Anyone currently experiencing a slow response time from stackoverflow.com? I received no response or 504 bad gateway error.

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    The intertubz are clogged.
    – user102937
    May 26, 2010 at 18:47
  • I got 502 Bad Gateway once. The ping time is significantly longer than meta (by a factor of 2 to 10.)
    – kennytm
    May 26, 2010 at 18:47
  • @Robert: You weren't supposed to delete the first comment. :)
    – Jon Seigel
    May 26, 2010 at 19:07
  • How do I accept an answer to this question? Until one of the employees verifies the event that caused the slow response time. May 26, 2010 at 20:25
  • I'm having trouble with SF right now. The question page loads pretty quickly (or appears to) but it IE8 still says "Waiting for serverfault.com..." in the status bar and some of the controls (mark as answer) won't work
    – user131750
    Jun 3, 2010 at 13:53

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I saw this a moment ago as well, but I think the actual slow part is the sstatic.com domain they use for static content. I think this usually means they just updated a file or two there and it's slow for a few minutes while everyone has to update their browser cache with the new version of whatever they changed.


Seems to be back to normal now, but while it happened I was awarded a badge. Maybe the badge-awarding batch process is to blame.

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    Maybe you're to blame! ಠ_ಠ May 26, 2010 at 18:49
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    Hey, where's my badge?
    – user102937
    May 26, 2010 at 18:49
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    @Bill: When I give a Nice Answer, Stack Overflow immediately stops all activity until it has awarded me with my rightly deserved badge. Sounds appropriate to me.
    – sth
    May 27, 2010 at 0:24
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    Oh right, I forgot about the medal ceremony. Congratulations. ;) May 27, 2010 at 3:20

It was that way a few minutes ago during this catastrophe Extra votes to migrate lead to multiple posts but now that the question is deleted it seems to be going at normal speeds

  • Perhaps the update that Joel implies is what actually caused that catastrophe. If not the update, then the act of updating itself, perhaps.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    May 26, 2010 at 18:58
  • I actually think it's more likely the "catastrophe" caused one of the devs to rush out a fix and cause the update. May 26, 2010 at 19:13

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