Thanks for your help. I did not think it was possible that dashman could have anything to do with it, either. I was just covering all my bases, as I thought dashman was the only variable that had changed from my previous setup (which was unaffected). After looking into it more, I discovered that there is one more variable that is different from my previous setup. It seems the VPS I recently setup with dashman were also on a different server location than my earlier nodes. I've contacted VPS support to see if they can figure out what may have happened with that server. Auto-start script was active too, so a short downtime would not have kicked them out of the queue. 70+minutes downtime seems pretty unreasonable for a VPS. EDIT VPS provider got back to me. Apparently a new SSD was installed on the server with my MNs on it and the downtime did exceed one hour, so I guess you get what you pay for with cheaper VPS services! One missed payment when your MN is right about to get paid could easily make it worth a MN operator's while to pay for a higher quality service with no downtime.