What a few days ago when RUA went kaput for at least 5 or 6 hours? This seems to be happening more and more.
This is quite a big site now, the DB is getting bigger and bigger. The image files especially are huge (slowly being reduced as time allows)
. The server was almost at capacity with daily backups and such recently. The host we use now is actually very good (and not cheap). They changed our server a few days ago (for reasons I wont bore you with and not connected to RUA) and reallocated the old IP number to minimise disruption. However, with such a task, a few gremlins will always remain for a few days. They fixed two today, one of which was the server function that enables the spell check here for those on grim browsers like IE, and one unconnected to this site.
Also, we get quite a few hack attempts and a lot of automated spam attempts most of which does not get through. The host takes care of most of that with the tools they have. But with something like a DDoS attack, they will disable the site while they get it in hand. If that means going offline for a few hours, it is better than what we had a few years ago on Valentine's day with a lesser host: A Muslim extremist attack where the hackers replaced the homepage with some Praise Allah
bullsh!t in squiggly font.
Really, there is much that goes on behind the scenes with a site like this that people who dip in and out each day don't see. But on the rare occasions the site is offline, there is generally a good reason why that is so. Usually someone sends me an SMS or a Skype message when it happens, so I can get on it pretty fast. Why we have a host where I don't open a ticket and someone in India answers it two days later with copy and paste rubbish. With our host I can call them 24/7/365, speak to a chap called Jeremy or Gareth who usually fixes it pretty lively.