Let us pay for this service so it won’t go down

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> I’ve seen many similar pleas recently whenever any popular, free web service has problems: “Please, let us pay you so there won’t be any problems!”

> But it’s an impossible dream. If a web service is popular enough that you hear about it when it has downtime or major issues, it’s probably a large, very complex system. 100% uptime is effectively impossible. There are far too many moving parts that fail, resources that run out, boundaries that get crossed, and bugs that make themselves known at inconvenient times.

I don’t think people *expect* for [ put any services here ] 100 % uptime. They just have to be on the side of reliable enough, which to say, Gmail and Tumblr are not.