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I've just noticed that my API queries are failing in JSON parsing, because of API Site shows offline HTML Page.

I wish it would return a valid JSON response, instead of HTML Page.

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+1 This should be fixed for sure. – Nathan Osman May 25 '10 at 3:57
    
hmm..... needs a bump? – Sky Sanders Feb 12 '12 at 23:56
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The image/screenshot is gone and not archived anywhere. Please edit in the correct image. – Brock Adams Jul 13 '14 at 0:10

While this would indeed be ideal for planned outages, your code and/or libraries & dependencies should be able to handle this elegantly, lest you get bitten by the unplanned outages.

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shouldn't you just be able to check the response code? – Carson Myers May 28 '10 at 6:53
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Exactly. That, and set a reasonable timeout for the request. No reason to go crazy on the server side. – Greg Hurlman May 29 '10 at 22:36
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@carson - jsonp implementations have a very limited and platform inconsistent ability to respond to non-200 responses, basically making a non-200 response a black hole leaving an ambiguous and artificial timeout the only option. – Sky Sanders Jul 16 '10 at 8:10

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