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Besides that fact that chat's error page is ugly because it has no styling, it also steals borrows the error lolcat image from Stack Overflow.

Of course we hope that nobody ever sees that page, but I'm sure we agree that's not going to happen, so we could at least have our own image.

So, what picture should the chat error page have?

You can go to for inspiration.

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I'd go with "An image of balpha and Marc Gravell, the main minds behind chat, duking it out in fisticuffs as neither can determine who actually is at fault for the error.", but that's a bit too meta for an error image. But that's always my first instinct when there's an error. – Grace Note Jun 14 '11 at 20:07
A large version of Michael Mrozeks' "Chess Piece" with the flashing eyes. – jcolebrand Jun 14 '11 at 20:08
@Grace - not true; we fully 100% agree on who is to blame.... the other one. And if that isn't enough, we just blame LINQ-to-SQL. – Marc Gravell Jun 14 '11 at 20:09
@GraceNote: I like that, actually. – balpha Jun 14 '11 at 20:09
@MarcGravell: You're wrong. – balpha Jun 14 '11 at 20:10

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Embed the wheel of blame on the page so we know whose fault it is (some minor adjustments to the blame list might be in order).

Example spin

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I see that's the improved version. – mmyers Jun 14 '11 at 20:20
That wheel is broken. – Rebecca Chernoff Jun 14 '11 at 20:36
I feel I would get banished if I flag that as [offensive] q: ~ How could you say such a thing about the wheel! – jcolebrand Jun 14 '11 at 20:42
Well, if the wheel is on an error page, the wheel should also be erroneous. Mix matching gravatars with names would be an excellent start. Then again, the error page might become more popular than the service it embarrasses. – Tim Post Jun 23 '11 at 6:26
Makes me think of this Dilbert comic. – Bart Kiers Jul 6 '11 at 9:13
up vote 28 down vote

Instead of a picture it should just be a chat page where you can chat with all the other people who are getting errors right now.

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Love this one! +1 – Moshe Jun 14 '11 at 20:39
How ... what ... huh? – jcolebrand Jun 14 '11 at 20:40
or, something similar to the screen when chat was having the SSD upgrade? Chat Gold/Chat Premium? – tombull89 Jul 6 '11 at 9:18
Probably not what we're going with, but the idea is awesome. Have a bounty :) – balpha Jul 9 '11 at 13:27

If someone with better skillz than I could Photoshop Jeff and Joel into this...

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(Or Marc and Ben might work.)

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While we're on the subject, what episode (if any) is the "room not available" image from? – mmyers Jun 14 '11 at 20:30
@mmyers: I'm deferring that question to the real experts. Which episode of Star Trek: TNG is this image from? – Bill the Lizard Jun 14 '11 at 20:37
@BillTheLizard [Flag for migration] – jcolebrand Jun 14 '11 at 20:40
Why photoshop them in? Spend some of that VC mula on some ST shirts and just have them pose for this photo the same way! – jcolebrand Jun 14 '11 at 20:41
Considering the double facepalm is photoshopped (yes, that's Y! Answers), I'd say not to try too hard for authenticity. – mmyers Jun 14 '11 at 20:43
Done – Michael Mrozek Jun 14 '11 at 20:58
@MichaelMrozek: That actually says "FAIL" better than the original. – Bill the Lizard Jun 14 '11 at 20:59
there is a de-facto star trek theme on chat, is there not? – Jeff Atwood Jul 6 '11 at 10:26
@mmyers: Wow, that's actually the first very good question/answer pair I see on Y! Answers. No kidding! – fretje Jul 7 '11 at 8:51

Along the same lines as the lolcat image from Stack Overflow, for consistency reasons:

Profesionl lolcats

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Or even better.

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Chat Fail

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This looks like Anthony Weiner with a slightly rounder face. – Moshe Jun 14 '11 at 20:53
Uh, what is this? – Cody Gray Jul 7 '11 at 8:43
@Cody's from The Matrix. – badp Jul 7 '11 at 10:31

hopefully no infrigment

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I understand downvotes for others, but why da hell for me and Ham and Bacon?! – HX_unbanned Jul 6 '11 at 17:49

Even Ph.D.s have trouble operating microwave.

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You should put community promotion ads in the error page. It'll server to further alienate users and confuse people when clicking the error image takes them to, I dunno, somewhere else.

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in keeping with the (picard) facepalm... enter image description here

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chuckle so, maybe not then. – tombull89 Jul 6 '11 at 19:47

My two coins:

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or maybe:

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How about:

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