Forum posts made by gav

Topic crashes
Posted 21 Jan 2018 03:47

You folks are doing a great job... I give you a standing ovation from Kansas City, every time I log on.

( Dell and other's don't just give these things away ) and this is just the carcass/chassis...then you get to purchase the maintenance agreements, lease the rack space, pay for electricity used, pay for cooling used, buy some bandwidth each month so thousands of people can access the website when you do.

And don't forget redundancy... LushStories hasn't.

Can we rack some of these machines at you place, keep you warm this time of year :D

Topic crashes
Posted 21 Jan 2018 03:46

sorry that last one was me, intentional.

i got 30k emails about a corrupt folder. had to repair the sectors.

Topic crashes
Posted 21 Jan 2018 01:32

Ok the patch is live.

As always, any issues send them my way.

Topic crashes
Posted 20 Jan 2018 15:58

So it may have been mentioned here already, but the root cause of this outage is caused by the IM poll (black boxes). With a considerable amount of trace, I have seen the request queue for these grow to a point where it starves the threadpool, so no other requests can be made. At this point the site becomes unusable and needs a re-start to clear the queues.

Over the weekend I have been working on a patch the splits the load so that these poll requests now hit our media server instead.

I have updated SS with this patch. If anyone here has an account on that site, I urge you to please test it out to ensure your browser still allows IM to function.

All going well I shall apply the same patch here later today or tomorrow.

Thanks for your patience with this.

Topic crashes
Posted 03 Jan 2018 00:19

How are the fixes going?

I think I found (one) of the reasons for the resource leak. We were leaking thread handles, mainly caused by the message pump (black boxes).

Let me know if things are any better :)

Topic Send to Kindle?
Posted 17 Nov 2017 12:29

We use a widget provided by Amazon to delivery the story content to your device. There should be no reason this doesn't work for you.

I've read the specs again for this and based upon their advice, I've added some more tags to help the reader pick out the relevant meta data of the story.

Let me know if things improve for you.

Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted 04 Oct 2017 12:57

and maybe a Gav-anator Award for those special individuals who keep the site running smoothly on the technical side...I know we have Bug Slayer but I'd guess there are some unsung heroes/heroines that deserve some recognition

Some would question smoothly evil4

We do have a number of badges to recognize the achievements from our members and moderators in their efforts on running and improving the site.


Moderator Of The Month


Let me mull over your other suggestions.

Topic The Groups discussion thread
Posted 19 Sep 2017 01:49

On the Groups landing page all descriptions are shortened. All have the last word replaced with "...more", where "more" is a link. It would make more sense if only long descriptions would be shortened, but OK, at least the ellipsis makes it clear that something is left off.
On the My Groups page though the last word of the description is also left off, but there's no "...more" added, which is obviously a bug.

BTW, I believe I saw one of the new banners on the homepage about Groups, but I get the feeling that this part of the site is not/hardly maintained anymore. There's no follow up on bug reports, no fix or response, and the search option has been saying "coming soon" since Groups went live almost two years ago.

You have a keen eye, I'll give you that =d>

The more link should now be reinstated on the My Groups page.

Topic new front page banner
Posted 18 Sep 2017 00:57

I think the new scrolling banner on the front page is really well designed, and a nice bit of advertising.

However, we need to have the option to turn it off! My kids sometimes bounce into the room with no warning, and while I realize there are sexy pix all over the front page, with a no-ads gold membership they are all thumbnails. The new banner pix are pretty big and instantly recognizable. I like them, you shouldn't get rid of them, but there should be a way to turn it off or opt out. After all, we are already members, you don't need to seel us on the site.

Good point. I've added an option to hide (just above the slider) as well as an associated setting in your settings page.

Topic Chat Room Wish List
Posted 18 Jul 2017 02:29

I see this is an ancient thread that just got resurrected, so I'm going to make use of it being here.

Some of the rooms tend to fill up and stay full, and if you want in you have to keep trying. No problem; I see the purpose and point of having limited numbers of people in a room. But...

Sometimes I'll see someone who's in two or three rooms. Again, not a problem except if the same person is in two rooms that are already full and a third that's just kind of semi-full. What about a feature that notifies such people that they must log out of the rooms that are at 24 or more, or out of the other room. If they do not, they will be ejected from full rooms in the order in which they entered them, starting in 60 seconds (or some other arbitrary time) until the conflict no longer exists.

