The motherboard in one of our servers decided it was time to go to motherboard heaven. How inconsiderate of IT equipment to fail like that. As a result, we experienced about seven hours of down time. Ironically, we are only a couple of months away from launching our European server cluster, so episodes like today's will be a thing of the past and our European and Asian audience will experience a noticeable increase in page load times.

Our sincere apologies for the outage. We hope it never happens again.

Please feel free to vent your frustration and send all nasty comments to feedback[at] If we get some really vicious ones, maybe we will post them tomorrow.

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