A fair number of the players on Test are actually skilled programmers and very good testers. With the server down it is not possible to /bug any issues we find. generic server down/lock instances don't allow us to help you debug the system. Shutting down information channels and (though a lot of whining is not helpful) some of even those whines have useful information. Personally so far I have only seen server lag spikes that sometimes kick the players to character select, sometimes all the way out to where a new login is required. And I have noted that it seems to be fairly regular though I have not yet had a chance to time the lag spikes. We obviously do not have nor need access to the server logs but knowing what you are looking to resolve would be most helpful to all of us. We would know what to look for. I have heard people are login in with all their toons as defualt pallies at lvl 1... this is not particularly uncommon with massive lag spikes and reloging will often solve the problem and get a fully updated client list. however this has not always worked so I hear so there must be something more e.g. part of the accounts client list is populated (it knows how many characters you had) yet all are null (default) so the data was not updated and a save occured but can be rolled back for that specific account (server side not a big issue from a valid save point) only the account information is needed and a good starting point (date/time) when the last valid save point may have been. But bluntly hushing a forum thread helps no one... we like Test, we don't really have problems with server issues particularly when you are clearly trying to help the community through performance upgrades like reducing traffic overhead of useless chatter of stats that can be quickly calculated client side. (AA grouping, mod2 stat reduction) If we knew more about why the server needs to be down and what specifically needs to be tested we would be in a much better position to help each other. I have been a programmer in multiple languages and SQL server languages for 20+ years, myself and others probably know more about how these things run then many of your new programmer. Shutting us out only hurts your good will.