This might possibly explain some of the blank pages etc lately.
Our server started bogging down suddenly about 45 minutes ago. When I looked, I found one guest user was opening 30-40 simultaneous connections every few seconds, it looked like.
Could have been a deliberate attempt to mess things up, or perhaps someone running a utility to try and grab every message and copy it over the net to his hard disk. Can't think of any other reason . . .
He or she is using an ISP from Squamish, BC, fwiw.
The result was that the whole forum was crippled, and was crippling the server is runs on. The server load shot up to over 100x its normal load.
I blocked that IP
, and the guest, if legit, will get a message saying "contact me to get back in" when he or she tries to visit again.
Sorry if I bumped anyone else off while I was trying to salvage the situation -- we're back to normal now.