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I realize you may be shaking something out but in case you are not aware:

http://stackauth.com/0.8/sites is returning

{ "api_sites": [] }
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confirmed..i was playing with it. –  systempuntoout Jun 17 '10 at 8:20
    
@sys - and what about the endpoint? instantrimshot.com/index.php?sound=rimshot&play=true –  Sky Sanders Jun 17 '10 at 8:25
    
Yep, it's down. Darn it, I can't take screenshots of the new version of Droidstack =) –  Felix Jun 17 '10 at 11:53
    
Uh.. API regression much? The /stats call doesn't return meta data anymore (such as site name, etc..) –  Felix Jun 17 '10 at 13:26
    
@felix - yea, I noticed that. I guess it is considered redundant =-| I am going to bug it. –  Sky Sanders Jun 17 '10 at 13:33
    
looks fix'd now –  Felix Jun 17 '10 at 14:27
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This has been fixed.

Its worth noting that if stackauth is down, the "sites" data served up the API will eventually go down as well. Its cached fairly heavily, but is still ultimately stackauth sourced.

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interesting. sounds like a bit of fault tolerance might be in order. i can't imagine this data as any degree of volatile so perhaps a persistent cache would be a good idea. –  Sky Sanders Jun 17 '10 at 22:43
    
something to keep in mind is that there are many people building on the api. when a component of the api fails, our apps fail. the user doesn't think 'oh, some part of the underlying technology failed due to lack of fault tolerance' they think 'wow, this app sucks. this dude/company really doesn't deserve any more of my attention'. first impressions are irrevocable. –  Sky Sanders Jun 18 '10 at 2:23
    
@code poet - we're still in beta. What's the difference between broken because of service outage, and broken because a method signature changed? –  Kevin Montrose Jun 18 '10 at 8:05
    
.. response coming... i want to give this some attention but i am just taking a short break from a cruel challenge and need to stay in zone. –  Sky Sanders Jun 18 '10 at 8:51
    
I cannot mark this as answered because I see it as an avoidable point of failure. –  Sky Sanders Jul 9 '10 at 0:56
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