What is meta? ×
Meta Stack Exchange is where users like you discuss bugs, features, and support issues that affect the software powering all 131 Stack Exchange communities.

The behavior of the StackExchange™ MultiCollider SuperDropdown™ is different before and after the page fully loads.

While page is loading: Links to StackExchange.com

After page load: StackExchange™ MultiCollider SuperDropdown™ (Showing inbox if you have new items)

This becomes a bug when you have a new notification in your global inbox, and you click on the SE logo, and instead of showing your inbox, it directs you to StackExchange.com.

share|improve this question
3  
+1 This is is ridiculously annoying. –  Jonathan. Oct 31 '10 at 17:45
    
+1, how did you even notice this? –  Pops Nov 3 '10 at 15:08
    
@Popular, if I have a new notification, it shows the red circle, and I usually check those as soon as I get them. So, sometimes I end up clicking it before the page is done loading. I blame it on my slow internet connection. –  jjnguy Nov 3 '10 at 15:13

2 Answers 2

up vote 7 down vote accepted

After the next build, clicking the MultiCollider will only take you to http://stackexchange.com if you have JavaScript disabled.

Otherwise, clicking it (even very early) will cause the regular popup to show up, possibly with a short delay (i.e. only as soon as the page is ready for that).

share|improve this answer
    
Fantastic, thanks. –  jjnguy May 10 '11 at 12:20
1  
cough. :-( –  Shadow Wizard May 7 at 8:42

I agree this is a kind of bug and IMHO this behaviour isn't what unobtrusive JavaScript should look like. This is especially annoying when behind a slow/flaky connection, as I am now. Every time I see the red number on top of the page I'll have to be aware that I have to wait until the page is fully loaded and because of the flaky connection I'll have to wait even longer before I'm back on the previous page.

I think the StackExchange™ MultiCollider SuperDropdown™ should be disabled (greyed out) or even invisible while the page renders and added or activated by the JavaScript that adds the dropdown behaviour.

share|improve this answer

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .