UPDATE: CTH 2.0 Site Challenges on Launch – Apologies to Readers and Users…


Posted originally on The Conservative tree house 2.0 on November 30, 2020 by Sundance

“Glitches” seems like an easy catch-phrase to explain encountered problems in the world of technology; but “glitches” doesn’t reconcile the real human frustration people encounter when they engage with a system that is experiencing a rather unique challenge.

I won’t say we are experiencing a glitch…. CTH 2.0 is experiencing a challenge that has actual emotional consequences…  Here’s the issue in as much non-technical wording as I can muster.

SIDEBAR: For other websites with considerable scale, and considering the deplatforming issue underway, this might also serve as a guide.  Additionally, for site users in any website this might explain some background decision-making on commenting functions that is often left unsaid outside of closed-door meetings.

First, my sincere apologies for the trouble everyone had, and is having, as we launched CTH 2.0 with new host servers.  As you know, our commenting community is our #1 priority and we have years of relationship and trust together.  The challenge before us today is considerable.

When we were told we had to leave WordPress/Automattic platform it was important to us to retain the entire site library that includes over 56,000 published articles and over 7.2 million comments.

Some articles carry up to several hundred citations and the average amount of content within the 7.2 million comment file alone exceeds 40 million lines of metadata.

All of that CTH data took approximately 60 hours to export and transfer (import) to a new site and eventually new host servers. The data was first uploaded to a test site to gauge the scale of data and time.  After that initial transfer timeline was determined the data was then imported to new host servers, CTH and CTH 2.0 were mirrored, and fully migrated away from WordPress/Automattic servers.

The CTH 2.0 site was reviewed, some adjustments made to ensure user friendly systems were carried over, and we were ready to switch the site. That is called a DNS switchover.

As the domain name shifts from WordPress/Automattic to our new platform host the worldwide system of interconnected data networks needs to identify and promulgate searches for “TheConservativeTreehouse.Com” with the new site destination, the new servers.  This process takes place in every country around the world, each with a different refresh rate for DNS activation.

At approximately 7:30pm ET last evening that process was initiated.  CTH search results switched from final destinations at WordPress/Automattic servers to our new server host.

Regionally as each Internet Service Provider (ISP) updated it’s DNS mapping, users were directed to new CTH servers.  CTH 2.0 slowly showed up in every city, state and town as the regions came on-line with updated directories.  The process executed as expected.

We anticipated a significant data pull from initial users that would hit the server network, so we purchased a secondary “cache” service, Cloudfare, to help offset the scale of the data load by hosting the static or older library files.  It’s a weird system but the data starts to promulgate two data-systems simultaneously.  The load on the servers is offset by the ability of CloudFare to host and direct users to older content.

However, in the change to new servers there is no pre-existing room of old “cached” files that don’t need to be responsive to the user.  The entire CTH archive library is essentially being pulled from the Host Servers as the promulgation continues and a new set of cache files is being created that will eventually take some of the load away.

Depending on the library size – for the first 24 hours the new servers are carrying all the load and the data capacity is stressed.  The server host anticipates this heavy load and has a system in place called “autoscale” that activates to allow more server capacity during the DNS switch.

That is one initial load on the servers that improves in time.  Time allows the servers to fully promulgate and get better at working with secondary cache services who take some of the burden.  But in the first hours all of the data load is on the host server.

The secondary issue is where our problem rests.  As each provider gained access to and directed customers to the new servers, many of the inbound users, our community, started commenting.  The scale of our community is significant, we are proud of it.

The CTH 2.0 site content was promulgating new pathways (the DNS changeover) at the same time users started to engage with it.  The cache service was also promulgating. However, the commenting function is a live-time engagement, so the secondary “cache” host doesn’t interact at all with the commenting data-load.

When you write a comment it creates a metadata file. Each comment is a unique url.  Your unique id is part of that metadata, your gravatar or avatar is part of that metadata, the content of your comment (what you write) is part of that metadata and any article links, citations, pictures, gifs, or tweets -each carrying a unique url- is part of that metadata.

The average number of lines of unique metadata in one comment is six to ten lines of code, regardless of the length of your comment.  Your comment creates a mini data-file with its own unique id (the url).  The library of pre-existing comments is 7.2 million.  Multiply that by the lines of metadata and you get well over 40 million lines of code in the pre-existing comment file alone.

