Nairaland’s founder, Seun Osewa, clarified that the website experienced a temporary takedown due to his oversight of an abuse report. Nairaland, a prominent online discussion forum in Nigeria, has held a dominant position in the country’s web rankings for nearly two decades.
On Monday night, users noticed the site was inaccessible and raised concerns. Mr. Osewa addressed the situation on Tuesday, explaining on X that the server was taken down because he had initially overlooked an abuse report sent on the 14th. Promptly after the takedown, he removed the offensive content.
However, complications arose when the user interface for restoring the server didn’t function correctly, leading to delays in seeking support on how to resolve the issue. Shortly after successfully bringing the forum back online, the server was unexpectedly taken down again without warning.
Mr. Osewa speculated that the removed content might still be cached on Cloudflare servers, making it visible. He took steps to clear the caches, but communication with the hosting service was challenging.
In a subsequent update, Osewa shared that the technical support team informed him that only the abuse team had the authority to reinstate the server. The review process could take up to 48 hours, and unfortunately, there was no way to expedite the procedure. Osewa expressed humility and stated that waiting was the only option at this point.
Nairaland's server was taken down because I overlooked an abuse report that was originally sent on the 14th. After the takedown, I removed the offensive content.
The UI for bringing back the server didn't work so it took hours to get support on how to get that done. Minutes…
— Seun Osewa 🇳🇬 (@seunosewa) December 19, 2023
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