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Forum slow/unresponsive/down

Post by NightWash »

Dear all,

this morning I got contacted by runcible, that the forum seems to be down. I dug a little bit into this and found out that it was indeed very slow, timing out or throwing gateway errors.
I invested some more time this afternoon and found out that this all was caused by some Bot crawling the website (most likely for one of so many stupid "AI" projects). I found a way to deny access of those crawlers and just return an error message to them, so all should be fine now. I would have preferred to block the bot directly, but since it is running in AWS, its IP address is changing constantly.

Long story short - lets hope that you now have the forum experience again that you deserve :) Feel free to contact me in case of any unusual behavior that might now be introduce by this improvement.

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