The Aquamarine/Topaz Necklace match was scheduled to commence at 1500 UTC, 8th August, 2016. However, due to a bug in a system upgrade to the voting system which caused it to fail to accommodate the increase in the number of votes coming in for the Necklace Match, various issues occurred including failure to reach the voting page and failure to verify the captcha. Thus, the ISML Staff had to close voting and re-scheduled it for 1500 UTC, 10th August, 2016.
However, there were still some issues in the first few minutes of voting. Whilst the ISML Staff had already rectified such issues within the first 5 minutes since the start of voting, the server then underwent an attack that was suspicious of being a DDoS (Denial of Service attack), which severely impacted the loading time of almost all ISML webpages. We had no choice but to unwillingly close voting again as it was near impossible to vote, even if the voting system was deemed to be working by then.
We have again re-scheduled the match to 1500 UTC, 11th August, 2016.
We, the ISML Staff, sincerely apologize for the inconveniences caused to all ISML voters and supporters. We are currently actively looking for solutions to block further DDoS and other types of attacks and we are fairly confident that voting can be held normally, barring any further attacks, on Thursday, 11th August, 2016. We sincerely ask for your understanding and we hope that you will continue to support us.