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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Democracy Crashes Servers! House.Gov Overwhelmed with E-mail

Financial bailout? Try a server bailout! An eager reader points me to this article from The Hill that reveals all those e-mails we've been sending to Congress have been swamping the servers:

The House is limiting e-mails from the public to prevent its websites from crashing due to the enormous amount of mail being submitted on the financial bailout bill.

As a result, some constituents may get a 'try back at a later time' response if they use the House website to e-mail their lawmakers about the bill defeated in the House on Monday in a 205-228 vote.

"We were trying to figure out a way that the House.gov website wouldn’t completely crash,” said Jeff Ventura, a spokesman for the Chief Administrative Office (CAO), which oversees the upkeep of the House website and member e-mail services [Jordy Yager, "House Limits Constituent E-mails to Prevent Crash," The Hill, 2008.09.30].

More citizen participation than the computers can handle—that's my kind of democracy. Keep those cards and letters coming!


  1. Some good will come out of this mess yet. So much for the "Apathetic American" hypothesis! Democracy: Use it or lose it.


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