Patrick May
Since 2002
Works in NY, New York United States of America

BIO
Patrick May is a programmer and painter. He founded the artist collective Open Ground and was the Director of Technology at Rhizome.org from 2006-2008.

May received a BS in Studio Art from New York University in 1999. His work has been exhibited in New York, Miami, and Berlin, including Maiden Brooklyn, ZONE: Chelsea Center for the Arts, and the Galerie Scherer 8. He currently works in Brooklyn, NY creating intimate portraits of his friends and family.

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DISCUSSION

Director of Technology's report, April 2006


Hello,

So this has been a rocky but ultimately positive month for
Rhizome. :-/ Two major outtages disrupted service and delayed our
programs. However, I used these problems as an opportunity to make
Rhizome stronger. Additionally, some very positive things have
happened, including the launch of a new Advanced Search tool.

Problems detailed below...

=== Disk Error

Early in the morning on March 28th, the Rhizome server crashed with a
severe disk error. While the database and mailing lists were backed
up, we still had to rebuild Rhizome.org on a fresh server. This
contributed to most of our delays, as we rebuilt each service
individually. Among the services that were disrupted were:

+ Rhizome internal email
+ Rhizome.org website
+ Search and Advanced Search
+ RAW and RARE email lists
+ All syndications
+ The payment process, including online Credit Card submissions
and the tools for processing mailed checks
+ The commission submission forms

=== Mailia

On the weekend of April 7th, RAW began receiving a massive flow of
email from the "Mailia" project. These emails overloaded the server
and caused several outages. Unfortunately, this coincided with the
time that users were finalizing their commissions proposals. I
unsubscribed the Mailia project from RAW and blocked email from
Mailia to Rhizome.

I have since been in touch with the artist responsible for Mailia.
He told me that Mailia itself was the victim of a mail bomb, and it
bounced messages with a forged "list@rhizome.org" address back to
Rhizome.org. He has forwarded me examples of the emails that Mailia
received and his story appears credible. Furthermore, the artist has
agreed to block any email from Mailia to the Rhizome lists
(raw@rhizome.org, list@rhizome.org).

I would like to restore the artist's access, pending these actions:

+ additional investigation of the emails that Mailia received
+ configuration of RAW to prevent a repeat of the mail bomb /
outage situation

It is not in the interest of Rhizome to block or ban users,
especially from RAW. I will have more updates on this situation later.

=== Artbase

There have continued to be problems with artbase submissions. This
service was disrupted when the new site went up in December, and was
hit again when the server went down in late March. The tools have
been fixed, but we still have to catch up with the many submissions
that have been made.

Additionally, I need to review cloned artwork before posting them
online. Due to the issues over the last month I have not had the
time to post uploaded cloned artworks. I shall be focusing my
efforts in this direction.

===== Positive Notes

While we have encountered difficulty this month, we have still
accomplished several important projects:

+ structured Rhizome.org server for planned load balancing
+ fixed several key performance bottlenecks on Rhizome.org website
+ our site traffic is up to a new record, over 5.4 million page views
+ our commissions program received a record 180 exciting submissions
+ launched new Search and Advanced Search tools

=== Commissions

As noted, we received a record number of submissions. The voting
phase has begun:

http://rhizome.org/commissions/voting/

Another email with more details will follow shortly.

=== Search and Advanced Search

We have released a new search and advanced search:

http://rhizome.org/search/
http://rhizome.org/search/advanced.rbw

These tools have an entirely new search back end. Much of this
development had been completed before the server crash in late
March. We went ahead and pushed this out instead of installing the
old search. These tools are still somewhat beta, so please let us
know how they work for you.

===== Summary

With the recent restoration of RARE and launch of new Advanced
Search, we have completed the restoration of Rhizome services. Over
the last month, a number of individuals have contacted us about
various issues with Rhizome. Now that the server is stabilizing, our
focus is turning to these issues and we hope to have them resolved in
the coming week(s). I'd like to take a moment to thank all our
members, who have been so patient during this difficult time.

