Sorry the inconvenience of the server crash Friday afternoon, which involved absolutely nothing nefarious.
As you’ve noticed, the website has now been restored from backup, and while things are being tested and fixed, commenting has been temporarily disabled.
Unless unexpected problems appear, commenting should be restored shortly, but we would greatly appreciate if your comments addressed the substantive issues of the various articles on the website rather than too much discussion of the unfortunate server crash.
UPDATE: Unfortunately, another server problem forced once again us to re-install our website from last night’s backup. My sincerest apologies for all the comments that were lost over the last 18 hours or so.
UPDATE #2: Most of the problems reported, including comment-ordering, new-comment-tinting, and comment-edit-window errors have *finally* been fixed. The Search system is also working again, though with some problems. Feel free to alert us to any remaining bugs on the new server.