Saturday morning update: A number of people have noticed intermittent awful slowness. I just did a load test on the prompts page and came up with an average load time of 1/4-1/2 second for about 10 tries... and then one that was 65 seconds. Then a bunch of short loads, then one that was 38 seconds and another with 62. So, I suspect something is still up with the server. I will put in another trouble ticket with my host. There's not a lot I can do, since it's not a fault with the script. It is unlikely to be merely an issue of too many people - we've had much livelier 'Fests with fewer problems.
Do not worry about making claims or tags if the site is misbehaving - I will have a 'limbo' period after Sketch Fest that will allow you to upload artwork after it has ended regardless of whether you claimed it or not (only artwork that was CREATED during Sketch Fest, please, per usual!).
Baby's waking up and I need some breakfast, but I will try to get back soon and fix other things that may be broken!
Sketch Fest has been intensely frustrating this month - yesterday afternoon I did two pieces I REALLY like, one that may turn out, and one that is no more than a few idea lines... and today I have accomplished nothing artistic, only administrative hand-holding, polite-but-firm fix-it emails to my host (whyyyy must server problems always occur during Sketch Fest?!) and a lot of damage control. (Note for self - have put in check for 0% donation, isolated prompt-adding script [non-problematic!], isolated non-member prompts [still remains to be seen if they are a problem, but definitely not the ONLY problem])
Many people groused about the (really not) draconian new password requirements, but my empathy for that is on the low side. Until you have had your customer database hacked and all of their emails and passwords spread about the Internet, until you have had an admin account brute-cracked because of a too-easy password and woken up to a series of emails letting you know that all of your members' account have been deleted - including your own! - I do not think you will understand how powerless and violated being hacked actually feels, nor would you feel that requiring people to read and follow a few stupid instructions to protect everyone's data is asking too much.
The ice-cream topping on my cake? I'm not reliably getting emails from my shopping cart service. Paypal, yes, so I get HALF the verification for sales, but not the half that tells me what actually sold. *facepalm*
For sprinkles, my Facebook messages are currently not loading.
But, if I was in any way short or brief with you, or anything less than helpful and kind, I apologize. The security stuff is clearly a tender point with me, and I spent my entire day feeling like I was running from one crisis to another, on-line and off. Most people were awesome and understanding. Many fabulous sketches were sketched.
And on the plus side, it was an intensely productive day. We worked on tubing in the basement, I got part of my studio space greatly consolidated (in preparation for more tubing), and I worked off some of my negative energy digging drainage channels because today was Day of Thaw. Our driveway went from soft snowpack and slush with a few spots of dirt showing to mostly mud with a few thin, lonely pieces of ice. Thanks to drainage channels (which the engineer in me loves working on!), most of the melt has gone harmlessly off the side of the embankment, and I'm hopeful that the mud will be short-lived if we continue to have warm days. On the downside, unknown troves of dog poop are appearing above the snow and will need to be dealt with in short order (before they stop freezing in the morning, preferably!).
It's taken me most of the day to compose this, and Guppy decided my evening needed a little more poop, so she kindly produced one in her bathtub for me. And oh, she looked so pleased about it!
You can only laugh, really!
And for all the foibles of the day, I wouldn't have traded it for anyone else's. There were many moments of cuddles with baby and husband, there was delicious food and good music, there were moments of triumph (mostly Guppy's), lots and lots of laughter, and it's actually, honestly, finally spring. The window beside me is open, and it smells all fresh and melty, though it is just cold enough that I should probably get up and close it.
I'll do that now. I'm ready for bed!