The servers are robust

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The servers are robust is a phrase that originated in a post at JournalFen and is commonly used to ironically mean exactly the opposite.

In 2005, in a post about complaints on JournalFen over downtime and page-loading issues related to a Fandom Wank prank, Robin, posting with the "System" account said, "We do not have shitty servers. We have rather robust, and rather expensive servers. We just happen to be running a complicated piece of software on one of them that uses a shitload of resources."[1] Fans took to using the phrase ironically when the site continued to experience problems.

The phrase has migrated throughout fandom to the point that fans use it and understand the meaning without knowing its origins.


  1. Robin Doesn't Piss Off Easily, accessed April 7, 2011