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Does SO intend to support IE6 for chat? Or is it impossible? There are still many IE6 users out there, I think. Especially in some countries that still primarily use Windows XP

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See here: meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/70018/… –  Jon Seigel Nov 30 '10 at 4:19
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Your last two words are redundant. –  Adam Matan Nov 30 '10 at 6:19
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IE6... SERIOUSLY! –  Lawrence Dol Nov 30 '10 at 8:07
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We looked at the numbers pretty recently when we merged chat.SU and chat.SF into chat.SE, and even for IE7 the number was pretty low. For IE6, it is another order of magnitude lower.

So on one hand the net benefit from supporting IE6 is exceeding (and decreasingly) low; on the other hand the effort involved is very significant (let's face it; IE6 is a PITA), and on the third hand (*), anything we can do to drive another subtle nail into IE6's coffin is a good thing. Sorry, but it is.

My suggestion; use Chrome, Firefox, or just about anything other than IE6. At worst case, IE7 or IE8 work on XP.

*=Jeff uses the VC $$$ to get a productivity bonus via surgery, by gifting us each with extra limbs. Which is fine, except it is snowing here and I can't find gloves in triples.

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We should always support backward compatibility. While most SO users might not be using IE6, there's probably a lot of the world that does (therefore affecting Stack Exchange sites that aren't computer related). –  Lance Roberts Nov 30 '10 at 7:03
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Since you've already had links to IE7 and 8, I've added links to the others as well. You're making it too easy to make the wrong choice. :) –  Kobi Nov 30 '10 at 7:05
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@Lance - no, there is a point of obsolescence. IE6 passed that date a long time ago. –  Marc Gravell Nov 30 '10 at 7:06
    
@Kobi - you are quite correct; thanks. –  Marc Gravell Nov 30 '10 at 7:06
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@Kobi - I love the Opera="anything other" ;p –  Marc Gravell Nov 30 '10 at 7:07
    
@Marc, it may be past that point, but it's still used by millions. –  Lance Roberts Nov 30 '10 at 7:11
    
Chrome does not require admin privs to install. Just saying. –  badp Nov 30 '10 at 7:12
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@Lance - how about a compromise; how about we detect IE6 and re-educate those users? –  Marc Gravell Nov 30 '10 at 7:17
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@Lance: Millions of people get drunk off their ass every night, too. Doesn't mean time should be invested in supporting their stupidity. –  Nicholas Knight Nov 30 '10 at 8:07
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@Lance: Support such outdated clients is a significant overhead and limitation - at some point you need to draw the line. –  Lawrence Dol Nov 30 '10 at 8:08
    
@Nicholas, erhm, is that a feature request? :) –  Benjol Nov 30 '10 at 8:33
    
@Marc, LOL, that's a great idea! –  Lance Roberts Nov 30 '10 at 14:25
    
Millions of users around the world are locked on IE6 (at $WORK) due to corporate restrictions. I run XP on my netbook and have IE8, but the work machines I've had have been fixed on IE6 –  warren Nov 30 '10 at 15:21
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If you buy 3 pairs of gloves, then you'll have 2 sets. You guys have VC $$$ anyways, right? –  Jon Seigel Nov 30 '10 at 17:35
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@Jon - if you buy 3 pairs, you end up with two non-matching sets: Right-Left-Left and Right-Right-Left - not too practical, unless you trade one set with another person, depending on their direction. Stop me when this becomes too silly. –  Kobi Dec 1 '10 at 19:21
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