We are upgrading to the new WP, and doing some otrher things to fix the problem. Can those of you who have had a problem the past few days tell me if it is fixed?
And for the love of everything holy, I appreciate the emails informing Houston that there is a problem, but we are on it, I swear to Allah.
*** Update ***
We might be up and down for a few more hours as things are ironed out.
Another thing- can we please stop screaming about my hosting services? I personally think they rock. I know it is frustrating when the website does not work for a couple hours, but when you consider what we are asking this platform to do- thousands of comments every day, all able to be edited, etc., I am shocked things work this well.
Add to it that every time we get linked by major sites- Kos, Sullivan, Atrios all at the same time, and the site load is longer than normal, and I get twenty emails screaming about my shitty host. Look- this is not the NY Times. I’m already on a dedicated server, and it makes no sense to upgrade more for a small wait once every couple of days when traffic peaks.
Think of it this way. If your city spend 95% of its budget on snow removal equipment, yes, within a few hours of every snowfall, the roads would be clean. And then that equipment would sit for the next 362 days unused.
The same is true for this blog. 99.9% of the time, we are operating WELL below the server’s capacity. Only a few times every month do we have an issue where there is a confluence of events that make things load slow- multiple links from major blogs, events where we are all watching and commenting at the same time (SOTU address, where we have several thousand people smashing “REFRESH” every six seconds to see if the other several thousand people saw their pithy comment in the open thread), etc. Then we slow down a bit. It would make absolutely no sense to have this website attached to the modern equivalent of WOPR 24/7 for the few moments when things slow down.
But the rest of the time, things hum along pretty nicely, and I really appreciate the work my Hosting company does keeping this barge afloat.
And I’m not trying to be mean or attack anyone, I’m just trying to explain what is happening sometimes when the site loads slow and why.