lucy24 - 7:24 pm on Apr 23, 2013 (gmt 0)
Panic is a core function, so it doesn't execute until after anger, denial, bargaining, grief and acceptance.
Whoops! Got two scripts garbled there. Never mind, then.
Oh, btw: Rereading your initial post I see you've got a separate test domain, and that's the one returning the wholesale 403s. You are right, then. It's only when you are remodeling on the "real" domain that a temporary 503 is preferable.