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Tourism Queensland Site Craters
Yesterday, many of Scott's "Best Job in the World" supporters, complained that the link to his video application didn't work. The problem was with the Tourism Queensland website, which was overloaded. Today it buckled under the strain and crashed.
"Best Job in the World" Website Crashes - Again
Due to the overwhelming response to the "Best Job in the World", the website that is playing host to over 8,000 60-second video applications, has crashed.
The crash occurred at approximately 2 PM PST. Scott received an email from a friend, who went to the site to view and vote for his video application.
"What's going on?" this friend wrote, "I tried to view your video yesterday, and the link wouldn't work. Today I'm getting this message (see attached image).
Scott doesn't know. Tourism Queensland probably doesn't know either. They're probably just as mad about it as Scott's supporters are.
"It's a grand waste of time on everybody's part," said Scott, "It's very hard to drum up support for your video application if those supporters cannot even get to the site to view the video. It makes all the applicants look bad and it makes Tourism Queensland look bad."
Tourism Queensland reserved the right to move up the closing date, if the number of applicants exceeded 30,000," said Scott. They've reported close to 20,000 applications, two-thirds of that amount.
"You'd think they would have prepared for this kind of digital onslaught, eh?" said Scott.
Complaints aside, it's one thing to plan for it, but another to actually live through it.
Scott, who stepped back for a moment and put on his "web developer" hat, said, "You can't really test for the onslaught, until it actually happens. One thing I would have done, however, is put the application uploads on a completely separate server from the one hosting the site. I would have also provided applicants with some kind of immediate feedback, to verify that their application video was received without being 'munged'. This would have prevented multiple uploads and saved much server bandwidth."
Regardless, the site - http://islandreefjob.com - crashed about a half hour ago and is still down, at the time of this posting.
"Picture in your head," Scott said, "scads of skinny, pimply-faced kids, scrambling around in a room humming with computers. The site will be up again, once they've ate their pizza and drank all the coke from the vending machine!"