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Was gonna make a new thread but thought repurposing an old one would do just as well.

The RPG Spider has died again. Someone turn on the seeding beacon.
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Thanks for reporting this. Did it get fixed?

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The spider has been down for at least half a day. 392 unverified demos.
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Spider is slacking off again

Down for a couple of days now. Up to 500+ unverified demos.

edit: Fixed!

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Apparently it's been down for half a day or so. Only 60+ unverified demos. Still might be good to give it a swift kick.

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The RPG Spider is down again.
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The RPG Spider is dead.

Perhaps it needs a way to auto-restart it every week or something.
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The RPG Spider is down again.

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162 demos in the queue, I think the spider may be down again.
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The RPG Spider is down again.


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Looks like the spider took some time off to ring in the new year. 255 demos in the queue.

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This may be a continuation of the previous spider down alert, but there are currently over 6000 demos in the queue.

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Yep, still the same outage. The spider has been down for about a month now. Hopefully everything is okay in DRODland? I think the folks in charge are aware of the issue at least?

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One of the key benefits of being a CaravelNet member is being able to compete on scores and challenges.

Not to be a Pessimistic Petunia, but itís really quite unfortunate how long itís taking to fix this. Schik has been away from the site a while, which probably explains things.

Is no one at Caravel able to restart the spider besides Schik?

Was there a falling-out of some kind between Schik and another team member?


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I agree it would be good to get the spider going again, as a core component of CaravelNet service. I believe Schik runs the spider on a personal computer. I'm unaware of any issues between any team members. I'm assuming Schik is simply busy with other issues at present. I'll reach out to him about it.

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Hi mrimer,

Have you heard back about this issue?

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Hi mrimer,

Have you heard back about this issue?

Thanks!
I did reach out to Matt via email a week ago. I haven't heard back.

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Is there a backup plan?

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Is there a backup plan?
Unfortunately, no. It seemed that Matt really wanted to own the operation of the CaravelNet components.

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This is really, really unfortunate.

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It seemed that Matt really wanted to own the operation of the CaravelNet components.

I don't think it's a fair assessment of Matt's approach to Caravel Net, at least not in my experience working with him, even before we became friends. Matt always cared a lot about the quality of the work done on the backend, and over the years that I worked on the forum and other components he never had any problems delegating stuff to others, provided they were serious about helping and weren't planning to jump the ship the second they are expected to actually do something.

So to the best of my knowledge it wasn't that he wanted to own the operation of CaravelNet but rather no one, to the best of my knowledge, ever suggested to take over those tasks or serve as a backup.

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Oh, pardon if I misspoke. You're exactly right. I appreciate you pointing those things out. It's not my intent to mischaracterize Matt's approach to CaravelNet. I completely agree Matt is passionate about the quality of his work, in all areas, and it's always been a pleasure to collaborate with him on all the projects we've worked on together.

I'm not saying Matt doesn't want to delegate. What I meant to describe, and apparently did so poorly, is that I did briefly discuss the possibility of sharing the maintenance and execution of the spider at a couple points, some years back, and at the time I recall Matt indicating he wanted to keep running it himself. I was fine to let him do that, because he had a proven track record and seemed in earnest. It's possible I'm misremembering, and it's also possible Matt won't even remember having the conversation, because it was so brief.

I'm not saying that's Matt's approach or intent, and I apologize if I came across as over-generalizing. Matt hasn't raised the subject of changing any roles or responsibilities. I'm not trying to read anything into the situation here, because I don't know anything other than that the spider is offline for about a month. I expect he's just busy or has something urgent to deal with.

Would you be interested in reaching out to Matt to see what the situation is?

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So, the spiders. Back in late December I had a catastrophic hard drive failure. Somehow, the source code for the spiders never made it into our code repository. I lost everything. I don't even have a dev environment that can build DROD at the moment.

My personal life and work life have been very chaotic lately. That, combined with the feeling that DROD was basically abandoned, has made it hard for me to find time or motivation to work on recreating spiders. I'm afraid I don't have a quick fix. Well, or a slow fix. I'm going to have to lean on Mike here and see if he can find a way to get things working.


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Thanks for the update, Matt!

Sorry to hear you lost everything on this computer. Also sorry to hear about the chaos in your life. Hope you're able to get things back in order soon.

While I'm personally no longer actively involved in DROD development, I don't feel DROD is abandoned. For instance, I'm still paying for and maintaining the Caravel server and web domain, which keeps this amazing forum online and all our other site resources. While it's not a ton of money, it's not exactly cheap either. Also, we continue to provide CaravelNet services to our loyal customers, who help support the site through paid CaravelNet memberships. I would like us to keep providing these services while DROD has fans and subscribers who want to be here, use these services and support the site. If you'd like to handle things a different way, please reach out to me with your thoughts and plans ahead of time so that I can be aware of them and plan for any changes in operations.

I'll see whether I can find a copy of the spider source code that you may have provided me at some point. I share others' hopes that we can get it up and running again.

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The spider is working again! Unverified demos are down to about 4000 (they went over 10000 earlier) and the challenge page is up-to-date for me. I'm also seeing verification icons for a few scores in Floating Friendship Facility, so it's not simply getting that by discarding demos.

I don't know exactly what you guys did, but much thanks to everyone involved in getting this working again.
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Let that be a lesson to anyone who maintains a web service. Use multiple servers.

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