There seems to be some performance issues going on - the active tabs/main pages are empty, things are intermittently loading and not loading, and.. well.. the sites arn't running like clockwork like they usually do. I'm seeing blank front pages here, SU, SF and on Ask Ubuntu at least.

I'm aware of this but the issue seems different, more widespread and the other one is fixed, so it can't be the same bug, can it?

EDIT: Apparently SE has version numbers! Mine say rev 2012.11.2.271 If a site's non worky might help to check that. It seems to be working for me now


Ask Ubuntu is empty!

Betas are empty

  • Just saw this on Ask Ubuntu on the default home page (both logged in and not). Nov 3, 2012 at 0:30
  • Looks like there's some serious problem since 10 minutes now! Nov 3, 2012 at 0:30
  • Front pages looked empty on Bicycles, RaspberryPi, and Meta.SO. But they seem to be working now. Edit, looks like they are failing again.
    – Kibbee
    Nov 3, 2012 at 0:30
  • Now there's exactly 1 question on Ask Ubuntu! Edit: It vanished! Nov 3, 2012 at 0:31
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    Hold me, I'm scared.
    – jscott
    Nov 3, 2012 at 0:31
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    Where's the "Alert sysadmin" red button ?? Nov 3, 2012 at 0:32
  • @Remou: I think that's an irrelevant bug, also might happen just to you. Nov 3, 2012 at 0:32
  • @Remou Came up fine for me in Chrome.
    – rtf
    Nov 3, 2012 at 0:33
  • Who want's to bet it's related to daylight savings time? Just a day early.
    – Kibbee
    Nov 3, 2012 at 0:36
  • @Kibbee It's fall behind, spring ahead, symlink /etc/localtime Damn this is confusing.
    – jscott
    Nov 3, 2012 at 0:43
  • Just loaded fine for me.
    – jrg
    Nov 3, 2012 at 0:54
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    Seems back up at the moment, but since I've seen it go down --> up --> down --> up we'll have to see if it stays up... Nov 3, 2012 at 0:54
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    Funny, opened up meta earlier to see if this had already been reported and it was happening here too. Nov 3, 2012 at 1:19
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    This is part of the GREAT QUESTION CLEANUP OF 2012
    – Pekka
    Nov 3, 2012 at 8:59
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    @Pekka All the arguments about close voting, bad migrations, what's "constructive" -- they finally found the answer Nov 3, 2012 at 19:46

2 Answers 2


This usually means the tag engine is misbehaving, but everything's looking good at the moment.

Holler if it breaks again.

  • Slightly disconcerting that a misbehaving tag engine would prevent any questions from being displayed (as opposed to the, you know, tags)...
    – Aarobot
    Nov 3, 2012 at 3:52
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    @Aarobot When a Diesel engine is misbehaving, that doesn't mean there's no Diesel. It just means it doesn't help you much :)
    – balpha StaffMod
    Nov 3, 2012 at 9:06
  • It broke again! Nov 17, 2012 at 0:44
  • Ask Ubuntu seems to be working on refresh. Nov 17, 2012 at 0:50

In the mean time, if you really like to get to answer questions, append /?tab=interesting to the domain which will use the Stack Overflow approach to filling up the default front page, since Stack Overflow uses this different approach it isn't part of the breakage.

Another approach is to keep the front page open and let the live updates fill it over time.

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