Temporary Downloads Lockdown! (Now back to normal!)
Friday, 19th February 2010, 6:41pm (UTC), 5 Comments
My humble apologies, but I've disabled access to the downloads for all the games - very temporarily, because I'm experiencing bandwidth issues right now, thus far inexplicable ones at that. All month it was looking hairy that demands on the site were finally going to break my 20 gig bandwidth limit this month. I checked earlier today and it seemed to be hovering around the 13-15 gig used area. Checked again late this afternoon and suddenly there was a big scary bandwidth exceeded message! Apologies if you were confronted with that also. So I've contacted my hosts and expanded my package to 30 gigs for the next month, and as soon as I got back on my cpanel, my bandwidth was immediately at 28 gigs used! Absolutely no idea what's going on, no reports are showing anything out of the ordinary, though I confess to not being a web server expert.

Anyway, drastic times, drastic measures, I've decided to temporarily block access to all the downloads folders until I can work out what's going on. They host the largest files on my server that are accessed the most so maybe I've been linked somewhere really popular and people are swarming all over them. If you've suddenly come here from somewhere really popular then please let me know, or if you know anything that might give me some clue as to what's going on!

Again, really sorry about this, I'll try and keep them locked down for only a short time, although if I've only got 2 gig left to go I might have to just try and ride out the rest of the month without them, as I have other sites sitting on this server too. Please bear with me! Will update soon.

UPDATE: I've reinstated access to all downloads folders, you should be able to get at everything once again. Bizarrely, my bandwidth has now returned to normal! So it's gone from 42 gigs used, down to just 15, which is where it should have been all along! I suspect it's some sort of technical error with my hosts, the bandwidth was never actually that high at all, as the tracking records would suggest. But it's caused a slightly stressful wild goose chase that's disrupted access to my site and caused me to shell out for unnecessary extra bandwidth. I shall be having words, I assure you!
Comments   5 Comments have been posted.
#1. Comment posted by Meph on Friday, 19th February 2010, 8:29pm
Could it be bots?
#2. Comment posted by supersonicsmash on Friday, 19th February 2010, 11:11pm
I'll kill em give me a hammer I'll kill em.
#3. Comment posted by Anonymous on Saturday, 20th February 2010, 5:28pm
That sucks, I love the site. It better not be malicious or we will band together and take them down!
#4. Comment posted by LiQuidShade on Saturday, 20th February 2010, 6:24pm
I suppose it might, though I don't have any enemies in the community - no one's said a bad word against me and my site really, as far as I'm aware, so I can't think what anyone has to gain out of this. Weird thing is, bandwidth and traffic reports aren't stating anything out of the ordinary, although they're about 12 - 24 hours behind at any one point, it's very hard to pinpoint the issue.

I've upgraded to unlimited bandwidth for the time being which should keep the site live. Consumed space was 43 gigs earlier, now it's gone down to 42 somehow! This may be some sort of technical cock up.
#5. Comment posted by Speeding Hedgehog on Sunday, 21st February 2010, 2:08am
Hope it get's fixed soon! I miss looking at the wonderful level maps!
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