♦ Here’s the issue. Whenever you write a unique comment the pre-existing library is searched by a software program to match you to your commenting history.  This avoids duplication (if you hit send/submit more than once), and it also looks for spam or bot signatures.

Because we are using new servers the library of 7.2 million comments (each with 6 to 10 lines of metadata) has to be searched by the same software built into the system to avoid comment duplication.  In essence as you hit submit/send the search goes through the entire library of 40 million lines of metadata looking for your unique id and then responds back to allow the comment to go through.

With only a few people reaching the site it’s not a problem.  However as more and more people are both drawing from the host library of posted content; and simultaneously writing comments that have to go through searching 40 million lines of metadata; the servers get overloaded.

Put 1,000 people on the site at the same time and you get 1,000 x 40,000,000 lines of metadata being searched and queried at the same time.

With one thousand users the servers are trying to: (1) return library results on 11 years of archived posts; and (2) search through 40 billion lines of comment metadata and respond simultaneously.  That’s the data load for 1,000 users.

[On an average day at CTH we hold 25k users/hr simultaneously and a peak avg around 35k to 50 thousand around 9pm ET.]

Last night, typical for CTH, as word spread we had 30,000 simultaneous users return to the website.  Do the math: 30,000 users x 40 million lines of metadata in the comment library search and the servers overloaded…. “504” and “524” notifications were the result on your browser searches.

That’s what happened.

It’s not an excuse for what happened; that’s just what happened.

As the DNS promulgates more fully the servers will be less taxed on the article data retrieval and older files will shift to the cache service.  The weight of the site data will lessen as the cache can step-in, and the servers will be less taxed.  That part is not a problem.

The problem is the sheer scale of the comment library.   Every comment submitted draws a search amid 40 million lines of metadata.   Over time that will also improve, but the comment library is going to take much longer to promulgate; and it doesn’t help that Google search engines are simultaneously crawling through the entire site, including the totality of the comment library, to re-index their search results by pulling data from the new site servers.

One quick solution from the engineering side was to just get rid of every comment older than 90 days so the comment library shrinks to a manageable searchable size.

Another solution to regain the site was to shut down commenting again thereby stopping the search function associated with each unique user posting a comment.

The latter approach would buy time to find another solution that might avoid deleting the comment library.  That is the approach we have chosen right now.  We didn’t really have an option.

When I was asked “why not just drop the old comments” we run into a conversation that is personal for our CTH community.

There’s a few reasons why I wanted the total import of the comment files, one of them I never wanted to discuss…. but to explain to those here today who might also just say get rid of the older comments… I need to share something very important.

Our comment library holds 11 years of prayer request threads.  It was the first function we added to this little hideout.  You may not know it but the admins and I spend a lot of time reading those prayer requests; and yes, we pray for those who write.

Those prayer requests and replies are from real people, our people, our CTH community of people and they are the source of our compass heading.   More importantly, we have lost friends who asked for prayers for themselves and/or their loved ones.  We have held the hands of those people and we have at times had no words other than just to sit still and let them know we are there.

Many of those friends left us and they are in God’s hands now.  Additionally, whether you know it or not the families left behind visit those prayer threads, read the words, and remember the voices of those who are no longer with us.   If we were to delete old comments we would be losing many of those prayer threads, and that would just be too high a price to pay.  It would feel like we were breaking a promise, I cannot do it.

So the tech team has been told deleting comments by date is not an option.  If I need to pay a service to host an archive of those prayer threads, so we can put a link to them, then that’s doable.  But we are not deleting them, period.

The tech guys are looking at other options for how to turn-on comments while at the same time lessening the burden on comment data by reducing the library.   There has to be a way to do it and that’s the challenge.

I apologize unreservedly for this issue.

I apologize that you cannot comment right now.

This issue within the launch of CTH 2.0 is entirely on me.

The tech people who worked on this massive export and import of data have done outstanding work.  I am the person who wouldn’t budge on retention and transfer of the entire CTH data library to include every comment by this community.  This 11-year labor of love will not be taken apart.

There’s a solution out there and we are sharp enough to figure it out.

