Sites failing to update when refreshed, going to "Service unavailable" screen.

Physics, biology, Sci-Fi and Fantasy, Medical, Psychology and Skeptics.

Worldbuilding being an exception went to an "Oops, something bad happened" screen (I was refreshing a particular question).

Main meta has so-far been fine.

I noticed this a few (~15) minutes ago, repeated refreshing a few minutes apart leads to sometimes the error message, sometimes the correct page.

Stack-Status report:

August 03, 2022 | 02:45PM (01:45 PM UTC) Stack Exchange Network Sites has transitioned to Unavailable


August 03, 2022 | 03:13PM (02:13 PM UTC) Stack Exchange Network Sites has transitioned to Degraded

Something seems up on SE's end, not just local to here, southern UK.

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    Was just about to ask. My VPN endpoint (NE USA) is seeing the same, so it's not local to you. Also, it's a bit random; I hit the top 4 links in HNQ and 2 of them loaded, 2 of them got unavailable.
    – DavidW
    Aug 3, 2022 at 13:58
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    I have just experienced similar behavior in western Canada, so I assume it's on SE's end. Also, there's a current (as of about 15 minutes ago) Stack Exchange status incident report about this. Aug 3, 2022 at 13:59
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    @JohnOmielan Thanks, I'll add that.
    – W.O.
    Aug 3, 2022 at 14:00
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    There's something very big ongoing for a long time now. SE doing their best, with the best possible people, to fight it. Let's wish them luck. Aug 3, 2022 at 14:03
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    This is on SE's end, definitely. Has been happening on and off for a couple of days now.
    – Mast
    Aug 3, 2022 at 14:05
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    Update: Stack Exchange Network Sites has transitioned to Degraded.
    – Justin
    Aug 3, 2022 at 14:16
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    I don't think we need to edit it with current status; The question was posted, goal is getting official response explaining what's going on. Aug 3, 2022 at 14:47
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    Fair enough, that's as far as it needs to go. Leaving as-is for now unless something stupendous happens. @ShadowTheKidWizard
    – W.O.
    Aug 3, 2022 at 14:49
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    Well if something stupendous would happen, we won't be able to edit anyway. ;) Aug 3, 2022 at 14:51
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    Note: For anybody interested, I believe the Recent site instability, major outages – July/August 2022 post, since it's about an instability that started on July 29, 2022, has information that is applicable to this post. Aug 11, 2022 at 23:00

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The image below from stackstatus.net is: Not precisely true.

DIY.se and this site (at least, I didn't bother to check any others) went to read only less than an hour ago, then came back after some minutes of outage.

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    No site has 100% uptime. Incidents are reported and logged only if they affect the site for more than few minutes. Mar 11, 2023 at 17:53
  • ...but if you define a few minutes properly, 100% (reported) is easy to achieve, I guess. "The clothes of the emperor are most exquisitely fine!"
    – Ecnerwal
    Mar 11, 2023 at 19:07

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