Removing Users From Friends Only List

Hello all,
I’ve received a number of requests to remove people from the ‘friends only’ lists because the diarists no longer write here or they’re no longer required. For me to process these requests manually takes a lot of time that I just don’t have at the moment and so I am going to have to respectfully decline to do this at the moment.

However, I appreciate that it’s obviously a feature that I overlooked when I was writing the new friends only screens so I have added it to the list as the next thing I shall work on for DD.

Unfortunately as many of you are already aware, I have to have a day job in order to feed myself and pay the bills (DearDiary does not make any money!) so I’m not going to make any promises as to when that might be though, but it is at the top of my list now. It’ll most likely be some time within the next couple of weeks.


Abuse Reported

Apologies for this evening’s slowdown and eventual error messages regarding the inability to connect to the database.

The problem was due to someone who submitted at least 730 requests within 2 minutes for individuals diaries. The address range, and browser type did not indicate this was a normal search engine spider, and given the sheer number of requests from the particular network I can only assume it was intended to be a denial of service attempt.

I have traced the perpetrator and have reported them to their ISP, along with plenty of evidence from the machine.

For those who are interested, the server load hit over 90 briefly until I traced the source and blocked it.