Questions tagged [maintenance]

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MAINTENANCE WARNING: Possible downtime early morning Dec 2, 4, and 9 UTC (8:30PM NYC-time on Dec 1, 3, and 8, 2020)

Update: (2020-12-09 UTC) Window C is complete. No outages or degradations. Update: (2020-12-04 UTC) Window B is complete. No outages or degradations. Update: (2020-12-02 UTC) Window A is complete....
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Improvements to site status and incident communication

TL;DR: Starting on the 8th of June, 2022, our status page will be updated automatically, bringing us closer to our goal of better communicating outage statuses with our community. The URL stackstatus....
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Is there any point forcing a post to Community Wiki after 6 owner edits?

Personally I think not. If the concern is spurious bumping then simply stop bumping the post after some arbitrary edit. This site might be part-Wiki, part-Q&A but I think its clear that people ...
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Planned maintenance scheduled for Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 13:00 UTC (9AM US/Eastern)

Update: The maintenance went as planned. tl;dr; Planned service interruption that will impact all Stack Overflow/Stack Exchange sites, Jobs, Chat, and Teams. All sites will be read-only for up to an ...
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What just happened to Stack Overflow?

Stack Overflow was down for a long time here, probably about an hour. What was the cause?
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Planned maintenance scheduled for Oct 30 & 31, 2021, starting at 13:00 UTC

Update 2021-10-31T14:19:00Z: We are done. Thank you for your patience and all your supportive tweets. Update 2021-10-31T13:22:00Z: Today's work will be starting shortly. https://twitter.com/...
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Planned maintenance scheduled for Saturday, February 19, 2022 at 2:00AM UTC (Friday, February 18, 2022 at 9:00PM US/EST)

tl;dr Planned service interruption that will impact all Stack Exchange sites, Jobs, and Chat. All sites may be read-only for up to 2 hours on Saturday, February 19, 2022 at 2:00AM UTC (Friday, ...
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Planned maintenance scheduled for Thursday, 16 December at 01:30-2:00 UTC (Wednesday, December 15 at 8:30-9:00 PM US/EST)

This work is now complete tl;dr Planned service interruption that will impact all Stack Overflow & Stack Exchange sites, Jobs, and Chat. All sites may be read-only for up to 30 minutes beginning ...
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Planned maintenance scheduled for Tuesday, August 23, 2022 at 00:00-03:00 AM UTC (Monday, August 22, 8:00-11:00 PM US/EDT)

tl;dr Planned upgrades that will impact Stack Overflow & Stack Exchange Network sites including Chat. All sites will be read-only for up to 3 hours beginning shortly after Tuesday, August 23, 2022 ...
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Planned maintenance scheduled for Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 1:00 UTC (Friday March 26 9:00 PM US/EDT)

Update: The maintenance went as planned. tl;dr; Planned service interruption that will impact all Stack Overflow/Stack Exchange sites, Jobs, Chat, and Teams. All sites may be read-only for up to 15 ...
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Planned SEDE maintenance scheduled for Sept 22, 2021 at 01:00-04:00 UTC (Sept 21 9:00 pm-midnight EDT)

Note: The originally planned second window on Sept 24 is cancelled as the upgrade was a success within the first window. Note: 2021-09-21 0225Z - Maintenance has ended. Please leave a comment if there ...
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Planned maintenance scheduled for Friday, June 4, 2021 at 12:00am UTC (Thursday June 3 8:00 PM US/EDT)

Update: The maintenance went as planned. tl;dr; Planned service interruption that will impact all Stack Exchange sites, Jobs, and Chat. All sites may be read-only for up to 15 minutes on Friday June ...
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Planned maintenance scheduled for Wednesday, 21 September, 00:30-03:00 UTC (Tuesday, September 20th, 8:30-11:00 PM EDT)

tl;dr Planned service interruption that will impact all Stack Overflow & Stack Exchange sites, Stack Overflow for Teams (free/basic/business tiers), and Chat. All sites may be read-only for up to ...
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Planned maintenance scheduled for Thursday, July 29 at 12:00am UTC (Wednesday July 28 8:00 PM US/EDT)

Update: The maintenance went as planned. tl;dr; Planned service interruption that will impact all Stack Exchange sites, Jobs, and Chat. All sites may be read-only for up to 60 minutes on Thursday, ...
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Intermittent "maintenance"

I've been getting this on and off for what must be hours: We are currently offline for maintenance Routine maintenance usually takes less than an hour. If this turns into an extended outage, we will ...
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Can @StackStatus tweets be posted to StackStatus.net automatically?

While it sounds crazy, some of us do not actually have twitter accounts and really do not use twitter at all, so we don't see tweets from @StackStatus. This is especially true for users behind ...
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Sporadic bursts of extreme slowness across all pages on all sites

I (and several other users at the same time) have been periodically experiencing extremely slow page loads (including, at times, pages erroring out after trying to load for a while). It appears to ...
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Use "August 6th" instead of "8/6" in maintenance messages [closed]

There's currently a system message about an upcoming maintenance, which uses the M/D date format: There will be a short network wide outage starting on 8/6 19:00 UTC for system maintenance This ...
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Stack Exchange seems to be down

Meta Stack Exchange and many other sites in the network seem to be down, what's happening? (In case you were wondering: this question was posted via the officially deprecated Stack Exchange iOS app.)
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Most sites seem to be down right now

Most sites seem to be down right now, e.g. Stack Overflow: Meta Stack Exchange is one of the few which are still up (for me, located in the Netherlands). No updates on StackStatus (Twitter / website)....
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Brief possible service interruption

Micro Version: Possible service interruption. All Stack Exchange/Stack Overflow sites might be briefly unavailable during a 30-minute period on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 starting at 8PM US/Eastern (...
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Planned maintenance COMPLETED for Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 01:00 UTC (Tuesday June 29 9:00 PM US/EDT)

UPDATE: The test is complete. tl;dr; Planned service interruption that will impact all Stack Exchange sites, Jobs, and Chat. All sites will be read-only for up to 1 hour on Wed June 30, 2021 at 01:00 ...
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Can we reinstate stackstatus.net as a channel to update on any reliability/availability issues on the network?

