Nov 21, 2014

Quick update about our website

The last two weeks have been extraordinary for The Planetary Society. Between Philae landing at comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko and Emily's reddit AMA, our site has been inundated with new and returning visitors alike - our pageviews on November 12 alone were more than triple that of a normal day. So, thank you for sharing the excitement with us and welcome to all the new visitors!

As amazing as this increased traffic is, it has brought to light some issues with our website including latency and missing content. We have been working with our hosting provider around the clock trying to get these issues resolved. Although the root cause is still unknown, there are suspicions that some of the issues are caused by our comments module.

You probably noticed that commenting is currently disabled on our blogs; we are testing to see if this improves site usability, and so far it seems to have helped. While testing continues, we are looking into alternative solutions for our comments module so we can get comments back up and running as soon as possible.

In the meantime, let's start a conversation on social media. Whether you want to share your thoughts on the latest blog post or suggest the best comments module you've seen, share it with us on Twitter, Facebook or Google+. I'd love to hear from you, and I'm sure the rest of our contributors would, too.

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