Look at the entries for The Workplace and Biblical Hermeneutics here:

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What's special about these two that, alone among the sites where I have accounts, their entries just say "Q&A for" without the rest of the description? The descriptions were there yesterday, possibly earlier today.

Edit: "View source" in my browser does not show the missing text, so this isn't a client-side rendering problem. It happens in two different browsers, one where I'm logged in and one where I'm not.

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It shows the description just fine for me... All of them. –  animuson Jan 1 '13 at 23:40
Weird. I just checked another browser and I'm seeing the same thing as in the screen shot. So it's not just weird browser state, and hard-refreshing doesn't change it. Firefox 17.0.1 and Safari 5.1.7, OS 10.6, though I wouldn't expect it to be a client-side problem. The text that ought to be there is missing from page source. –  Monica Cellio Jan 1 '13 at 23:43
Hmmm. It shows fine in all of my browsers. Does the description for The Workplace not show in my profile as well? –  animuson Jan 1 '13 at 23:49
I'm definitely also seeing "Q&A for" at stackexchange.com/sites?view=list#traffic –  Ben Brocka Jan 1 '13 at 23:51
@animuson, the text is missing in your profile for The Workplace, Movies and TV, Computer Science, Sports, and Patents, but is present for the rest. I don't know what the affected sites have in common. Some of those I've never visited, for what that's worth. –  Monica Cellio Jan 1 '13 at 23:52
@animuson doesn't show for me there either –  Ben Brocka Jan 1 '13 at 23:52
@BenBrocka: Weird, every single site in that list shows a description for me. :/ –  animuson Jan 1 '13 at 23:55
I'm assuming that SE uses a bunch of web servers and some sort of load balancer; maybe there's one server/DB replica out there with the missing data and whether you see it depends on whether you hit that one? (I know nothing about SE architecture so I'm totally speculating here...) –  Monica Cellio Jan 1 '13 at 23:58
When I change the sorting to oldest, I see it too. It may be I didn't scroll far enough though. –  Martijn Pieters Jan 2 '13 at 0:00
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This is now fixed. One of the 5 web servers in our current datacenter had some bad cache caused by cosmic rays relayed by tidal forces from the moons of Saturn....or something.

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Not Mayans with a Julian-shift thing going on, then? :-) –  Monica Cellio Jan 3 '13 at 0:10
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