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Current prolonged downtime made me realize that StackExchange needs a page showing status of all network sites similar to Twitter Status or Last.fm Status.

Such page would a single place to post information about planned maintenance windows (example), quick updates during unplanned outages (example) and maybe statistics from some website monitoring service. It should have simple address.

It has to be hosted in a different datacenter than the ones used by SE sites or use a 3rd party service (e.g. Twitter uses Tumblr for this).

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StackStatus has arrived!

Since November 2012 the updates on Stack Exchange Network outages and maintenance windows can be found on:

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I can see the necessity of a "heartbeat monitor" for a telephone network like Skype when you're dealing with a complex, worldwide network and thousands of local phone exchanges, but for a Q&A network, it sounds like overkill. But a simple status page (like the Last.fm one) sounds like a nice idea.

That could be achieved simply by hosting the blog outside the rest of the network (at a physically different location) so it is available even if everything else goes down. (If that's not the case already. I didn't check whether it was affected by the outage as well, but the IPs look like they're in the same data center.)

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  • I agree I put too much pressure on the real-time heartbeat aspect originally, I've just edited my question. Oct 9, 2010 at 15:53
  • server fault blog is hosted by tumblr, so I'd check there. Oct 9, 2010 at 16:51
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    @Jeff the natural inclination of most users will be top check on blog.stackoverflow.com, though - also because the error page advises them to do so
    – Pekka
    Oct 9, 2010 at 17:42
  • @Pekka And they should trust this inclination - blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/10/stack-overflow-outage-2! Oct 9, 2010 at 18:07
  • @Marek yeah, but I think it was down during the power failure, so it has little value as a "status" page. It's not a big deal either way - it shouldn't be a problem for anybody to simply wait until the sites are up again - but if there is to be a status page that runs independently from the network, the SO blog would be the much more natural choice.
    – Pekka
    Oct 9, 2010 at 18:07
  • @Pekka I know it was down during the power failure. I was being ironic! I have no idea why Jeff tells us to use blog.serverfault.com as status page when it still has no information about today's problem. Oct 9, 2010 at 19:25
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http://blog.serverfault.com is hosted on Tumblr, so check there.

And note that Kyle and George work for SOIS, Inc as our system administrators -- so they'd be well positioned to tell you what's going on..

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  • I'm sure the explanation will be posted there finally. But when it comes to checking current SE network status, it's not very useful - it's been a few hours since the outage and blog.serverfault.com says nothing about it. I don't know why you tagged my question with status-completed; status-declined seems to be more appropriate. Oct 9, 2010 at 17:48

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