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MikeRobinson last won the day on October 21

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  1. Maybe you're just tired of it, John. Maybe you're just burned out. But, an awful lot of technical things have changed in 18 years. It's up to you.
  2. John, you are being taken advantage of by a web host who has massively over-committed their hardware in order to sell more web-site hosting contracts than they can actually support. And, they do not possess a scalable, cloud-based infrastructure which can dynamically adapt to changing load patterns. The causes of your problems are external to you. And so, if they tell you that you have "a dedicated server," don't believe a word of it. I once dealt with a client who had been told that, but when I then actually attempted to have VMWare "reserve" anything, the web site would not start. Which told me that the promised "reserves" actually didn't exist on the underlying hardware. (VMWare will not lie to you ...) Basically, "they had [over-]sold it all, and then lied about it." But my client had good lawyers. They will tell you, and try to sell you, what you want to hear. I have encountered this many times before on behalf of various clients. It's not the way that it should be, but sometimes it's the way that it is. And they will never provide a "cure." Basically, "because they can't." They're running out of gas.
  3. I don't know how much traffic this web site actually gets every day, but a site like this one ought to be: "fast and inexpensive." PythonAnywhere leverages AWS EC2 behind the scenes so it always has computer power to spare. When a site is referenced, a server container "spins up" to service it and remains alive for several minutes after the traffic ceases. But, you don't per se "pay for the traffic." You pay according to tiers of promised capacity, and the host will never "run out of capacity" as this host obviously and regularly does ... while also obviously charging too much. I would replace the site with something initially that looks a lot like https://www.ggaonline.org/forum ... just a forum, but I don't have to "write the software." I just grab a few pieces of "stock" material and stitch them together, just as I did with ggaonline. (The organization had been paying almost $150 a month just for a rather bad forum. I charge them two "club geo-coins" per year.) And, unless the site is very busy, it would cost $12 a month. Much bigger levels, $100 a month. You don't need "donations" to support that kind of cost, although you welcome them. And, when you ask these hard-working guys for "support," you get an answer within minutes. They're hungry for your business, and they earn it. This is not the first time that I have helped a beleaguered web-site owner who was being crapped on by his indifferent and unresponsive former host. By making his difficulties "go away for good," along with his former host.
  4. This is "beyond ridiculous." Utterly absurd. As I've just commented on the new "Web Site Closing" thread, I'm willing to step in technically to see to it that this web site does not die, and that it will run as quickly and efficiently as every such web site should. What John's right now facing is: "material breach of contract." A forum web-site is a commonplace, trivial thing. There is no excuse for this service-level, nor for their apparent unwillingness to fix it. But I have dealt with this sort of thing many times before: the "bad apples" are certainly out there, and this is one of the very worst examples I've seen. (Although not the worst.) I earn my daily bread by making problems like these "go away."
  5. I build web sites in Python "Django" and can host them on "PythonAnywhere" for $12 a month. (They run on AWS, but you don't see it. This also means "they've got the horsepower.") You might pay more if your site gets heavy traffic, but it's still not much and they don't over-commit. They are a European company and I have nothing but good things to say about them. I don't know what you are paying, John, but you shouldn't be paying anything for intolerable service like this. Technically speaking, this site is completely ordinary and uncomplicated. It should be: "simple, fast, and cheap." Right now, it is none of the above. It would be trivial to re-create this forum software on a more suitable platform and technology base: a complete, ready-to-use forum system is available for Django out of the box so you don't actually "write" anything. You can see one such forum, which I put together, running here on PythonAnywhere: https://www.ggaonline.org/forum/ As I said, I didn't "write" it – I just plugged it in and turned it on. Didn't even "re-skin" it. In fact, the entire site was simply "stitched together" out of pre-made stuff that was already available off the Django shelf for free. Instead of closing the site, you should be able to quickly relocate and perhaps re-implement it with technology which would run a lot better and cost a lot less. Doing business with folks who actually care about earning your business. If you like what you see at the aforementioned site and hosting service, I would be pleased to help you "re-do" the site to keep it alive and to get you out of your misery. Since it is actually so easy to do, I will volunteer to do it. https://www.sundialservices.com.
  6. To conclude: "I see all that I need to know" when I see that, now that I am using the site to edit posts and so forth, the site has once again become "responsive, as expected." This means that the host site has "spun up" the website and will continue to do so for at least a couple of minutes after I leave. But, the underlying issue remains: "the server is vastly over-committed." If I come back to the site in about fifteen minutes' time, I know that the "thirty second delays" will have returned. As the Dixie Chicks™ once sang: "There's your trouble ..." ("Oh, wait. It's much worse than I thought." It took sixty-five seconds for me to first save this post. Less than one second to subsequently edit it.) "Run Away, John!"
