So far the rollout of the new website has been a bittersweet experience.
On the one hand, the feedback I've received regarding the new design has been absolutely enthusiastic. You all like the new features, the archive system, and seem to think the tagging system is a step in the right direction.
The site has been moved to a test server, to insulate me from other people who might actually want to host their sites on a server that doesn't crash. This will give me some time to figure out how to get this site to survive...
Meanwhile, consider this performance art. I call it "BSOD in G Minor."
The Help Desk archives reaches 1400 individual comics today.
That sounds like a very impressive number -- it was certainly a lot when I was entering all these !@#$% comics into the database -- but keep in mind that as of 31 March, Help Desk will be 11 years old. If I'd been publishing consistently (as in, Jeff Darlington or Howard Tayler levels of consistency) I would have over 2800 comics in my archive.
It's an interesting question. Initially everyone thought it was a Denial of Service attack... but it turns out that being linked on the front page of Drupal.org caused a massive influx of enthusiastic first-time viewers that brought the site to its knees.
This is a kick -- after the site went live I went over the Drupal forums and posted a blurb about the site in the Drupal Showcase area of their forums. The Showcase is a place where people can announce their Drupal-powered websites.