To say that the Australian census muck-up was annoying is an understatement. It wiped out an evening when I was meant to be writing a post. I got through and started entering, broken by a few interruptions. Then when I came to post I got a message saying unsuccessful, try again later. I did, a number of times. Finally, I thought I will just save and then come back later. I tried to save and lost the lot.
By then, although I didn't know it, the servers had been turned off. It wasn't until I went onto twitter that the scope of the problem became clear.
In process terms, this was an interesting census for a number of reasons. It was the first where people were expected to lodge on line. It was the first in which issues of privacy became so very dominant. And it was the first total census delivery stuff-up.