If NYT softball team isn’t renamed The Http/1.1 Service Unavailables, I don’t even know who we are anymore.
— Matt Flegenheimer (@mattfleg) August 14, 2013
Around noon today, the New York Times‘s website went down. It’s still down. Nobody seems to know what’s causing the outage, except for FOX Business, who claim “sources” told them it was a major cyber attack. (The big news there is that FOX is pretending to have sources. Adorable.) The Times tweeted a little while ago that they believed the outage was the result of “an internal issue,” which they’re saying will be resolved soon. According to the AP, e-mails sent to NYT addresses are also being returned as undeliverable.
Coming on the heels of the great HBO Go outage of Sunday night, the city is reeling from yet another blow to the particular masses of pixels we like to stare at. And unlike HBO being down, which at the very least spared us all from The Newsroom, the absolute worst show on television (don’t argue), the NYT outage actually matters. Luckily, we have Twitter.
Theories have quickly developed as to the culprits behind the outage:
— DennisSc (@DennisSc) August 14, 2013
Some of them are dumber than others:
The NYT site hacked? Shut down atm because of Clinton article? Highly probable. #ClintonsPlayDirty
— Mrs Fitz #dontfundit (@fitzfam2000) August 14, 2013
Our own web editor, Nick Greene, engaged in some high-concept media criticism:
WHO’S REACHED THEIR ARTICLE LIMIT NOW, http://t.co/aZZmjkCvlM????????
— Nick Greene (@NickGreene) August 14, 2013
And everybody else is pretty much just losing their fucking minds, or else asking each other if the site is still down for them. Or, worst of all, they’re making little quips about how their print version is loading just fine, which, just so we’re clear, is a Dad joke of the most obnoxious kind, as well as the kind of hipsterish one-upsmanship that’s ruining America.
The NYT website is down. How will I live?
— Sybill Trelawney (@SybilT2) August 14, 2013
Luckily, the NYT team remained focused and much, much funnier than they’re usually allowed to be in print:
Readers, don’t fret. If http://t.co/J1T79tODM5 remains down, we are ready to tweet op-eds and editorials in 140-character increments.
— NYT Opinion (@nytopinion) August 14, 2013
Did we try to unplug http://t.co/NKBQJHmApE and plug it back in again?
— Naila-Jean Meyers (@NailaJeanMeyers) August 14, 2013
Except for some of them who also lost their shit right along with us:
Symptom No. 4 of #nytimes withdrawal. Denial. Pure out and out THIS CAN’T BE HAPPENING.
— Samantha Storey (@samanthastorey) August 14, 2013
Deep breaths, everyone. It’s going to be all right. Unless of course it’s not.
Update, 2:10 p.m.: It’s back up. Exhale.