I've noticed some other evidence that the devs are working on the site:
And I've noticed (as have others) that the site is no longer doing real-time updates:
Perhaps these are unrelated, but I'm also wondering why I'm now seeing the orange slidey at the top of the window over the past few days, instead of the newer streamlined notification bars:
I'm seeing this in multiple browsers and multiple operating systems. Right now I am seeing this on Chrome 21 and Firefox 15 on Mac OS X, but I have also seen it on Win8 + IE10. I see this on dba.stackexchange as well, so it's not isolated to SO. I've also noticed that in all browsers my reputation has stopped being live updated (this occurs in all sites, including meta).
Some other evidence of not quite right behavior, even here on meta. Two different browser windows on the same page, with differing information. The telling part is that some info is newer in one window, while other info is newer in the other.
I've also noticed that, across all sites I frequent on the network:
- On question pages, new comments (or edits to comments, or up-votes on comments) don't appear/update until I refresh
- On question pages, edits to posts no longer trigger a notification bar (this means I don't always notice that a post has been updated unless I manually check the timestamp)
- On question pages, up-vote and favorite counts are not updated until I refresh
- On tag/home pages, new questions do not appear (no banner) until I refresh
The only difference on my end, that seems to coincide with the change in behavior, is that I am on the West Coast this week, primarily using hotel WiFi. Perhaps there is some algorithm in place that detects that my bandwidth sucks, and reverts me to the old, you-must-refresh-constantly behavior? Perhaps this is all just a bad dream and the proper behavior will revert when I'm back in my own time zone?