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Wikipedia Goes Down


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#1 Andrew

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Posted 24 March 2010 - 02:53 PM

Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia suffered a severe global outage today from which it is still recovering.

Details are sketchy but it seems that a European datacenter suffered some overheating which caused an automatic shutdown of the Wikipedia servers used to serve Europe. This triggered a failover mechanism which was supposed to shunt European traffic to a datacenter in Florida, however some sort of DNS snafu has rendered Wikipedia inaccessible to large parts of the world.

Wikipedia admins say they have corrected the DNS issue but that it amy take an hour or more for the changes to propogate throughout the DNS system.

http://scitech.blogs.cnn.com/2010/03/24/wi...erver-meltdown/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/wiki...-goes-down.html
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2361778,00.asp
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/24/w...c_n_511750.html


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Posted 24 March 2010 - 03:41 PM

Wikipedia's fine from my browser. :thumbsup: *kentucky*

my girlfriend who lives in Wales says the first page with the language options loads fine, but if she tries to do a search it starts lagging when she uses the english option.

corroborated? :3 either way, hope they get everything fixed soon.

edit: Andrew, where did you get the flag in your sig? I love it!

Edited by kittykathigh, 24 March 2010 - 03:42 PM.

Star light, star bright..

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#3 Andrew

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Posted 24 March 2010 - 04:59 PM

Yeah, it seems to work now. Earlier, though, I couldn't get it to load at all here in California.

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Posted 24 March 2010 - 05:07 PM

Hehe being in school I know this is going to affect alot of students - yay for temporarily copying and pasting for coursework will be halted :thumbsup:

Edited by Skydie, 24 March 2010 - 05:11 PM.


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Posted 24 March 2010 - 05:18 PM

Hehe being in school I know this is going to affect alot of students - yay for temporarily copying and pasting for coursework will be halted :thumbsup:

Google Cache to the rescue!

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Posted 24 March 2010 - 07:21 PM

Hehe being in school I know this is going to affect alot of students - yay for temporarily copying and pasting for coursework will be halted :)

Google Cache to the rescue!


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Posted 25 March 2010 - 12:17 PM

Looks like MSN has joined wiki, as did YouTube a bit earlier. :thumbsup:
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Posted 25 March 2010 - 12:23 PM

Aww I like youtube and msn :flowers: + Andrew not many of the people at school would know about google cache and even less would know how to use it :trumpet:. Atleast it'll make them find (probably) better sources of information :thumbsup: , and also teachers nowadays literally search wikipedia on a topic so they can see if you've copied and pasted off it (on short notice many people do).

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Posted 25 March 2010 - 08:47 PM

Yeah, I noticed it was down yesterday, too. After screwing with emptying my browser's cache and flushing the DNS cache, I finally tried just pinging it with no answer. :thumbsup:

Oh well, at least it's back up now. But I was baffled for a minute there....
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Posted 12 April 2010 - 04:42 PM

"amy take an hour"

Amy does take an hour. :thumbsup:




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