Turbogears and Webfaction hosting have consistently performed well, even when traffic spiked. I suspect that the number of visitors has never even come close to critical mass though, so perhaps my optimizations were a little premature. The content is mostly text-based and the largest page (the front page) takes up a meager 64.1K -- I've written emails bigger than that!
The XML or Text for Python Templates debates was quite popular for a while and has many compelling arguments for either site. I think I will try to include a number of Python / geek related debates. Some of the arguments in other debates people come up with are very funny. The following are two of my favorites:
" I would no more use a "Telepod of Doom" for transportation than I would a "Bus of Pain", a "Rickshaw of Destruction" or a "Personal Time Capsule of Discomfort". - In Telepods of Doom.
" Women are financially insolvent breeding mules. To expect that mewling milk spouts could afford the sort of meal required to flatter them is sheer fantasy. " In Going Dutch.
I have officialy declared the site non-beta, although I imagine I'll be tinkering with it for several weekends to come. Now I'm thinking about promotion. I really don't want to spend money on advertising, so I'd appreciate any suggestions of how to get more visitors!