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Keep in mind: Be funny. Don't explain it as a programmer. Take the user's point of view. Give a solution like "Come back in few minutes". For me the best example is the Twitter one with the whale. Really nice.


Combining both: you can use custom error pages on Apache and make a tailored-to-your-site error message for the 503 error. I think the phrasing you used yourself is very clear: "the system is experiencing higher than expected usage and the system timed out trying to log on the user" - You could adapt it a bit, but in essence this is clear and exactly what ...


NO. NO! NO!! NO!!! NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don't 20 somethings work? Don't teens and 20 somethings have parents, significant others, room mates and others? Sometimes you need to be quiet and the last thing you need is SOUND. Yes you can turn the sound off, or have head phones - but we all forget don't we? So the answer is ...


I don't know enough about your system to be sure this is going to work, but your description makes it sound similar to a field that uses the following approach. The way to locate a resource is by running a query. You say "Give me all controllers attached to node X". You can get complex boolean queries there, using the different metadata you have on the ...

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