I don't normally blog about my day job here, but I'll make an exception this time. If you're a regular at Wired.com, you may have seen the following monstrosity covering virtually every page of our site from about 10:00PM PST last night till sometime early this morning:
This ad, which doesn't have a close button, also didn't go away. It made the site unreadable, which is even worse than the whole site going down altogether, because it looked like we did it on purpose.
Suffice to say, we didn't. It was bug, combined with a quality assurance breakdown, combined with alert system breakdown, combined with a time zone issue (the site is administered from the East Coast). But the bottom line is that it was a major screw-up, and we're getting to the bottom of how it happened.
We've received hundreds of emails and comments complaining about this, and with good reason: it's about the worst thing you can do to a website, and we're just sick about it.
Anyway, please know that we're working hard on finding out what happened and why and ensuring that it never happens again. Many apologies.