Image Changes Tonight 55

Posted by drbrain Mon, 13 Feb 2006 23:31:22 GMT

Tonight I’ll be changing the way images are stored on our sites around 11PM Pacific Time.

While I’m working on the images you may notice some missing images or image uploading not working for a few minutes.

Currently we store all our images on one disk, but it is close to being full (about 20 days of space remain). I’ll be switching to mogilefs for storing our images which allows us to distribute the disk usage across multiple servers.

UPDATE: It looks like I’ve got all the problems straightened out. There are a few images that aren’t yet in mogilefs but those will be found and imported over the next couple hours.

UPDATE: The image import crashed while trying to import the last of the missing profile images last night so a few of you may have missing profile images. I restarted the importer and its running through all ~800,000 images again.

Also, for those of you that have wrong profile images it will be very helpful if you give me a link to the image that is incorrect. To do this go to your profile images page. Mine is:

Then get the image address. It should be a URL like this:

Then I can go track down why the proper image isn’t showing.

UPDATE: I’ve fixed the random-image-fun, but some profile images might still be missing. The profile images import is about 3/8 done.

UPDATE: Consuming images are all fixed, random images seem to be all gone, but there’s a bunch of incorrect images that I’ll be flushing out starting now. Thanks for your patience!


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  1. Des Tue, 14 Feb 2006 05:58:36 GMT

    Is the site down entirely or is it just me?

  2. Eric Hodel Tue, 14 Feb 2006 06:55:44 GMT

    Bob was tinkering with the DB. Not being a real DB, it didn’t go well, but he beat it back into shape.

  3. Des Tue, 14 Feb 2006 15:30:42 GMT

    Oooh, this is fun! The avatars are random now! Everytime I refresh, I have a different photo next to my name! :-D

  4. Sam MacCutchan Tue, 14 Feb 2006 15:33:33 GMT

    You sure it is fixed? My icon is not correct on the home page. Then when I click “Take me to my 17 things..” my icon is different, when I click the icon to go to the gallery it is different again.

    This also happens to people in my cheers/cheered list. Their small icons look ok but once you go to their lists the icons are completely different and when you click on the icons they are different yet again.

    Alson when you click on thumbnails in people’s galleries the full size images don’t match the thumbnails.

    Sorry if you already know about this or if there is a better place to post a bug report, I couldn’t find one.

    I love 43things so keep on keepin’ on! :)

  5. sallykitt Tue, 14 Feb 2006 15:49:07 GMT

    Yikes! All my pix are wrong. Just letting you know it’s still messed up at this point.

    Oh, the sense of loss.

    Thanks for all the work you do for this site all the time.


  6. Bo Tue, 14 Feb 2006 16:19:11 GMT

    Still kind of messed… looks like the indexing of the images is not exactly right… a couple (recent) images are good, older ones are not.

    Other than that… understand your pain… no pressure… and keep up the good work.

  7. ricstrina Tue, 14 Feb 2006 16:21:04 GMT

    Playing musical images is fun, but disconcerting…

    Hopefully the image of my hubby labeled “soulmate” will stop being a picture of someone’s car very soon!

  8. vex Tue, 14 Feb 2006 16:23:58 GMT

    Oooh, this is fun! All the images keep changing randomly! Check out this goal for some disconcerting image-mess side effects:

  9. [email protected] Tue, 14 Feb 2006 16:36:52 GMT

    My pictures on 43 Things are not mine and are all messed up! What are you doing to fix that?!

  10. Todd Schoonover Tue, 14 Feb 2006 16:38:02 GMT

    I thought it was just me, but now I see it’s everyone. Good thing I came out here to check.

  11. Daniel Spils Tue, 14 Feb 2006 16:40:55 GMT

    Eric was up late last night working on this—he should be up soon.

  12. Des Tue, 14 Feb 2006 16:54:48 GMT

    I’d be happy to give him a wake-up call! ;-)

  13. Deni Tue, 14 Feb 2006 17:04:12 GMT

    I’m seeing a photo I’d posted in one of my entries as my avatar, too…It’s not one of my gallery pictures. I’m also getting the random pictures. And a lot of pixellated pictures, too. Wow things’ve been interesting all this morning! :)

  14. leslie Tue, 14 Feb 2006 17:21:38 GMT

    It’s 11:20am CST, and while my photo showed up on my profile correctly on 43things, someone else’s photo shows up on my 43people profile. In fact, all of my photos are either not me, including those I’d previously uploaded to my 43things profile, or are completely stretched and distorted. Oy!

