Science-Based Medicine is down

Given how many of you read this blog and Science-Based Medicine, I thought I should make an announcement. Sometime earlier this morning after 7 AM but before around 10 AM, the Science-Based Medicine blog went down, returning only a cryptic message saying that the site has been “suspended.”

The SBM team is aware of the problem, and, quite frankly, I’m disturbed that the site isn’t back up yet. I can tell you (and many of you may have noticed) that the site’s performance over the last week has, quite frankly, sucked, with slow as molasses page loading, frequent database errors, and general poor performance, which is really unfortunate, because the posts this week have been stellar. All I can say is that the problem is being worked on, but the technical guys are volunteers with day jobs; so they can’t just drop everything to work on this. I’m hoping the site will be back up soon, but Steve Novella has not yet been able to give me an estimate as to when that might happen.

Stay tuned, and please be patient.

ADDENDUM: Science-Based Medicine appears to be up again, but it loads really, really slow (at least for me). Hopefully, the bugs will get worked out over the next several hours.


  1. #1 The Perky Skeptic
    September 18, 2009

    Thanks for the update; I was wondering what the deal was.

  2. #2 Sid Offit
    September 18, 2009


    I saw that. I just thought they failed to pay their bill. Anyway you’ve obviously been reading my comments:

    …which is really unfortunate, because the posts this week have been stellar.

    so thanks for the kind words.

  3. #3 Tsu Dho Nimh
    September 18, 2009

    It’s up, but I’m having problems making comments.

  4. #4 DLC
    September 18, 2009

    Damn. I was gonna catch up on my reading there today, too.

  5. #5 naturocrit
    September 18, 2009

    Damn, it’s back up:

    I was going to blog about a fictitious anti-SBM conspiracy that would begin with SBM web sites.

    Just kidding [I have to say that, in case anyone is schizoid].


  6. #6 David
    September 20, 2009

    when I saw your blog headline I thought the woo had won.

  7. #7 Kristjan Wager
    September 20, 2009

    Frustrating with such problems. Hope they get everything worked out soon.

    At some stage, they should probably also get to redirect to the new address.

  8. #8 Calli Arcale
    September 21, 2009 is now offline; there’s an “Account Suspended” message from HostPapa, presumably the hosting service provider.


  9. #9 Kausik Datta
    September 21, 2009

    Holy crap! Sid Offit infesting this thread also!
    The SBM site is down again (after being up all weekend) as of 1:38 PM EST. Is there a pattern to this? Is it a DDoS attack on the server?

    [Gasp!!]Has the woo won?

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