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Entry 1151 posted in: 1. General Mish Mash, The Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit


The Syd Barrett Research Society forum has been down now since Sunday the 8th of March. This is not, to deny some rumours, due to SBRS, nor to the Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit, but to the (free) hosting company running these forums: http://www.hostingphpbb.com.

All the forums (more than 10,000 apparently) on their domain (and even the introduction page) show the following error:

Internal Server Error
The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.
Please contact the server administrator, webmaster@hostingphpbb.com and inform them of the time the error occurred, and anything you might have done that may have caused the error.
More information about this error may be available in the server error log.
Additionally, a 500 Internal Server Error error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.

Apache/1.3.41 Server at www.hostingphpbb.com Port 80

SBRS has contacted the server administrator who replied with a very dry...

Hi,
We are aware and working on the problem.
Apology for the inconvenience.
regards
(no signature)

This is what their website usually has to say about their performance…

Since august 2004, we have achieved 99.999% server's uptime.
Hosted by liquidweb - one of the most reliable dedicated server provider - our servers are guaranteed 100% network uptime and 2 hours of hardware replacement.
Our web network has been designed to accommodate clients demanding the highest quality network performance. There is a central focus on redundancy allowing our network to rapidly self-heal failures without interruptions to connectivity.

Apparently this is a load of bollocks as SBRS contacted Liquidweb who answered:

When I took a look at the A record it is showing me that we do not host this server. I also went in and took a look at our accounts and was not able to find it.
;; AUTHORITY SECTION:
hostingphpbb.com. 86374 IN NS dns2.hostingpapa.com.
hostingphpbb.com. 86374 IN NS dns1.hostingpapa.com.
Sincerely,
Jordan Robison
Systems Administrator

To cut a long story short: hostinphpbb is hosted at hostingpapa.com but that domain is out of order as well.

For the moment SBRS and the Church are waiting until hostingphpbb/hostingpapa get back online. But at the same time we are already looking for alternative solutions if the forums will not reactivate in the next few days.