mae-west route servers are both down hard

Let me see if I correctly understand this. The RA services at MAE-West
were never declared operational, yet there are service & transit providers
using them for production services?

If so, this will still be interpreted as a black eye for the RSs.

You're right. Technically the fault was with us (we who let our production
peerage depend on nonproduction devices in the middle). But the eye most
blackened by this week's events will be, undeservedly, the RA's.

My own view is: good idea, bad execution in this instance. We're fixing it.