Warmest love and deepest appreciation for your understanding,

~ Sundance…

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UPDATE: “Liberty One Has Landed” – DNS Server Switch Activated – Welcome to CTH 2.0


Posted originally on The Conservative Tree House 2.0 on November 29, 2020 by Sundance

Liberty One to Ground Control: “New site reassembly complete” … “Activate DNS server switch” … “Transmitting new CTH 2.0 beacon” …  “Message in 3… 2… 1″….

…. “Welcome Back Everyone, We Sure Missed You Guys!

Hello everyone, we made it.  Hopefully it looks awfully familiar around here. Pull up a comfy rock, sit back around the campfire…. Lets have a talk, because it’s time to get back to business.

Clear your computer “cache and cookies”, search or use your bookmarks for CTH again, and your browser should redirect you to the correct website on brand new servers.

Hi !  Please Check-in…

A total of 69 chronologically distributed files containing massive terabytes of CTH library data (increasing exponentially by date) have been transferred.  The library is intact.

Trillions of ‘ones and naughts’ traveled through digital space in electromagnetic time and then landed thousands of miles from their point of origin…. reassembling by falling into the exact and precise sequence needed to re-emerge.  Quite remarkable.

The only thing lost was the comments during switchover from November 27 (11pm ET) to now.  All other content transferred seamlessly thanks to the incredible people who ran point on the tech transfer for the past week.   We are so very thankful.

Love to all, and a big wide smile….  Hello again.

Sunday Talks: Extensive President Trump Interview With Maria Bartiromo..


Posted originally on The Conservative tree house on November 29, 2020 by Sundance

Earlier this morning President Trump called-in to Sunday Morning with Maria Bartiromo to discuss a variety of key issues related to the 2020 election and the previous effort by corrupt institutional officials to remove him from office. WATCH:

Georgia Judge Orders Voting Machines Should Not be Erased Then Reverses Himself


Armstrong Economics Blog/Politics Re-Posted Nov 29, 2020 by Martin Armstrong

In the midst of the most corrupt election in history, a Georgia judge has ordered that the voting machine should not be erased and then reversed himself because the defendants claimed they no longer possessed the machines, they are in the custody of the county. The erasing of these machines is a desperate attempt to cover up the entire fraud. This is violating everyone’s civil rights in the entire country. These officials are deliberately allowing the cover-up to take place. If there was nothing to hide, why erase anything?

UPDATE: Mission CTH Liberty Reaches Mid-Way Point…


Posted originally on The Conservative Ree House on November 28, 2020 by sundance

Ground Control: “Liberty One has reached mid-way file transfer. Apex point achieved without incident. File download 40 through 49 initiated. Begin countdown clock to blackout exit. Stay focused people.”… Godspeed.

As the CTH community is aware, WordPress/Automattic has demanded our voice leave their platform. Effective this moment, “Mission CTH Liberty” is underway, and we are separating from main host web servers. {Go Deep} During this transitional phase, we will have a controlled comment blackout until the site migration is complete to new host servers. You may or may not be able to comment.  Comments appearing may or may not transfer.  The anticipated transit time is now 15 to 20 hours to new host.

From the MAIL:

…”Wow, Sundance and crew have launched and setting course into the field of stars… And yes – there is radio silence during those moments after launch.

We remember the radio silence as Apollo went on the dark side of the moon and we waited for heart-stopping moments for radio contact to recur. Emotional moments they were.

And these are emotional moments, whether we think of them in the context of tank man or Paul Revere….when everything has been left on the field. Silence has fallen.

We wait for the lights to come back up….when there will be a ROARRRRRRRRRRR as the Patriot lion strides back on the field, in a tight group of 70 or 80 million or so.

I’m all choked up here, you guys.  I love you all.  So proud to know you and to be able to mark this moment along with you.  To put it mildly, you dun good. Yes…ya dun good.

I know it’s not over, by a long shot. But making this transition with the skill and capable effort you have … is a remarkable thing.

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you. May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you great, great peace. All my love to each of you”…

LOVE backatcha.

Believe me it ain’t easy to spend more than a decade building our Treehouse and then taking a backseat as a new crew, with an incredibly experienced pilot, take control to move our massive and dynamic system into a new host. We are in good hands, God’s hands.

Trillions of ‘ones and naughts’ traveling through digital space in electromagnetic time and then landing thousands of miles from their point of origin…. perfectly reassembling by falling into the exact and precise sequence needed to re-emerge.

