These two features stopped working for me since a couple of days. I have to refresh the browser every now and then to see newly posted questions/answers.

is it only me ? or is anyone else experiencing the same problem?

EDIT : after trying the link @ShaWizDowArd gave me, these are the disconnected parts :

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I'm not good with sockets so I wouldn't know what they mean :)

  • on which page ? stackoverflow.com/questions ?? – NullPoiиteя Feb 4 '13 at 13:15
  • @NullPointer yes in stackoverflow and I search for a certain tag like C# for example – Abdusalam Ben Haj Feb 4 '13 at 13:17
  • @NullPointer It doesn't work in meta as well – Abdusalam Ben Haj Feb 4 '13 at 13:19
  • looks fine to me i.stack.imgur.com/Uybxe.png – NullPoiиteя Feb 4 '13 at 13:23
  • Did you change browser by any chance? When you browse to this test page, what you see? Also, you might have installed new anti virus that is blocking web sockets.. – Shadow Wizard is Ear For You Feb 4 '13 at 13:26
  • @NullPointer thats weird. is it something to do with connection speed? – Abdusalam Ben Haj Feb 4 '13 at 13:27
  • @AbZy speed isn't relevant it's using web sockets connection with the server. Kind of "live AJAX". – Shadow Wizard is Ear For You Feb 4 '13 at 13:28
  • @ShaWizDowArd websockets 80 and 8080 not connected. everything else is fine – Abdusalam Ben Haj Feb 4 '13 at 13:28
  • @AbZy so that's your answer. What browser? What anti virus you have? – Shadow Wizard is Ear For You Feb 4 '13 at 13:28
  • @ShaWizDowArd I've always been using Firefox and it used to work. I haven't installed any new anti-viurs. been using windows security essentials – Abdusalam Ben Haj Feb 4 '13 at 13:30
  • Well, nothing to do with Stack Overflow then, see this answer. Try using Chrome, hopefully its web sockets are still working. – Shadow Wizard is Ear For You Feb 4 '13 at 13:39
  • @ShaWizDowArd I downloaded Chrome and it worked. could you please edit your answer so I could mark it as accepted? – Abdusalam Ben Haj Feb 4 '13 at 14:47
  • Done, though it's still bit strange what caused Firefox to stop liking web sockets. :/ – Shadow Wizard is Ear For You Feb 4 '13 at 15:01

You probably switched to different tab by mistake.

The live updates are present only in the active tab, e.g. active tab for C# tag.

As it currently stands, the site "remembers" your last tab so once going to other tab, any time you visit a tag page it will go to that tab.

Turned out that your browser stopped supporting web sockets as proved in the test page.

Lots of things can cause such a thing (anti virus, corrupted browser update, incorrect proxy) none of those can be controlled or fixed by Stack Exchange.

Looks like that to this day, Chrome is the most reliable browser where it comes to supporting web sockets so to enjoy the full experience of live updates, it's better to use that browser.

  • I'm always on the Newest tab. and the problem still persists. – Abdusalam Ben Haj Feb 4 '13 at 13:22
  • and how do you explain the new answers not showing ? – Abdusalam Ben Haj Feb 4 '13 at 13:23
  • As far as I know, only "active" tab has the live updates. You probably used to be in that tab and moved to "newest" tab only recently. – Shadow Wizard is Ear For You Feb 4 '13 at 13:24
  • I'm also wondering why firefox websockets stopped working all of a sudden even though I followed what was suggested here and found that network.websocket.enabled is already set to true. anyway thanks for your help :-) – Abdusalam Ben Haj Feb 4 '13 at 15:18
  • @ShaWizDowArd i am facing the same problem. i use chrome and on ubuntu. I tried the link you posted. it says websockets works for you. No http proxy. What do i do in this case? – user215192 Jun 5 '13 at 11:48
  • @Raghunandan web sockets do not work today, it's fault on Stack Exchange side this time and already reported. – Shadow Wizard is Ear For You Jun 5 '13 at 11:54
  • @ShaWizDowArd thank you for the info. I do see the newest tab. but i don't get the updates like 1 new activity. – user215192 Jun 5 '13 at 11:56

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