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Over half a year later, people are still falling for the "chat with an expert" feature that was introduced on this year's April Fools' Day, through links to folks' conversations with our local expert:

As harald points out in their comment, clicking the URL results in a looooong delay that eventually culminates in an ASP.NET error with the only output being:


I suspect there'll be a bunch of these links still lying around catching people unawares while waiting to be flagged into oblivion. While they're still there and the subdomain is still active, can we at least provide some useful feedback other than a stark 500 error page when someone visits one of these links?

I mean, just admit outright that the whole thing wasn't real and you've just been having people on all along because you know I'm already on to you. Or bring back the transcripts and continue messing with people.

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I'm all for bringing the expert back. – hjpotter92 Oct 21 '13 at 6:11
This sounds like fun! – Jamal Oct 21 '13 at 6:12
Alternative: redirect all requests to :) – Shadow Wizard Oct 21 '13 at 6:32
You have hurt experts' feelings, you insensitive clod! – Oded Oct 21 '13 at 6:33
Clearly, the answer to everything is 500. I'd say this is by design, since it takes a long time. – Tim Post Oct 21 '13 at 6:46
@Tim - you saying 500 is the new 42? – Oded Oct 21 '13 at 6:47
@Oded 11.9047% of the time, yes. – Tim Post Oct 21 '13 at 6:48
Just bring it back, but hook the functionality into the VLQ criteria of questions, so when someone asks something VLQ they get to get their answer from 'the expert' instead of bothering anyone else. Although that might be a bit unfair to the poor old expert though, but we can just wait and see if they complain. – JonW Oct 21 '13 at 11:03
@JonW Now I'm having flashbacks to actual support requests we got about the "expert". Thanks. ;) – Adam Lear Oct 21 '13 at 14:25

I admit nothing.

I've fixed the site for now, though.

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Simply going to leads to a 404 for me; it should instead show the general error message that this site "does not exist...yet". – user215114 Oct 28 '13 at 4:18

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