This Saturday, August 6th starting at 3pm EDT (19:00 UTC) we will be taking our sites offline for maintenance. We are aiming to keep the downtime to about one to four hours. Should we need to extend this window I will post updates on this post.

During this window we are going to be patching our database servers. We are also migrating our servers to a new AD domain so we have everything under a consistent naming structure.

  1. Richard says:

    For those not in North America, I believe that time is 19:00 UTC.

  2. Graeme Donaldson says:

    somebody buy this man a beer! :-)

  3. Michael Coyne says:

    do you mean Aug 6th?

  4. Nathan Sabruka says:

    Saturday is August 6th…

  5. Anonymous says:

    Shouldn’t write blog posts first thing in the morning… Thanks for pointing that out — it is fixed.

  6. UC says:

    I’m Nigerian. What’s that in GMT? I’m lazy.

  7. Matthew Farwell says:

    For those not in North America, the date is the 6th August, not the 8th June.

  8. Wesley David says:

    We need a StackExchange methadone program that we can enroll in. I can feel the delerium tremens already.

  9. Jan Hartmann says:


  10. regex says:

    It would be clearer if the date was in ISO date format, ie 2011-08-06.

  11. Grant says:

    That would be a very far-in-advance warning indeed. :) “Everyone beware, 10 months from now we’ll be updating our system…”

  12. sdflkjsadlfj Wsdjfasdf says:

    perhaps you may want to consider writing it after, say a couple of beers ;) that will settle down the dates format for all ;) :D :P ;)

  13. Jscott says:

    Like a “crack exchange” program?

  14. Mike Vanderkley says:

    It would be clearer if the message included … “and that is in 4 hours and 30 minutes”. People are visiting from around the world.

  15. Stefan Kendall says:

    This outage is unacceptable. I demand a refund.

  16. galath says:

    Link to time and date:

  17. galath says:

    It would help to put the link in the banner on “8/6 19:00 UTC”.

  18. daemon_x says:

    As I’ve read all the comments about time, wouldn’t be easier to display on the pages countdown label next time ?

  19. Bryan Hobson says:

    Closing this maintenance window as too localised. Consider using a relative time (e.g. ‘in 2 hours’) to avoid confusion due to time zones and date formats.

  20. UC says:

    Ok it’s 8PM.

  21. UC says:

    Ok it’s 8PM.

  22. Suraj Chandran says:

    good damn hell..4 hours… i will die out of boredom ;(

  23. James Poulson says:

    Would there be anything preventing you from having a (static?) message remain on all StackExchange sites to redirect to messages like these?

  24. Ajay_0162 says:

    what will be the time in IST . I am from India

  25. TheDarkLord says:

    Hi i am user TheDarkLord registerd in stackoverflow but i can’t login to me account any more because i user to login but is down so i there is no way to enter my user name and password to log in what should i do ???

  26. Timothy (TRiG) says:

    8/6? We’re well past the 8th of June now, you know.


  27. Timothy (TRiG) says:

    Could we please get rid of the crazy American date style on the announcement? 8/6 is the 8th of June.


  28. Suraj Chandran says:

    Hint: IST is GMT+5:30 :)

  29. Kwpolska says:

    Google is up, right?

  30. daemon_x says:

    You were serious ? How could you :)

  31. Wesley David says:

    “… minute 34 of the outage. The twitching is becoming unbearable, but at least the voices are keeping me company. My rationality is slipping fast. I’m starting to consider opening the front door. Someone, anyone… help me.”

  32. Ken Warner says:

    SE, Inc is a crazy American company. Deal with it ;)

  33. Warhelmut says:

    One man’s religion is another man’s belly laugh, Tim.

  34. Srgloureiro says:

    If you overdo the “crack exchange” you may generate a “crack overflow” :P

  35. Aaron Bertrand says:

    You mean USA. The Canadians also suspect that this is an old post because 8/6 is in the past.

  36. Dor "The Configurator" Kleiman says:

    There should be a button on the offline page saying “please notify me when the horror is finished” that would email you when the site is back up.

  37. Geek1234567 says:

    That’s exactly what I was thinking!

  38. ascanio borga says:

    jon skeet can answer question even if SO is down

  39. CrackerJack9 says:

    The site is down for maintenance, you have to wait with the rest of us :/ …

  40. Marlene says:

    wish 1 to 4 hrs was all it amoumted to, mine has been down for 12hrs so far, getting withdrawal symptoms

  41. david thomas says:

    Set up an alternate OpenID (possibly even with Stackexchange themselves) and then try visiting (when it comes back) and ask there, or email the team  ([email protected], from memory) and ask them to merge your account, or to add your new OpenID to your account, so that you can log in.

    Or, obviously, if it’s just that Stackoverflow is down then you’ll have to wait. Sigh. With the rest of us.


  42. daemon_x says:

    … minute 74, I’m getting serious feeling that there’s something behind SO, something like internet or how to call it. I’m going to explore it …

  43. daemon_x says:

    Exactly one comment below I said the same :-)

  44. UC says:

    … 83, Its just a few hours, go to facebook, twitter or something.

  45. Destiny Islands says:

    hm cool. hope this speeds up the site a bit

  46. Destiny Islands says:

    I NEED IT!

  47. CrackerJack9 says:

    over 90 minutes in..said half an hour yesterday…now aiming for 4 hours, yikes!

  48. Nicola Musatti says:

    i.e. the twentieth of November of the sixth year of Charlemagne’s reign?

  49. FrLi says:

    Gosh, I need to browse SO using Google’s Cache now…

  50. dario-g says:

    What so long? It’s dangerous. SO clones are just behind ;)

  51. Calum Scott says:

    Hasn’t it been almost 70 minutes now?

  52. Billy Moon says:

    At least I can still access MOST of stack overflow from google’s cache. Just not the more recent stuff :(

  53. CrackerJack9 says:


  54. daemon_x says:

    … minute 144, Stack is on the flow :-)

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