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I'm using Firefox. If I don't explicitly flush the cache, it will not handle updated JavaScript. This is annoying. I often load Stack Overflow pages and find I cannot vote until I flush the cache and re-load.

Could Stack Overflow reduce the frequency with which it updates the site's JavaScript — to, say, once per month or less? This will reduce the frequency with which I am forced to manually flush the Firefox cache.

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Windows XP/Ubuntu 'Lucid' with Firefox 3.6.x here, I don't have this issue. – Time Traveling Bobby Aug 31 '10 at 12:36
No need to flush the entire cache, just CTRL+F5 the site – Tobias Kienzler Aug 31 '10 at 12:39
I do the bulk of my SO browsing using Firefox, and have never experienced this... You should investigate any caching proxies that might be sitting twixt you and SO. – Shog9 Aug 31 '10 at 15:32

Updated javascripts not being automatically and transparently updated is a bug. We have cache breakers, if any are missing we will add.

We do not update our scripts too often, last month there were a fair bit of changes due to jQuery updates, image uploads and other stuff.

If we discover a bug that needs fixing in a js file, we fix it and deploy it. We also will not back log a bunch of finished features just because we are afraid of updating a js file.

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