Cheers,

Patrick

--
Patrick May
Director of Technology
Rhizome.org
phone: (212) 219-1288 x202
AIM: cyclochew
+ + +

DISCUSSION

Re: Re:


Hello,

+ create a script which auto-responds to email
+ subscribe it to a mailing list
+ point the responses to the mailing list

This creates a short circuit, since the program is essentially
responding to itself. Everyone else on the mailing list suffers a
mail bomb as an inadvertent side effect.

From my perspective, the problem with this project is that it
consumed all memory on the server, leading to 3 server outages over
the weekend. Unfortunately the question of whether to ban is a moot
point, since I am compelled to block a denial of service.

Cheers,

Patrick

--
Patrick May
Director of Technology
Rhizome.org
phone: (212) 219-1288 x202
AIM: cyclochew
+ + +

On Apr 10, 2006, at 10:21 AM, ==> wrote:

> Hey there,
> As said in the below unanswered message, I am interested in how
> such a thing can happen? (and it is NOT to copycat her/him, just a
> newbie interest in the technical aspects of mailing-lists/servers)
> On the other hand - still without any statement about the art value
> of such a thing - I don't get why people get so upset when it is so
> easy just to add mi-ga to a black list on the subscriber side not
> to receive these mails anymore? (Well, it won't work with digest,
> of course...)
> And on the third hand (or left foot, or whatever you want) do I
> need to be an american academic to get my posts to rhizome taken
> into account? (I already tried to contribute some posts two years
> or so ago from another address and they remained equally
> unanswered... so I got back into the ranks of the lurking majority)
> Yours,
> Cyrill.
>
> "==>" <cduneau@yahoo.com> wrote:
> Hey there
> Just curious, what happened? a mailbot, a bug, something else? What
> is done willingly or was it just a mistake?
> Thanx,
> Cyrill.
>
> Patrick May <patrick@rhizome.org> wrote:
> Geert,
>
> I think I got the last of these stopped ~ 3:45 EST.� There may =

> still be emails in transit which I can't recall.� Another user =

> was still receiving messages like this, I believe they have
> dissipated.
>
> I don't mind taking a look at the messages that you are still
> receiving.� Please send me the entire message, including the full=

> headers.� See this link for instructions:
>
> �� �http://www.spamcop.net/fom-serve/cache/19.html
>
> You can forward this message to:
>
> �� �webmaster@rhizome.org
>
> Cheers,
>
> Patrick
>
> --
> Patrick May
> Director of Technology
> Rhizome.org
> phone: (212) 219-1288 x202
> AIM: cyclochew
> + + +
>
>
> On Apr 9, 2006, at 6:13 PM, Geert Dekkers wrote:
>
>> Hi all,
>>
>> Uhmm -- this mailia thing is still going on, apparently despite
>> measures taken --- it really is clogging up all the posts. Could
>> someone please have another look at it?
>>
>>
>>
>> Geert Dekkers
>> http://nznl.com
>>
>>
>> On 9/04/2006, at 8:57 AM, mi_ga@o-o.lt wrote:
>>
>>>
>>> mailia
>>>
>>> list@rhizome.org wrote:
>>>> good stuff
>>>>
>>>>
>>> +
>>> -> post: list@rhizome.org
>>> -> questions: info@rhizome.org
>>> -> subscribe/unsubscribe: http://rhizome.org/preferences/
>>> subscribe.rhiz
>>> -> give: http://rhizome.org/support
>>> +
>>> Subscribers to Rhizome are subject to the terms set out in the
>>> Membership Agreement available online at http://rhizome.org/info/
>>> 29.php
>>
>
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DISCUSSION

Re: Re:


Geert,

I think I got the last of these stopped ~ 3:45 EST. There may still
be emails in transit which I can't recall. Another user was still
receiving messages like this, I believe they have dissipated.