I don't necessarily have a problem with people being in more than one room, but when they contribute to filling a room to capacity, they should either be engaging in that room or get out and let others in.

Does that make sense? Am I just being a cranky old youkidsgetouttamychatroom! guy?

Let me mull this over for a bit. If someone isn't contributing to a popular room, then their seat shouldn't be guaranteed.

Topic Chat Room Wish List
Posted 18 Jul 2017 02:23

clicks doc marten boots and says, I wish I wish upon a star to have my own chatroom

And no I don't mean having to create my own chatroom.

laughs--just having fun posting and reading threads before I even knew of lush.

There aint enough pixels in the world to host that room!

Topic Audio stories on an iphone
Posted 07 Jul 2017 14:12

iOS has always been a tricky beast to stream files to. i have spent countless hours with my iPad connected to my proxy and sniffing the requests its making to diagnose the issue.

i have uploaded a new patch today, are things better in iPhone land?

btw can you also watch the movies we host here too?

Topic Want Lush To Keep Running? Wish Gav A Happy Birthday!
Posted 14 Jun 2017 19:47

Thanks everyone for your birthday wishes.

Another year goes by, another notch on the belt. The white exterior maybe worn and fading, but the man inside is still a kid at heart.

Cheers Pint Drunk

Topic hiding stories
Posted 26 May 2017 00:48

Does choosing the hide story option for one of your own stories only hide it from the list of your stories, or can it also disable the link?

I'd have assumed and expected the latter, but I was experimenting with hiding a few of mine that I'm not as happy with.

I hid them, logged off, cleared the cache, shut down my browser, and then went back to lush.

When I went to my profile (logged out, so not as "me"), the stories were not visible from my profile, as I'd expect them not to be. However, they were still accessible from pre-existing links / bookmarks.

Do I have to wait longer for them to be truly hidden? Or is there not a way of truly hiding them short of deleting them?



If you hide a story then its effectively removed from the site. All links to the story are gone and if you did bookmark it, this should still return a 404 page. However Story Mods will still get to view hidden stories.

Hope this helps.

Topic Daily message limit
Posted 25 May 2017 11:39

Is this a new thing for non paying Lushies? I just got stopped
From sending a DM as "reached my daily limit". Boo.

This is nothing new. We have imposed a daily limit of 10 messages a day for non paying members.
Hope this helps, gav

Topic Not Getting Watched Topic Thread New Message Email Notifications Quickly Or Not At All
Posted 07 Apr 2017 14:14

Just in the last month or so I've noticed that I'm either not getting email notifications at all or getting them very slowly for threads I've chosen to watch.

It seems to be getting worse too...

I love to participate in the Matching Photo and Hardcore Matching Photo threads and have now had to resign myself to checking manually because I am not getting timely emails or not getting them at all.

Any ideas? I haven't tried unwatching then watching them again because I still get sporadic notifications but can try that if needed.


Hi Patrick
Everything seem's normal from our end. The last email that was sent to you from this topic was 2017-04-07 12:17:13.620 (UTC). Are they appearing in your promotions tab (gmail)?

Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted 27 Jan 2017 14:41

Wow thanks! It looks like my request has been implemented.

Does it take a while to compile? Right now my profile badges are showing the number 1 instead of the correct one. E.g. The author badge shows "1," but I've written more stories than that.

You are quite correct. These numbers are just placeholders until the badge process runs. This is normally around 4am UTC for the keen viewers at home.

Topic Site down for maintenance - from 4pm PST Friday 13th
Posted 12 Jan 2017 00:13

In light of today's outage, we need to install some new hard drives on our database server.

This maintenance will start around 4pm PST and could take upto 3 hours. It can take that long to clone 300gigs.

Maybe if Sprite deleted one of her photo albums we could halve that time 😁

Topic just wondering
Posted 11 Jan 2017 15:06

I know t hat now lush must charge to be member because you have so many members and although i uerstand the need to charge
why do you keep all those who haven't even posted here in years? i have seen people on friends lists that not seen here for years

We have to enforce paid membership on things that costs money. So think image uploads, PM's etc these all incur a cost be it storage or backup space.

