On Novelr’s Downtime (And One Other Thing)

You might’ve noticed that Novelr was down for the tail-end of August. For a period of roughly two weeks, Stumbleupon sent 1000-2000 visitors a day to the site, and it wasn’t too long before the flood took up all of Novelr’s bandwidth. I’m really sorry about that, and I’ll look to see if there’s anything I can do to make sure that it doesn’t happen again.

One other thing: a sprightly discussion has sprung up around my proposal for an online fiction format, and I’d like to say that there are quite a number of suggestions in the comments thread that I’ve never considered before. I don’t know how this is going to turn out, or if one such platform will ever come to light. But if you’ve got a suggestion, as a reader or a writer of online fiction – post it in the comments thread, and let the community hash it out. Our eyeballs will thank you for it.

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  • http://www.novelr.com Eli James

    Oh and by the way, don’t throw up suggestions in the comments to this post – do it in the other thread, please.

  • http://sorrowfulunfounded.com Chris

    Can’t see how to comment on the mini entries, so I’m going to post my answer to the following here.

    “Two things: 1) what are the odds? 2) should we be thinking about switching platforms?”

    The odds of being compromised are no different then any other peice of software assuming the software (and plugins) is kept updated. WordPress from 2.7 (or was it 2.6) has made this incredibly easy, so there is no excuse to not have the WordPress installation up to date. You should not judge WordPress on how many exploits or bugs are found, but rather the speed in which they are patched/fixed. It’s also worth noting that just because a platform doesn’t have many or any exploits made public or patches issued, doesn’t mean that exploits/bugs don’t exist or that it’s any more secure (that’s not to say that it couldn’t be more secure, but it’s difficult thing to measure).

    So no, I don’t think this (or indeed past or future security issues) is reason enough to change from WordPress to something else. The replacement will have its own security issues (not to mention another learning curve (although I encourage you learn anything you can that is useful or interesting), and probably a smaller community).

    But if your going to change, Habari looks nice to me.