The site has this banner right now that there is an ongoing maintenance:

This site is currently in read-only mode. We’ll return with full functionality soon. Follow @StackStatus, visit our status blog or search our recent meta posts on the topic for more info.

I want to ask, why is it that the link for the recent meta posts are for tags and even though they are the same?

Edit: I noticed that the tag names are and , but it seems as if they are synonyms now. This should probably be fixed later.

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    I am not seeing the notice here on MSE. But, yes, tag synonyms. The message in the banner could probably be updated. Commented Mar 18, 2022 at 5:18
  • I'm from Math.SE. Can I ask if you could check the site? Commented Mar 18, 2022 at 5:19
  • Ah, yes, I see it on Mathematics. Sorry, I thought by "this site", you meant the site where you posted the question, which is Meta Stack Exchange. Commented Mar 18, 2022 at 5:20
  • Oh, sorry. I forgot to edit that part, but for others who would change the tags if necessary, please edit that part to avoid trivial editing. Commented Mar 18, 2022 at 5:21
  • Although it's odd because some sites like Code Review are not read-only. @CodyGray Commented Mar 18, 2022 at 5:36
  • @for-the-love-of-soupless That's probably a bug. See this answer for more details.
    – 41686d6564
    Commented Mar 18, 2022 at 6:03
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    Does this answer your question? math.SE has been stuck in read-only mode for 7 hours
    – Rob
    Commented Mar 18, 2022 at 20:14
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    Why are we voting to close this? That link does indeed search for two instances of the maintenance tag after site-maintenance was made a synonym of maintenance, which could stand to be updated to just search for maintenance. This isn't a duplicate of the currently-proposed dupe at all.
    – Spevacus
    Commented Mar 19, 2022 at 0:56
  • To clear things, I asked about why Math.SE was still read-only at that time as a side question. My main point was the link found when the site was read-only. Additional information for @Spevacus. Commented Mar 19, 2022 at 5:35
  • @shadow Can you please explain the reason for your edit? The link was HTTP and didn't include www even during today's maintenance. Commented Sep 21, 2022 at 7:36
  • @RandomPerson because it's not relevant to the bug reported here, and just cause people to waste time when clicking it. (It makes the browser load for few minutes before timing out.) Commented Sep 21, 2022 at 7:40
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    Acknowledged and likely easy to fix alongside other changes, but in terms of priority IMHO this is way lower than fixing the URL to the status page. :-)
    – Aaron Bertrand Staff
    Commented Sep 21, 2022 at 13:25
  • @AaronBertrand This just came up again. I really don't see why simply modifying a URL in a text notice is something that cannot easily be done in a minute - it would be nice if that were explained. Commented Feb 24 at 17:11
  • @Sonic It's not about changing the text. It's getting it deployed. I can't really get into much detail, but I can assure you, it's much more complicated than what you're suggesting.
    – Aaron Bertrand Staff
    Commented Feb 24 at 17:16
  • @AaronBertrand I guess that makes sense, at least for why this cannot be status-completed quickly (deploying during maintenance doesn't make sense). However, it would be nice if the text were still changed in the code, so it'd at least be fixed for future site maintenance periods (i.e., status-planned). Commented Feb 24 at 17:19

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I couldn't find this post because it isn't tagged but it's a good time to bump it.

So the bug in the read-only banner in the notification-bar is still there. If you click the ending link: our recent meta posts on the topic.

the read-only banner

You are taken to MSE with search containing two repeated tags (the latter having been synonymized to the former) and the or search operator i.e. [maintenance] or [maintenance]:

MSE main page search

There's no need to keep the second tag lengthening the URL and have a pair of repeated tags in the search box.


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