Member Rara Avis
If you imagine a garden hose running all the way from you to our servers in Florida, strung together with hundreds of little hose connectors, you'll have a good idea of the way the Internet works. Most of the time, the water flows through the hose at a fairly steady pace. Once is while, one of those little connectors breaks and has to be replaced. Or some idiot stands on the hose and restricts the flow. There are LOTS of things that can go wrong.
There were a number of connection problems reported this weekend, ranging from slow connects to "Server Not Found" errors. Every time I checked, the symptoms experienced in the forums were also simultaneously evident at the main site, even though the sites are not on the same computers. That's a sure indication of a network problem, not a server problem. One of our Moderators accused me of "turning out the lights," and then thanked me for fixing it, when in truth I did nothing.
Because, ultimately, there's nothing I can do.