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I've had a few issues using the site from IE7 today (I can't update the browser, although I do have access to another one indirectly which I'm posting this from), which have recently gotten worse (I can't vote and the helper toolbar isn't there when editing questions).

It's reporting an error: Line 2: Char: 46983 Error: Expected identifier, string or number Code: 0 URL: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/ask

URL changes, according to the page, but the error seems consistent (at least for questions/ask a question), it's at a different point for the new questions page..

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IE 7 is only minimally supported. Time to upgrade your browser. Chrome is nice. –  Cody Gray May 17 '11 at 14:54
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I'm having the same problems in IE8. I'm in a corporate environment, so I don't get to control when they upgrade IE, and I don't think supporting one version back is unreasonable. I had to type this in Firefox because I couldn't get comments to work in IE8 this morning. –  Robert Harvey May 17 '11 at 14:57
    
@Cody Gray: I hoped minimally supported included voting :) Company policy doesn't allow later versions of IE yet on desktops. I can access Chrome on a VPC, that doesn't usually have internet connectivity, so it's far from ideal... Although you're right, it does play nicely with SO. –  forsvarir May 17 '11 at 14:57
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@Robert Are you running in compatibility view on IE8? I'm not getting this issue on my IE8. –  Grace Note May 17 '11 at 14:58
    
@Grace: Ah, how 'bout that? I'm typing comments in IE8 now. :) Don't know why IE8 decided to suddenly slip into compatibility mode. –  Robert Harvey May 17 '11 at 15:00
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Hmm, yeah. I wasn't necessarily endorsing the IE 7 support policy. It does seem reasonable to still be fully supporting that browser to me. I just found it hard to believe that very many developers would be working in an environment where they weren't allowed to install software on their machine, or locked into a particular version of IE. I'd be my IT department's nightmare... –  Cody Gray May 17 '11 at 15:05
    
@Cody - It does work most of the time, but some days - like this afternoon CET - IE7 complains on the JavaScript and that disables comments and voting, but not posting answers and editing. Partially supported? -:) –  Bo Persson May 17 '11 at 15:59

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There was once a browser from Redmond
That of trailing commas was not fond.
That browser is old,
But some users are bold,
Keep using it fearless like James Bond.

There was once a hacker from Britain,
Who wanted some code to be written.
He added a comma,
Yeah, that was a bummer
For the poor IE7-using kitten.

There was once a German named Ben,
who removed that one comma again.
And since he had time,
He then started to rhyme,
'bout having rescued IE-loving men.

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So, 'comma' and 'bummer' rhyme? –  jjnguy May 17 '11 at 16:50
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Oh, so it was Marc's fault? :P –  jjnguy May 17 '11 at 16:51
    
@jjinguy: You ought to say it with a thick American accent... it comes out as 'bumma' –  Lorem Ipsum May 17 '11 at 16:54
    
@yoda, I don't think tat's how Americans say it. (I don't for sure) Maybe it's Australian? –  jjnguy May 17 '11 at 16:55
    
@balpha: That's great, thanks for looking after us Brits :) –  forsvarir May 17 '11 at 16:59
    
@jjnguy: The comma/bummer thing is called "artistic freedom". And yes, it was Marc's fault :) –  balpha May 17 '11 at 17:03
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It probably took you longer to write this poem than it did to fix the error. :P –  Robert Harvey May 17 '11 at 17:11
    
@RobertHarvey: Just a tiny bit :) –  balpha May 17 '11 at 18:18
    
Why in limericks? Limericks are so uncouth. Haikus show true class. –  mmyers May 17 '11 at 19:33
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@mmyers: Poetry is free / Limericks; forgotten art / You, Sir, are wrong. –  balpha May 17 '11 at 19:41
    
You doubt the haiku? Its beauty is its order; brevity breeds strength. –  mmyers May 17 '11 at 20:41
    
Wow you can sell this to Microsoft and get serious $$$! ;) Seriously now - has this already been delivered? Saw more recent report from 7 hours ago. –  Shadow Wizard May 18 '11 at 7:26

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