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#7395 Major Outage - 09/21/18+ - Client Discussion

Posted by AMC4x4 on 26 September 2018 - 11:45 AM

Just a note in response to "newbie" ... I, too, want to see MDDHosting grow and prosper.  I've used their services many years and referred many people.  But a couple of things:


1.  This is 2018, not the mid-2000s when those generalized and generic terms were drafted. 


2.  This series of devastating technical errors is more akin to what happened a decade ago. This is 2018.


3.  This is not so much about tech stuff, this is about company reputation ... how a person operates their business in 2018.  Perception about a company's reputation is paramount, and Michael's lengthy emails, now reposted on industry websites, won't help MDDHosting's reputation.  When I read them, I thought, "oh, no! Just say the service is down and it will be fixed."


4.  Just this week, MDDHosting has disappeared from some rating services as a "top" site host.


5.  Why not use your name?


Why so hostile? My name is Aaron Clow and I've been an MDD customer since maybe 2013 or so? I have two accounts with them - a corporate account for the company I work for and another account for my personal projects. If you care to look, many of us are "Newbie's" because MDD has had so few issues over the years that we haven't had to post here. "Newbie" is a classification, not my name. Also, when we sign up for a forum account, it doesn't put your name in as your username. You pick one. So I picked one. 


If you prefer a hosting company that hides their activities behind a simple "service is down," and that's all the information you require when something untoward happens, I'm sure there are plenty of cheap places you can go for that kind of service. That's not how I do business. I'm forthright with people I speak to, and the reason I'm still with MDD is precisely because they do business this way. Look at how many people are still here and who say they aren't leaving. Why do you think that is?


So what's your name? Do people call you "Dehenderson?"



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#7393 Major Outage - 09/21/18+ - Client Discussion

Posted by AMC4x4 on 26 September 2018 - 11:07 AM


To the person who started a crowd funding initiative on behalf of MDDHosting, just let me express that MDDHosting is not the victim, all of the company's clients are.  All of the company's clients who trusted that MDDHosting would professionally manage their websites were injured in one way or the other.  If there is, indeed, a crowd funding initiative, then the recipients of any funds should be MDDHosting's customers, the people who suffered and were inconvenienced.  Here's why -- what happened was not an "act of God." It was not a server failure or a datacenter fire.  


What happened was human incompetence ... a inexcusable human mistake ... a self-inflicted error ... or, a "man made disaster" as a lawyer friend calls it.  It should not have happened.  And, liability (responsibility) is with MDDHosting. 


Perhaps even worse is the fact that MDDHosting’s backup system - which would have enabled expeditious recovery - had been deactivated …. turned OFF.  Another “man made disaster.”


You and I learned about this through at least two extraordinarily lengthy emails from Michael Denney, including details on the incorrect code entered that deleted everything.  As someone who respects Michael, I wish he had not spent time writing those emails and more time on finding a fix.  Additionally, those emails expose the company to untold legal exposure at this point.


As for our sites, we are discussing whether to throw in the towel.  Our primary site is BoomerCafe.com, a baby boomer story sharing initiative that was launched in 1999.  Nearly 20 years of equity has been wiped out in less than a week.  I hope Michael and MDDHosting will find a professional and responsible way to make us … ALL of us … whole with our respective damages due to this disaster that was clearly … CLEARLY … the result of human failure.



1) What happened was actually a series of events, not a single event. It might have seemed like a single event, but it wasn't *backups* that were offline, it was snapshots. The backup server was working, slow as it was, and thank god for that. Otherwise many of us would have been well and truly $crewed. 

2) I agree about the GoFundMe. While many of us are still fans of Michael and MDD, this has cost us as well as them, and while I'm keeping most of my sites with MDD, I'm not donating to the GoFundMe because we are all out something here. I spent money to move one of my sites elsewhere that I had an UpdraftPlus backup for. Regular backups and backup testing are a must for anyone who maintains content and deals with IT. I only had those for some of my sites. That's on me. If I had regular cPanel backups, I would have been back online within 24 hours at most. Again, shared responsibility. I believe the ToS say you are responsible for your own backups.

3) I believe the ToS covers Mike and MDD from "untold legal exposure" because at the end of the day, YOU are responsible for backing up your data.

4) Writing those letters did not take away from time spent on restoration. There was a well-documented bottleneck with the backup server that gave Mike and his crew time to answer tickets, keep us updated, etc. I'm sure if they could have sped that copying process along, they would have been happy to have spent time on restoration rather than taking the time to patiently respond to all our questions.

5) I see your site is up, with content as recent as the 18th. How do you figure "Nearly 20 years of equity has been wiped out in less than a week." Just curious

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#6697 Degraded performance - P1, S1, S4

Posted by AMC4x4 on 20 November 2017 - 10:34 AM

Thank you for the RCA. As always, the transparency and these RCA's are a big reason why I stay here and re-signed for three more years. Thanks again!

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#6139 S4 - Brief Outage

Posted by AMC4x4 on 30 May 2016 - 08:58 PM

As always, thanks for the prompt attention and transparency. You guys are the best.

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#5672 User level filtering regex advice requested

Posted by AMC4x4 on 14 October 2015 - 03:44 PM

Sorry to not be directly answering the question, but I started down this road and it ended up being pretty ineffective since I was always adjusting the TLD list. I got pretty exasperated and decided to investigate doing this another way. I looked up example user_prefs files to use for spamassassin and they are working fantastic. I would say 99.5% of my spam is being routed correctly to the SPAM folder and I'm getting no false positives. There is a very good writeup here in the forum, but it's a little more complicated/wordy than I think it probably needs to be. If you enable SpamAssassin, you can have it make a spam folder (automatically) and once you configure your user_prefs file in the cpanel file manager (start by cutting and pasting from suggestions online), you can check the score and reason of things that are delivered there. Adjust the value of the line that's triggering (or not triggering) and keep testing. Eventually you'll get it.

For me, I found out that most spammers don't use a server that provides reverse DNS, so setting RDNS_NONE to a high value worked for me, along with some other tweaks. You can also bump up the scores of things like RCVD_IN_SBL and the other spam houses. Others were DATE_IN_FUTURE_06_12 and DATE_IN_FUTURE_24_48. I bumped the scores for those up as well. Like I said, after you see what gets sorted into SPAM and what doesn't, you can make more tweaks.

Hope it helps, and again, sorry for not answering your original question.

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#5549 SR1, SD1, VPS1 Outage

Posted by AMC4x4 on 22 April 2015 - 07:05 PM

First here as well. And how refreshing that we know what happened and someone took responsibility for it.


Love the service to date. Very happy I switched so far.


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