Found message when editing a hub. Scheduled Maintenance
HubPages will be entering a scheduled maintenance window in about 13 minutes. Once it begins, the maintenance is expected to require 10 minutes to complete. During this time the site may be completely unavailable. We strongly encourage you to complete all of your Hub edits and exit the HubTool before maintenance begins
Thanks. HP does it's best to get this notice posted before they start any of the maintenance. I hate when it happens when I'm on a roll writing a new hub, but I save it without publishing and go back to it later.
I write everything in MS Word, so I never get stuck with this problem. When I'm done, after running a spell check, then I start a new hub and copy and paste everything into capsules. You can be more creative when working offline.
Ive never written offline first. There are several layers that make up the lasagna that is HPs. There's the bubbly cheese layer who make a living from their writing efforts. There's the noodle layer, which are the folks with great writing skills who add to the solidity of our incredible recipe, then there's my peeps. We are the stuff you can only get off the pan with an s.o.s pad, and even then, only after soaking the dish with boiling hot water.
Here's the thing. I learned that too... and I still post online. It's like when you drop the bottle of soda but open it in the car anyway. That's me. I'm not really ashamed of it, I just accept that I have issues and move on.
I don't think that most of us need the basic suggestion "start your article offline in a Word/type program." I tend to hope that we're all at least that smart. The question asked was regarding challenges with the site itself crashing during input and editing.
This MIGHT explain why I got broken pages today. Mostly they suggested the server was down, can't recall the exact message.
IF the case is that HP is down for server repair issues and such then I HIGHLY suggest they create a message that resembles that. Yes we could be losing views meanwhile and at least giving a visitor a clue why and how soon it might be fixed is helpful.
Seriously! This kind of message is basic webmaster 101.
I always have mine in Word first, and most of the time, products are already selected, then I save the ASIN which is all I need.
But lately, even with doing the above first, it has taken me as long as 3 hours to get one hub done because of the bugs. This does not count towards the time I have had to replace photo images, Amazon products.
I agree with Glenn and others. Save work in word processor for moments like this when a site is being buggy. Funny thing is that the current MS Word where you have a key and then download the entire program is pretty buggy itself. The Internet sites are buggier so I will stick with word processor. Then you can even save your work to a flash drive or external hard drive if you don't trust word processor. It's funny but realistic.
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