Database updates are running at about 15 percent of normal speed for some inscrutable reason; if your comments seem to be taking an awfully long time to post, presumably this is why. I have turned in a trouble ticket to the host.
Then again, we had database issues almost exactly two years ago, which resulted in having to scrap the entire structure. I hope I don’t have to go through that again.
Addendum: Working in the database alone is fairly speedy; it’s just the writes to the actual Web pages that take up major minutes. (No, they’re not on the same machine.) Pingwise, they’re equidistant from here, but perhaps they’re a long way from each other in the host network.