It was incredibly slow to connect to the Home page this morning at c.06:30-07:00 GMT+1. Is this timeslot a regular scheduled maintenance slot that I should avoid? Is there a published schedule for the planned downtime on the server(s)?
The slowness was only in connecting to the Home page. Once in the forum, responses were normal. But when I closed the browser and then relaunched and re-connected it was slow to get to the Home page again. We’re talking 20-30 seconds to complete the connection (including the automatic logon) - a process that normally takes no more than a second or two.
I was referring to the Forum Home Page (http://forum.audacityteam.org/). I have no idea what my IP address would have been yesterday. Today it is 22.214.171.124 according to that website you pointed me at. I have no idea whether this would have the IP address yesterday or whether my ISP assigns me one from a pool of them each day when I first connect? The problem of the slow response was occuring only when connecting to and logging in to the forum’s Home Page (a process which is automated for me; presumably by a combination of “remember me” settings in Firefox and on the Forum website). Access to other websites (Google, BBC, other forums) before and after using the Audacity Forum was perfectly normal.
Once I was into the forum I could navigate within the forum with no unusual delays. The problem situation lasted from about 06:30 GMT+1 to about 07:00 GMT+1. Having had the slow response on first connection, I closed down the browser and started again. The second connection took just as long (20-30 seconds as against a more usual one or two seconds). After completing my early morning check on forum activity from overnight, I didn’t try connecting to the Audacity forum again until later that morning.
I’ve heard that dreamhost.com - that hosts the DNS servers for the audacityteam.org domain - have had severe troubles in their data center the last couple of days. The symptoms you describe are consistent with one of their DNS servers being down.