On tag pages on Stack Overflow (e.g. https://stackoverflow.com/questions/tagged/java), I usually get a bar at the top of the questions list indicating "n questions with new activity" that I can click on to load new questions, which appears in near-real-time as new questions are asked. Presumably the same action also adds the
(n) in the title of the page also.
However, sometime today this stopped working. I don't get these updates any more. When I refresh the page in my browser, then I see that there are new questions. But if I don't refresh, then the "asked x mins ago" line on each existing question doesn't update at all any more either. Usually it updates pretty fast, so I see "asked 1 min ago" quickly change to "asked 2 minutes ago" and so on.
A couple of times I have refreshed the browser page and then I found out that there was the "+10" green notification box indicating I've been upvoted on one of my answers. My total reputation number on the top bar didn't update until the page was refreshed either. The reputation change notifications aren't working either.
I am on a Windows 7 PC, and I see this behavior now on Chrome, Firefox, and IE.
event.returnValue is deprecated. Please use the standard event.preventDefault() instead.
It appears that other Stack Exchange sites are affected, because this is reproducible on Mathematics and also right here on MSO.
I don't know if this message is just now starting to appear with this issue or if it was always there, but this appears to be the only indication that something has gone wrong.
It looks like this has happened in the past:
- Tags are not updating instantly for new questions
- x questions with new activity / x new answers to this question not working
- Questions with new activity header no longer appears
- New questions not getting pushed automatically nor show in page title
According to ShadowWizard on the second link, that issue was due to "Web Sockets" not working in the browser, but the test link provided, Real-Time Web Test, seems to think that Web Sockets are supported for me.
The revision at the bottom of the page on Stack Overflow is:
Was this due to a new revision of Stack Exchange? A new version of jQuery? A WebSocket not working? Something else? Please fix these notifications!