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(Stripe CTO here)

That's a reasonable question. We wrote this RCA to help our users understand what had happened and to help inform their own response efforts. Because a large absolute number of requests with stateful consequences (including e.g. moving money IRL) succeeded during the event, we wanted to avoid customers believing that retrying all requests would be necessarily safe. For example, users (if they don’t use idempotency keys in our API) who simply decided to re-charge all orders in their database during the event might inadvertently double charge some of their customers. We hear you on the transparency point, though, and will likely describe events of similar magnitude as an "outage" in the future - thank you for the feedback.

And thank you for the answer and for being open to outsider input.

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