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I randomly see [Meta] Stack Overflow is currently offline for maintenance pages every once in a while, and they usually go away in like 30 seconds.

Am I errorbanned or something? Or is there really random "routine" maintenance on Stack Overflow that lasts < 30s?

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I'm fairly sure Jeff dissaproves of hell-banning and error-banning users, but if they were to do it I doubt they'd make it common knowledge –  Mark Henderson Jun 8 '11 at 3:49
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Yes you are. I am too. So is he. Ice cream? Ohhh Kay. –  Anthony Pegram Jun 8 '11 at 3:49
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+1, everytime I see "An error occurred" when voting I wonder whether it is this :D –  davidsleeps Jun 8 '11 at 3:52
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I propose that the next time someone asks a question about hellbanning, nobody answer :) –  Benjol Jun 8 '11 at 8:05

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NO NO NO .... we do not error ban anyone.

What you are seeing is artifacts of a meta deploy, we have a system for continuous deployment on SO and SE sites, but deploys to meta unfortunately still involve a minor outage.

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Oh lol okay, just checking, thanks. :) –  Mehrdad Jun 8 '11 at 3:51
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You would say that, wouldn't you? ;) –  Andrew Grimm Jun 8 '11 at 12:43

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It looks like you're using brain**** to write code... :P +1 I guess –  Mehrdad Jun 8 '11 at 3:53
    
Props to yoda: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/93806/… –  Rick Sladkey Jun 8 '11 at 4:00
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Props to me. :P –  Mehrdad Jun 8 '11 at 4:01

Typically the M/SO/SE sites flicker off due to a new build deploying. Most of the times it is fairly quick although you may get the "Offline" message.

If you look in the bottom right conder under the cc-wiki logo you'll see the build number, currently rev 2011.6.8.4 (date, then probably 4th build today).

Error banning is fairly harsh and evil and I don't think SE would stoop to using it.

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