The game jam, I am happy to say, has been a great success this year with a ton of awesome games (which we are still working on scoring) this year, and bringing in a ton of new users into our community! Unfortunately the sudden influx is putting a bit of strain on the small server we are using for the forums which is the reason why we have been seeing some time outs occurring lately.
Since we believe the reason we are seeing an increasing frequency of time outs is due to our droplet having a bit less ram then the recommended minimal requirements for discourse; we will be upgrading the server this weekend (late Friday more than likely) to try to help deal with this problem. We have a deployment plan that we think will minimize down time, but as usual expect sporadic service during the upgrade.
We thank you all for your understanding!