The current "We are offline" screen on Server Fault when it is down is:

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with it's lovely 1996 DateStmp's.

I think it's time to update the Windows BSOD on the page to something more appropriate for the times:

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  • Update the old-style Windows BSOD to a newer ESXi-style PSOD? – HopelessN00b Dec 9 '14 at 14:21
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    Shouldn't the BSOD represent the underlying architecture? – Scott Pack Dec 9 '14 at 14:25
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    @HopelessN00b - We all know Steve, Kyle, Shane, and Greg host these sites on a Windows 2012 VM running on Parallels on Kyle's Macbook Air. – TheCleaner Dec 9 '14 at 14:26
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    @ScottPack SE runs a Windows stack, so it does. Even so, seems like the error details ought to be updated to reflect a site down, rather than just being a generic screenie of a BSOD slapped up there. – HopelessN00b Dec 9 '14 at 14:30
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    @HopelessN00b - the screen this morning had a statement at the beginning about "offline for maintenance...back up within an hour" or something like that...followed by the generic/canned Windows BSOD and a Linux error screen. I'm just bored enough to throw a 5 minute GIMP pic together of the Windows one after seeing the date/time stamps. – TheCleaner Dec 9 '14 at 14:33
  • @ScottPack Not only do they run Windows stack, they run bleeding edge Windows/SQL. (I follow Brent Ozar's blog.) So the Old Skool graphic doesn't fit, IMHO. – Katherine Villyard Dec 9 '14 at 16:24
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    @KatherineVillyard If we want to get technical about it, the HAProxy box is the one serving the 50x error pages, so it'd be the one we'd need platform accuracy for. But the images on the error pages are a lot more about fun than accuracy ;) – Shane Madden Dec 9 '14 at 20:11
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    @ShaneMadden Hee!!! – Katherine Villyard Dec 9 '14 at 20:13

But Windows XP runs fine! Why do we need to update just because Microsoft says it's end of life?

Besides, nobody will recognize that error message. And we'll have to retrain the help desk.




We could randomize between all of 'em with a smidge of javascript?

  • Old BSOD
  • New BSOD
  • Linux panic
  • OS X Panic
  • Old Mac - the bomb restart dialog or sad mac boot fail screen?
  • Crash screen from TomTom's phone

What else?


I recommend faux Google search results asking "is Stack Exchange down", showing a (again, faux) search result of a SO/SF question asking the same. Naturally, the next search result would be the same question on one of the scraper sites.

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    Upvoted for evil genius-ness. – HopelessN00b Dec 11 '14 at 2:25

Let me me the voice of change: OH MY GOD I LOVE THE WINDOWS 8 2012 ONE!!!

I love it so much that I need more exclamation points!!!


Uh, yeah, I'll stop now, but still. Hahahaha!

  • It's Windows 2012...not 8... ;) ;) – TheCleaner Dec 9 '14 at 16:50
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    Hee!!! Yes, but I've seen it more on 8. ;) Edited! – Katherine Villyard Dec 9 '14 at 16:51

In the name of cultural sensitivity let's update it to be the OSX Panic Screen, which helpfully says "You're screwed!" in 6 languages:

You're Screwed!

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    Hah...I like it! – TheCleaner Dec 9 '14 at 17:29

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