I saw the different problems in this post, but what I see is worse:


  1. log into area51 with Chrome 5.0.375.99 beta on Windows 7
  2. type "television shows" in the proposal search box
  3. hit enter


  • Some results show up while I type ... and/or
  • Results show up after hitting enter


  • Nothing happens while typing or after hitting enter
  • Totally broken in XP + FF 3.6.6.
    – Jon Seigel
    Jul 17, 2010 at 1:34
  • 2
    Does not work on Opera 10 either.
    – kennytm
    Jul 17, 2010 at 6:32
  • FF3.6.6 (hardy heron) too Jul 17, 2010 at 8:09
  • FireFox on Win7 repro, check.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Jul 18, 2010 at 3:01
  • Nothing on FF or chrome (Ubuntu) either
    – Peter Smit
    Jul 18, 2010 at 4:09
  • Doesn't work with Chrome (Win7) either
    – Joseph
    Jul 19, 2010 at 15:17
  • Repro'd on FF, Chrome, IE on Win7. Is there a workaround? Eg. A query string I can enter in the address bar?
    – Blorgbeard
    Jul 19, 2010 at 15:24
  • 1
    Repro on IE7, Vista. There's an "Error on page" dialog also that says Line: 2 Char: 9372 Error: Object expected.
    – mmyers
    Jul 19, 2010 at 16:40
  • Checking back with IE8 on XP, I see the same error that mmyers reports. A manual workaround, by the way, is enter http://area51.stackexchange.com/search?q= into your URL, and then add your search term to the end. It only works once, though, because the redirect you end up on won't have the same URL. But try it with, say, area51.stackexchange.com/search?q=television+shows
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Jul 19, 2010 at 17:04

2 Answers 2


This was caused by a typo in our JavaScript. It's fixed now.


Possible Workaround:

Click Create a New Proposal , and in the Choose a Topic, enter your query. Start typing in the Who is this site for box while your search results are loaded. (Do not click next, do not actually create the proposal).

It doesn't seem to respond well to more complicated queries with + and [ ] etc, but it is a simple search workaround.

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