at present). I think it will happen during the weekend. I’ll have to plan to spend some time getting some stats together for a 700k comments post. I rather think we’ve been accelerating since the 600k mark. Seven months?
I’ve also started to escalate the moderation bans heading into elections. So if anyone wants to troll on the site with mindless trash or to abuse authors, then don’t be surprised if you find your comments wind up in auto-spam until after the elections. Keep your contributions interesting so we don’t have to notice you when moderating.
For the techheads and geeks, the new server configuration (finished in January) now has a permanent database server and file server with their required backups. It then throws between one small cloud web server and fifty small cloud web servers paid by the hour at the task of servicing your reads and writes.
So far the peak has been seven web servers. So we have a lot of headroom for those poxy peaks of usage when stories break and the site gets flooded. I do still get small clusters of error 500′s as servers go online rapidly. Mainly due to the database getting choked as it loads up pages for the first time and before it caches the queries. The fix for that comes next month.
This configuration is both cheaper and more flexible that going for the one or more larger capacity servers with the inevitable steps required in capacity.