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This is my first day actively participating on StackExchange but I've experienced at least two outages today. Is it always like this?

Edit: This just made me curious about whether it was a known issue that stack exchange is bumping up against scalability concerns similar to Twitter, Facebook, etc.

  • I got the messages too, but that was maintenance, not outage. – user2567 Mar 9 '11 at 22:07
  • IMO maintenance is done during off hours. Anything that affects the customers ability to us a site is an outage – Evan Mar 10 '11 at 15:56
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    what is off hours on a website with global audience? – user2567 Mar 10 '11 at 16:04
  • I dunno, like I said I'm new here but after 6pm new answers slowed down exponentially. – Evan Mar 10 '11 at 18:32
  • The post-6pm slow down is probably because people went home from work. – StuperUser Mar 11 '11 at 16:16
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Outages happen, but in the year-plus that I have been using StackOverflow and the related sites extensively, I have only seen them go down for more than a minute or two on one occasion that I can remember.

Given the incredible amount of traffic that these sites handles, I'd say that their responsiveness and uptime are remarkable.

  • Thank you, all I was asking about is frequency. Two outages in one day just made me curious about whether it was a known issue that stack exchange is bumping up against scalability concerns similar to Twitter, Facebook, etc. – Evan Mar 10 '11 at 18:36
  • There was a notice when I checked stackoverflow earlier in the day, apologizing in advance for possible interruption due to a server move. Later I got an error when browsing the site with a cute picture of a kitten (cat?) trying to use a laptop/mouse. I'd give them credit for the way they handled it. – hardmath Mar 13 '11 at 16:59
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The sites are occasionally taken offline for maintenance purposes. Sometimes it's just one site, sometimes more than one. The outage typically does not last long, though. Revisit in a while and chances are the site will be back up.

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You must visit when I visit. I've probably experience close to 10 outages this year already. Most are more than a few minutes as well.

I guess for some of us, we fall into the 'slow-zone' where they deem it is the best window.

Although, with websites such as this being globally orientated, maybe more work needs to go into being able to do migrations, maintenance and hardware upgrades while keeping the site functioning.

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