I got an email last night from one of the bloggers whose content is included on HalfEagle. It seems there maybe a problem with how HalfEagle checks your site for updated content. The problem? HalfEagle may be accessing your site far more often than necessary.
First, I’m very sorry if this has affected your server. I manage a number of servers and I know how frustrated I get every time I discover some poorly programmed script hammering away at one of my servers.
Also, I fully realize that this is most likely caused by a script which I poorly programmed. That’s an embarrasing thing to admit, but I’m not going to pretend like I’m the greatest programmer in the world. Hopefully, I’ll be good enough to find my mistake and fix it.
Meanwhile, and this is the “I need your help” part, it will help me considerably if you could check your stats or log files and look for excessive visits from a particular IP address that starts with 72.3. When I say excessive, I mean more than a thousand visits a day. If you are affected, it should stand out.
Normal usage is for the HalfEagle “bot” to swing by and check your feed every 15-45 minutes or so.
If you find anything, please email it to me directly at gregg (at) halfeagle.com.
P.S. Once this is all sorted out, I’ll post back with more information. Unfortunately, I leave for summer camp tomorrow. So if it isn’t fixed before then, I will disable all updates on HalfEagle until I get back and can determine the issue. I hope it doesn’t come to that, but I simply cannot allow this site to cause any undue stress on anyone else’s server.