Re: The server is too busy at the moment
That message is due to a setting in the forum software which tries to protect the forum and server from excessive loads. Basically, once the number of users on the forum (and therefore the load on the server) increases beyond a certain limit, further users trying to access the forum are shown that message. Users already on the site will not see that message. This allows as many users as possible to have uninterrupted access the forum. Without this protection, if the load goes beyond a certain limit then the entire forum and site would crash, spoiling it for everyone.
Originally Posted by euncu
This is what the forum software's help says:
I previously had this setting set to 8. I've just changed it to 10, which should prevent this message from being shown so frequently. However, please note that the higher the load on the server, the slower the forum will be...
On certain *NIX setups, including Linux, vBulletin can read the server's load as reported by the operating system. vBulletin can then use this information turn away users if the server load passes this threshold. Load on *NIX systems is measured in numbers. Usually load should stay below 1, however spikes can occasionally occur, so you should not set this number too low. A setting of 5 to 7 would be a reasonable threshold.
I'll obviously be looking into better and longer-term solutions with Tdol, but in the meantime please accept our apologies and trust that we will be doing all we can to resolve these issues as soon as possible.