Article Site Downtime - 9th March


During the day yesterday, Thursday 9th March, suffered from a huge traffic load which resulted in our entire server crashing. As a result, the site was unavailable from about 13:00 GMT to about 23:00 GMT.

It was initially feared that was suffering from a DDOS attack. Our hosts had a very busy time investigating the problem and resolved it as fast as they could.

After a painstaking investigation we now believe that the huge amount of connections to was simply due to the Yahoo! web crawler, Slurp, indexing the content of our site.

We have taken measures to ensure that this will not happen again. For those of you who might be interested, we have used their Crawl-delay command in our robots.txt file.

We are very sorry for the inconvenience caused by this situation, and hope that it will never happen again.



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