This question was prompted by this answer by employee Mike Frank, from the SRE (Site Reliability Engineering) team. In his answer Mike states: We're looking at how we can better plan and notify for ...
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Planned maintenance scheduled for Friday, March 18th, 00:30-2:00 UTC (Thursday, March 17th, 8:30-10:00 PM EDT)

This maintenance is finished as of 01:29 UTC. tl;dr Planned service interruption that will impact all Stack Overflow & Stack Exchange sites, Jobs, and Chat. All sites may be read-only for up to ...
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Stack Overflow logo on maintenance page has the wrong aspect ratio

The Stack Overflow logo on the maintenance page is squashed!— EDIT: This issue was raised again on July 12, 2010.
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Did chat just die?

I can't seem to load anything on https://chat.stackexchange.com (main page, transcripts, user pages, rooms). I also checked on https://isup.me and it said it was down too. Anyone else getting this, ...
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Chat is hungry in read only mode and keeps quietly snacking on my posts

During today's maintenance period: I noticed that there wasn't any indication on chat that it was down, and messages would attempt to get posted, just to vanish into thin air, which seems ... rather ...
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Downtime alert in Google Chrome [closed]

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 ...
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Planned SEDE maintenance scheduled for Oct 15, 2021 and Oct 16, 2021 15:00-17:00 UTC (11am-1pm ET)

Update 4: 2021-10-16 16:33 UTC: Today's window is done. Actual user-visible downtime was negligible. Thanks for bearing with us! This round of maintenance is done. Update 3: 2021-10-16 15:00 UTC: ...
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Planned maintenance scheduled for Thursday, September 2 at 12:00am UTC (Wednesday September 1 8:00 PM US/EDT)

Update: The maintenance went as planned. tl;dr; Planned service interruption that will impact all Stack Overflow/Stack Exchange sites, Jobs, Chat, and Teams. All sites may be read-only for up to 30 ...
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Not all sign up buttons are grayed out in maintenance mode

When the site is in read-only mode, the 'Sign up' button in the navigation bar is grayed out because it doesn't work. Could that be extended to the button in the 'welcome anonymous user' banner? (...
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Change the HTTP status blog links to HTTPS

In the "We are currently offline for maintenance" page, the status blog link is a HTTP one. Please change it to HTTPS. Also, in the header which is shown when the site is in read-only mode, ...
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Unplanned maintenance

Stack Overflow had an unplanned shutdown/maintenance of about 10 minutes on 12/11/2019 at about 2 pm GMT. This was also the case for other Stack Exchange-owned websites such as Unix and Linux. On ...
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Adding a link to Meta when the Stack Exchange network is under maintenance

The following banner has been being shown at present when Stack Network is under maintenance. The site is currently in read-only mode; we'll return with full functionality soon. Follow @StackStatus ...
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Planned network maintenance scheduled for Friday, October 1 at 01:00-04:00 UTC (Thursday, September 30 at 9:00 PM-midnight EDT)

Note: 2021-10-01 04:00Z - Maintenance is complete. We didn't finish all the tasks and we have scheduled another maintenance window. Thank you for your patience! Note: 2021-10-01 01:00Z - Beginning ...
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Stackoverflow ate my answer

Um. That was really nasty. I just wrote an answer for a question on Stack Overflow, complete with JavaScript code. When I submitted it, I received a "down for maintenance" screen. When I hit the back ...
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Stackexchange DNS seems to be down [closed]

According to discussion in our chat, and downforeveryoneorjustme, http://rpg.stackexchange.com is down. I can still access it, so I think it's a DNS thing. Update: Gaming seems down too, and a ...
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Unable to ask a question on Stack Overflow

As a signed in user when I click on "Ask a Question" (which goes to the page https://stackoverflow.com/error?aspxerrorpath=/questions/ask) I get an "Oops! Something Bad Happened!" error. I've had an ...
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Change timezone for maintenance messages to UTC

In response to Timezone for maintenance messages, the team now shows timezone of PST for maintenance messages. Since that is tagged as status-complete, I'm starting another request to show these ...
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Sites unavailable, intermittent behaviour

Sites failing to update when refreshed, going to "Service unavailable" screen. Physics, biology, Sci-Fi and Fantasy, Medical, Psychology and Skeptics. Worldbuilding being an exception went ...
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Unclear outage notice: "This site is currently not accepting new answers."

All sites on the network were in a read only mode for 15–20 minutes a short while ago. This small notice appeared at the bottom of every question: This site is currently not accepting new ...
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Planned network maintenance scheduled for Saturday, October 2 at 15:00-17:00 UTC (11:00-13:00 EDT)

NOTE: 02-OCT-2021 1627Z: Maintenance successfully completed. NOTE: 02-OCT-2021 1500Z: Maintenance is starting. Because we weren't able to accomplish all of the objectives during the last maintenance ...
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A status page showing whether SO and other SE network sites are up and running

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 ...