You are likely to be eaten by a grue.

A few weeks ago, visitors to Today’s Meet were greeted, not with the regular interface, but with a cryptic message warning that it was, in fact, very dark. They were likely to be eaten by a grue.

I don’t know how many of you are familiar with the Zork games? No? It doesn’t really matter.

The issue was caused by the database server. Specifically, it wasn’t running: MySQL failed to start with the system after a routine weekly restart.

Unfortunately, the monitoring I had in place at the time only checked that there was a response from the web server, since the database had been 100% reliable until that incident. The new monitoring checks the database server directly.

More unfortunately, there seems to have been some data loss at the time, which wasn’t noticed until more recently. I deeply apologize to those affected by the data loss. I know what a blow that can be. I have extended the life of my rolling database backups to provide more insulation against this type of thing.

I hope this will not happen again, and I hope that this transparency is appreciated, and that you will continue to use Today’s Meet.