Happened last year too
Fairly sure this has a tough time every Premier League Saturday, didn't really surprise me that it happened again.
Not the best start to the season for Fantasy Premier League, the hugely popular, free game for grown ups, which crashed today. At time of writing fantasy.premierleague.com is reachable, but members can't sign in and make any changes to teams - apparently this is important because of the postponement of the Spurs-Everton game …
Actually it crashed before today. I, and several others, could not log on yesterday from about 6pm. Neither have I received replies to the emails I have sent them. I haven't experienced this problem in the past and I have been playing the game for many years. I agree that the changes are merely cosmetic and can't understand why they bothered. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Top Ten (in no particular order)
Xena (a bit butch but...)
Gabrielle (1st team player)
Buffy (skinny but flexible)
River Tam (very skinny but VERY flexible)
Princess Leia (OK for the 1st season, but then lost her ball control)
Kaylee Frye (can fiddle with my engines any day)
Lieutenant Uhura (no more needs to be said)
Martha Jones (is it time for my prostate exam?)
Amy Pond (put the police uniform back on dear)
Dr. Allison Blake (Eureka! - especially episode S1E10 "Purple Haze")
Right, that's it - I'm off to bed.
Not only has it been down for the first time I remember, but when it came back up I was amazed to find that they no longer show live scores on the players and hovering over them tells you nothing. Talk about an enormous step in the wrong direction for the sake of drag-and-drop!http://www.theregister.co.uk/Design/graphics/icons/comment/thumb_down_32.png
The design of the FPL website has always sucked balls. Not so much the visual "pretties" (that often tend not to look so pretty, but frequently fail to just load) but the entire engine behind it. The visual design has undergone a much needed refresh, although hard to tell how much its improved functionally so far.
It's just the staggering elementary mis-design of a database and the maintenance tasks behind it that require the entire thing to be offline so regularly is phenomenal. For hours after a days fixtures are complete the thing has often been unavailable... yes, there is a fair amount of data to process but why does this require that the entire database is unavailable? If certain features need to be locked out, for example transfers while re-calculating updated player values as the result of performances, then thats fair enough but why the entire thing?
And as others have already posted, its often unavailable near to the game week deadlines, often for hours before. This is down to what ought to be predicatable load, not database updates.
Of course, the thing is free therefore resources for it aren't going to be unlimited but on the other hand its damaging to the brand.
So who did they get to code the new software & how's it different?
I see obviously prettier graphics, which no longer fit on my laptop screen, the latest points aren't updated while play's happening, the leagues aren't updated and it's very unstable - I just got a 500 Internal Server error from nginx which is impressive.
Looks a bit like amateur hour...