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StackOverflow isn't there anymore? Is this planned, or is this the default "uh oh" message?

EDIT: It's back, but what happened?

Although it says "StackExchange is currently offline", meta wasn't?

To make the question more un-localized (so that it doesn't get closed by the cover-up crew ;)), could someone elaborate on what exactly that message means? Does it mean that SO has had a hardware malfunction/is currently undergoing planned maintenance?

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    Aaaaaaaaaaand it's back, but it would be good to know what happened? Commented Mar 27, 2013 at 14:56
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    This site is part of Stack Exchange so that means the downtime is over seeing as you could post here. Edit - and your comment appeared after I posted this :3
    – Ren
    Commented Mar 27, 2013 at 14:56
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    It's oscillating Commented Mar 27, 2013 at 14:57
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    Too localized close votes coming up! :-P Commented Mar 27, 2013 at 14:57
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    @MartijnPieters It's a conspiracy! You're a pawn in the cover up plan ;) Commented Mar 27, 2013 at 14:58
  • I saw that too. Rather weird.
    – asheeshr
    Commented Mar 27, 2013 at 14:59
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    @AshRj You saw nothing...NOTHING!...Understand!?!
    – Bart
    Commented Mar 27, 2013 at 15:02
  • @Bart I wont be quiet! I wont let the truth be buried for eternity!!
    – asheeshr
    Commented Mar 27, 2013 at 15:05
  • I liked the Times New Roman font.
    – user200500
    Commented Mar 27, 2013 at 15:09
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    @Asad Me too, that page must of taken at least 58 designers. Commented Mar 27, 2013 at 15:10
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    The original question was edited. +1 and flag for reopen...
    – Cole Tobin
    Commented Mar 27, 2013 at 15:10
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    Nice try, but it's still too localised.
    – user200500
    Commented Mar 27, 2013 at 15:12
  • @ColeJohnson I've flagged for reopen :) Commented Mar 27, 2013 at 15:12
  • @mat - why would you do that? "This question is unlikely to help any future visitors; it is only relevant to a ... specific moment in time ..."
    – Lix
    Commented Mar 27, 2013 at 15:19
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    If you aren't already wearing the hat, it's too late.
    – Shog9
    Commented Mar 27, 2013 at 15:38

2 Answers 2

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Stay tuned to StackStatus on twitter - notices of temporary outages are updated there regularly.

Make sure to check there before posting on meta - this "outage blip" was planned.

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From the source of the error page:

if we get here, that means even the offline pages on sstatic are offline

What you saw was a an outage that included the http://sstatic.net offline pages, wide enough for the pretty offline pages to not be available either. The fugly banner message is the backup to the backup.

It was a very brief outage, and it was planned. We can all remove the tin-foil hats and move along.

For reference, the full source of the error page is:

<html>
<head>
    <title>We are Offline</title>
    <style type="text/css">
        body { margin: 0; padding: 0; }
        iframe { border: 0; }
    </style>
</head>
<body>
    <iframe width="100%" height="100%" id="pageFrame"></iframe>
    <script type="text/javascript">
        setTimeout(function () { location.reload(true); }, 300000);
        var hostName = window.location.hostname;
        var directory = '';
    </script>
    <script type="text/javascript" src="http://sstatic.net/error-director.js"></script>
    <script type="text/javascript">
        if (top == self && directory) {
            document.getElementById('pageFrame').src = 'http://sstatic.net/' + directory + '/app_offline.htm';
        } else {
            // if we get here, that means even the offline pages on sstatic are offline
            document.getElementById('pageFrame').style.height = "0px";
            document.write("<h2>Stack Exchange is currently offline, we'll be back shortly!<\/h2>");
        }
    </script>
</body>
</html>
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  • What is "sstatic"?
    – Cole Tobin
    Commented Mar 27, 2013 at 15:11
  • @ColeJohnson: The CDN, or content delivery network, for the static Stack Exchange components. Commented Mar 27, 2013 at 15:12
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    @ColeJohnson See sstatic.net
    – Bart
    Commented Mar 27, 2013 at 15:12
  • Nice find. Do you have a permalink to the error page in question so we can see it ourselves?
    – user138231
    Commented Mar 27, 2013 at 15:48
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    @Chichiray: No, I was looking at the source myself at the time. I had copied that text to the Python chat room too, I didn't even have the source anymore at the time of my answer. From memory, it was preceded by a <script> tag loading JS from sstatic.net, and some JS code to test if that had loaded correctly. Commented Mar 27, 2013 at 15:50
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    One minute ago it occurred once again. I've for reference copypasted the source into your answer :)
    – user138231
    Commented Mar 29, 2013 at 1:06

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