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On any Stack Exchange network site, I am having issues retrieving my notifications (done by clicking the Stack Exchange logo -> Notifications).

It displays an error with an option to dismiss. It's been occurring for around 2 years. There are no trace statements outputted to console either.

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Okay I did a bit of investigating, and the success callback on the ajax request for the url http://<siteurl>/notices/genuwine is never being hit.

v = function (b, a, e, c, f) {
    var d = b.attr("id");
    if (u[d]) w();
    else {
        u[d] = !0;
        var g = function () {
            u[d] = !1;
            StackExchange.helpers.showErrorPopup($(".seContainer"), "An error occurred while loading - please try again.")
            type: "GET",
            url: a,
            dataType: e,
            success: function (a) {
                u[d] = !1; // NEVER ENTERS THIS LINE
                a && (0 < a.length || f) ? c(b, a) : g()
            error: g,
            complete: function () {

So I have a JSFiddle running with the exact parameters I am getting on the site: http://jsfiddle.net/acCzM/1/:

    type: "GET",
    url: "http://meta.stackoverflow.com/notices/genuwine?userId=undefined",
    dataType: "jsonp",
    success: function (e) {
    error: function() {
    complete: function () {
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Yes. It occurs on any PC I visit the site from :P – Dominic Bou-Samra Nov 26 '12 at 9:53
So you have no specifics on a situation? Machine? Connection? It happens absolutely everywhere? – Bart Nov 26 '12 at 9:54
Hmm I was going to say it happens everywhere, but I just tried via Internet Explorer, and it worked. Interesting. However, I just tried it using Chrome on my Windows machine, and then again on my OSX Chrome Macbook, and they both failed. – Dominic Bou-Samra Nov 26 '12 at 9:57
The notifications box is loaded via AJAX, using the URL http://<siteurl>/notices/genuwine. Try http://meta.stackoverflow.com/notices/genuwine in a separate tab, does it give you an error there too? – Martijn Pieters Nov 26 '12 at 9:57
Yes, the JSON response comes back well with all the notification data. No error contained within. – Dominic Bou-Samra Nov 26 '12 at 10:01
I'm looking through the JS now. I'll report back if I find anything – Dominic Bou-Samra Nov 26 '12 at 10:07
This consistently happens to me it I press the drop down too quicker (e.g. before the page has completely loaded)... Are you doing the same? – Matt Nov 26 '12 at 10:20
No I don't think so. Waiting 2s makes no difference. Waiting 20s makes no difference. – Dominic Bou-Samra Nov 26 '12 at 10:21
the funny thing is: this network is entirely based on Microsoft related technologies :D – user1824407 Nov 26 '12 at 15:10
Think I found the issue. Need sleep, but will post up what I know tomorrow. – Dominic Bou-Samra Nov 26 '12 at 15:13
Any update on this bug? Still bothering me - been unable to retrieve notifications for years. – Dominic Bou-Samra May 14 '13 at 3:38

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Looking into your requests, I don't see an issue. Everything's coming back correctly (the userId=undefined bit is some old dead code, which I'm removing in the next build), but you aren't getting a callback apparently.

That sounds like a dodgy browser honestly, perhaps a dodgy extension. Small chance that you've got a really messed up copy of jQuery cached, clearing cache might resolve the issue.

There's not really much we can do from our end though.

OK, this turned out to be a JSON encoding issue. A new version of the JSON library we're using fixes this, and will be pushed out with the next build.

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I hear you. It's odd though, because it works for new StackExchange accounts, on the same PC and Chrome install. It's just my account that seems to be broken for me :( – Dominic Bou-Samra Nov 27 '12 at 1:51
Just doing a little debugging, I have noticed that my JSON isn't able to be parsed by jQuery and enters the parseError code. The JSON looks like this: gist.github.com/4151885 I can get it to work if I escape single and double quotes. Is it possible my account has dodgy data attached somehow? – Dominic Bou-Samra Nov 27 '12 at 1:54
@DominicBou-Samra - Actually... it looks like this question has a dodgy title (there's some errant unicode in there). That should be escaped properly though, might be related to another JSON bug I was hunting down earlier. I'll slam together an up to date ServiceStack.Text build when I get in tomorrow and see if it solves the issue. – Kevin Montrose Nov 27 '12 at 2:11
Kevin, that may be it, I'll try some more. I've currently got 2 accounts side by side (one works, one does not) and seeing where in the code it fails. The JSON for this other account looks very similar to mine. I did not notice the question you pointed out though. – user180565 Nov 27 '12 at 2:19
@bugmenot - yeah, it's a JSON encoding bug; reproduced it locally. The next ServiceStack.Text build will fix it, pinging some folks about whether we'll wait for an official release or pull in a dev build. – Kevin Montrose Nov 27 '12 at 19:41

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