Fan Cam Verification Oopsie

Submitted by mGrowOld on September 14th, 2011 at 10:50 AM

Did anybody else get the repeated verification blasts this morning like I did?  At 5:39am they started innocently enough with a simple request to verify my tag.  Then another came...then another and another they didn't stop until 6:39am at which time I had gotten over 150 such verification requests (and the email addresses of the other lucky 150 winners in the  verification overload sweepstakes)

Now I get this email which is pretty funny given the circumstances:

Dear Sir/Madam

If you were unfortunate enough to receive a number of duplicate authentication mails from the Michigan Fancam this morning, my sincere apologies for the irritation and inconvenience.

Due to the unprecedented popularity of the Michigan Fancam, a number of users did not receive their initial verification mails as the servers were simply overloaded.

In an effort to resend the affected mails, the program we use went into a loop and some users were sent a large number of duplications.

Although the problem has been solved and controls have been put in place to ensure it will not be repeated, it is a source of great embarrassment to me.

We're proud and privileged to have been asked to provide The University of Michigan with this unique way of capturing a truly memorable occasion and would not want any actions on our part to affect your memory and experience of the event.

If you have any questions at all, about the duplicate emails or anything else, please feel free to contact me.

Kindest regards

Tinus le Roux

Founder and CEO

GigaPixel Fancam


Trust me Tinus.....your emails did NOTHING to "affect my memory and experience of the event". 




September 14th, 2011 at 11:02 AM ^

I think the earlier you attempted to tag yourself, the more you got.  I was up to 527 emails this morning before I could write the GMail filter for it.


September 14th, 2011 at 11:38 AM ^

Just go to Settings -> Filter -> Create a Filter -> Enter the subject or the from if all emails are sent from the same address -> Next Step -> Click on the "Delete it" checkbox -> Click on the "Also apply filter to X Conversations below" -> Create Filter


September 14th, 2011 at 11:17 AM ^

I tagged myself Sunday night when someone posted the link on MGoBlog.  Then the system must have crashed because I couldn't get back to the fancam until the e-mail from Michigan Football came on Monday at noon.  I went back and my tag was gone.  It kept giving me errors and finally I was able to tag myself again on Tuesday night but still have not recieved the e-mail to verify my tag so the tag has not yet shown up on the fancam.  I would have thought they would be more prepared.  Yes they got 30k people trying to tag within 48 hours (per the recent facebook post) but that is only a quarter of the 114k that attended the game.


September 14th, 2011 at 11:34 AM ^

I don't think there's a limit to how many e-mails I would want to get from Tinus Le Roux.

Every time the little Outlook bubble pops with "e-mail from Tinus Le Roux" is a little miracle.