twice in a row. too suspicious.
I have reason to believe it was caused by a scheduled task.
what if someone finds a way to reproduce the issue again? it would be nice to fix the root cause if it's known already.
The forum software was doing a database "optimization" every 7 days. This seems to fail somehow and, when it does, it leaves the table in a bad state. Because we're on shared-hosting rather than a VPS, I can't fix that sort of thing myself. I have turned off the "optimization", so it shouldn't crash again (I hope). I'm also making more frequent backups of the database now, so if it does crash again I can just restore the backup rather than wait for support to fix it.
quick question on the topic. if i see the forum isn't operating than my first action would be sending a message to administrator about the observed issue. to whom and how to contact in case of emergency? or is it too redundant to notify administrator about the downtime? what is the best i can do for the forum in that case?
In case it isn't clear, I am the Administrator they're referring to
The moderators can see my email address, so they should probably use that. I'm on twitter @ximwix , which would alert my phone if you messaged me. I do have the firstname.lastname@example.org
email, as well, but I haven't checked that for months (never added the account to my new phone).