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A Few Problems with the site

Postby Tom R VanSlambrouck » Sun Aug 27, 2006 2:43 pm

First problem when I'm visiting other boards that link to articles on the main site when you click the link you get an error until you click in the address bar and hit the "Enter" key on the keyboard.

Second the boards have been running really really slow for me the past few weeks and I've cleaned out spyware and stuff.
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Postby Robert Saint John » Sun Aug 27, 2006 2:54 pm

The first item is intentional, and has been here for a long time. I believe Richard had to code it in such a way that would block any direct linking to embedding of content hosted directly on the site. There were issues with it sucking a huge amount of bandwidth from the site, especially during new film and heavy news periods. It may also have been done because of some old attacks that were being done on the site.

Second item is something we'll have to look into. I haven't seen it myself, but we have seen the occasional database and error messages, so maybe it's related. Thanks for the heads up.
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Postby Tom R VanSlambrouck » Sun Aug 27, 2006 4:20 pm

NP it could be that we have quite a few large topic like the Wrestling Thread and The Xbox 360 Thread because I thought I heard someone say that large topics like that tend to bog down the bandwidth.
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Postby Gfan54 » Mon Aug 28, 2006 2:15 am

I've noticed that it takes a little longer sometimes for my posts to be posted, but only by a matter of about 30 seconds or so, and it only happens occasionally.
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Postby nebka » Wed Aug 30, 2006 12:10 am

When i get a update in my email when i click on this i get the 403 Forbidden You don't have permission to access /discuss/viewtopic.php on this server

Why is this ?
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Postby Tom R VanSlambrouck » Wed Aug 30, 2006 1:07 am

Mechascorpio posted the answer in his response.
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Postby kidnicky » Wed Aug 30, 2006 7:18 am

When I click on the wrestling topic it takes forever and a day for it to come up,and I have cable internet. Just that topic though. Why don't we just delete it,and start a new one? Who's going to go back and check page 1?
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Re: A Few Problems with the site

Postby klen7 » Thu Jun 07, 2018 7:25 pm

Been getting a lot of 500 errors this week, not easily reproduced. Seen on some Posts and Logins but not every time
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Re: A Few Problems with the site

Postby lhb412 » Thu Jun 07, 2018 7:27 pm

^ Me too
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Re: A Few Problems with the site

Postby O.Supreme » Fri Jun 08, 2018 11:15 am

My browser has been crashing on threads that have a lot of media/videos embedded in the threads. But because I login mostly at work, I don't know if that is because of my work browser restrictions, or if it's a site issue. I'll try to login at home this evening and see if I have similar issues.
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Re: A Few Problems with the site

Postby Joseph Goodman » Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:34 pm

I've been getting the 500 errors, too, with no rhyme or reason as to when it happens.
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Re: A Few Problems with the site

Postby Benjamin Haines » Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:57 pm

I've been seeing these too.

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Re: A Few Problems with the site

Postby DannyBeane » Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:10 pm

Me too. I started seeing it a few days ago.
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Re: A Few Problems with the site

Postby The Gene Lantern » Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:38 pm

I am gonna be honest with you guys; EVERY other admin except myself has abandoned the board. At this point, it's a one man show, and I have neither the time or technical expertise to resolve this.

I am trying to see if Jim Ballard can come back to look at this issue, but if I can't I am going to make an announcement and close the boards permanently. The activity has been slowly dying over the last few years and it's possible we're just at the end.

Opinions welcome, but it's been a long time since Aaron passed and I was really keeping it open in his memory. :(
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Re: A Few Problems with the site

Postby lhb412 » Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:54 pm

^It's not making the site unworkable. It's just an occasional annoyance. If you do choose to close the boards give us a good period of heads up.
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Re: A Few Problems with the site

Postby Benjamin Haines » Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:55 pm

:( It will be a sad day indeed when this board goes away. It's one of the last surviving staples of the early 2000's era online Godzilla communities.
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Re: A Few Problems with the site

Postby klen7 » Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:57 am

I would be sad to see these boards go away. I have a lot of fond memories of this place
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Re: A Few Problems with the site

Postby jellydonut25 » Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:22 am

It'd suck in a way, as I actually have made a few friends I talk to on social media DAILY from this site....but then again, those days are long gone (everyone who's still around that I'm not already in touch with on the book of face-ness is a social media avoider) and it's been a long time since we've had an influx of people at all.
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Re: A Few Problems with the site

Postby DannyBeane » Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:36 am

I'm going to be 33 in August, I first started posted on Monster zero back in 1998 when they weren't even forums. so I've experienced more time with these forums than without. It'll be a sad day when I can't log in.
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Re: A Few Problems with the site

Postby Benjamin Haines » Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:08 pm

I was 15 when I joined this message board and I’ll be 30 next year. I’ve been reading and posting here on MZ for the previous half of my life so far.

