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All websites, no matter how big or important they may be, suffer from downtime on occasion. The big boys usually bounce back quickly by throwing engineers at the problem, but lesser sites can go down for much longer periods of time.

If the site suffering an outage is one of your favorites, this downtime can lead to frustration and resentment setting in. However do you cope?!

Downtime Drama

We want to know, What Do You Do When Your Favorite Website Goes Down? This question was prompted by Facebook recently going offline for around an hour. That’s an utterly insignificant amount of time, and yet it was long enough to prompt people idiots to call the cops demanding to know what was happening.

We’re assuming the MakeUseOf readership is far too intelligent to do anything as moronic as that, but we are interested in finding out what you do when your favorite website 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 is inaccessible.

If you, as a user, try to access a website while it’s suffering from downtime it can be an extremely frustrating experience. Especially if the site that’s down is the first one you hit when you venture online. The desire to know what’s going on drives you to keep reloading the page time and time again, but it’s all to no avail.

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It’s at this point that you have to give up and do something else instead. But what is it that you do instead? Do you simply visit another website? Do you check to make sure the affected website is down for everyone or just you 3 Ways To Figure Out If Your Favorite Website Is Down 3 Ways To Figure Out If Your Favorite Website Is Down There are a few websites out there that are devoted simply to answering the basic question that you'll eventually ask: "Is this website down?" Here, we have three of these websites, and they are all... Read More ? Do you take to a social network to publicly complain about the downtime? Do you forego the Internet completely and disappear to do something else instead? If so, what?

Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is simply to tell us what you do when your favorite website goes down. Feel free to use one of the prompts above, or comment with something more original. Either way, be honest. And anyone who admits to having called the cops to report that a website has temporarily gone down should expect the snarkiest reply I can muster.

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