Our stupid domain error
Tuesday, September 13th, 2005
We screwed up our domain name registry entry yesterday afternoon, which means we made our servers’ addresses invisible to much of the Internet. A stupid human error which should not have occured. I went home last night thinking everything would be ok in 30 minutes, and didn’t blog about the problem because I was unable to access the blog server myself. The error propagated very quickly, but the correction has taken longer to spread. (As my colleague noted, bad news travels faster than good news. ) We are seeing the correct DNS slowly propagate (judging from our bandwidth metering and spot checks) and know that a growing number of people can view blogads. We’re guessing that by noon 90% of the Internet will be able to see blogads. I apologize for the problem and will pass along more information if I learn anything new.