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For the last few weeks (months?), my global inbox has been going missing on occasion; perhaps 1-2% of SE page views. It looks like this:

cn i haz inbox?

This is in the current Chrome for Mac OS X, but I don't think it's a browser issue; maybe it's an Ajax transaction that occasionally doesn't complete? It's obviously not a big deal -- the inbox always reappears on page reload -- but it's mildly disturbing when it happens.

This never used to happen; I suspect it's something that was introduced with all the recent changes to the inbox.

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Since your badge icons are also missing in that image, I'm guessing that the sprite image isn't loading properly. Hard to track, since usually you have to have your network tools already open prior to the occurrence to see what the status was for it, but it doesn't look like it has anything to do with the scripting.

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Good eye -- I hadn't noticed the missing badge icons! – Ernest Friedman-Hill Jul 16 '12 at 21:31
As the sprite is cached, opening the network tools, then clicking a link (to avoid a If-Modified-Since request) might tell you if the image indeed needed refetching or actually was in cache. This might indicate CDN problems with – Arjan Jul 17 '12 at 5:10
Also, you can see what is in cache. In Chrome paste as a URL: chrome://view-http-cache/‌​‌​=5 (The URL must match exactly; the rendering in comments might add extra odd spaces between the ?v= and 5; alternatively go to chrome://view-http-cache/ and search.) If that shows RESPONSE_INFO_TRUNCATED then some odd Chrome bug is back. – Arjan Jul 17 '12 at 5:47

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