Quite remarkable.

A total of 59 chronologically distributed files containing massive terabytes of CTH library data (increasing exponentially by date) are being transferred.  We are now at file 40.

By taking this painstaking approach, we are ensuring that all internal links do not result in a “404” dead link notification. Meaning the library will remain intact, and all external links that lead to the CTH library will be able to find them. Additionally, and/all citations within the CTH library will be retained, and people will be able to use all the embed links; and also importantly, all prior links to your previous comments are retained.

♦ The domain name will remain the same: “TheConservativeTreehouse.com”, and should be seamless in transition to the new website and host servers.  However, after CTH 2.0 launch you may need to clear your browser “cookies” and “cache” so that your search or bookmark reaches the new servers accurately.

How you can tell – If you find yourself only finding older articles when you visit CTH Sunday(ish) this will be the problem.  Clear your “cache and cookies”, search or use your bookmarks for CTH again, and your browser should redirect you to the correct website.

When the comments go fully operational again, please be patient if you get hung up in a moderation cue. One of our challenges will be the absence of Askimet spam filtering. It may take time to release some comments if they are hung up in moderation. The site admins do a great job with comment moderation and release so it shouldn’t be too much of an issue; and quite frankly, there are likely to be benefits from not having the WordPress software filtering through the comments as they post. Spam removal will be a priority.  Current comments made during this transfer phase may not appear.

Thank you for your support and fellowship. We will always work diligently to deserve it.

The rebel alliance will reassemble with comments as soon as possible. We are approximately half-way through the anticipated blackout phase. Once the printing presses are rebuilt we shall meet at the Old Mill and ride again…  We are extraordinarily thankful.

We ain’t there yet, but so-far so-good…  Mission Control Doing EXCELLENT work!

Love to all,

~ Sundance

Greg Kelly Walks Through The Mysteriously Magical Biden Election Results that No-one Believes Actually Happened…


Posted originally on The Conservative Tree House on November 28, 2020 by sundance

NewsMax pundit Greg Kelly takes viewers on a journey through the land of suspended common-sense needed to reconcile the Joe Biden victory.  A must watch segment:

The Article Cited is HERE

…”In 2020, The Cook Political Report and The New York Times rated 27 House seats as toss-ups going into Election Day. Right now, Republicans appear to have won all 27.”…

Report: Thousand of Fake/Manipulated Ballots Found During Dane County, Wisconsin, Recount…


Posted originally on The Conservative Tree house on November 28, 2020 by sundance

As previously reported by Wisconsin election reviewers the badger state does not have a formal process for ordinary absentee ballot submissions.  Instead there is a process for a very specific type of absentee request used by persons labeled “indefinitely confined.”

In all prior years those submissions were in the hundreds; however, in the 2020 election that process was used by people appearing to be “ballot harvesting”, a process not allowed by state law in Wisconsin.  The number of those ballots skyrocketed.

According to exclusive information provided to Gateway Pundit thousands of “indefinitely confined” ballots in Wisconsin have been identified with a single signature: “MLW.”

Review the Evidence Here

It appears all of those “MLW” ballots, were unlawfully harvested/manufactured for Joe Biden in Dane County, and could quite possibly be disqualified.

Hack Vote Machines


Armstrong Economics Blog/Politics Re-Posted Nov 28, 2020 by Martin Armstrong

UPDATE: Mission CTH Liberty Underway…


Posted originally on The Conservative Tree House on November 28, 2020 by sundance

Ground Control to Liberty One: ..”We have main engine separation, next stop – Freedom”…

As the CTH community is aware, WordPress/Automattic has demanded our voice leave their platform. Effective this moment, “Operation CTH Liberty” is underway, and we are separating from main host web servers. {Go Deep} During this transitional phase we are in, we will have a controlled comment blackout until the site migration is complete to new host servers. You may or may not be able to comment. The anticipated transit time is 30 hours to new host.

By taking this painstaking approach, we are ensuring that all internal links do not result in a “404” dead link notification. Meaning the library will remain intact, and all external links that lead to the CTH library will be able to find them. Additionally, and/all citations within the CTH library will be retained, and people will be able to use all the embed links; and also importantly, all prior links to your previous comments are retained.

