Reddit is down for emergency maintenance

Reddit is down

Every once in a while, those of us who are the most voracious of Redditors will see the “ow, Reddit is down” or “you broke Reddit” images when the server load is heavy. Typically, a refresh just a few seconds later will alleviate the issue and it’s back to life as usual. Not this time, though. As of the time of this writing, Reddit has been down for about an hour; by far, the longest I’ve personally seen Reddit down.

I happened to be browsing Reddit right when the problems started, so after about 5 minutes filled with refreshes yielding 502 gateway errors, blank pages, and other telltale signs of significant problems, I finally hit up Twitter to search and see if others were experiencing issues. And they were. As a matter of fact, Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit,quickly addressed the issue (which I noticed in the Twitter search results):

(The lesson for some of you there is to remember to try searching Twitter to see if others are experiencing problems with a site that you are as well. Or, you could always try the “down for everyone or just me” Web site.)

Shortly following, Reddit put up a temporary placeholder

Reddit is down