1. Starting this morning, with Google Chrome and IE11 at least, the StackExchange dropdown menu no longer works, except on the SE meta page. Instead, clicking "StackExchange" just goes to the SE front page.

  2. Clicking to review a review queue (e.g. https://emacs.stackexchange.com/review/low-quality-posts) shows only an empty question.

  3. Also, adding a comment just stopped working. I added some this morning, even after noticing problems #1 and #2, but now I can not add a comment, e.g., here: Search/replace-like feature for swapping text. The "Add comment" is not greyed-out, but when I click it the page just blinks - I get no text-edit box in which to enter the comment.

Google chrome automatically updated to 53.0.2785.116m, but I chose to revert to the previous style instead of the "Material" style (because the address-bar text was too small): top-chrome-md. Dunno whether this is related. I don't think so, because I didn't notice these problems yesterday, after the new Chrome version etc. I have tried closing the browser and clearing the cache, but that didn't help.

It's apparently not a Chrome problem. I see the same thing with IE11 - all the same symptoms: #1, #2, #3.

  • No repro, Chrome 53.0.2785.116 on Linux Mint. – Michał Perłakowski Sep 17 '16 at 15:22
  • The menu behaves like you describe if the javascript isn't loaded or raised an error. Can you verify in the Developer Console that there are no errors, either from load or otherwise? – rene Sep 17 '16 at 15:22
  • @rene: As I said, the menu works fine on SE meta. I don't know anything about the developer console. – Drew Sep 17 '16 at 15:23
  • @Gothdo: Did you also try reverting to the pre-Material style: "Chrome://flags/#top-chrome-md"? – Drew Sep 17 '16 at 15:24
  • @Drew Yes. Since you see the same thing in IE 11, it's probably a problem with your internet connection. – Michał Perłakowski Sep 17 '16 at 15:30
  • @Gothdo: My internet connection? How so? (I don't notice any problem with my internet connection.) – Drew Sep 17 '16 at 15:31
  • Can you load the site over https:// instead of http://? Do you run a virus-scanner/ internet protection stuff? I know of at least one report where such tool interfered with network connections. – rene Sep 17 '16 at 15:31
  • @Drew A firewall could be blocking some JavaScript files. – Michał Perłakowski Sep 17 '16 at 15:34
  • @rene: Yep! That's it, it seems. With https the problems go away. Does this mean that I need to change all my SE bookmarks etc. and start using https? Does it mean I need to switch back and forth, depending on whether I am within the company VPN? Or is this something that SE will/should fix? Thx. – Drew Sep 17 '16 at 15:34
  • @rene: Why would it be the case that things work fine on this meta SE site, but not on other SE sites? – Drew Sep 17 '16 at 15:36
  • @rene: FYI, I haven't changed anything at my end. I've been accessing SE sites for years from within the company firewall or VPN. Maybe they just changed something wrt the firewall, though; dunno. – Drew Sep 17 '16 at 15:41
  • No repro, Chrome 53.0.2785.116 on Ubuntu 16.04. – EKons Sep 17 '16 at 15:42
  • @Drew virusscanners and network proxies (specially in corporate environments) are known to update regularly. It could well be that either on your PC or a network engineers applied a patch / virus definition that considers some content coming from SE or Google or a CDN as untrusted. You can ask to whitelist the domains needed or configure that in your virus software. – rene Sep 17 '16 at 15:48
  • You can find a list of domains that need to be white-listed here, including the main sites you visit off course . – rene Sep 17 '16 at 15:50
  • @rene: I don't see any way to white-list domains in my anti-virus client (McAfee). I'm not sure I even have that possibility. Guess I'll have to change my bookmarks from http to https... – Drew Sep 17 '16 at 18:54

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