Wikipedia Outage Hits Millions of Users

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Wikipedia crashed worldwide on Monday, which left millions of online users in the dark why they could not access its website.

The online encyclopedia’s non-profit charitable organization, popularly known as Wikimedia, tweeted on its Twitter account that Wikipedia experienced technical problems and its engineering team worked hard to find a solution.

Wikipedia, the organization’s flagship project, posted a status update on its website that is experienced a major “disruption” on its online operations.

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“The outage is due to networking issues with our servers in Tampa, Florida. I don’t have any more technical information I’m afraid,” explained a representative to point out that the outage was due to server issues in Florida.

“The sites should be up and running again shortly. To see current Wikipedia status go to http://status.wikimedia.org. If you want to browse the wiki, please try other tools such as Archive.org () and Google Cache.”

Wikipedia caters to an average of 25 million people on a daily basis, which makes it one of the top ten most visited websites worldwide.

Several users vented frustrations across social networking sites, of which one Twitter user confirmed that Wikipedia went down saying, “How can i do my homework now?”. Others disgruntled their inability to do work without the site.

Wikipedia is now back online but nobody still knows the exact details on the blackout other than the site’s administrators.

 

Source: Wikimedia

Image: Niccolò Caranti via Flickr (CC)


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Author: Francis Rey

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