[Foundation-l] Scheduled intermittent downtime on all Wikimedia projects on May 24

FT2 ft2.wiki at gmail.com
Wed May 25 07:32:31 UTC 2011

I don't get this.

Would it be possible in future, if the sites are unresponsive, or will be
unresponsive due to planned maintenance, to establish a fallback that simply
displays an explanatory status message to the public?


On Wed, May 25, 2011 at 8:15 AM, Tim Starling <tstarling at wikimedia.org>wrote:

> (snip)
> The people who might have been able to
> change the error message were busy diagnosing and fixing the problem.
> When we have a lengthy period of downtime, more sysadmins arrive
> online, and a wider perspective on the problem develops, including
> attention to community impact and communication. But since the
> downtime in this case was only half an hour, there was not enough time
> for this to happen.

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