It seems that it's possible for gravatars and screen names to not be displayed properly in chat. Check out the following screenie:

As you can see, the user chatting is Marco. Marco came in first, followed by the user next to him (whose name I can't remember). Marco's screen name and gravatar didn't appear when he posted a chat message.

This is the second time this has happened to me on chat, both times were fixed with a refresh but I thought I'd report it this time.

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    Huh. Saw this too but figured it was just an issue with my internet connection at the time. – Rebecca Chernoff Oct 26 '10 at 13:27
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    The ghosts in the machine. – Ladybug Killer Oct 26 '10 at 13:52
  • Anonymous users? – Toon Krijthe Oct 26 '10 at 14:56
  • @Gamecat: they had screen names and gravatars after I refreshed the page. – Andy E Oct 26 '10 at 15:28
  • Andy, do you happen to have any extensions installed? In particular rchiang's greasemonkey script? – balpha Oct 26 '10 at 17:36
  • also, can you say since when you've seen this happen? – balpha Oct 26 '10 at 17:47
  • I have seen this (for a while) when the request is slow, they usually pop up in the end. Usually my torrents hehe – Aiden Bell Oct 26 '10 at 22:08
  • Had it happen to me also. I don't have any chat-specific scripts installed. – Lance Roberts Oct 26 '10 at 22:09
  • @balpha: This happened earlier today (just before I posted this question) and once before, within the last week or so. I don't have any extensions installed. – Andy E Oct 26 '10 at 22:26

This should be fixed now.

Back story: The information about users who are in the room when you open the page is inserted on page load. But the client is responsible for asking the server for the information about users who a) enter afterwards, or b) who aren't there anymore, but have talked recently and thus have messages visible.

There was an issue that caused the information retrieval to fail if the number of yet-unknown users was too high. This issue is now resolved.

  • Good stuff, and fast work :-) – Andy E Oct 27 '10 at 8:55

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