posted on Mar, 7 2013 @ 12:29 AM
I am putting this in the survival section because this may be a usable idea for other website owners to help support IP communications during global
communications disruptions, and attacks. I could have put it in board questions and business but decided not to.
The current web attack has got me thinking of an idea I have had running around in my head for a while.
A lot of the ATS people seem to take pride in prepping for any situation. But the ATS website seems ill prepared for a DNS shutdown/attack.
Some people think you can just type in the IP and you will get the website. That usually isn’t true. Some websites will allow it. A lot won’t.
Including this site. And a lot of servers are hosting several websites, so they couldn’t even if they wanted to.
Currently If you type in the direct IP number for the ATS server, the server dumps you to a redirect to abovetopsecret.com. Which hits the DNS which
drops you right back at the same server with the proper host name which causes the server to feed you the website.
Both you and me know that that process will not function if the DNS system is down. And I also know you don’t want the full website to show up if
you type in the IP address because that will make search providers think that there is two identical websites with different names. That would cause
you to lose rank on the search provider.
And idea has been running around in my head to solve both problems.
Instead of redirecting to The normal ATS site when someone enters via the direct IP address. Set the server to serve a single layer, single topic
forum that is labeled “the fallout shelter”
The fallout shelter will not mirror the main website in any way, shape or form. That way, the search providers will not ding you. The link to the
fallout shelter from the main site will be in the normal topics section, just like all the other topic sections on ATS. The only difference will be
the link will have the server IP address instead of Abovetopsecret.com for the root address. Google will treat it as a link to a separate website, so
it won’t ding ATS for duplicate websites. When the server sees a user coming in on the raw ip, it will serve the single layer forum which will
function somewhat like any of the other topic forums.
People will be able to bookmark the fallout shelter. If a network or DNS attack or other issue does happen, people will still be able to make it to
the fallout shelter to converse about the current situation, and distribute information. They will still be able to log on, post messages in that
forum, and send and receive private messages without interacting with any DNS based stuff.
It would probably be lightly used, as it should be, until a global network attack did happen, then you would have someplace you could try and get to
as long as you had a functioning connection between your computer and the ATS server.
They can use the fallout shelter to talk about any subject at hand while the situation is ongoing. When the situation clears, then you can move the
threads to the relivent sections on the main site.
Or you could make it a dual use forum “fallout shelter/internet war forum” Because the only times you would be using that forum is if a major
internet disruption was happening, or the subject was related to a major internet disruption, which would be good info to have during a major internet
I know you will probably dismiss the idea, but I am going to put it out there anyway.