Pipedot Status Week 1

in pipedot on (#3EF)
story imageJust a quick update on the progress after its first week of life:
  • Thursday : registered the domain!
  • Friday : setup the DNS and mail servers.
  • Saturday : Web, database, and memcache servers built up.
  • Sunday : Load balancer added to balance between the two webservers. Also finished setting up the HTTPS certificate and IPv6 support.
  • Monday : Initial look, logos, icons and CSS design.
  • Tuesday : Database-backed stories (no more static placeholders).
  • Wednesday : Login system was enabled.
  • Thursday : The first poll was posted late Thursday in time for Valentines Day on Friday.
  • Saturday : Topics and the Pipe activated.
  • Sunday : Threaded comments and user-submitted stories enabled.
At this point, every page, except for search, is now a completely real page that renders from the database.

The code base is all new (not based on Slashcode) and using modern web technologies (nginx instead of Apache, no Perl CGI, etc...). There are currently six servers plus a load balancer with more webservers available to spin up as needed. Sections of code that are either CPU heavy or database intensive (threaded comments) are able to be memcached to maintain performance.

Stay tuned for the next week of updates!

Hello World!

in pipedot on (#3EC)
Hello everybody out there visiting -
I'm doing a (free) news website (just a hobby, won't
be big and professional like osdn) in HTML5.
This has been brewing since October, and is starting to get
Seriously though...

I love the idea of the Slashdot news website; the threaded comments and
the user-submitted stories/moderation are truly unique among the
various news organizations.

Unfortunately, Slashdot's technical successes have not been duplicated
on their business side. They have leapfrogged from one parent
corporation to another for their entire existence - never really fitting
in anywhere.

Slashdot's current parent, Dice Holdings, has made it abundantly clear
over the last few months that it wishes to "re-image" the site into yet
another generic news aggregator. The "beta" site, that was introduced
last October, has zero support for threading/moderation/etc... A few
days ago, they started pushing 25% of the site's users to the new site
and reiterated their stance that the "beta" is their new vision and
that "classic" will soon be deprecated.

I just can't idly stand by and watch the destruction of one of the best
communities on the Internet.

My new news website will be called "Pipedot" and be reachable at: (also ). The motto will be:
"News for nerds, without the corporate slant." Get it? A pipe character
looks like a slash without the slant!

I'm committed to providing a free and independent resource without the
influence of a parent corporate overlord. The site will be decidedly
non-profit and have no advertisements, no Adobe flash, no Google
analytics, etc...

What it will keep, however, is the spirit of the original.