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This message appears when Stack Overflow is in maintenance mode:

This site is currently in read only mode, we'll return with full functionality soon.

This message has a comma splice, meaning that a comma is being used to join two independent clauses. To correct this, the message should read:

This site is currently in read only mode. We'll return with full functionality soon.

Note that the comma has been replaced with a period. This splits the message into two complete sentences.

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closed as too localized by animuson, Brad Mace, Toon Krijthe, Adam Lear Aug 12 '12 at 16:42

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It should also be "read-only". The comma would probably be better as a semicolon. – simchona Aug 12 '12 at 0:35
I think it reads perfectly fine as two separate sentences. – user1253034 Aug 12 '12 at 0:39
Hrm... someone else commented on the missing hyphen earlier. Looking for it.... EDIT: ah, it was in a comment, no wonder it took so long to find. @simchona – Pops Aug 12 '12 at 0:41
@user1253034 I never said it didn't read fine as two sentences, but the semicolon is definitely a good option. – simchona Aug 12 '12 at 0:42
@PopularDemand: and the comment below it that says this was already fixed... – animuson Aug 12 '12 at 1:31
Everyone trust @simchona -- she's an English.SE mod! – Aarthi Aug 12 '12 at 3:55
They're two fine sentences, and whether to use a comma or a period is a minor nitpick at best. Fixing it serves no purpose. Is stuff like this even worth pointing out? – Pëkka Aug 12 '12 at 10:33
Agree with @Pekka, this is not about grammar but typographic conventions, and is incredibly minor at best. – Gaston Ümlaut Aug 12 '12 at 11:03

The comma is definitely wrong; it is incorrect to join independent clauses with a comma, as you point out. But I think a semicolon would be more appropriate here, since these are closely related independent clauses.

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Awesome, @Anna - thanks! – Adam Rackis Aug 12 '12 at 19:41
@AnnaLear So we can fix this, but apparently the "s" key is broken on every SE keyboard in the company? – casperOne Aug 13 '12 at 3:52
@casperOne You found us out. Every "s" in this maintenance message had to be copy/pasted from other sites. – Adam Lear Aug 13 '12 at 4:02

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