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Recently, the http version of Stack Overflow doesn't show voting icons. This is due to a XML error in the svg file that's being served.

To reproduce:

  1. Go to Dictionaries and files in python for example (just picked the top one in my list on the frontpage)
  2. In Firebug or Chrome dev, highlight the missing vote arrow and locate the cdn url for the background image (in my case http://cdn.sstatic.net/stackoverflow/img/sprites.svg?v=1bc6a0c03b68)
  3. Open that url in a new tab, it will produce

    XML Parsing Error: syntax error Location: http://cdn.sstatic.net/stackoverflow/img/sprites.svg?v=1bc6a0c03b68 Line Number 1, Column1: 3-1.7c2,0,3.4,0.8,4.3,1.7c1.2,1.3,1.6,2.9,1.6,5.3C169.7,40.5,169.4,42,168.2,43.3z M165.5,34.6

If you change the url to https://, it will work as it should.

Solution would probably be to redirect http to https for stackoverflow.com.

  • Can't reproduce this in Chrome 41.0.2272.64 beta on Xubuntu 14.10. – Makoto Feb 25 '15 at 7:05

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