  15. Emily White Tue, 14 Feb 2006 17:39:31 GMT

    and just like that… i was a busty blonde! it was so weird! haha


  16. Samantha Tue, 14 Feb 2006 17:56:57 GMT

    i’m slightly disturbed by the fuzzy naked man next to my name…

  17. sitio Tue, 14 Feb 2006 18:03:55 GMT

    The image displayed as my default is not my image and it is not the image displayed as my “default” when I’m on my photos page. The top 4 photos on that page are also not mine. The bottom 2 are.

    The caption on my default is correct and if you click on it, it changes to the right image (

    Clicking on any of the thumbnails shows the proper image, though the thumbnails that look correct actually display different images.

    In short, it looks like a thumbnail problem to me.

  18. Chuq Tue, 14 Feb 2006 18:05:40 GMT

    Stuff still seems to be screwy. I just hope that all the Hasselhoff pics don’t all come out at once.

    The preview looks right though.

  19. Daniel Tue, 14 Feb 2006 18:10:21 GMT

    We’re aware of the picture issue—Eric is working diligently on it as I type. In the meantime, enjoy the randomness of unrelated images!

  20. Daniel Tue, 14 Feb 2006 18:31:17 GMT

    Everything should work now. Sorry for the confusion.

  21. Chuq Tue, 14 Feb 2006 18:34:16 GMT

    That was so much fun! You guys should do this again for April Fools! haha

  22. Chuq Tue, 14 Feb 2006 18:34:35 GMT

    Oh yeah, And thanks for fixing it Robots.

  23. krosstar Tue, 14 Feb 2006 23:05:25 GMT

    Somehow when I leave comments now and all my previous comments now display my avatar in those comment entries as someone elses picture. It does this while logged in and logged out as well. My account can be found at and the image is from this person’s gallery

    This is an example

    Please help!!!

  24. sarana Wed, 15 Feb 2006 09:56:08 GMT

    Most pics are okay by now, I noticed pics in one post that don’t look okay in Firefox (they do look okay in Internet Explorer). It doesn’t really bother me, just wanted to let you know that they’re not all okay yet (in case you didn’t know):

    wrong pic: with a different wrong thumbnail

    And also, a strange triplet: pic with thumbnail and thumbnail on subscriptions page

  25. vex Wed, 15 Feb 2006 14:02:05 GMT

    The new pictures I try to upload don’t show properly.

  26. Des Wed, 15 Feb 2006 14:05:53 GMT

    Ugh. The random avatar thing is happening again!

  27. Frannie Girl Wed, 15 Feb 2006 14:21:11 GMT

    Good Morning,

    Just a quick FYI that while the major part of the problem seems fixed at the moment, there are still issues with mixed pics. I’m sure you already know… appears so by all the comments….but just in case.

    Thanks for all the hard work you’re putting in to try to fix it. We really do appreciate it.


  28. Frannie+Girl Wed, 15 Feb 2006 14:25:18 GMT

    PS~ here is a link to one of my recent pic uploads that isn’t being displayed as I posted it.

    Thanks again

  29. Daniel Wed, 15 Feb 2006 16:17:42 GMT

    I’m getting about 90% correct images and 10% random images. I’ll chat with Eric first thing today. Thanks, guys.

  30. Frannie+Girl Wed, 15 Feb 2006 16:22:29 GMT

    WHOA….......major upsurge for me here…..suddenly EVERYBODY’s pics even my own are going more haywire than yesterday…....

  31. lauren Wed, 15 Feb 2006 16:27:45 GMT
  32. Redjack Wed, 15 Feb 2006 16:40:20 GMT

    I was going to try and get the urls as you requested, but the pictures keep changing, even when I right click on them. I just wait it out.

  33. Kukkurovaca Wed, 15 Feb 2006 16:59:34 GMT

    Wow. I look pretty weird, on occasion. What really got me, though, was seeing one of my friend’s be-mohawked heads next to my mother’s username. That’s a scary combination.

