For reasons that I have not yet determined, one of the plugins required for this site is causing a failure in the overnight “batch” job that generates the Reference Statistics and Top Operators content. Amongst other things, this batch job also monitors registrations, and controls the Apply for Awards site privilege that allows users to (surprisingly enough) apply for awards.

The work-around involves disabling much of WordPress’s functionality during the batch jobs… however this means that the Apply for Awards task doesn’t work! This means that, for the time being, new users will not be able to apply for any awards.

This is (in my opinion) the lessor of two evils, as many users refer to the statistics…

Please bear with me, while I try and work out a better fix…