We are trying to figure out what is causing the intermittent WordPress outages that have been annoying our commenters and authors over the last couple of days.

My guess at this point is that the culprit is the voting widget, which generates a large number of database queries. I have turned that off for ‘observation’ purposes – if performance improves, and we see no further outages, we are going to leave it turned off, at least until we make further improvements to our database situation (moving it to cloud hosting might be an option, I hear).

Apologies for the inconvenience.

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