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Q: Whenever I come across a website that won't load properly, I always wonder if there's a problem on my end, with my computer or browser. Is there a way to confirm that isn't the case so I can stop worrying?

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A: Is it just me or is that website down? As with most single-serving sites, the idea behind DOJ.me is a simple one: You're surfing the Internet and come across a site that doesn't seem to be loading properly. But it was working earlier, the last time you navigated to this page. What's the problem? Is there a technical issue with the site or is there something not wrong with your computer or browser?

Usually, it's a problem with the site that has brought it temporarily down: a server failure, overload -- it could be any number of things. But we always wonder if it's a problem on our end. Think of the last time that Tumblr, Facebook or another popular social media website went down. Twitter instantly fills up with queries: "Is it just me or is X not working?" We need reassurance. DOJ.me provides that.

It's short, but if you don't want to bother remembering the DOJ.me URL address, the service also offers a browser bookmarklet for your toolbar.

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