Wednesday, September 27, 2006

The case of the disappearing web pages

We're naturally suspicious of the actions of Greenwich Council as our readers have probably figured out, especially since the email from the Legal department. So imagine our surprise when, researching the borough's GCSE results we discoevred that the press release we linked to in our recent post had mysteriously disappeared.

Thankfully, Google rather neatly caches everything it finds so the original can be read here still. We've also noticed though that the GCSE results are not the only press release to disappear, if you click on the Great Get Together link in the Google cache page it to is missing. In fact it looks like about a weeks worth of releases have simply vanished.

Could it be that the "Maintenance" work over the weekend accidentally deleted them? If a weeks worth of press releases have been lost, what else has been lost? Accurate leaseholder service charge adjustment figures perchance? Will we shortly see a press release about missing press releases?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The news releases have not been deleted, they have been moved to the news archive. The "latest news" section is updated regularly and old news archived every week.

For example, the Great Get Together would no longer be "latest news" when the event is over.

5:08 pm  
Blogger said...

We checked the August Archive. It wasn't there. Sadly the site is down again though.

What we want to know is why Council staff always go as "anonymous".

8:41 pm  
Blogger Indigo said...

"Due to essential maintenance work, the Greenwich Council website is unavailable on Thursday 28th September 2006 between 6pm and 10.30pm"

Looks at computer clock: 10.50pm, and still the Council web site is down. Lucky that the Council web team is not running a mission-critical site ...

10:56 pm  
Blogger Indigo said...

Perhaps I am missing something but a cluster is meant to provide added redundancy and improved, scalable performance per single DNS server IP address. Although the Council's domain appears to be on two cluster nodes, it isn't helping their performance. Mysteriously, a WhoIs look-up suggests that these cluster nodes belong to a company that specialises in outsourcing development services and software to Eastern Europe, Romania, Moldova: - and whose Key Personnel rejoice only in one name each.

That might explain why AOL appears to have blacklisted the Council's IP numbers. Everyone has experienced Eastern Europe's popularity with virus-propagators, hundreds/second robot-spammers, DNS-attack perpetrators.

But I am particularly intrigued by the Council's connection to Eastern Europe.

1:21 pm  

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