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Was stackoverflow, stackexchange, etc just down and out for the past 30 mins?

I also tried to see the status on and it confirmed that you guys were down for them too.

Feature-Request: Can there be a status ticker somewhere? or a heartbeat system like twitter has? Or like @tichodroma points out the FastMail quys

What if I can't open a Stack Exchange site?

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+1 "Is there a status ticker somewhere? or a heartbeat system like twitter has?" – user177964 Nov 8 '12 at 13:19
@Tichodroma yes - it's called "the users" who refresh the home page every couple of seconds. – ChrisF Nov 8 '12 at 13:23
+1 Experienced same. Was going to post same and saw your question. – Janak Nirmal Nov 8 '12 at 13:24
@Tichodroma there is now StackStatus – bluefeet Nov 8 '12 at 13:52
I'm pretty sure it's just a ploy to make me go back to doing my work. Both the site being down, and it's extreme slowness right now :) – Rachel Nov 8 '12 at 14:07
@Rachel - unsurprisingly, THAT was the part that freaked me out!! an i now also need a new keyboard with a working F5 key ;) – bPratik Nov 8 '12 at 14:14
I've been noticing that SO was going down a bit yesterday, and it just happened again a few minutes ago. – Sam I am Nov 8 '12 at 19:16
It just happened again. – American Luke Nov 8 '12 at 20:51
@Luke - yes, it did. – bPratik Nov 8 '12 at 20:55
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Stack Exchange was experiencing routing issues, from Nick Craver's twitter feed:

Nick_Craver: Our upstream provider was doing a OS upgrade on their core router, the switch to the backup caused the blip #stackoverflow #stackexchange

I generally check his feed when there are issues, as well as the ServerFault blog. I am not aware of a separate, dedicated status page for the network anywhere.

Edit: As just announced via Twitter there is now a dedicated Twitter account, a status page and access to the Pingdom status has been opened up:

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The last blog update is from October 31st, 2012. That's not what I would call a status ticker :) – user177964 Nov 8 '12 at 13:22
@Tichodroma: But major (planned) upgrades are being discussed there. – Martijn Pieters Nov 8 '12 at 13:23
True. But I'd like to see something like the FastMail quys have. – user177964 Nov 8 '12 at 13:26
@MartijnPieters - yes, it's a great place to check up on planned events. If I am not mistaken, in the current blip, the whole Stack stack was down. Which is where the twitter posts you pointed out from Nick come into the picture. :) – bPratik Nov 8 '12 at 13:26
I quite agree it's a great idea to have a status page, but there isn't one available now, and I am not in a position to make that happen. :-) Just trying to help out by showing where I get my information from right now, without such a page. – Martijn Pieters Nov 8 '12 at 13:29
+1 honestly, thanks for the Nick link. :) – bPratik Nov 8 '12 at 13:31
@MartijnPieters there is a new way to monitor StackExchange status on twitter -- StackStatus – bluefeet Nov 8 '12 at 13:54
@bluefeet: Yup, found it as well. :-) – Martijn Pieters Nov 8 '12 at 13:59

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