Page load errors and scheduled maintenance

From around midday users may have experienced problems with certain pages on the site, receiving the ‘broken sofa’ error page. During routine maintenance work, the search index was corrupted which caused these error pages. The error was spotted a couple of hours later (via a twitter report) and was rectified. This caused issues such as sellers being unable to create shops or items and buyers not being able to checkout.

We’ve added further monitoring of the site (site search to be specific) which should allow the support team to to respond to these kinds of issues much quicker in the future.

We will be regenerating the search index at midnight tonight which will require the site to be unavailable for approximately two hours.

*UPDATE:* This index regeneration was completed successfully, the service was unavailable for approximately 1.5 hours.

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3 Comments

  • March 13, 2009

    niftyknits (heather)

    so…silly question maybe…how will we find this section? Is there going to be a prominent link from front page, or do we have to bookmark it and keep checking?

  • March 13, 2009

    robl

    It’s linked in the sidebar of the blog for now, just below the comments. We’ll link to it from somewhere prominent as well – we just haven’t decided where yet.

  • March 13, 2009

    materialised

    Great that you are letting us know about these issues – I would like to see a link to it from somewhere prominent on our account page.