As many of you know, sadly, that PSU has recently been hit by outages, unresponsive servers, etc. Our tech guys have been working feverishly to locate the issue and we believe we have.
In short, some behind the scenes calculations that are part of our forum mods were killing the servers. Since we have such a large site, large number of posts and members, our points table alone is a massive data volume. This had to be recomputed every day to make sure everyone's accounts were up to date. When this took place, the site dropped out at 11pm EST every day. Additionally, another plug in feature would dump us out for 5 mins or so at other times in the day.
Both have been disabled.
What you might notice gone is Bank Interest. It will no longer be calculated, or awarded. What you have is what you have, no more interest awards.
Second, we have changed a couple of settings to update tables fewer times in the day rather than real time. This will dramatically cut DB load and make PSU more stable.
From this point on, we should not have any more of the daily outages some of us have come to expect.
Over the next few weeks, it is my task to get this resolved with management/site guys. We will be looking at replacing the non-optimized plug ins with some things that will make the experience on PSU more enjoyable for our members. So, if you notice a feature missing, or something went away you are accustomed to seeing, please understand, it might be part of the troubleshooting process to bring stability to PSU.
We will try to keep you informed of our progress on this front, and let you know if there are any major changes going forward!
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