Site Outage and Comments

By Eric Goldman

The website and blogs had a 4+ hour outage today. My web host pulled the plug (sadly, without warning me) because “it was crashing the server with 250 other customers on it. Something on your website is causing very high server loads.” We haven’t been able to determine the cause yet, although comment spammers are the most likely culprit. So to convince the web host to put me back online, I agreed to shut down comments for now. Because I’m going to be in Israel for most of the rest of the year, I’m going to leave comments off until January. I’ll reassess what to do then. Sorry for any inconvenience if you tried to access the blog and got the scary “this website has been suspended” notice.