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Bot traffic can cause the servers to get slower (or worse, to be inaccessible), so we wanted to share an update on what's going on and what we've been doing to address it. LOTS OF BOTS There are a growing number of "web crawler" bots that are trying to crawl our site, and sites in general.As Wikipedia puts it, “a Web crawler is an Internet bot that systematically browses the World Wide Web, typically for the purpose of Web indexing.” It used to be that only large search engines like Google or Bing could afford to buy lots of servers and storage, and crawl websites.And with some server tweaks on our end, we were able to once again get out servers connected to the Internet.Our webhost has made changes to make sure that this won't happen again, and we will continue to monitor for server vulnerabilities so we can keep our servers safe.The site has been up and stable, and we're gearing up to make the further upgrades mentioned above.

But more recently, we've largely defeated the ongoing DDOS and password attacks.

One area where we've dropped the ball is providing updates on all of the above.

Initially we were fighting off the DDOS attacks, and didn't want to tip off our attackers on our progress.

——— Just wanted to share a little bit about the sort of server maintenance we’ve been doing a lot of lately.

Next up, we’re pulling together our thoughts on some of the top feature requests, starting with how we might upgrade our customizable theme system. Without your involvement, we wouldn't be where we are today.(“In computing, a denial-of-service (Do S) or distributed denial-of-service (DDo S) attack is an attempt to make a machine or network resource unavailable to its intended users.” - Wikipedia) Recently we were the inadvertent target of a DDo S attack on our servers.