I know in September Mega Cookoff we had a lot of difficulties in submitting the solutions or seeing things.
But somewhere,we were responsible for this event. There were at least 3000+ people participating in the contest. According to few photos and generally what all of us might have done is open too many of tabs(each consisting of codechef website).I have seen people opening 15 tabs in yesterdays contest.
Even this might be the effect of “CodeChef API Hackathon”.People are creating many projects related to subbmisions and ranklist this might have caused a traffic on codechef .So to figure out who is human and not a bot they might have did this have created “Hey sparky…”.For they had already took precautions by removing “practice” and “discuss” from server.
When it come’s to codechef’s capability of hosting ACM ICPC online round.I guess there is no chance of questioning it .It has been improving from its mistake and keep will improving.
Team codechef is too small.I have seen that, how hard They team works in limited resources.
If it happens again then only we have right to Critize it.
All the best Team codechef.
Waiting for an official statement.