Apparently crazed webmaster Heinrich Bluttraumer put the AoS website into maintenance mode for multiple days at the minimum, the first first full blown one of the year. The site is completely locked up, there have been hints of work needing to be done with a few things being disabled lately. Trying to run a website with over 102k images is a challenge for anyone, organizing, optimizing on various ends. You absolutely cannot just rely on standard protocols for the average site for this hybrid one.
The entire media section is being rebuilt from the ground up and all performance being tested in various settings, leave it to a German data nerd to push limits. Anyway don't expect a huge change on the front end, this maintenance is purely for the sites background ecosystem and extensibility.