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From General Discussion / Apologies for the outages
Posted 2 Aug 14 15:09
Fixed the reader counter. Given the site's three day hiatus, it's likely to be quite lower than usual because search engines don't like dead sites. Let's hope it picks up soon.

The points appear to be logged in the system, it could be there's an issue with the reporting but I'm not seeing any error messages for that.

Thanks Duncan, it was stressful. I'd like to see Justin Bieber being punched by Kim-Jong Un while Orlando Bloom tweets pictures.

Even if I do say so myself, I'm very pleased. The site's running really well now and very fast. There's a fair amount of bits and bobs still to fix following the upgrades, but overall it's pretty awesome.

Thanks to everyone for your patience.

From General Discussion / Apologies for the outages
Posted 2 Aug 14 09:08
Okay, I don't want to jinx things because I've thought this a few times this morning...but I think we're doing good.

I've completed the updates I wanted to get done this morning and everything seems to be running much, much better.

Please let me know if you encounter anything that's broken and I'll endeavour to fix it asap. I'll be monitoring this thread.

Thanks to everyone who emailed for your messages of support, it's much appreciated.

From General Discussion / Apologies for the outages
Posted 1 Aug 14 07:41
No vulnerability that I'm aware of, at least not that's specific to The Spoof.

Most websites are vulnerable to DoS, unless you've got a bulky enough infrastructure to take on a gazillion requests. This I cannot afford

From General Discussion / Apologies for the outages
Posted 31 Jul 14 19:10
And the issue continues I'm afraid.

I'm trying my best to keep on top of it. There are things I can do, and am doing, to mitigate the attack.

From General Discussion / Apologies for the outages
Posted 31 Jul 14 06:40
Apologies again that there was another outage overnight.

It appears as though this is a concerted attack. I've attempted to put some restrictions in place to mitigate the efforts of the attackers. Provided it's a dumb bit of software that's causing the problems then we should be okay. I'll keep an eye on things.

I hope the restrictions I've put in place won't affect normal users of the site, but if you hear of anyone who's having difficulties please let me know.

From General Discussion / Apologies for the outages
Posted 30 Jul 14 20:10
Looks like Add To Any is offline for maintenance. That's what the page said when I tried to use it.

I think the site is being spidered by lots of hosts simultaneously. I can't say it's a malicious attack, but it's persisting.

Have fixed the twitter feed.

It's possible the site may go offline in the night, there's not much I can do about it I'm afraid, but I'll try to keep on top of it.

As a consequence, you'll probably notice the site running relatively slowly, apologies for any inconvenience.

From General Discussion / Apologies for the outages
Posted 30 Jul 14 17:08
The problem is persisting I'm afraid. I'm trying to eke out the cause and rectify the issue.

From General Discussion / Apologies for the outages
Posted 30 Jul 14 15:21
I believe it may be related to the script which handles The Spoof's twitter feeds.

I'm looking into it, in the meantime I'm afraid the twitter feed will not be active.

From General Discussion / Apologies for the outages
Posted 30 Jul 14 15:11
Not sure what's caused this but the website has gone down twice today.

I'm keeping an eye on things and hopefully it won't occur again, but apologies if it does.

From News Discussion / For First Time, Hard Drive Crashes Surpasses Car Crashes in Washington DC
Posted 15 Jul 14 16:43
Brilliant headline, awesome story

From General Discussion / Re: Email This Story
Posted 15 Jul 14 06:47
It appears to be working for me. Can you give any more details?

From General Discussion / Sorry for the lack of service
Posted 10 Jul 14 19:55
Hi all,

Apologies that the forums weren't available for the past few days, I'd made a change to correct an error but in doing so introduced another error - sadly one that I couldn't detect.

Thanks to those who let me know about it, sorry I didn't have time to look into it sooner!

Ciao for now,


From General Discussion / Re: Email This Story
Posted 10 Jun 14 10:39
Hi Frank, email should be working again now.

From General Discussion / Why lose points?
Posted 28 Mar 14 14:56
Points shown on the top writers page are just the past 7 days, anything older than this isn't taken into account.

From General Discussion / Hello out there!
Posted 25 Mar 14 17:09

From News Discussion / Spoof Writer Bureau Back After Latest Incident
Posted 14 Mar 14 16:49
Nice to see you back Bureau, missed you

From General Discussion / 303 readers on board!
Posted 6 Mar 14 09:42
Come now Mr Woods, you have to accept at least some of the blame.

What about all those poor Bangkokian children? It makes me sick.

From General Discussion / 303 readers on board!
Posted 3 Mar 14 14:01
There has definitely been an upsurge in the number of writers of late, publishing some really funny stuff.

I admit I'm finding it hard to keep up, but I'm trying!

Also, since I fixed the link, Twitter has definitely been bringing a lot of new people here which is awesome. Thanked, I'm sure, by the interesting and funny stories.

From General Discussion / Magazine Discussion
Posted 27 Feb 14 14:08
You can't post new threads directly to the news or magazine forums, you have to click the "discuss this story in the forums" link which appears at the end of the article.

