So here is the flow I followed. Click Questions button on top of Stack Overflow / Super User site and clicked newest tab. Then I got newest questions and keeping this window idle for some time, I got notification on the window title with count of newly posted questions. So, here Auto-refresh is working. But from last week, what I have observed is Auto-refresh is not working. I have to manually click newest tab? Why auto-refresh not working?

  • Funny that, because it's just started working for me here - previously the proxy was blocking the requests.
    – Benjol
    Feb 14 '13 at 7:34
  • I just verified StackOverflow based on your comment, but still live-refresh is not working
    – Avadhani Y
    Feb 14 '13 at 7:48
  • Do you have firebug or something like that installed? Or something that can show you network errors? That's probably the best thing to check.
    – Benjol
    Feb 14 '13 at 7:50
  • ok thanks but is that individual machine problem??
    – Avadhani Y
    Feb 14 '13 at 7:51
  • It might be, or network, or anything between you and Stack Exchange.
    – Benjol
    Feb 14 '13 at 7:52
  • ok but lets hope for the best solution will be provided here based on "Is this the bug?" or "Network Error". If it is a network error, displaying error dialog is a good way of live-refresh implementation that i think...
    – Avadhani Y
    Feb 14 '13 at 7:56
  • Wasn't the feature disabled on Stack Overflow (at least the main page)? Feb 14 '13 at 9:26

I am not sure about Super User, but last time I knew Stackoverflow's auto-refresh was disabled for the "Newest" tab because of the amount of questions that are posted daily.

However, the feature works as expected if you are only looking at specific tags.


Finally I found the solution while checking live-refresh functionality in multiple web browsers and that its the browser issue. While i am checking in Google Chrome(verified for StackOverflow and SuperUser), the live-refresh is not working but in Mozilla Firefox it is working fine. So, Browser compatibility is missing for live-refresh.

  • Unless I am misunderstanding, live refresh works just fine in Chrome. Google chrome is my default browser, and I have never had an issue with the functionality.
    – Josh Mein
    Mar 4 '13 at 13:43

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