Why does Fogbow go offline every Sunday morning at 5 a.m. Eastern time?
That's the time I do system maintenance every week. At that time, few people on the East Coast have awoken, and it's 2 a.m. on the Left Coast, and godonlyknows what time it is in Singapore and Switzerland and Oz and places. But I figure it's the time when the fewest number of peeps will be inconvenienced if we go offline for half an hour or more.
During that time, I clear out the logs (Error log, User log, Moderator log, Administrator log). I make a backup of the database. Then I open up phpMyAdmin and use it to repair and optimize all the tables in the database, to keep it running smoothly. Because of the size of our database (we have almost 925,000 posts now ), that takes some time. Then I make a second backup of the database. (The first backup is in case the repair-and-optimize operation goes horribly wrong somehow). Then I bring us back online.
God I hate Sunday. I have to get up at 4:30 and drink covfefe so I don't screw it up. This is one of the problems of being an agnostic: No day of rest. But it's an unwritten common law contract -- Fogbow peeps click the Donate button at the top of the page (hint, hint, wink, wink, say no more), so I get up at 4:30 on Sunday and go to work at 5. On the bright side, my kittehs appreciate being fed a little earlier than usual, so I got that goin' for me.