We recently had reports of some 'wonkiness' on the site.
Reports started appearing in our #Soylent channel on IRC [soylentnews.org] about 90 minutes ago. For example, the Main Page [soylentnews.org] would load, but parts of the page (such as the slashboxes on the left-hand side) were missing.
I borked my first attempt, but on the second try successfully restarted apache and slashd on both of our front-end servers: hydrogen and fluorine.
All seems to be working correctly now. If this is not the case for you, you may need to clear the browser cache on your system and/or do a hard reload of the page (e.g. Ctrl+F5). If things are still not right, please reply in the comments and/or pop into channel #dev on IRC and let us know.
I'm not sure what precipitated the behavior; I'll leave that to TheMightyBuzzard or one of the sysadmin folk to investigate. I'm sure they'll fill us in on whatever root cause was found.
OTOH, one cannot entirely rule out a spurious gamma ray that flipped a key bit in memory that caused an avalanche of untrapped events.
Insert "it-was-aliens-pic.jpg" here.