Several bloggers have complained about problems at WordPress today. The Humboldt Mirror noted, “[We are] peeved that the main WordPress site has been down all morning. Where is our beautiful Humbug avatar? Whisked away into the black hole of the Internets, that’s where.”
“We’ve probably amassed something like two hits in the past day–and can we see them? We cannot. How, pray tell, are we to measure our self-worth today??”
Other bloggers (like me) are noticing a marked decline in page views. This has nothing to do with the deteriorating quality of our work…. (And my self worth is not measured by such petty things, thank you very much!)
MendoCoastCurrent lost 8 new posts that went up today plus over 20 more that had gone up this last month. (This includes an intriguing story on a preliminary permit granted Finavera Renewables for a proposed Humboldt County Wave Energy Project. According to the article the company’s CEO said, “We believe the Humboldt County project could become the United States first commercial wave energy installation.”)
The posts still haven’t been recovered but, MendoCoast has hopes that an email she sent to the well known blogging site “may be able to bring [the posts] back up.” She is also trying to recover the lost posts through Google.
However, there has been no acknowledgment by WordPress, as far as I can tell, of any problems. If WordPress doesn’t shape up soon, they will find themselves targeted by the vicious teeth of those writers at The Humboldt Mirror who do not like to be deprived of access to their stats and, whew, those Humbugs bite.
UPDATE: MyStarbucks points out that while Yahoo News reported, “WordPress.com users were notified via e-mail about the DoS attack” in fact, many viewers (including MyStarbucks and me) did not receive any word from the company. MyStarbucks post was the first confirmation I could find of a problem. According to a wonderfully clear graphic on C/Net News, a DoS attack (Denial of Service) is overloading a server with requests so that it reacts to legitimate users incredibly slowly. I find it frustrating that WordPress has yet to address the problem on their homepage or by sending out notification to their bloggers.