I just visited help.ubuntu.com and got a 503 response:
You triggered the wiki's surge protection by doing too many requests in a short time.
Please make a short break reading the stuff you already got.
When you restart doing requests AFTER that, slow down or you might get locked out for a longer time!
For folks with a shared external IP (which is a lot of freaking people!) this is really problematic. There has got to be a better way to do this.
I also encountered that issue today. Can’t recall it has ever happened before during the 10 years I have been around. Is it a new ‘feature’?
I only get that error message for the Community Help Wiki, not when viewing pages in the official documentation. Is it the same for you?
Yep, you’re right, so that’s better but only kind of. A lot of flavor agnostic stuff is on community.u.c.
I didn’t mean to say that the wiki isn’t important. But it indicates that it’s a wiki configuration thing, not a server ditto. Which is kind of surprising… Is anybody maintaining that wiki software nowadays?
Maybe this would motivate a rt.ubuntu.com ticket.
This page seems to be related.
Just FYI: but I discovered the issue last night and posted a question on #ubuntu-website (https://irclogs.ubuntu.com/2020/04/11/%23ubuntu-website.txt) but didn’t get an answer.
(I asked first on #ubuntu-discuss, and another user confirmed it wasn’t just me, prior to my post on #ubuntu-website)
Suddenly I can access the Community Help Wiki pages.
Yep seems fixed! They must have heard us