All attempts to do network-wide searches via stackexchange.com (example) are returning the "Oops! Something Bad Happened!" page:

stackexchange.com error page

This is a problem, as this is the only way that Charcoal project members and moderators can search the whole network for usage of potential spam domains, terms, etc. outside of one specific site.

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    Just acknowledging: we’re aware, thanks.
    – Aaron Bertrand Staff
    Commented Apr 20, 2023 at 0:17
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    Warning: No pandas were harmed or mistreated in the making of this image. Commented Apr 20, 2023 at 0:25
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    @AugustoVasques Clearly, they hurt all the other test animals they were gonna use for the photo shoots, because only the panda is featured. Commented Apr 20, 2023 at 0:30
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    Functionality should now be restored.
    – Josh Zhang StaffMod
    Commented Apr 20, 2023 at 0:55
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    @JoshZhang seems to be working here; thanks for the quick fix!
    – Ryan M
    Commented Apr 20, 2023 at 1:00
  • Search down? Is that a bad thing? Commented Apr 20, 2023 at 8:08
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    Yep. We get a lot of spam, some of it pornographic or otherwise illegal by the standards of various international laws. Keeping the place above reproach for the users of various ages and cultures is highly valued. @MartinJames
    – W.O.
    Commented Apr 20, 2023 at 13:16

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Thank you for the report, we've identified the culprit and have rolled back the change to restore search functionality.


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