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Science-Based Medicine is down

Given how many of you read this blog and Science-Based Medicine, I thought I should make an announcement. Sometime earlier this morning after 7 AM but before around 10 AM, the Science-Based Medicine blog went down, returning only a cryptic message saying that the site has been “suspended.”

The SBM team is aware of the problem, and, quite frankly, I’m disturbed that the site isn’t back up yet. I can tell you (and many of you may have noticed) that the site’s performance over the last week has, quite frankly, sucked, with slow as molasses page loading, frequent database errors, and general poor performance, which is really unfortunate, because the posts this week have been stellar. All I can say is that the problem is being worked on, but the technical guys are volunteers with day jobs; so they can’t just drop everything to work on this. I’m hoping the site will be back up soon, but Steve Novella has not yet been able to give me an estimate as to when that might happen.

Stay tuned, and please be patient.

ADDENDUM: Science-Based Medicine appears to be up again, but it loads really, really slow (at least for me). Hopefully, the bugs will get worked out over the next several hours.

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.

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9 replies on “Science-Based Medicine is down”


I saw that. I just thought they failed to pay their bill. Anyway you’ve obviously been reading my comments:

…which is really unfortunate, because the posts this week have been stellar.

so thanks for the kind words.

Damn, it’s back up:

I was going to blog about a fictitious anti-SBM conspiracy that would begin with SBM web sites.

Just kidding [I have to say that, in case anyone is schizoid].

-r.c. is now offline; there’s an “Account Suspended” message from HostPapa, presumably the hosting service provider.


Holy crap! Sid Offit infesting this thread also!
The SBM site is down again (after being up all weekend) as of 1:38 PM EST. Is there a pattern to this? Is it a DDoS attack on the server?

[Gasp!!]Has the woo won?

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