It seems we (our forums) tripped a failsafe in the phpBB system – an error concerning too many sessions being opened. This resulted in Segue hogging up the MySQL database that this website is built on, keeping other websites that share the MySQL system from being able to access it.
If you don’t buy my explanation, read this: phpbb.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?p= … ist#395722
The good news is that I’ve modified the software to automatically delete the olderest 50 sessions when the limit is next reached.
The bad news is that I am NOT certain if this is the real problem.
Our web host’s tech support people are monitoring the usage levels of our website especially closely these next few days. If things Segue is still hogging resources (e.g. my little fix is NOT the solution), they will pull the plug as soon as they can.
WHY IS THIS HAPPENING NOW?
Perhaps the combination of all the new features that use MySQL (like Guanxi, Bank, F/X Shop, Bookmarks, and the ads) with a growing number of simultaneous members online has pushed us to the limit.
I’ll be thinking about a longer term solution if indeed this means we are outgrowing our current resources.
For now, please accept my apology for the sudden drop in the website, and look out for a choppy ride again (at least until I get back to Taiwan sometime next week - -where I can focus on this matter better)