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Why I don't want to hear complaints about LJ Downtime

Posted on 2011.08.04 at 05:27
Current Mood: angryangry

Yeah, once again, when many folks were making snide comments about LJ, the issue was actually that the site and its network were under sustained attack by a hostile and repressive government bent on disrupting political dissidence.

I hate seeing people bitch at LJ when this happens. It's like seeing someone out walking with a black friend, and, when he's set upon by a racist mob who start clubbing him with truncheons, the "Friend" starts yelling at him for making them late!

Please, have a backup journal. Dreamwidth rocks, and it's actually my primary posting journal. I'm pretty sure I have some invite codes.

But don't slam LJ, don't complain about them, don't rail against or abandon them. No, LJ is not being an arse: It's being attacked!



oncelikeshari at 2011-08-04 09:58 (UTC) (Link)
Well I was complaining my head off because I kept checking the LJ site that tells you what's going on when it's down and it was lying to me for over a day!

If they don't tell me it's not their fault then I'm going to moan, it's in my nature *lol*
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2011-08-04 11:41 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, they screwed up big time by not putting the fact that they were under attack on their status page as soon as they knew, which should have been within an hour or so, tops. This was a gigantic cock-up on LJ's part, since, by not revealing it was an attack, they encouraged their users to believe it was simple incompetence for two days. They should be scolded for failing to update their status page regularly, and for being unforthcoming as to the reason for the downtime.

But they also got attacked last April in a very similar way, and once prior to that, as well, and the symptoms were exactly the same. I was assuming it was a DDoS attack by the end of the first day. LJ's got a good solid network and a good solid infrastructure. Difficulties and downtimes are very rare. So when they do go down, it's a lot more likely to be an attack than some stupidity on their part. We should really assume that until we hear otherwise.
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