What happens when one of the most-trafficked news sites goes down for more than an hour mid-day and mid-week? Well, journalists and readers turn to other ways to amuse themselves with jokes and speculation about why the New York Times site was offline from sometime in the 11 a.m. hour to slightly after 1 p.m. today.
If you tried to load the page (which seems to be back up again now), this is what you saw:
The site is now, finally, loading for me, but I didn’t see an actual explanation for the lunch-hour outage there. But the Times on Twitter had this to say when the site was finally back up:
Also on Twitter, here’s a sampling of some of the amusing tweets that came through during and about the “crisis,” including a few from NYT staffers themselves:
GUYS, NYTimes dot com is down, so The Times is not ON IT.
— The Times Is On It (@NYTOnIt) August 14, 2013
BREAKING: @nytimes Receives Pulitzer For Coverage Of 'Http/1.1 Service Unavailable' Story
— The Onion (@TheOnion) August 14, 2013
WHO'S REACHED THEIR ARTICLE LIMIT NOW, http://t.co/aZZmjkCvlM????????
— Nick Greene (@NickGreene) August 14, 2013
The NYTimes Website right now has taken the need for "more white space" a little too literally.
— Nick Bilton (@nickbilton) August 14, 2013
This new NYT site is responsive and loads quickly, but the design is a bit spare for my tastes.
— Scott Klein (@kleinmatic) August 14, 2013
And my personal favorites:
http://t.co/dwrqaPPd5v is down! Luckily we printed it out for you last night. $2
— Renda Morton (@rendamorton) August 14, 2013
Found a workaround to http://t.co/46BkUCFBeX. The downside is that it stains your fingers and you have to wait a day for an update.
— Andres Almeida (@andresdavid) August 14, 2013
If you want to see a fuller recap, the Atlantic Wire has a nice timeline on its post: “The Day the Web Learned What It’d Be Like to Lose The New York Times.” And if you’d like to see a few more jokes beyond what I dug up, The Daily Beast has you covered.