What is this "Error 503" I keep receiving when I try to log onto this fine site?


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Ancient Hippy Profile
Ancient Hippy answered

It's a problem that the admins are aware of and are working on a fix. It's been happening to me for most of the day.

Didge Doo Profile
Didge Doo answered

It's just a temporary site problem which will be fixed on Monday when they can get a technician to attend or, as Hippy suggested in another question, since 503 is a "back end fetch" we may need a proctologist.

Dakota Mackenzie Profile

I thought it was just me 😂

Rooster Cogburn Profile
Rooster Cogburn , Rooster Cogburn, answered

Hopefully this problem will be fixed soon. If not today then probably tomorrow. The techs are having a server problem they haven't completely solved yet. Thank you for your patience.

Tom  Jackson Profile
Tom Jackson answered

HTTP Error 503 - Service unavailable


The Web server (running the Web site) is currently unable to handle the HTTP request due to a temporary overloading or maintenance of the server. The implication is that this is a temporary condition which will be alleviated after some delay. Some servers in this state may also simply refuse the socket connection, in which case a different error may be generated because the socket creation timed out.

Fixing 503 errors

The Web server is effectively 'closed for repair'. It is still functioning minimally because it can at least respond with a 503 status code, but full service is impossible i.e. The Web site is simply unavailable. There are a myriad possible reasons for this, but generally it is because of some human intervention by the operators of the Web server machine. You can usually expect that someone is working on the problem, and normal service will resume as soon as possible.


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Rooster Cogburn
Rooster Cogburn commented
Got this from Blurtit Squad this morning on Skype.
Rooster Cogburn
Rooster Cogburn commented
It is a problem with the server; our team have been trying to fix it - seems the server team have not resolved it…yet. I will be in the car for alot of today, stopping enroute back to Norfolk

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