In fact the server went down today for ~4 hours because we ran out of disk space on the database server. We are having to double our disk space on that server now to accommodate future growth.

Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted 08 Jan 2017 12:21

Wow, I have never been so close to a Magical_felix outburst before. All of the positiveness of these posts have been brought down in one fell swoop by your petty grammatical pickup. This remark was uncalled for.

Might I suggest you reboot your 2017 and show us the new Magical_felix. Grow some empathy, love & feeling, ditch the hate and sarcasm.

Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted 07 Jan 2017 15:43

Are both sides of the collaboration eligible for the badge, or only stories for which the collaborator is not the "author of record," so to speak?

The way is is today, a story has a single author but can have multiple co-authors. Its these co-authors who are credited with the Collaborator badge.

Does it make sense for the author to also receive this? I guess?

Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted 07 Jan 2017 15:40

Is there a way that the blue site can have some of these new features too?


Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted 07 Jan 2017 14:00

I think the "Collaborative" badge would be a great one. It throws the author who's not the author of record a little bone, and it also might inspire some fun collaborations. It's very easy to hunker down and get in a certain rut, writing your own stuff (nothing wrong w that), but I've had a lot of fun and learned a lot in my three collaborations, all of which took different forms, w VirgoGo.

That is, the badge might produce a very positive kind of response as people who are motivated by such things (me included) look to earn it.

The new badge should be available now to the lucky recipients. Now with any new badge, its surely going to annoy the current crop on Omni holders lol

Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted 06 Jan 2017 16:08

Give 'em a badge too. You know people love badgers :)

I think you're just after the "Inventor of new badges" badge

Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted 06 Jan 2017 14:50

don't know how long it's been around, but being able to see the "stories coauthored" by the author whose page you're on is very cool!

added 5 minutes ago, the paint's still wet lol

Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted 06 Jan 2017 14:24

Can we have an opt-out for the 'sound an alert when a friend logs on'? As far as i know, this alert is triggered regardless of your privacy status. I know if you're on a PC you can press shift when you log on and this keeps you anonymous, but that's not possible on a phone, which is what i usually use. Sometimes i log on for a fleeting moment, and then i'm away again, so the alert is pretty pointless, except for making me look ruder than i am :)

thanks x

i'm sorry Jen, that incessant beeping is probably caused by me Embarassed

i have added a checkbox to the login page so you can go incognito from your mobile device, does this help?

Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted 05 Jan 2017 12:57

I would love an easily accessible toggle switch that would allow me to disable all images that appear on the site. I suspect this would only work for premium members, since for this to make any sense, you'd have to be able to browse the site ad-free to begin with.

I know various types of images can be disabled in settings (forum signatures, for instance), but I see enabling and disabling those pictures as more of a long-term or permanent setting depending on your general preferences. They require some digging and navigating. The idea would be that this would be an easily changeable and universal on/off switch, a bit like the "visible/invisible" or "away/available" online status choices.

I generally like the images on the site, but when I check out the site on my phone in a reasonably public place, I'd like to know that nothing untoward is going to pop up on my screen. (E.g. I'm on a bus or train and I want to check out my timeline or something).

So this would make disappear avatar images, the pictures on stories, images on forums, pix posted to one's profile, etc etc.

Thanks for considering it!

have you tried this setting? maybe there are a few areas this doesn't work on, but if so let me know so i can fix it up. images.png

Topic Any way to get more advanced than what the Advanced Search options allow?
Posted 04 Jan 2017 22:28

Hi there,

I'd like to search for stories that have `all of the tags I select` or `any of these tags but none of these`or maybe even in `multiple categories, containing all of these tags` -- basically a more robust search than just any story that contains any of the tags I selected.

Or maybe I just don't know how to use the advanced search options? That would be great, please teach me.



hi jennifer

unfortunately not, advanced search really isn't :(

a more advanced search has always been on the backlog, just need to dedicate some time for this.

cheers, gav

Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted 01 Jan 2017 15:43

if we spiced it up by having the female membership send topless shots, he might go for it. ;)

Why are you excluding half our members? How do you think Buz paid for his recent request for a new story editor control :p

Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted 01 Jan 2017 13:51

Any progress on this or is it just me who finds it mildly inconvenient?

It should take you to the next unread message in your inbox. Is this what you expect / see ?