Sorry for the break in the LEGO news, but I thought it is important to update you on what is happening with the server issues we experienced last week. According to the server guys the issues have been fixed, however while looking into it they discovered that one of the problems is TBB itself.
When our readers left a comment they had the option to subscribe to any future comments in that thread. This way readers got a convenient email whenever a new comment was submitted by someone else; further discussing the topic, answering questions, etc. As we have several hundred readers subscribed to comments, and we do get a lot of comments, this resulted in as much as over a 1,000 emails per hour sent out by TBB.
The server guys told me that most websites only send out a handful of emails per day. Even though their limit is 1,000 emails per hour, if a website regularly sends out a few hundred emails it raises red flags as the server can get overloaded. The point is; we are too chatty for our server!
To make sure there are no further issues with overusing our server and getting our account suspended as a result, I have disabled the Subscribe to Comments plugin for now. I know this is an inconvenience, and I’m looking for other solutions that can handle comment-subscription better.
In the meantime I would suggest that you bookmark the topics and articles you are interested in, so you have quick access to them, and can check easily if there are new comments and discussions. And if you have any ideas for me for managing our chatty crowd of LEGO fans better, or have other suggestions for our readers how to best handle staying on top of topics, feel free to share them in the comment section below.
Just to be clear; commenting is still allowed and encouraged as it helps to support the LEGO community. You just can’t subscribe to comments for now. However you can subscribe to our once-a-day email newsletter that will update you on the latest articles: Subscribe to TheBrickBlogger by Email
And now back to the topic of LEGO – stay tuned for tomorrow…