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Wikipedia Goes Offline Due to Server Meltdown

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For those of you who, today, were planning on trusting in Wikipedia to save you from your english exam, today will not be that day. At around 2:45 ET, the site’s servers shut down to dodge further damage due to an overheating complication, giving off a navigation error. (No, it wasn’t your internet connection.)

Wikipedia administrators attempted to route the website’s traffic to servers in Florida, according to CNN, but were unsuccessful. CNN reported that the site’s “failover site is now broken, causing DNS resolution of Wikimedia sites to stop working globally.”

If you can decipher through the technical jargon, Wikipedia has shut down globally. There will be no quick look-ups of useless facts or getting info to fill up that 13 page essay due tomorrow.

Wikipedia’s technical blog stated that the “problem was quickly resolved, but unfortunately, it may take up to an hour before access is restored for everyone, due to caching effects.”

PC Magazine reported that according to Wikipedia’s official Twitter account, most of the issues were rectified by 3:00 PM ET; however, “due to continue overheating at the Amsterdam data center, users may still be experiencing service glitches.”

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