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My profile page is currently displaying this message under the Accounts section:

Accounts are temporarily unavailable

I have accounts on several stackexchange sites.

Is this a bug or a feature?

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A temporary glitch most likely. Work in progress I'm guessing. –  Bart Feb 21 '13 at 20:18
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It's currently oscillating. –  LittleBobbyTables Feb 21 '13 at 20:18
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@LittleBobbyTables no, it's caching. –  mikeTheLiar Feb 21 '13 at 20:19
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@mikeTheLiar - With a name like that, how can we trust you? Then again, with a name like that, how can we trust me? –  LittleBobbyTables Feb 21 '13 at 20:20
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It says they're temporarily unavailable. They finally added that message in instead of just displaying "0 Accounts" for everyone and people still ask questions about it. Its temporary, which means they know about it, and it will go back to normal soon. –  animuson Feb 21 '13 at 20:22
    
So it sounds like it is a feature. –  Dan Feb 21 '13 at 20:23
    
All the network profile related data is temporary unavailable, I won't take it too hard probably database maintenance/crash either way it will work soon. :) –  Shadow Wizard Feb 21 '13 at 20:25
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Maybe the text should be changed to "Accounts are temporarily unavailable, for a reason". –  Junuxx Feb 21 '13 at 20:26
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I suggest "Accounts are temporarily unavailable, due to oscillation and/or caching." –  mikeTheLiar Feb 21 '13 at 20:28
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"There is text on the 'Add Comment' button which states 'Add Comment'; is this a bug or a feature?" –  user7116 Feb 21 '13 at 20:54

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up vote 11 down vote accepted

The message is correct, I'm gonna call it a feature.

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50min man this is one long feature... –  ryan Feb 21 '13 at 21:02
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Just a note: Currently, network profiles are completely unavailable, not just accounts. They are certainly doing some sort of maintenance or updates. –  animuson Feb 21 '13 at 21:06
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@ani - or some sort of twisted social experiment :P –  Lix Feb 21 '13 at 21:10
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@Lix I'm with you, this is a test of 2 things 1: how sarcastic are SO users and 2: How demanding are SO users :P I'm guessing from the comments above sarcasm is ranking near a 10 out of 10. –  ryan Feb 21 '13 at 21:18
    
No juicy details this time about what happened behind the scenes? :) –  Shadow Wizard Feb 21 '13 at 23:39
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@ShaWizDowArd - it was time for a network aggregator backfill and it had some hiccups...we made substantial improvements for speed as a result though, duration should be much shorter next round. –  Nick Craver Feb 22 '13 at 12:30

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