I understand that the crash was a server problem, but what was up the thousand people signing in at once?
I have a silly theory that once the server was restarted, tons of accounts must have automatically singed in. The lights were one but nobody was home.
Either that or lots of people who only come here to read the comics and maybe comment on their favorite must have been waiting for the site to restart. When it finally happened they all logged in and we got them here at the same time, instead of having them log sporadically over the course of the day.