  7. John, this site is right now experiencing ridiculous problems ... including "one minute's delay in logging in, thirty seconds delay in making this post" ... which to me are more likely to be software than hardware. I of course know nothing about how you have implemented this website, nor whom you relied upon to do it. But you probably should simply abandon these people. Cut your losses and run away while there's still time. While I'm not per se volunteering, I have professionally dealt with situations like this in the past. They are never pleasant. One company gets sold to another company gets sold to a ... fifteenth ... and the software upon which paying customers rely goes to Hell. But, "if you simply want to run a forum about kamado grills," there are lots of ways to do it and to take your website-content data with you. There are plenty of still-professional companies out there who will compete for your business. Technically, this forum web-site is trivial. You do not have to "put up with this," nor sustain their excuses once you have realized that they are merely excuses. (Which they are.) Vote with your wallet, and vote with your feet. Obviously to me, one of the things that they are certainly doing is to host your website on a server which is massively overloaded. The server does not "spin up" your website until an actual request is made to it. But, because of the massive overload, this "spin up" can take more than thirty seconds. Right now, as I continue to edit this post, the site has become responsive. But, that is not the point. Obviously, you did not negotiate a SLA = Service-Level Agreement, and no doubt the host did not offer you one. But any company can simply "become too greedy," and I daresay that this is what has now happened to you. I struck out the top part of my post because, based on my experiences of now editing this post, I can actually quite-clearly see what the underlying problem is. You are working with a hosting company which has probably taken on thousands of web-sites on the calculation that most of them would not be "active." But they have now so-overloaded their hardware that they are not able to "respond in a timely manner" when any one of them from time to time does. You can move elsewhere.
  8. One more question: For all of my cooking, I rely on an external-reading thermometer probe. But I haven't found a good way to place the probe when cooking ribs. Consequently, my final results "have been 'mixed.'" (Which does not happen in other cooks, such as steak or roast or chops.) Am I overlooking something? I think that the probe is "reading the fire" more than "the meat."
  9. One more question: For all of my cooking, I rely on an external-reading thermometer probe. But I haven't found a good way to place the probe when cooking ribs. Consequently, my final results "have been 'mixed.'" (Which does not happen in other cooks, such as steak or roast or chops.) Am I overlooking something? I think that the probe is "reading the fire" more than "the meat."
  10. One more question: For all of my cooking, I rely on an external-reading thermometer probe. But I haven't found a good way to place the probe when cooking ribs. Consequently, my final results "have been 'mixed.'" (Which does not happen in other cooks, such as steak or roast or chops.) Am I overlooking something? I think that the probe is "reading the fire" more than "the meat."
  11. I agree with @T_om that the "Kamado" and "Smoker" cooking processes are completely different. Both of them are effectively built on the use of hot air as the means of cooking. But Kamado is effectively a convection oven, circulating and recirculating a deliberately-very-limited amount of air in a tightly-enclosed insulated chamber which also contains the fire. Whereas a true smoker uses a hot blast of smoke-filled air coming from a firebox that is entirely separated from the cooking chamber. You can achieve what is to many people a very satisfactory "smoked effect" in a Kamado, but it is not at all the same in terms of physical process. So, if this matters to your taste buds, you need two grills.
  12. This is more-or-less what I do, as well. My (Akorn, Jr.) kamado is a bit too small to let me put a cast-iron griddle directly upon it, but I'll bet that this will give you a perfect "smash!" (The fact that the Akorn had a cast iron grate is what sold me on it in the first place. I have a "cast iron kitchen" already. Maybe a consequence of living dangerously close to the Lodge "mother ship.") Personally, I don't care for "sear," but I do have a couple of relatives who, shall we say, "want their burgers or steaks to be 'crispy.'" So, I have now learned what to do to predictably satisfy them, without burning anything to a "crisp." "Step one, then step two."
  13. It can be fairly crazy what you might find "just stacked by the side of the road." I confess that I have also used this "redneck yard sale" mechanism to get rid of: An old but fully-functional refrigerator, two operational window air conditioners or heat-pumps, several garden gates, and a certain Smokey Joe. I labeled each one plainly and within four hours they were "off to their next life." Bon voyage ... Sometimes, "Grandma's dead, and the children just want to be rid of it." Their loss is your gain. Anytime you see this, always call the local Goodwill® or other worthwhile charities. Give them the street address. Before it rains. (And, if you have something in good shape that you simply want to get rid of, they might be prepared to come by and pick it up for free.)
  14. @Boater, that's why I suggested "the cast iron skillet." Cook them on the grill "smoky and slow," then grab them off 10ºF below temperature and zap them in the very-hot already-prepared stovetop skillet to fairly-instantly get your "sear." "Hot and direct." Then, tent them and let them finish. Works every time. Two very different cooking processes are used, but the guests are none the wiser.
  15. The Kamado grill is absolutely unlike anything I had ever seen. A charcoal-fired convection oven with rock-solid temperature control and therefore entirely predictable and repeatable results. With miserly fuel consumption! My old "Smokey Joe" went straight to the foot of the driveway for a "redneck yard sale," with a sign that said "FREE! TAKE IT!" I'm sure that whoever picked it up must love it. As for me, I never looked back. Until now, I didn't know what "charcoal grilling" could be.
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