Is Metro on fire today?


Two fires in one day in the Washington, DC Metro inspired a single-serving-site: ismetroonfiretoday.com.

Answers the question on the tin.

Bonus chatter: One of my friends told me that a few jobs ago, the project he worked on had a problem with people checking changes into the project when the tree was supposed to be locked. And by "people", he meant "pretty much just one guy in particular". At a team meeting convened to discuss the problem, he somewhat sarcastically asked, "What do you want? A Web site called isthecontosotreelocked.com?"

The other developer said, "Hey, that's a great idea."

So my friend pulled out his credit card and bought the domain isthecontosotreelocked.com, and uploaded a one-word page: "No."

Update: There's another site ismetroonfire.com that claims to derive its fire/no-fire information by monitoring Twitter.

Comments (23)
  1. Anna Log says:

    Hey! Raymond finally linked to my website!

  2. Andrew says:

    I don't follow... shouldn't it say "Yes"?

    1. Brian_EE says:

      Right now it's 12:49pm EDT on Friday May 13th, 2016. So far today the Metro hasn't caught fire. So I think the linked website is correct to say "No". Today is part of the domain name of the website.

      1. Phil says:

        I think he was referring to word "No" on the "isthecontosotreelocked.com" page. I was wondering the same thing.

      2. Electron Shepherd says:

        I think the OP was referring to the isthecontosotreelocked.com web site.

        ismetroonfiretoday.com is correct (I hope). On an unrelated note, taking 3798 bytes to display two characters is an interesting comment on how bloated most web pages have become.

        1. Brad Westness says:

          I was expecting much worse, actually. At least it's not using Bootstrap or Angular or some other huge framework.

    2. I forget whether he uploaded Yes or No. I assumed this was a post-mortem meeting, so the answer was No at the time.

      1. smf says:

        I don't get the bonus chatter. How was the tree supposed to be locked?

        1. I don't know for sure, but I assume it's "Only approved critical bug fixes may be submitted" or something like that. I didn't realize there was going to be a quiz ten years later.

  3. avakar says:

    Knowing whether there's a fire is important for sure. But nothing beats knowing whether the world was consumed by a black hole or not: hasthelargehadroncolliderdestroyedtheworldyet.com

    1. Simon says:

      The LHC one was the first site of this kind I recall seeing... I don't know if it was the first or not, since there are a ton of them around these days.

  4. Killer{R} says:

    Site sources on github: https://github.com/rossdakin/ismetroonfiretoday/
    BTW it would be logically to have mobile apps for that

    1. To have a Metro-style app...

  5. henke37 says:

    This reminds me of the site istheinternetonfire.com

  6. Kyle S. says:

    I thought this was going to be about King County Metro at first, and was curious what kind of trouble they’d gotten themselves in now.

  7. Boris says:

    What I don't understand is why this people problem wasn't solved simply by revoking check-in permissions during a particular time period. I see too much unnecessary drama here.

    1. cheong00 says:

      That's because there may be emergency checkins (i.e. those showstopping bugs)

      This more appropiate change is to only allow selected small number of user to have right to merge code to main branch, then require all other developers to work on branch for next milestone.

      Then again since this happened "a few jobs ago", not sure if their source control support branching yet. (Not if they were using Visual SourceSafe)

      1. Boris says:

        But even emergency check-ins need to be approved to make sure they really are needed, ideally by the same person controlling check-in rights.

  8. Alice Rae says:

    I believe you'll find the correct terminology is "Is Modern UI on fire today?" :|

  9. Ray Koopa says:

    It's good that it explains itself in the source of the page.
    "The purpose of this website is not to trivialize but to socialize the dangerous and seemingly increasingly frequent safety issues (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incidents_on_the_Washington_Metro) related to the public Metrorail transit service in Washington, D.C."

  10. Justin says:

    This reminds me of the BeOS API calls is_computer_on_fire() and is_computer_on().

  11. András says:

    For a moment I thought the article is about the M3 subway line in Budapest (M is for Metró). It's in such a bad condition that fires are common. It has a website too : http://m3.nullker.hu/

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