Computer: Web Technology   (+6)  [vote for, against]
Is it down, or is it me?

Simple web service : is a constant updated list of URLs that are currently unavailable due to network issues.

Website owners log a message with once an issue is known and remove message when site is up and running again.
-- jonthegeologist, Feb 22 2005 Close, just doesn't update automatically. Of course, without that functionality it's a bit useless. [Worldgineer, Feb 22 2005]

down, down, deeper and down. http://www.statusqu...lyrics/downdown.htm
[po, Feb 22 2005]

Shirley it depends on where the network failure is. A site might be unavailable to me but not to you. What happens then?
-- angel, Feb 22 2005

[angel] true, but right now, I have no idea why I can't reach a site. At least with this service (a google service?), I have an idea what the problem is.
-- jonthegeologist, Feb 22 2005

You know, this is a pretty good idea. +
-- bristolz, Feb 22 2005

And then there's, just in case.
-- Ling, Feb 22 2005

ending with
-- po, Feb 22 2005

I knew it was you [po] as soon as I saw the Status Quo lyrics....
-- normzone, Feb 22 2005

you know me better than I do, norm.
-- po, Feb 22 2005

One implementation difficulty: "network issues" are relative. I might not be able to get to a certain website from my ISP here in Atlanta, but you might be able to get to it from your internet-enabled phone in Taiwan. This isn't always your ISP's fault, for instance if the website's DNS has been updated but hasn't propagated to all servers worldwide.

Also consider large sites like Google or Yahoo that actually exist on hundreds (thousands!) of servers. If the servers for your country are down, then that site is effectively down, even though others may be happily accessing it elsewhere.
-- krelnik, Feb 22 2005

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