It does tricks!!!!!
What kind of tricks?
Well for one it extends the deadline to get your topic entry in.
Why? Because reading and in some cases *posting* to LJ was disrupted at a crucial time, and I'm feeling generous during this holiday season. So anyone who still hasn't gotten their entry in has until 7 pm EST TONIGHT to get it in!!!
That roughly should give the same time frame that was lost. (Maybe not quite as much, but it does give some breathing room for those hard hit by it.)
Hopefully it will allow people to get in entries who might not have otherwise been able to do so.