  34. derek Wed, 15 Feb 2006 17:09:50 GMT

    Good Luck and thanks for the sites.

  35. Kelly Wed, 15 Feb 2006 17:22:17 GMT

    You think you’ve got problems - I looked at my profile photo and I was a man! That’s not right!!

  36. sweetnesses Wed, 15 Feb 2006 18:19:18 GMT

    i just posted to the following page: and the picture that came up was not mine. When I went to my gallery the picture I saw wasn’t there. I wasn’t able to get an address on the image, but she is not me!

  37. salamista Wed, 15 Feb 2006 19:29:47 GMT

    The images at AllConsuming are not right too. Because when I was looking at King Kong movie (this one - there was a man (probably user) instead of King Kong, and that might be a bit derogatory for somebody…

  38. null Wed, 15 Feb 2006 22:48:54 GMT

    Do you still want links to problem pictures? My profile picture has been wacky for about a day now… I’ve been an asian couple, a kitten, someone’s eye and right now it’s John Stewart. ...

    Will this url help? I couldn’t find a link that looked like the example you gave.

  39. RuthG Thu, 16 Feb 2006 00:00:41 GMT

    I’m sure you’ve realized this: they’ve gone completely random now. It’s quite funny, as long as it doesn’t last long. :-)

  40. Daniel+Spils Thu, 16 Feb 2006 00:26:52 GMT

    How’s everyone doing now? Images should be back to normal now—if not, please let us know. Thanks again for helping and your patience.

  41. tigerlily69 Thu, 16 Feb 2006 14:02:03 GMT

    all my images seem to have disappeared now

    and I had one that wasn’t mine (the guitar player) that was showing up on my list of 43 thing page.

  42. Vidman Thu, 16 Feb 2006 15:06:50 GMT

    Cooo. Thanks for sharing the script details. It made me discover FotoBilder.

  43. Chris Thu, 16 Feb 2006 15:41:15 GMT

    Sorry for this pointless post… couldn’t resist being the 43rd comment.


  44. mariestardust Thu, 16 Feb 2006 15:42:23 GMT

    I don’t know if it’s still useful, but my profil pics are wrong. Good luck!

  45. lucky Thu, 16 Feb 2006 18:56:27 GMT

    i don’t know how to get the image address but my cupcakes show up as a girl on my profile page

  46. lucky Thu, 16 Feb 2006 19:08:18 GMT

    i don’t know the image address but my cupcakes are a girl on my profile page

  47. Alanna Fri, 17 Feb 2006 02:15:35 GMT

    Dang, the hilarity is over. Come on, Daniel, admit it, you wanted to trade places with Henry Simmons for a little while, didn’t you? Huh?

    Just as Hasslehoff week, it was fin while it lasted, but it’s nice to be back to normal.

  48. cbiggs Fri, 17 Feb 2006 04:19:15 GMT

    The fullsize image seems to be fine, but the thumbnail is consistently mixed up:


  49. JiJiJane Thu, 23 Feb 2006 06:24:04 GMT

    Ummmm I hope this isn’t totally fixed yet—my pics are all wacked out

  50. goddessparkle Thu, 23 Feb 2006 22:11:39 GMT

    Hmm. Days later my profile image suddenly went blank, and no amount of reuploading images seems to help. All I’m seeing is a white square. ? (goddessparkle is my user name on 43 Things.)

  51. goddessparkle Thu, 23 Feb 2006 22:13:33 GMT

    Never mind! It must have been a hiccup in the system.

  52. AnaisPinhead Mon, 27 Feb 2006 23:46:27 GMT

    My images are still scrambled. Let’s see…

    If I double click on a thumbnail, the correct image does appear in the edit box. The correct default image appears in comments but not on my profile page. Not sure where the urls for individual images reside, or I’d list them for you. But only the gallery’s first image(Joe Pescialhoff)is correct, and I think we’re all pretty sick of that one. :)

  53. Eric Hodel Tue, 28 Feb 2006 07:30:58 GMT


    I checked all your images and they seem to come up fine. Could you try either a force-reload on the page you see the problem or emptying your browser cache?

    If that doesn’t fix it, add the “get my icon fixed” goal to your list and add the URL you see the problem on.

    Sorry for the inconvenience!

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