I have been having issues with asking questions on SE lately. Started about 2 weeks ago. I'm not sure if upgrading to FF 4 did it or if the site was updated. Anyways, just about every time I ask a question I hit submit and get a 404 error.
In fact, I'm writing this question for the second time right now. It happened again. Sometimes it takes a good 5-10 minutes to write a well formatted question for complex stuff. I really don't enjoy doing it 2x. Even though there appears to be an AJAX powered autosave going on, hitting the browser's back button does not recover the question. But, I am sometimes able to hit ask question again and recover some of the original question.
This happens with all SE sites.
- Fiddlerhook 22.214.171.124
- Java quick starter 1.0
- Microsoft .NET framework assistant 0.0.0
- web developer 1.1.9
- McAfee SiteAdvisor Enterprise 126.96.36.1991
- Widgi Toolbar Platform 4.3
OS: Windows XP
Note, this error appears to be based on time. When I make short edits, maybe < 1min I have never had an issue. Maybe the autosave feature has something to do with the failure.
I opened a new question on meta-stack for testing. After 45 minutes of testing I experienced a failure of some kind in every browser I used for testing.
Here are the Test Results
started writing question at 12:41pm. Submitting question at 12:47pm.
Using IE7. Attempt 1....Success.
Edit 1: Using IE7. Attempt 1 edit failed. Had window opened for 2 minutes. Error "page not found". Attempt 2 success. ~30 seconds editing b4 submit.
Edit 2: Using IE7. Question opened at 12:52. Submitted at 12:53. Attempt 1...Success
Edit 3: Using FF. Question opened at 12:53. Submitted at 12:59. Attempt 1...Fail. Page not found. Attempt 2 approx 30 seconds later. Success
Edit 4: Using FF. Question opened at 12:59. Submitted at 1:01. Attempt 1...Success.
Edit 5: Using FF. Question opened at 1:01. Submitted at 1:04. Attempt 1...Success.
Edit 6: Using FF. Question opened at 1:04. Submitted at 1:11. Attempt 1...Success.
Edit 7: Using Opera. Question opened at 1:12. Submitted at 1:18. Attempt 1...Fail. Attempt 2...~30 seconds later.
Edit 8: Using Opera. 10 quick edits. first 9 success. 10th failed "Oops! Something Bad Happened!" "The error could not be recorded (displayed?)". "Something is wrong on our end and has been recorded..." in message.
Edit 9: using safari on iphone. Opened at 1:23pm submit at 1:29. Attempt1...Success.
Edit 10: Safari desktop. Site down for maintenance error. Opened at 1:33. Attempt 1 fail. Attempt 2 fail (2 minutes later)..."page not found". Attempt 3...30 seconds..Success