The Area 51 sites that have graduated (WebApps, Webmasters, Gaming, Cooking, etc.) show Stack Exchange Beta on their offline page as seen below. Shouldn't the name and logo from their graduated design be used instead of the sketchy design?

  • I'd like to upvote but there's no freehand circles... :-( Nov 23, 2010 at 16:57
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    @TheUnhandledException, better? Nov 23, 2010 at 17:04
  • The SO Dev Team's oy! counter just shot up. I wonder why...
    – Yi Jiang
    Nov 23, 2010 at 17:13
  • @rchern Much better! Thanks. +1! Nov 23, 2010 at 18:15
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    -1. Your MS Paint handwriting is too nice.
    – user27414
    Nov 23, 2010 at 19:32
  • Rebecca, @Jon has a point. Are you using a tablet, or what?
    – Pops
    Dec 9, 2010 at 18:40
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    @PopularDemand, no. A mouse, with my right hand. And I'm left-handed. Dec 9, 2010 at 18:42
  • This issue is still outstanding... May 9, 2011 at 8:51

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Graduated (themed) sites now have a pretty/matching offline page Jin put in the styling for all these last weekend and I hooked them up this morning.

The exception to this is askubuntu, which will work after the next push.

Keep in mind the error pages are cached for a while, so you may need to hard refresh or clear your cache to see the updated version that redirects to your site's specific offline page (this is necessary due to the load balancer, not one of our IIS servers hosting the page).


As shown in the top of the screen capture, the issue is not so much the image of the page, it's the url the user is redirected to that is wrong. Just a helpful hint for the team :-)

EDIT: I added a freehand frowny-face, freehand "oy!"s and, for good measure, a freehand crying unicorn...

EDIT2: I added smileys of all denominations. Oy, you guys, Oy Vey!

Oy! Oy Vey! Oy My Gosh!

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    I'd like to upvote, but you forgot the sad smiley and an oy. (; Nov 23, 2010 at 18:43
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    Are you trying to start a new meta meme @rchern? ;-) Nov 23, 2010 at 19:05
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    -1, heretically oriented smiley
    – badp
    Nov 23, 2010 at 19:06
  • @radp: I have added more smileys for you Nov 23, 2010 at 19:19
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    Gotta have strong nasal muscles to utter an "oy!" like in the top corner there. ♪
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Nov 23, 2010 at 19:20
  • @TheUnhandledException, I don't try, I just seem to fall into them. Nov 23, 2010 at 19:25
  • @Grace Note: That smiley has my family's long Jewish heritage and can utter very, very nasal "oy"s! Nov 23, 2010 at 19:25
  • -1 unicorns don't cry. For crying out loud, they crap rainbows!
    – user27414
    Nov 23, 2010 at 19:33
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    Unicorn tears have healing powers... oh wait, phoenix had that, not unicorns. Dec 12, 2010 at 9:32
  • oy oy oy? Shouldn't that be "Oi! Oi! Oi!"? Dec 13, 2010 at 2:46
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    @Andrew -1, heretically spelled Oy. Dec 13, 2010 at 12:44

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