SoFurry faces a day's downtime as brownouts corrupt metadata
While power has now been restored, the interruption caused damage to the database holding data about submissions, comments and users, which must now be fixed:
SoFurry is experiencing extended downtime. We are working on data recovery after a particularly nasty set of circumstances after a brownout caused data corruption. Submission content is safe, however we have to repair the metadata db. We expect SF to be down for at least another 24 hours.
Most database systems use transaction logs to ensure data integrity even in the face of a sudden crash. However, replaying these transactions can take significant time; transient hardware failure may also cause damage to the underlying filesystems.