Official Statement: The morning of Sept. 11 (PDT), Distributed Proofreaders had an incident with a client IP that had an unusually large number of web server connections open. That incident was resolved without issue.
As part of our response, the database server was stopped (a common preventative measure if there is a chance of data being siphoned off) and later restarted. However, during the normal startup checks of mysql, the db determined that repairs were needed on the past_tallies table, one of the largest on the system. This check is ongoing, must not be stopped, and we have no ETA as to its completion. The site will remain slow and/or unavailable as necessary until this process completes. This was unforeseeable and unfortunate, but is also unavoidable.
Our apologies for the inconvenience.If you’re unfamiliar with Distributed Proofreaders (DP), there’s a link to the DP Front Page in the sidebar beside this post.