Update 2014-04-17 04:47 UTC: Stable, with some odds and ends to clean up
The main MSO/MSE sites are stable, but there are plenty of corners left to sweep. For details, see: The Status Of The Split
Not all of them mind you, just Meta Stack Overflow into Meta Stack Exchange.
I'll have you know, factually, that we really did believe this would take place in six-to-eight weeks when it was originally announced, but we've finally got a tentative date established.
If things go according to plan, we'll begin the operation shortly after 8:30 PM EDT on the 16th, completing everything within a few hour window. Ideally, all service disrupting endeavors will be completed within the first hour, which include:
- The availability of Meta Stack Overflow
- The availability of Stack Overflow (more on this shortly)
- The availability of Chat on Meta Stack Overflow
As you know, we'll be bolting on a standard issue per-site meta on Stack Overflow, while breaking the link between what will have become Meta Stack Exchange and Stack Overflow. There's some irritable innards in that particular region, so we'll be asking folks to expect the unexpected during the maintenance window. Affected sites will be in and out of read-only mode, or quite possibly just down for maintenance while we're doing the actual break.
I'll be posting a system message on both Meta Stack Overflow as well as Stack Overflow itself 24 hours before we begin the actual work.
Did I say tentative in a six-to-eight-something time frame again? Why yes, I did - we're currently running some tests on the dev tier to simulate the split as closely as possible, so that we can better anticipate quirks that we need to address prior to actually doing it.
Once the sites have actually been stood up functionally on the production tier, we're going to get to work on finishing touches. This will include things like site settings (which determine bits of text you see in the question prompts, rep thresholds, etc) and all sorts of other fine tuning.
Once we're done:
- Stack Overflow will have a blank, empty child meta site just like every other site
- The new Meta Stack Exchange will be up and running
- All rooms on Chat Meta Stack Overflow will be moved to Chat Meta Stack Exchange
- I'll send over about 150 - 200 questions from MSE to MSO, most of which will be tag or SO-specific feature related posts that got buried by the network stuff without resolution.
If the tentative date moves, I'll update this post with the new date. However, we do not anticipate this happening any later than Saturday, April 19 - in the case that we see down time we can't mitigate and need to do it on a weekend.
The ground work is basically done, we're finishing up sanity now with a great deal of confidence, and we're pretty certain that we'll hit between those dates, if not directly on the tentative 16th.
Questions? Kvetch? Anonymous confessions? Answer below, and I'll address each in comments.