For some reason, on Stackoverflow posts, pages keep loading for 15 seconds until the request to this link times out(?). During this time I generally can't click on anything that has Javascript events associated with it. This only happens while at work so it may be a corporate firewall issue. I was just wondering if there was something I could do to remedy it because it's starting to get very annoying.

The Net tool in Firebug reports that the request comes back as a 204 (No Content) message.

(I'm not really sure how to tag this because I don't think it's a bug per se)

Update: The chat boxes on the right hand side don't show up until the 15 second mark. Disabling antivirus does not change the result.

Update 2: Could someone post the kind of result I should be getting so that I can determine if a firewall or something might be blocking it?

Update 3: This is the code that calls the resource:

<script type="text/javascript" src="/posts/1234567/ivc/3c10"></script>
  • The response itself expected behaviour, though I'm not sure what's up with the delay...
    – Tim Stone
    Jan 12, 2011 at 22:48
  • Would you happen to remember when you started noticing the 15 second thing? Does it coincide with the time I noticed it (Nov-Dec 2010)? It might just be something in the site which happened to be amplified by my antivirus. Jan 12, 2011 at 23:00
  • @Jeff I believe it happened around the time they started using the HTML5 features for logging in. I am not positive about this though. It definitely has not always done this. Jan 12, 2011 at 23:01
  • Is this still an issue for you? I noticed Jeff's answer and re-enabled my AV. It is no longer freezing 15 seconds anymore. I had it this way since October so it might have been corrected way back then or just recently or something completely different. Jan 17, 2011 at 3:46
  • @Jeff yes it is still doing this Jan 17, 2011 at 16:00
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    Note: You're supposed to be getting a 204 No Content response, it's just a dummy request for the view counter mechanism.
    – Tim Stone
    Mar 23, 2011 at 19:35
  • just curious, do you have proxy server or something that translate/inject/remove some http headers?
    – YOU
    Mar 24, 2011 at 1:19

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That link returns a 204 no content by design, so I suspect your work firewall is configured incorrectly.

  • I think you're right. Mar 24, 2011 at 3:01

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