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It’s a source of much frustration when your favorite website goes down, and sadly, this happens even to the best of them 7 Most Important Websites We Can't Live Without 7 Most Important Websites We Can't Live Without The World Wide Web (now more commonly known simply as the Web) has been with us for over 20 years now, and in that relatively short space of time it has unequivocally changed the world.... Read More . When Facebook recently suffered this unfortunate fate, some totally sane and sensible people decided to call the police to report the downtime as a crime. Because idiots.

That definitely isn’t what you should do when a website goes down, but we do have 12 alternative ideas of what to do. All suggested by unbelievably supportive (and gorgeous and glamorous) MakeUseOf readers. Perhaps you were one of them.

Determining Downtime Dilemmas

We asked you, What Do You Do When Your Favorite Website Goes Down? We had plenty of responses to the question, and the range of suggestions offered up shows just how imaginative the MakeUseOf readership can be when roused from its geeky slumber.

It was very refreshing to receive a mix of responses that ranged from studiously serious to lackadaisically lighthearted, with a few offhandedly offbeat answers thrown in for good measure.

This all means we have been able to compile a list of 12 things to do when your website goes down; some containing real advice, others providing nothing more than a giggle or two.

  • Visit an alternative website
  • Write an email
  • Keep refreshing the page
  • Play a PC game
  • Use The Wayback Machine
  • Go outside
  • Try the mobile version
  • Use some expletives
  • Clear the cache
  • Do something more productive
  • Cry
  • Panic

Whichever of these courses of action you personally choose to do when you experience some Internet downtime, remember that someone, somewhere is desperately trying to fix everything. Whether that’s a qualified engineer enacting a process most of us wouldn’t understand, or some kid turning their modem off and on again, websites rarely remain offline for long.


Comment Of The Week

We received a lot of great comments, including those from Jacen, On W, and Sanuja R. Comment Of The Week goes to Manny R, who wins a T-shirt for this comment What Do You Do When Your Favorite Website Goes Down? [We Ask You] What Do You Do When Your Favorite Website Goes Down? [We Ask You] Simply to tell us what you do when your favorite website goes down. We're curious. Read More :

Commit seppuku.

We chose this comment because it made us laugh. “Seppuku,” for those who don’t know, is a form of ritual suicide undertaken in Medieval Japan. While that’s clearly no laughing matter, the idea of committing harakiri because you can’t access your favorite website is so ridiculous it becomes comical.

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