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The error page of meta says:

It's not strictly necessary, but if you'd like to give us additional information about this error, do so at our feedback site, http://meta.stackoverflow.com.

If the website is not working it would be fairly difficult. I realize that the error may appear only on some pages, such as maybe the /user/ pages, but there is a good chance the error will appear on every page or on the /ask page.

Also the error message explains what meta is (our feedback site), which the user already knows since they are already there.

I suggest to change it to:

It's not strictly necessary, but if you'd like to give us additional information about this error, do so by emailing team@stackoverflow.com

This would be for the meta error page only.

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Seems to me like this is an infinite recursive loop leading to an eventual stack overflow, thus I believe this should be closed as [status-bydesign] –  The Unhandled Exception Sep 10 '10 at 22:28
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+1 for the suggested change - if meta's down it's a really bad UX decision to direct people to meta! –  Rob Sep 10 '10 at 22:38
    
Simple, on the meta site it should add "when it is back up." to the message. –  Hogan Jun 16 '11 at 3:33

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Unlikely we will make this change, since it would affect one site in the entire network.

Presumably the user is smart enough to figure out what to do here?

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Presumption was at its peak in the 18th century. You sir, are sickly of much too much presumption. Plus, everybody loves email! –  random Sep 10 '10 at 22:38
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Well, meta is already different in many ways, such as the "bugs" tab, etc. Why can't it be different in this case too? –  Andreas Bonini Sep 10 '10 at 23:12
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If you don't mention the team@ address in the error page, you can't expect the user to know it. –  Ether Sep 10 '10 at 23:59

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