Hope that helps

From General Discussion / Help needed
Posted 11 Feb 14 10:25
Two years? That'd only be with a very fair wind!

Hope you sort it out John, just shout if you need any more help.

From General Discussion / Twitter & Facebook
Posted 5 Feb 14 18:33
Hi All,

A while ago (about 3 years ago) I linked up The Spoof with Twitter and Facebook.

The Facebook link stopped working about a year-and-a-half ago and the Twitter integration stopped working about 8 months ago. Facebook and Twitter both made changes to their systems and, I'm sorry to say, I didn't have time to make the relevant changes here to keep up.

I've spent some time over today and yesterday trying to get these links back up and running and, for the most part, they are. There's still work to be done to refine the systems.

The Twitter linkage should be working as well as it was originally. If you've got your The Spoof account linked up with your Twitter account, whenever you post a spoof it will be posted to your own Twitter feed and it will be re-tweeted by @TheSpoof.

If you don't have a Twitter account linked, up your spoof will still be published on @TheSpoof for our followers to read (We have around 500 followers at the moment).

You can also choose (and it is set to do this by default) to post to your Twitter account when you rate a spoof. If the spoof you're rating is your own, it will be published on your Twitter feed (if it's not already been posted before) otherwise, if it's someone else's spoof, a re-tweet to the original tweet will be posted on your Twitter feed.

The Facebook linkage stopped working for users soon after it was first turned on. There was too much content being sent to Facebook and that caused them to block the app temporarily. After that point, I altered the integration to only post to The Spoof's page on Facebook. Eventually, that stopped working too, in August 2012(!)

The Facebook integration works slightly differently to Twitter (I will probably make some changes to the way this works in the near future). If you link up your Facebook account, posts about your new spoofs will (should) be added to your Facebook page and will (also) be posted on The Spoof's page. The main difference here being there is no "re-tweeting", or "sharing" in the Facebook parlance, but there probably should be to make sure the content is kept fresh and we make good use of the "social" aspect

As with Twitter, you can also choose to have The Spoof automatically post to your Facebook wall when you rate a spoof (and this is turned on by default).

One thing to point out is that snippets only get posted to Twitter, and only if they will fit comfortably on a tweet.

I should also say that if you have previously linked to your Facebook account this will need to be re-done. The Twitter accounts should continue to work as they did before (unless you've revoked The Spoof app's access or made any significant change to your Twitter account).

There's currently nothing in place (but there should and will be in the future) in the Writers Desk to let you re-activate the link to your Facebook and Twitter accounts. If you want to re-activate, please use the following links for now:


If you encounter any troubles with this, please let me know and I'll try to fix.

Once you've linked up your account, you might need to sign out and back in to The Spoof to make sure everything gets pushed through correctly. (If you use both the .com and sites you'll need to sign out and back in on both, sorry).

Any feedback is much welcome, either here or in a pm, but preferably here.



p.s. I'm looking to do more integration with Google+ in future so that (hopefully) you can identify yourself as the author of your spoofs and share your spoofs with your circles!

From General Discussion / Season's Greetings
Posted 25 Dec 13 18:37
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

Hope to keep my hand in as much as I can over the holiday period.


From General Discussion / The forums are back!
Posted 28 Nov 13 11:56
Welcome friends.

I'm so sorry that the forums have been deactivated for so long. It wasn't my intention to keep things closed down for this long, but it's been incredibly difficult for me of late to find the time to sit down and get this done. I say "of late" but it was actually around 9 months ago that I shut-down the forums. Since that time, I took a big step in my life and moved away from "regular" employment to work for myself. It's been hard work and it's been annoying that it's drawn me away from The Spoof for so long.

I'm hoping to dedicate more time to The Spoof. I'm not sure where I'm going to start, but the forums is an obvious one. I've always felt that the forums have provide a great community for you talented aspiring writers.

I don't want to dwell on the past, but am looking forward to a prosperous new year.

It feels good to be finally bringing the forums back after such a long time. I'm conscious that there is a lot of new talent on The Spoof and I look forward to hearing from all the new writers.

With much thanks,


From General Discussion / Welcome to The Spoof's forums
Posted 28 Nov 13 11:27
Hi there,

Welcome to The Spoof's forums. You've very welcome here and we'd love to hear from you!

If you haven't already registered yet, then do it now! You can register to just use the forum, or have more fun and register to become a writer.

It's always good to introduce yourself here once you've signed up. Why not tell us a little bit about yourself and how you came across The Spoof? People usually stumble on this place by accident - and then stick around for years!

There's no particular etiquette around here, but please don't hijack threads, don't post in all capital letters, and don't make waves. In short, be the lovely and kind person you are.

Hope you enjoy and have fun. Any questions, email mark at

Happy Spoofing,


From News Discussion / Apologies for the outage
Posted 28 Mar 13 14:43
Just a quick note to apologise to anyone who's been experiencing problems with the site over the past day or so.

The server's having a memory allocation issue which is causing issues with slowing things up and, at times, resulting in some processing closing down entirely.

I've made some modifications and things seem to be working better than they were, but it's something I need to keep an eye on. Apologies if things go a bit slow again.

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