Traffic has built up over the last few months and peaked on Saturday after the 36ers lost to Townsville. From 10pm to 11pm, a topic was being viewed about once every 1.2 seconds. Over the weekend, the page views were coming about once every five seconds on average.
Hoops.com.au has always been in a shared hosting environment; it's not a big-budget operation, obviously, just a little side project. I'd been planning on moving it and rebuilding the forum in the new year, not dealing with trouble in the last working week of the year.
From Sunday night, the replies table in the database corrupted, but I managed to repair it and manually add lost posts.
Around midday Monday, the hosting company, who I've used since 2003 and with many of my clients, prevented access without warning and didn't respond to support tickets for three or so hours. Then again for many hours after that.
When the site finally came back up, the database was corrupted beyond use meaning that we could not make a backup or commence a move. It was 12-13 hours after the original disappearance before we had a working site, albeit restored from a backup late Saturday, and missing 300-400 posts, including all of the excitement after the 36ers-Crocs result.
In the process of trying to find as many of the lost posts as possible.
Thanks for your patience.