Today the site experienced a subsantial distributed spam onslaught (all promoting a "Mass advertising mailing service").

The perp had a very large collection of IPs at their disposal -- at least 3,500 .

The IPs have been blocked and the spam signature has been added to the site's spam detection system.

Carry on!

Heard back from CDN support, and the issue looks to be fixed. "One of our nodes had issues resolving the DNS of your origin ... now fixed on our end."

Apologies for the disruption!

We're seeing intermittent error responses from the site's CDN provider -- if you see an unstyled page, that's why.

I've got a support ticket open with them and will post any updates here. boosted

For's maintenance mode, I decided I didn't want to return an HTTP 5xx response because, well, there's no error on the server, it's just not available. So I chose HTTP 423, "Locked"!

The longstanding rate limit policy of one request per second is now being enforced. If you exceed the limit, you'll get an HTTP 429 response with a `retry-after` header reminding you how many seconds to wait. This policy is intended to help keep the service stable and usable for everyone. Carry on!

I enhanced the internal tool for blocklist reporting to tell me which blocked IPs make the most requests. Today's winner has been blocked 5268 times... so far.

Having an unexpected outage at our hosting provider just now. Sorry for the disruption. Will post an all-clear once we're back up.

Question from a user today: "Is there a way to create pastes in private mode, with nobody being able to see them unless you share the link?" Answer: yes, that's the way it works by default!

I think this theme is the most Halloweeny of the bunch.

(I promise I will not submit a pull request to change its name to "Pumpkin Spice".)

Apologies for the extended Flash of Unstyled Content caused by bad CDN configuration. Fixed now!

Three of these are actual (obscure) syntaxes we support. One is a Lord of the Rings character. Which one?

New thing: if someone makes a post via a Django debug page, they get a friendly message reminding them to share the link with the site owners. This is in case they're just an ordinary user who hit that error, and thought that the "share this traceback" action was submitting a report to the responsible party.

For fun, I checked the other 25 domain names that are a single letter followed by "". One domain registrar/squatter holds nine of them. Asking prices in ascending order: $2095 $2795 $2895 $3295 $3395 $4995 $4795 $5595 $6495

In the event that any of these actually sell, I think I should get a cut, for making this a desirable neighborhood.

Now the About page lists, in addition to the 15 most popular syntax choices, the 15 most prolific countries. See for the latest, updated hourly.

United States 9.2% (493)
China 4.5% (238)
India 2.9% (157)
Russia 2.3% (122)
Germany 2.2% (117)
United Kingdom 1.6% (87)
Brazil 1.4% (77)
France 1.4% (73)
Turkey 1.4% (73)
Italy 1.2% (64)
Spain 1.1% (58)
Canada 1.0% (55)
Indonesia 0.9% (47)
Poland 0.8% (43)
Netherlands 0.7% (40)

New feature: "share" buttons below each item. Keeping it minimal, the current options are Mastodon, Reddit, and Twitter. If you'd like any of the others supported by feel free to request (via reply or a support ticket).

Here's an update to the previous list, including percentages (out of ~5000 unique IPs). There's a very long tail after this...

United States (452): 8.90%
China (188): 3.70%
India (154): 3.03%
Russia (113): 2.23%
Germany (110): 2.17%
United Kingdom (77): 1.52%
Turkey (75): 1.48%
Brazil (73): 1.44%
France (66): 1.30%
Italy (63): 1.24%
Spain (59): 1.16%
Canada (51): 1.00%

I've been gathering stats based on geolocation of user IPs. Top countries represented in the current corpus, in descending order:

United States
United Kingdom

As of this week we have reached 1000 registered users! Thank to all, and keep those feature requests coming.

We're having some slow response times and occasional errors this afternoon, possibly due to a DDoS. Sorry about that!

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