When are the biggest SDMB traffic jams and when are the faster-running times? I used to be able to see a pattern based on working hours of East Coasters and Midwesterners, but I don’t think it’s there anymore - I never know when to expect difficulty accessing or posting to threads.
When are the boards ALWAYS down? I was finding them consistenly unavailable between 1:30 and 2:00 a.m. Pacific Time, but it’s been awhile since I checked.
Also, has an email really been dispatched to your technical staff? (I’m referring to the message one sometimes gets when the server is unavailable.) If I sit there and hit Refresh a dozen times, are a dozen emails dispatched?
One more question: Is it mostly North American traffic that slows the boards, or do European, Aussie, etc. posters contribute significantly? Am I correct in thinking the biggest demographic “humps” are in the Eastern and Central time zones of N.A.?