Although the front end of this site, the part people surf into and see, has remained up the back end of this site, the part where content is uploaded and comments are moderated has been down for two days.
It wasn’t any of the usual suspects.
A very fine, third party piece of software integral to this site and many others, was updated on Monday. The update was intended to make the software more secure. The programmers rushed the update. Rather than simply modifying the software with the potential security hole the update applied those changes to the entire site. One of those changes read the symbol [email protected] as “$#64.” Among other things that caused havoc with comments. The changes were so widespread and pernicious that they had to be rooted out of the underlying server operating system.
I didn’t fix it. A friend of this page did. I won’t write his name. I appreciate his efforts.
Go ahead and comment. The Aging Rebel regrets the inconvenience. Things should be back to normal tomorrow. Hit the donate button when you get the chance.