TOP is hosted by TypePad, a turnkey service from Say Media that uses Six Apart's Movable Type platform. In recent days TypePad has been hit by a series of DDoS attacks that have caused protracted periods of downtime as well as slowed responses and sporadic unavailability of various features. For instance, this morning for a time it was impossible for readers to leave a comment...and might still be. (Sorry about that.)
There's nothing I have been able to do about this. We (TypePad customers) are not being given much information; we're told the TypePad staff is working hard to fix what's broken and that they don't want to say anything more about the nature or the source(s) of the attacks.
Might be time for TOP to migrate to WordPress? That way we could integrate with social media and become friendly to a variety of devices. I'm looking into it. I'd welcome opinions (assuming you can comment when you read this...sorry again.)
In the immortal words of Gilda Radner, "It's always something!"
—Mike, TOP IT Staff