UPDATE: 31 May 2012 @ 10:00am Pacific
More than 24 hours have passed since Fountain Pen Network went dark and we still have received no news regarding the outage. We will, of course, continue searching for answers and will report anything concrete as soon as it is available.
In the meantime, if you’ve caught up with all your letter writing and brought yourself up-to-date on the 26 episodes of the FPGeeks Podcast, many of your FPN friends are taking refuge in the FPN Lifeboat Thread at the FPGeeks forum (hint, hint).
The very popular and highly trafficked Fountain Pen Network website has been non-responsive and non-functional since shortly after 9:00am Pacific, today. As of this writing, we are approaching eight hours of downtime.
That is all the information currently available. Dan and I have reached out to our contacts, some of whom are moderators at the FPN forum, none of whom have any information.
There is no conclusive evidence of any sort of hacking. It could be that the FPN Powers That Be are simply in the midst of an upgrade. Perhaps they’re moving to a new host. Maybe their knickers are in a knot about who-knows-what and they’ve decided to take some time off. No one knows. No one’s talking.
But there’s no need to panic. For those of us accustomed to spending time at FPN, I suggest we take this opportunity to exercise our fountain pens by writing some long overdue letters. If I owe you one, expect it shortly.
If any verifiable news concerning the outage is forthcoming, we will report it here.