Faster Overnight Website! Answered
Many of our most dedicated community members have complained about various errors occurring for logged in users during the night (for us, in SF). This has been consistent for a long time, and the code causing problems has been around for years. It precedes everyone currently on the dev team. We have automatic database maintenance tasks that run overnight, some of which are responsible for these problems.
We have heard your pleas! I believe we have just one feature that will break if we completely remove all of these tasks. So we're going to try an experiment this weekend. We hope for these results:
1) Posting should be just as smooth from 12am to 6am PST as it is during other times of the day.
2) These little stats icons will start to show inaccurate data:
This will not affect total view counters.
If our theory proves correct, we'll proceed to find another data source for that button. And you who are awake when we are asleep will have a much more usable site going forward.
Just wanted to give everyone a heads-up, since we're deliberately introducing a bug.... but I promise it's for your very real benefit!
~ Your Friendly Devs