donncha wish your server was paid like mine

Donncha let slip something interesting on the forums t’other day:

you wouldn’t believe the amount of traffic all those theme widgets and new features create!

[digression: even though I actually listened to that interminable podcast where the Irish guy pronounced Donncha to rhyme with ‘Nietzsche’ because Irish orthography makes no sense, I still get the Pussycat Dolls stuck in my head whenever he posts]

So seems to me at the moment there are at least three possible reasons why wordpress.com is broken. It could be that all of them are responsible. It could be two. It could be only one. There could be others we don’t even know about. (Like I keep saying, I’m not a developer so I’m operating in the dark here).

  1. The sidebar widgets are using up all the resources. More resources than anyone had anticipated, since I didn’t notice any beta-testing going on before they were unleashed on the entire community. And they’d be especially resource-intensive when they’re first rolled out and people are playing with the new toy even if they were happy with their sidebars as they were. Pulling in RSS feeds from all over the place can’t be helping either. My tip to the wordpress.com community: step away from the widgets, and for heaven’s sake stop bleating that your theme doesn’t let you have them. There’s a reason for that.
  2. The implementation of SSL was inadequately tested (are we noticing a pattern here?) and broke a lot of stuff that the admins didn’t know it would break. Or knew it would break, and didn’t care about.
  3. Or… it’s standard something-for-nothing overload. The servers simply cannot keep pace with the amount of traffic. It could be that there’s been an influx of new users who were previously put off by the small number of themes and inability to edit your sidebar. Or possibly there are just more people willing to trade Blogger’s customisablity for wordpress.com’s categories and pages than anyone at automattic imagined there would be.

I just thought of a fourth: maybe the sploggers and pornographers have cottoned on to the lack of a ToS and have descended in their hordes! Vast amounts of porn being uploaded through the inline editor might well have an impact on server load.

Honeymoon’s over, kids. It’s gonna be as buggy and broken as the bloggers and livejournals you fled from. When will people learn that you get what you pay for? That even if a free site runs smoothly to start, things will start to choke up as soon as everyone else discovers it?

7 Comments »

  1. icecube said

    I’m irish – I’d never pronounce “donncha” to rhyme with “nietzsche”. And can’t really picture it happening either.

    Unless, you pronounce “Nietzsche” like … wait… no, I can’t imagine *that* either.

    Hmmm.

  2. Matt said

    dawn – ah – kah.

    You could always ask what’s going on with the servers, but your theories are entertaining if not at all accurate.

  3. wank said

    You could always post in the news blog what’s going on with the servers.

    The fact that you haven’t suggests that asking would get me nowhere.

  4. wank said

    Nietzsche and Donncha-as-pronounced-by-podcast-guy both rhyme with ‘teacher’. Am glad that podcast-guy was officially wrong about this as I was going mad trying to figure out where he was getting that extra vowel from.

  5. icecube said

    Wait…are you using a really weak form or rhyming here? The only way I can make Donncha rhyme with teacher is to say it as “done-kher”. But that doesn’t properly rhyme with teacher.

    [I’d say Done-eh-khah, with a stress on the first syllable, and the second one a cross between “a” and “eh” (or, so weak in the pronunciation as to be indistinguishable from either). And the “kh” is sort of a softened “k”…].

  6. wank said

    Well, podcast guy was saying it wrong. Podcast guy was saying ‘don-EACH-uh’.

    To my ear, that rhymes with ‘teacher’. I don’t know how you pronounce ‘teacher’, though, so that may not work for you.

  7. icecube said

    Oh my god, he actually *did* make it rhyme with Nietzsche. Wow. I’m impressed!

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