This is just a quick announcement. I’ve been informed by Steve Novella that the Science-Based Medicine blog is currently down. It’s been down for several hours now. Steve’s crack team of techies is working on the problem right now. More information as updates come in.


  1. #1 Khani
    April 1, 2013

    Oh no! We need more hamsters! MORE HAMSTERS!!!

  2. #2 Chris
    April 1, 2013

    I just looked at it. It seems to have been hijacked. I have just sent a screen shot to Orac’s friend.

  3. #3 Orac
    April 1, 2013

    The server was apparently hacked, but that image was not caused by the hacking. It showed up after the techies brought the server back up again but before the new DNS entry propagated. It’s propagating now, but I still can’t see the blog.

  4. #4 Mike
    April 1, 2013

    An odd April fool’s joke I think….

  5. #5 Orac
    April 1, 2013

    I find it more disturbing that the ISP thinks that’s a good placeholder web page for

  6. #6 elburto
    April 1, 2013

    Missed the placeholder but fortunately, the hamster is back on his wheel now, and SBM lives!

  7. #7 Chris
    April 2, 2013

    I still get the placeholder.

  8. #8 Khani
    April 2, 2013

    #6 Run little hamster! Run!

  9. #9 elburto
    April 2, 2013

    Chris – have you tried pressing shift+F5 to refresh?

  10. #10 Chris
    April 2, 2013

    There is no reason if I just open the page from another link.

    But it is back for me now!

  11. #11 earlytetrapod
    South Australia
    April 2, 2013

    I’m still seeing the woo-heavy ‘under construction page’.
    Have tried multiple browsers (resetting cached data) to no avail.
    Does anyone have a progress report?

  12. #12 Narad
    April 2, 2013

    before the new DNS entry propagated

    Why did they change the A record in the first place? A ‘dig’ gave me the new address, which briefly loaded sans CSS, but that’s out now, as well.

  13. #13 Julian Frost
    April 2, 2013

    The problems are back. I can open the home page, but when I click on a post link I get errors.

  14. #14 lilady
    April 2, 2013

    Around 3 AM EDT this morning, my old “bookmarked” link to SBM didn’t work. I “googled” SBM, and got to the site. I then deleted my old “bookmarked” SBM, bookmarked SBM and got on.

    Now the new bookmarked SBM and when I google SBM, do not work.

  15. #15 Orac
    April 2, 2013

    It’s down again. It was up for a while, but for some reason it’s down again. Rrrrr.

  16. #16 Nick Theodorakis
    April 2, 2013

    It’s back up for me (as of 10:30 am Eastern).

  17. #17 Denice Walter
    April 2, 2013

    For me also. With Harriet Hall.

  18. #18 Orac
    April 2, 2013

    I can get the main page, but I can’t get individual posts to load. Database error.

  19. #19 lilady
    April 2, 2013

    Still cannot connect with my new bookmarked link to SBM.

    Googling SBM, I just got (10:38 AM EDT), an “Error establishing a database connection” message.

  20. #20 Nick Theodorakis
    April 2, 2013

    Spoke too soon. The main page loads, but I get the same database error Orac gets when trying to load an individual article.

  21. #21 Alia
    April 2, 2013

    The main page loads for me, although really slowly, but then I get the database error.

  22. #22 Stephan Brun
    April 2, 2013

    Seems to work now, no error from across the pond.

  23. #23 Alia
    April 2, 2013

    For me it also works.

  24. #24 Dangerous Bacon
    April 2, 2013

    Obviously the site has been hacked by Giant Supplement.

  25. #25 Narad
    April 2, 2013

    It’s still kind of broken. Attempts at posting are giving me a “comments for this topic are closed” message, even though they continue to appear. I figured I’d try to log out and log back in to clear any cookies, but now it won’t let me do that.

    Oh, and the comment box here seems to be acting a bit screwy as well, requiring me to click back in the box after every 20 characters to keep typing.

  26. #26 lilady
    April 2, 2013

    I got on the SBM website…slow to load.

    I then attempted to post on Dr. Gorski’s article a “Test Post” and received a message “Sorry comments to this item are closed”.

  27. #27 lilady
    April 3, 2013

    At 4:40 PM EDT I posted a “test post” comment on SBM and it got through.

    My second comment is still “in moderation”.

  28. #28 Rhandi Paige
    all over
    April 4, 2013

    looks like the server for Bias Based medicien is still up though.

  29. #29 novalox
    April 4, 2013


    Yawn, try harder, troll.

  30. #30 lilady
    April 4, 2013

    “looks like the server for Bias Based medicien is still up though.”

    Looks like Brave Sir Robin from Mississippi is posting again.

  31. #31 Rhandi Paige
    April 5, 2013

    @ lilady


    What is a Bave Sir Robin? Is that a new species of bird recently discovered?

  32. #32 Julian Frost
    Gauteng East Rand
    April 5, 2013

    @Rhandi Page:

    What is a B[r]ave Sir Robin? Is that a new species of bird recently discovered?

    No. “Brave Sir Robin” is a character from a Monty Python film who is being followed by a minstrel who sings about him. At one point, Sir Robin loses his nerve and bolts, so the minstrel sings “Brave Sir Robin ran away.” An antivaxxer who drops a turd of a comment and then doesn’t comment further is called a “Brave Sir Robin”.

  33. #33 Chris
    Neither here nor there...
    April 5, 2013

    Plus the clueless troll who posted as “Medicien Man” was someone whose real name is Rob Hood.

    It may be a case of mistaken typo.

  34. #34 Stephan Brun
    April 12, 2013

    There may still be trouble at SBM, I made an account there today, got logged out and then logged in to post a joke at dr Hall’s piece, and was told I had an invalid username/password pair. When I tried to reset the password, I was told I was not allowed to. I remember there being trouble with the passwords, but imagined it had been fixed. Perhaps it has not been fixed for new users? My (new) password was also xkcd-compliant.

    Not really important. It was just a reverse polarities joke.

  35. #35 Stephan Brun
    April 12, 2013

    Update: Now that was seriously odd. I just clicked the link in the password letter, and got in. Can’t imagine what went wrong before.

  36. #36 Stephan Brun
    April 12, 2013

    Argh. I see what I did wrong. I got an account at Neurologica, not SBM. Forget me, I’m an idiot ….

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