Start a new query. Put in something that is correct syntax. E.g.


Click Run Query and the correct results are displayed.

Make it a syntax error. E.g.


Click Run Query and the correct error is displayed (and the previous results are not cleared).

Click Run Query again and the error is cleared* (but the previous results remain).

Click Run Query again and the error is displayed again.

Correct the query so that it should display new results. E.g.


Click Run Query and the previous error is cleared and the new results are displayed.

*The error cleared should be replaced by the new error. (Note you can change the query so that it should display a new error, e.g.


and if there was an error displayed from the last query, this query will still just clear the error and leave the previous results.)

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    He's talking about the use of the SE Data Explorer, so this isn't a wayward SO question.
    – jonsca
    Commented Jan 17, 2012 at 10:53

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The problem is that Data Explorer is so incredibly responsive that your error was reported back to the browser before the fade out animation on the error box finished.

This left the error box in an incorrect state in cases where the error box was visible when you submitted something that would then subsequently return an error. If the animations are annoying, they can just be removed, but for right now I created a fix by making sure the animations are stopped irrespective of state before the new response is processed.

...Of course, that can lead to a situation where the error box remains when it shouldn't, which I've now also addressed.

  • I'll wait for this to go live before accepting it.
    – Mark Hurd
    Commented Jan 18, 2012 at 0:46
  • I've unaccepted this for the moment because the problem is effectively back again, at least in Chrome.
    – Mark Hurd
    Commented Apr 2, 2012 at 5:37
  • The form is a little different, but it is, yes. Fixed already, but not deployed until I finish up some other stuff and get a chance to talk to waffles.
    – Tim Stone
    Commented Apr 2, 2012 at 5:38
  • Yes, I saw it was probably fixed, but I thought I better flag it just in case :-)
    – Mark Hurd
    Commented Apr 2, 2012 at 5:40

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