During the transition and data transfer, we will need to shut down commenting function for CTH (WordPress) until CTH 2.0 launches. The mirroring of the site during this process will take (based on the test run) approximately 30 hours +/-. As a result, it is highly likely comments will be closed for around two days. Unfortunately, there is no other way to pull this off; it is simply a matter of volume and scale.

We will continue to post new articles and you will be able to see them, you just might not be able to comment on them until the full data transfer to Treehouse 2.0 is complete.

[Remember, the articles from CTH/CTH 2.0 cross-post onto Twitter, and you can also comment there. Or use the Twitter link to return to the CTH 2.0 article when live]

♦ The domain name will remain the same: “TheConservativeTreehouse.com”, and should be seamless in transition to the new website.  However, after CTH 2.0 launch you may need to clear your browser “cookies” and “cache” so that your search or bookmark reaches the new servers accurately.

How you can tell – If you find yourself only finding older articles when you visit CTH Sunday(ish) this will be the problem.  Clear your “cache and cookies”, search or use your bookmarks for CTH again, and your browser should redirect you to the correct website.

When the comments go live again, please be patient if you get hung up in a moderation cue. One of our challenges will be the absence of Askimet spam filtering. It may take time to release some comments if they are hung up in moderation. The site admins do a great job with comment moderation and release so it shouldn’t be too much of an issue; and quite frankly, there are likely to be benefits from not having the WordPress software filtering through the comments as they post. Spam removal will be a priority.

Please bear with us as we work through some of the challenges of comment moderation in our new platform. It should be seamless, but just in case… well, patience is appreciated. Be assured we will work diligently during this go-live phase to deal with any comment issues as rapidly as possible.

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, WordPress/Automattic disabled CTH’s ability to filter, review or disable vulgar content on our site. Given the unwarranted, pre-textual de-platforming of CTH by the pro-censorship board of Automattic, CTH cannot ignore that such manipulation is to maliciously interfere and damage the reputation of CTH.

Because of Automattic’s purposeful actions, we have been forced to monitor every site comment in real time for appropriate content over the past 48 hours and remove content that seems purposefully targeted to tarnish our reputation and public image. CTH expects to be Back to normal functionality in 30 hours. Thanks for bearing with us, and thank you for your first hand witness of the tactics of deplatforming and censorship in America.

We are chomping-at-the-bit to get back in this fight for our nation; and do not think for one moment we are not aware our specific targeting was purposefully timed to disrupt our research ability.  We know exactly what Big Tech and the left-wing political operatives executed.  They know that we know; and when we know – YOU KNOW.

Myself and the incredibly hardworking site admins consider ourselves stewards to this community.  YOU are what matters, so another important part of Treehouse 2.0 is to ensure your ability to analyze, discuss and provide your comments on the subject matter.  We will NEVER remove a commenting function from our website.  In fact, it is the crowd-sourcing work we have done as a community that has been the most thrilling and brilliant part of our work together. I will never lose that focus.

The key to Treehouse 2.0 is recognizing we are building something within a system that wants to see us removed. Being proactive about that will hopefully make us better stewards for our conversation. Remember, YOU are the important part.

Without you CTH doesn’t really have a purpose. I could stand outside shouting at trees with no impact; but together, sitting on the figurative porch, the conversation is rich with unique skill-sets, subject matter experts and life-long experiences that make discussion so much more valuable. Myself and the CTH admin team cherish the value you represent.

Over the next roughly 30 hours we will transfer the data from a decade of research into our new home.  We will transfer massive bytes of data across the space between our old home and our new servers, but the key ingredient will always be missing until we are united with our commenting community.  We are a little sad, yet nervous and exited to take this step; and there’s no community we would rather share this journey with, than you.

Thank you for your support and fellowship.  We will always work diligently to deserve it.

The rebel alliance will reassemble with comments as soon as possible.   We shall meet at the Old Mill and ride again…

Love to all,

~ Sundance

Rudy Giuliani Discusses Pathway to Supreme Court…


Posted originally on The Conservative Tree House on November 27, 2020 by sundance

Earlier today Rudy Giuliani appears on One America News to discuss the importance of getting evidence of voter fraud before key state legislatures and the pathway of litigation to the supreme court.   WATCH: