I was poking around in Area51, and noticed that the Cognitive Science proposal was apparently in public beta.


However, when I clicked the "visit this site now" link, I got this:


Why is this happening? Why doesn't Area51 reflect what is actually happening with this site?


3 Answers 3


The site has publicly launched. I got the Beta badge for the site and I can access the site even when logged out.

There seems to be a timing issue with the login page; it still claims it's private. All other pages on the site act public.

  • Interesting. I wonder if it had something to do with timing, then.
    – Ash
    Jan 25, 2012 at 22:42
  • @AshleyNunn actually the log in page still shows that private beta message...the site IS public though.
    – Ben Brocka
    Jan 25, 2012 at 22:43
  • That is very strange!
    – Ash
    Jan 25, 2012 at 22:45
  • @BenBrocka The site isn't actually public. I can't view it, logged in or not.
    – user25657
    Jan 25, 2012 at 22:51
  • I'm guessing time zones ... Jan 25, 2012 at 22:54
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    @Cleanupcareer-development I can view it fine logged out. Stack is supposed to be on UTC time to avoid timezone issues. Sounds like a bug...
    – Ben Brocka
    Jan 25, 2012 at 22:55
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    @Steven: The Stack runs on UTC; time zones are for humans. :)
    – sarnold
    Jan 25, 2012 at 23:48

It sent out the notification emails too:

After logging in I saw this disappointing message:


There appears that there was an issue with timing on this launch - not all servers had received the message that this site was public. Please try logging in again and let me know if you find the same issue.

  • Yay, I can see the site now. After logging in it gave me the "Oops, something bad happened" message, but when I reloaded I actually had been logged in.
    – user25657
    Jan 26, 2012 at 1:02

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