Oy. K5 got slashdotted today. 17,172 hits and counting. Normal traffic is around 4,000 hits per day. So, someone's (I think it was raph's) theory that slashdotting drives about triple your normal traffic in looks to have been about right (i.e. normal 4,000 hits + (4k * 3) == 16,000). A little higher in this case. Also created almost 100 new accounts. I sure hope those people are voting on stories. :-)
It was touch and go, server-wise for a while. Then I finally got Apache::Scoreboard to compile right, and Apache::Watchdog::RunAway to work properly again. And not a moment too soon. Been solid as a rock since then. I tell you, Stas Bekman has saved my freaking life with that module. I still don't know what's making apache hang intermittently, but at least it can't multiply indefinitely and take the server down anymore. If I ever meet the guy, I'm buying him a beer (maybe at YAPC!).