I stopped using Facebook back in 2016. It was useful for keeping in touch with friends when I was in college but it really is where meaningful discussion goes to die. It’s not even structured for lasting discussion, with comments spawning comment threads that go down their own rabbit holes of collapsible comments until the conversation stops and the comment tree just falls down the timeline void. It’s a discussion structure conducive to shouting matches and it outright discourages people from reading or remembering what everyone else is saying.

I did join a few kaiju-related groups on Facebook but I never wanted them to replace MZ for me. I guess it shouldn’t have been but it was surprising to me when so many longtime MZ users gradually abandoned this board in favor of Facebook or other social media sites like Reddit or Tumblr. I think it’s sad but I don’t think it’s a reason to close the book on MZ altogether. It doesn’t matter if the activity around here isn’t as bustling as it was in the past. I’m still here, if you’re reading this then you’re still here too, and this online community is still chugging along as the giant monster genre enjoys its current resurgence. This incarnation of the forums goes back 15 years! It’s an expansive archive of insightful discussion and genuine community built around a shared interest in Godzilla and all things kaiju, a surviving oasis from the days when online communities were specialized and separate from the rest of the goings-on in life. I want to help keep MZ going into the 2020s and beyond any way I can.
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Re: A Few Problems with the site

Postby lhb412 » Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:18 pm

^What he said.

And I got you beat Ben: I just turned 30 and I've posted here since I was 12!
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Re: A Few Problems with the site

Postby Benjamin Haines » Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:43 pm

^ I'll buy you a walker when you hit 14,000 posts.
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Re: A Few Problems with the site

Postby Joseph Goodman » Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:13 pm

You people are literal children... I was 17 when the very first version of Aaron's site went up... y'all can do the math.

If Gene wants to finally close up shop, that's understandable. That'd leave TK as the last remaining real Godzilla message board? I guess dedicated message boards are simply an anachronism on the internet, like webrings or Geocities.
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Re: A Few Problems with the site

Postby Benjamin Haines » Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:56 pm

^ Getting away from Geocities and over to Stomp Tokyo's server was the best thing that could have happened for Barry's Temple of Godzilla!


The Kaiju Fan Network board is still going too. It's what replaced the old Kaijuphile / Rodan's Roost message board (2002-2013).


Dedicated message boards are definitely still a thing for a lot of obscure hobbies. It seems like the Godzilla/kaiju boards that made it out of the 2000s and into the 2010s were hit particularly hard by the rise of all-purpose social media sites. It's great that the Internet Archive has so many defunct web pages saved (for now) but they don't tend to archive message board threads.
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Re: A Few Problems with the site

Postby Psycho Soldier » Sun Jun 17, 2018 4:55 pm

If I had to guess, I'd say the 500 error is an issue with the web host and not the board software. It seems pretty intermittent: I had no problems with the site yesterday but have seen the error a couple times today. However, if the main site and/or ClubTokyo are with the same host and don't have an issue, we'll have to keep digging for the root of the issue.

I like this board because the discussions are mature and reasonable to a degree I haven't seen elsewhere in the fandom, so I'd struggle if it were closed. I deleted my Facebook a while ago, and while I could go back to KFN/KP, it's even deader than this board. I can't revive it simply by returning to my admin duties there. And I'm not much for Toho Kingdom or /r/GODZILLA, though I could head for one or both of them if pressed.

Like Ben said, some message boards still go strong depending on the fandom/hobby/product. DOOM message boards might last till the end of the Internet, for example. But the golden age of kaiju boards ended after GFW. That said, I hope MZ sticks around and stays at least as active as it is now.
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