Something may have happened to Area 51 within the last 24 hours (it was fine when I checked yesterday). With no known change to my setup (for example, it is still Firefox 11.0) I now get:

Screenshot of the left panel that used to be all alone on the left.

Is this a bug?

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OK, a better title may be in order. –  Peter Mortensen Jul 11 '12 at 17:29
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No repro in FireFox 10 or Chrome 20 (updating FireFox to 11 right now). Edit: Ok, so that update took me to FireFox 13 (who knew!). Still no problems for me. –  jadarnel27 Jul 11 '12 at 17:32
    
No repro IE 8, has been fine all day –  Jim Jul 11 '12 at 17:34
    
Zooming in makes the panel go to the left (conversely it should be reproducible by zooming out). It may not be a bug after all. (I have set 'toolkit.zoomManager.zoomValues' to a custom value in order to be able to have more fine-grained zooming, "0.300,0.341,0.387,0.440,0.500,0.538,0.579,0.623,0.670,0.700,0.732,0.765,0.800,0‌​.824,0.849,0.874,0.900,0.924,0.949,0.974,1.000,1.024,1.049,1.074,1.100,1.124,1.14‌​9,1.174,1.200,1.231,1.263,1.296,1.330,1.371,1.412,1.456,1.500,1.548,1.597,1.648,1‌​.700,1.770,1.844,1.920,2.000,2.093,2.191,2.293,2.400,2.538,2.683,2.837,3.000".) –  Peter Mortensen Jul 11 '12 at 17:46
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I can repro when zooming in Firefox but not in Chrome or IE9. So I call this a Firefox bug. –  Jeff Atwood Jul 11 '12 at 17:46
    
This is a question for discuss.area51.stackexchange.com. They have the "area51-meta" tag for these questions. –  kiamlaluno Jul 12 '12 at 15:43
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2 Answers

  1. It can be due to the fact that css could not be loaded completely due to slow internet speed.

  2. Try clearing the cache or Restart your Browser or restart your machine and make sure the cache is cleared before checking next time.

Hope this will help you.

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How exactly is the cache cleared? Menu Tools -> Clear Recent History? –  Peter Mortensen Jul 11 '12 at 18:26
    
Press Ctrl + Shift + Delete –  RGI Jul 11 '12 at 18:27
    
That seems to be the keyboard shortcut for menu Tools -> Clear Recent History –  Peter Mortensen Jul 11 '12 at 18:35
    
This will do cache clearing as well.... –  RGI Jul 11 '12 at 18:36
    
can you use hard refresh by using ctrl + F5 –  RGI Jul 11 '12 at 22:39
    
Yes, but it doesn't make any difference in this case (and I wouldn't expect it to). –  Peter Mortensen Jul 12 '12 at 1:53
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As noted in comments to the question, this can happen to Area 51 by zooming out (accidentally hitting Ctrl and scroll wheeling is the easiest way to do it by accident). Firefox helpfully remembers your zoom level for a website, which will make the problem persistent.

Hitting Ctrl+0 resets the zoom level and hopefully solves your problem.

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