the very short version is that high traffic in response to the Road Trips announcement exacerbated some other issues, and there was massive server meltdown, and not just at dead.net.
Word is the Tapers section, which was dealing with some missing-file issues of its own when all this hit, will be up shortly.
Sorry for all the trouble.
This might be a good spot to announce what the heck is going on with this site the last little while. Yesterday off the air all day, Monday coming and going with no updates to Tapers section ... how about using this forum to make some:
Announcements About Dead.Net
and otherwise shedding some light on the increasingly erratic nature of the site. Otherwise you should nuke this part of the Forum