Author: M.Prince (17 Dec 07 1:34am)
There have been lots of funky things going on with the website recently. They're all caused by a good thing: increased traffic both via visitors to Project Honey Pot but more because of a massively increased spam load and the resulting increase in web pages which Google is trying to index all at once. Our database has, at times, become overwhelmed. When it doesn't respond properly the web servers throw an error. Since we turn off error reporting back to the end user, you get a blank screen. That's almost certainly what happened.
Short term, if you encounter a blank screen try again in a few seconds and it will usually work.
Longer term, we're working on getting the systems ramped up to accommodate the new load. The new servers are literally on order. We're rebuilding how our databases work to make them faster at both reading and writing data. We're distributing the databases more broadly and in a way that makes more sense. Hopefully, very shortly into the new year, we'll have the new systems online and the problems of the white screens and Maintenance Mode for the website will be a thing of the past.
In the meantime, sorry for the inconvenience!