I just noticed the new hint (placeholder) for comments:

  • On SO: "Request clarification or suggest improvements."
  • On Meta: "Request clarification or add information."/"Notify others of updates or address concerns raised."

But I also noticed a bug:

When you remove all chars from a comment, when editing it (after it has been created), the hint becomes "undefined".

undefined placeholder

Tested with:

  • Chrome 27.0.1453.116 32-bit on Windows 8 64-bit
  • Chrome 28.0.1500.71 on Mac OS X 10.8.4
  • Firefox 21.0 32-bit on Windows 8 64-bit

Related: Comment hint not disappearing when I start to type comment

  • ...verified! Definitely present.
    – Makoto
    Jul 21, 2013 at 20:18
  • Confirmed, cool find.
    – Preom
    Jul 21, 2013 at 20:18
  • Lots of big problems with the comment text. Jul 21, 2013 at 20:28
  • There was a minor change to this yesterday afternoon. Is the behavior still present? I haven't been able to reproduce it yet. Jul 23, 2013 at 16:55
  • @BenCollins Did some tests here, and now the placeholder box becames empty (instead of undefined). I used Chrome and Firefox. I think it is gone. I'm at work right now, the computer I made the screenshots is at home. I will be there only by night, if you wish to wait, I can test again.
    – acdcjunior
    Jul 23, 2013 at 17:36
  • @acdcjunior: I suspect this was due to odd browser bugs as the question Arjan linked goes into. Since Oded fixed that, I doubt this will be a problem again. I'll mark this as status-complete, but if you see it again just leave a comment and I'll revisit. Jul 23, 2013 at 18:00

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It seems that this bug was fixed by @Oded, as he explains in https://meta.stackexchange.com/a/189839/136973. To summarize, it appears that several browsers do not like it when a textarea with a placeholder attribute already defined is inserted into the DOM. Adding the placeholder attribute after the DOM insertion seems to clear it up.

  • Yeah. It is gone. No undefined. Keep in mind the original hint/placeholder is not back when we delete all chars. The textbox just becomes empty (in both places I got the bug)! This is it, I guess! Cheers!
    – acdcjunior
    Jul 24, 2013 at 0:06

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