Thanks for your patience this week while we upgraded the server that supports our site. Reading and navigating our site—especially our blog—should be quicker and smoother for most of you. The new server should provide a stable platform on which we can grow and improve the site in the coming months.
Why did we need a faster server?
Mainly because blog software doesn’t handle a lot of long comments very well.
That’s why, in the past, you might have gotten a blank page when you tried to display a page of comments. The database query timed out before all of the text could be displayed. And I’m pretty sure that long comments are one reason why the links to comments (under the “Recent Comments” and “Comments on Posts” headings) still don’t work on our production site—even with the new server. (These links work fine on our test site, where most comments are short.)
In the coming months, we’ll slowly and deliberately try out various ways to support and broaden the lively discussions that have become so typical on our blog. We’ll rely on your patience and your good grace in the future as much as we have in the past.
Thanks again to our loyal and articulate readers!