I have been using SO for a few hours this evening and all of a sudden, the edit buttons and preview disappeared. I am using Chrome and OS X 10.7. I just cleared my cache, but the buttons are still gone. Did I do something I am not aware of?
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All users who access the site using IE are impacted since it considers both conditions syntax errors, and anyone using a non-IE browser will be impacted by the second case.
It seems to be a problem with loading jquery from googleapis.com, and possibly your browser plugins. See this duplicate question here:
which links to this issue here:
I've just encountered another setup that can lead to this problem.
I'm using the HTTPS Everywhere extension for Firefox. This means that Stackoverflow is loaded using https. The Google API site appears to be loaded via http.