Practically all SE sites I tried, except Meta, are failing to load for me, with the exception of MSO.

Additionally, all chats are offline and MSO's visit chat acknowledges this by not advertising any room.

Rebuild full-text catalog In progress ...


  • Yeah, I also tried downforeveryoneorjustme ;)
    – badp
    Oct 9, 2010 at 10:19
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    Area51 is up, though.
    – Gelatin
    Oct 9, 2010 at 10:23
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    The hamsters powering the server farm finally gave up.
    – Pekka
    Oct 9, 2010 at 10:32
  • The blog also appears down. Now where do we go and complain about the down time?
    – Yi Jiang
    Oct 9, 2010 at 10:33
  • Where's Jeff Atwood? Oct 9, 2010 at 10:41
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    Additionally, shouldn't this be tagged [bug] ? ;)
    – Yi Jiang
    Oct 9, 2010 at 10:43
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    ҉ Oct 9, 2010 at 10:44
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    THE WEB SITE! IT DOES NOTHING! P.S. Thanks for posting so I didn't have to.
    – Mark C
    Oct 9, 2010 at 10:53
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    Well, it DOES SOMETHING again for me.
    – Arjan
    Oct 9, 2010 at 10:56
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    The Tavern is alive again
    – Yi Jiang
    Oct 9, 2010 at 11:00
  • Yippee!
    – Mark C
    Oct 9, 2010 at 11:00
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    Nooo, my 30-day consecutive login silver badge is in the mercy of ISP power issues!
    – Herman
    Oct 9, 2010 at 11:29
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    StackOverflow.com is still down for me. ServerFault.com won't log me in... and I can't vote on SuperUser. I think I'll go do some chores and come back later today ;-) Oct 9, 2010 at 13:36
  • how much time will take for repair?
    – mahesh
    Oct 9, 2010 at 14:49
  • @user152148 - I'm hoping they cover this for the users affected: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/67109/… Oct 9, 2010 at 15:40

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The database is "suspect" we are running through our disaster recovery plans.

The power outage took the db into a suspect mode. After we recovered it the full text index was corrupt beyond recovery.

We rebuilt it from scratch and all should be good now.

We lost 4 hours of data, and are working on recovering it at the moment

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    It's still acting up for me. I get the front page in high speed, but nothing beyond that. The requests all time out
    – Pekka
    Oct 9, 2010 at 13:03
  • I'm getting 500's when editing as well here Oct 9, 2010 at 13:05
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    By the way, I would have found it much more fitting if Meta's database had been marked "Suspect". Because that one really is, even when it's not broken :)
    – Pekka
    Oct 9, 2010 at 14:13
  • Has the team considered any kind of redundant power solution, so in case of a power failure, the system could at least shut down gracefully?
    – Jon Seigel
    Oct 9, 2010 at 14:55
  • Are there some data lost? I've lost 3 upvotes today.
    – kennytm
    Oct 9, 2010 at 14:59
  • Actually, it's not that upvotes are lost, but questions are gone, e.g. stackoverflow.com/questions/3896462/… and stackoverflow.com/questions/3896071/…
    – kennytm
    Oct 9, 2010 at 15:03
  • @KennyTM - See: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/67110/… Oct 9, 2010 at 15:37

Update #4 (13:17 Zulu): There appear to be lingering issues with posting/editing at least, possibly other areas, site is offline again.

Update #3 (12:58 Zulu): Looks like SO is back online: https://stackoverflow.com/

Update #2 (10:54 Zulu): Getting the SO error page now, she breathes!

Update #1 (10:50 Zulu): Confirmed on twitter by @Geoff Dalgas:

StackOverflow is down - ISP power issues - we will be back up soon

Remember that meta was migrated to NYC recently, so it's still up, looks like everything in the old datacenter is offline at the moment, for whatever reason :)

  • stackoverflow.com -
  • serverfault.com -
  • superuser.com -

These (and most of the other sites) are all being routed through the HA Proxy in the old datacenter.

  • meta.stackoverflow.com -
  • area51.stackexchange.com -

These sites are in the NYC (new) datacenter, and still online.

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    Looks like you have an extra Server Fault in there.
    – Mark C
    Oct 9, 2010 at 10:55
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    Hah! What did I say. It was the hamsters.
    – Pekka
    Oct 9, 2010 at 10:56

Hmmm, there's one good thing about this downtime. I never knew Chrome does this:

Other users are also experiencing difficulties connecting to this site, so you may have to wait a few minutes.

It actually doesn't show this on my Mac, but surely it tells Google which sites I visit? So, Google Chrome Is The New “Down For Everyone Or Just Me”. This indeed seems to be part of the privacy setting for "Suggestions for navigation errors":

In order to offer suggestions of alternative or similar webpages, the browser sends Google the URL of the page you're trying to reach whenever the web address does not resolve or a connection cannot be made. Information is logged and anonymized in the same manner as Google web searches. Any parameters in the URL are removed before the URL is sent. The logs are used to ensure and improve the quality of the feature.

  • It doesn't show it for me on Windows 7. It could be because I have phoning-home option disabled (see privacy options).
    – Gelatin
    Oct 9, 2010 at 10:29
  • This kind of thing is exactly why I stopped using Chrome. Who knows what else it's doing that I don't find out about?
    – Pops
    Oct 9, 2010 at 15:25

Another good thing about the downtime. It prompted me to move my flair over to the new image based system. The old flair was causing all my pages that used it to redirect to the SO 404 page ;).


Now i get the

Stack Overflow is currently offline for maintenance alt text

while ServerFault and SuperUser are working fine now..


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