Friday, February 25, 2005

Update on the smackdown: Pharyngula appears to be down

Yesterday, I described a little smackdown between PZ Myers of Pharyngula and Deacon of Powerline over PZ's comments taking Deacon's fellow Powerline blogger Hindrocket to task for an arrogant and downright ignorant pontification in which Hindrocket blithely dismissed evolution on a "scientific basis." Just as the flood of hits to PZ's site was dying down after Deacon fired back in defense of Hindrocket, wouldn't you know that Atrios linked to PZ, as more evidence supporting Atrios' low opinion of Powerline.

Now Pharyngula appears to be down. At least, I haven't been able to get to the site all morning, and as of now I still can't. I'm guessing the site is getting way more hits than its server can handle right now. Hopefully it's not a DDoS.

In any case, I guess that's the price of successfully debunking one of the big boys. Here's hoping Pharyngula is back up again soon.

4 example(s) of insolence returned:

At 2/25/2005 3:54 PM, Blogger Saint Nate said...

He got back up before the count of ten, but thanks to Artios he may be in over his bandwidth:


At 2/25/2005 4:18 PM, Blogger Orac said...

As of now, Pharyngula appears to be back online, but the pages are loading very slowly.


At 2/25/2005 6:32 PM, Blogger PZ Myers said...

Nothing like a tenfold surge in traffic to expose all the inefficiencies in your html. I'm cleaning things up now, and it seems to be loading OK; I think I need to do a major redesign this weekend, emphasizing optimization.


At 2/26/2005 10:07 AM, Blogger Orac said...

Heh. For you, a ten-fold surge slows your server to a crawl. For a tiny blogger like me, a ten-fold surge in traffic would be cause for rejoicing! ;-)

Glad to see you're getting back online.


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