I don't mind taking a look at the messages that you are still
receiving. Please send me the entire message, including the full
headers. See this link for instructions:

http://www.spamcop.net/fom-serve/cache/19.html

You can forward this message to:

webmaster@rhizome.org

Cheers,

Patrick

--
Patrick May
Director of Technology
Rhizome.org
phone: (212) 219-1288 x202
AIM: cyclochew
+ + +

On Apr 9, 2006, at 6:13 PM, Geert Dekkers wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> Uhmm -- this mailia thing is still going on, apparently despite
> measures taken --- it really is clogging up all the posts. Could
> someone please have another look at it?
>
>
>
> Geert Dekkers
> http://nznl.com
>
>
> On 9/04/2006, at 8:57 AM, mi_ga@o-o.lt wrote:
>
>>
>> mailia
>>
>> list@rhizome.org wrote:
>>> good stuff
>>>
>>>
>> +
>> -> post: list@rhizome.org
>> -> questions: info@rhizome.org
>> -> subscribe/unsubscribe: http://rhizome.org/preferences/
>> subscribe.rhiz
>> -> give: http://rhizome.org/support
>> +
>> Subscribers to Rhizome are subject to the terms set out in the
>> Membership Agreement available online at http://rhizome.org/info/
>> 29.php
>

DISCUSSION

Re: Mailia


Hello all,

I also need to note that we have pending issues with the mailing list
subscribe / unsubscribe forms. As I said earlier, I have put
measures into place to block the flood of mailia emails.

If you still wish to leave the list and have trouble doing so, please
contact me at:

webmaster@rhizome.org

Cheers,

Patrick

--
Patrick May
Director of Technology
Rhizome.org
phone: (212) 219-1288 x202
AIM: cyclochew
+ + +

On Apr 9, 2006, at 1:01 PM, Patrick May wrote:

> Hello,
>
> As mailia appears to be caught in a mail loop, endlessly spamming
> the list, I have put the "mi_ga@o-o.lt" address on hold.
>
> Cheers,
>
> Patrick
>
> --
> Patrick May
> Director of Technology
> Rhizome.org
> phone: (212) 219-1288 x202
> AIM: cyclochew
> + + +
>
>
> +
> -> post: list@rhizome.org
> -> questions: info@rhizome.org
> -> subscribe/unsubscribe: http://rhizome.org/preferences/
> subscribe.rhiz
> -> give: http://rhizome.org/support
> +
> Subscribers to Rhizome are subject to the terms set out in the
> Membership Agreement available online at http://rhizome.org/info/
> 29.php

DISCUSSION

Re: Mailia


Hello all,

I would like to raise another important point.

It appears that mi_ga may have tried to adjust the mailia project to
send messages from list@rhizome.org legitimately, rather than
spoofing the address [1].

It is very easy to make a mistake working with mailing lists. It is
a good idea for such scripts to encode hard limits on the number of
messages sent per day, to help protect one's reputation.

A commercial mailing list software called Lyris provides similar
limits to posts by members, but the license fee for that software is
prohibitive. The list manager for RAW, majordomo does not have these
limits, and I will investigate longer term solutions to this kind of
problem.

I would prefer to be able to give such projects the benefit of the
doubt. Unfortunately in this case, I had to block the project for
the sake of the server and our inboxes.

Cheers,

Patrick

1. I am aware that Jeremy (hight@34n118w.net) reported other abusive
behavior from the mailia project. If this project was not meant to
be abusive, I would appreciate a full explanation into mailia's
behavior.

--
Patrick May
Director of Technology
Rhizome.org
phone: (212) 219-1288 x202
AIM: cyclochew
+ + +

On Apr 9, 2006, at 1:01 PM, Patrick May wrote:

> Hello,
>
> As mailia appears to be caught in a mail loop, endlessly spamming
> the list, I have put the "mi_ga@o-o.lt" address on hold.
>
> Cheers,
>
> Patrick
>
> --
> Patrick May
> Director of Technology
> Rhizome.org
> phone: (212) 219-1288 x202
> AIM: cyclochew
> + + +
>
>
> +
> -> post: list@rhizome.org
> -> questions: info@rhizome.org
> -> subscribe/unsubscribe: http://rhizome.org/preferences/
> subscribe.rhiz
> -> give: http://rhizome.org/support
> +
> Subscribers to Rhizome are subject to the terms set out in the
> Membership Agreement available online at http://rhizome.org/info/
> 29.php