Steepster Migration

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Testing testing 1-2?

I’m so frustrated. I had hoped that, if I stayed away for awhile again, when I came back things would be better. Now I can barely get the site to work at all! So many 404s and dial-up speeds. This level of problems seems less like the results of a spam attack, it’s more like a straight DDoS. I’m hoping that, someday, our little site will return to normal functionality, but I’m starting to lose hope. Every time I come back it seems worse, not better. I’m not trying to be a debbie downer but I’m just so dang frustrated.

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Ilya Kreymerman admin said

Turns out it was a DDoS attack. Hoping the site is more responsive now.

It seems better now

For me it’s as unresponsive as before, because I still have my access completely blocked and I need to use VPN.

Courtney said

Mine also seems to be working now. Thanks!

Arby said

It is very slow for me still.

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Shae said

This is a small thing, but has anyone noticed that the search bar doesn’t narrow to the specific tea like it used to? Normally, if I type the full name of the tea then it will show only that tea. Now, if I type Majestic Chai, for example, it shows 10 teas (none of which are Majestic Chai and some of which don’t even have chai in the title). Like I said, it’s a small thing, but it’s not as user friendly as it used to be.

VariaTEA said

I’ve had this. Or it will show the tea and then quickly change away from it before I can click on it so then I need to delete part of the name to get it to come back.

VariaTEA said

On the plus side, I can post on discussion board again so thank you for that steepster!

Shae said

That’s definitely a plus!

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Sil select said

Still slo; search bar issues (couldn’t actually search on the ipad as the keyboard wouldn’t come up) with things other users have said; 404 constantly for teas, my tea ratings etc…no rhyme or reason and it changes from hour to hour/day to day;

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Constant error 1020 and blocked access if I’m not using VPN. I’m starting to feel like I’m invisible to the Steepster/Adagio staff, because all my complaints here go completely unnoticed and disregarded by them.

Ilya Kreymerman admin said

dreamloomer, we were blocking Poland because of a lot of bot traffic last week. We have removed the country from the list so you should have access once again.

Ilya, thank you very much. Too bad that it had to take so much time, but I’m glad that I can finally connect the normal way.

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Hey Ilya, do you see a dreamloomer’s post just above mine? He is complaining that he has to use VPN for even browsing the site. Is there some major spam from Poland, or what’s the reason he is blocked? Please, fix it for him, as you guys did that for me within one day.

Martin, thank you very much for your mediation. :)

You are welcome; I wasn’t really sure if he even knows that you wrote here as you were apparently in blocked country. I wish there would be other solution than blocking whole country.

Ilya Kreymerman admin said

Hoping that blocking countries is a temporary step that will go away once the spammers realize their accounts/posts are being removed quickly.

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Hi Ilya,

I’m getting a new error code (Error 1020 – Access Denied) when I try to access the 2020 Tea Budgeting thread: https://steepster.com/discuss/38946-2020-how-much-will-you-spend-on-tea-this-year

I’m only getting it with this specific thread. Is there a reason that it’s been locked specifically? I was able to edit my post there just a day or so ago, and can’t today…

Same here :(

Ilya Kreymerman admin said

Roswell, we recently discovered that one of the issues causing steepster to become unresponsive every few days is a malicious bot that is repeatedly hitting the site. So far, the pattern seems to be that the bot sends a large number of requests (16,945 in the last 24 hours) to a single page for a few days and them switches to something else. The requests are coming from all over the world so we are unable to target a specific region or IP address and the only option we have is block the page being targeted. If the pattern holds, that thread should be accessible in a few days and some other random steepster page will be blocked. Hope that explains.

OMGsrsly said

Good to know there’s a reason I’m getting “access denied” messages for some threads!

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mrmopar said

Getting a bunch of spam from the UK. Might be the time to put them on the captcha.

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Shae said

Has anyone had any issues with missing teas? I recently added Bollywood Theater Masala Chai from The Reluctant Trading Experiment to my cupboard. When I couldn’t find it there, I went looking and noticed it’s completely gone from Steepster. Is this a fluke or are teas being deleted? This particular tea name doesn’t strike me as one that looks like spam, so I’m hoping that teas aren’t being deleted if they don’t have any reviews yet. I just bought this one and added it to Steepster a month or so ago, but I hadn’t had a chance to write a note on it yet.

Ilya Kreymerman admin said

Shae, We have been cleaning up the database of many spam users as well as a few spam teas and companies. It’s possible that the ‘Bollywood Theater’ name was accidentally flagged and removed. Please re-enter the info and I’ll make sure to bypass it.

Shae said

Will do. Thanks, Ilya!

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