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Update on KinkDollars Stats (FIXED) 2020-11-10 16:03:46

Hi everyone!

First things first, we are so sorry for the stats problems in KinkyDollars for the past month. We completely understand that there’s nothing optimal about being in the dark as stats are a vital part of any affiliate program. Thank you so much for your patience as we worked through this, but today we can happily say that the issue has been resolved!

What happened?

A combination of several factors caused a gradual slowdown in the calculation of KinkyDollars events. Practically, the data set grew to a size that the current optimizations were insufficient to keep up with the volume of data we were storing! It’s good that traffic is up, but obviously calculation should keep up as well. After efforts across multiple teams, optimizations were made that speed up calculations without changing the underlying logic. At the end, our calculations are now 2-3 times faster than they were in 2016, despite a much higher volume of data.

Scope

There was a delay in the calculation of statistics for the affiliate program. Raw data storage was not affected, and no data loss occurred. Detailed statistics from 2015 to 2018 have been archived, and in the coming weeks will be made available through modifications to existing interfaces. Payouts, their history, and related calculations are not affected and are currently available.

Timeline

Two changes that triggered a gradual slowdown were tracked down to August 29, 2020 (a change in archiving) and a change that broke an optimization (September 10, 2020). Internal monitoring noted problems beginning on September 16, 2020. A number of changes were made since September 16, 2020, culminating in the eventual fix on November 9, 2020. The backed-up calculations were completed on November 10, 2020.

What comes next?

The KinkyDollars Terms and Conditions policy will be updated with some practical guidelines around data retention. Once in place, an automated system for archiving will be implemented to minimize the potential for unchecked data growth.

If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me (affiliates@kink.com) and I’ll be happy to go over them with you.

All the best,

Paris Carter
Affiliate Marketing Manager
Kink.com


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