Earlier today Apple had their iPad 2 launch event, at around the same time we started noticing problems with the Disqus powered commenting system on one of our websites, checking with the Disqus service status website at http://status.disqus.com/ confirmed that the “embed” system was down and out.
As of right now things are returning to normal although they are not completely there yet.
Here is the latest update from Disqus.
Our service is almost back to normal. Some sites may experience slow loading or errors with your comment count. This however does not affect the posting of comments. The following is our post mortem report. At around 9:30am PDT, Disqus identified a big increase in response times for traffic hitting non-VIP and API servers. The problem was tied to a significant increase in volume of requests to disqus.com, which overwhelmed our load balancer capacity. The immediate problem has been resolved by doubling load balancer capacity, and we are looking at options to improve capacity and availability of the API and the rest of the Disqus platform based on the lessons learned from today’s issues. We sincerely apologize for the interruptions this morning, -Giannii
Given that Disqus is used to power the commenting sections of some of the biggest technology blogs in the world, such as Engadget and Techrunch and thousands of other less known ones (such as ours ), it is likely that the sudden surge of both Apple fanboys and detractors overwhelmed the Disqus system.