I went to answer a question on SO and quickly discovered that the editing tools had disappeared! They're also absent as I compose this.

The handy buttons for links, bold, etc., are gone. Also shortcuts Ctrl L, Ctrl B, etc. do not work.

No obvious errors in Firefox's error console (just the usual boatload of warnings that SO still generates).

But firebug breaks on this line of code in wmd.js (¡note the name!):
var Attacklab=Attacklab||{};var Attacklab=Attacklab||{};Attacklab.showdown ...

I fired up Chrome and it shows the same problem.

Anyone else see this? Has SO been hacked or do I need to purge my system?

Also, tag search and auto-complete is busted.

  • Probably just a bug, not hacked. WMD is the live renderer.
    – waiwai933
    Feb 2 '11 at 4:14
  • i also faced this bug but solved when opened site in new browser window.
    – Harry Joy
    Feb 2 '11 at 4:16
  • Did you try searching the web for the scary name? Attacklab is the creator of the javascript markdown code. Feb 2 '11 at 4:18
  • @Dan Grossman, no not yet. First step was to determine if the problem was global or just on this machine. Feb 2 '11 at 4:20
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    It's affecting me, too. In Chrome and Opera. Feb 2 '11 at 4:35
  • @Dennis Williamson: Thank you! Nothing I've done, so far, has reset the problem, and I've only got one machine at this location. Feb 2 '11 at 4:38

This was a bug in some preview changes made to WMD to better match the server-side rendering, a build with a fix is being deployed across the network right now. Meta's fixed now, other sites will be momentarily.

  • Fixed! That was quick! Feb 2 '11 at 4:42
  • Thanks, Nick! I didn't see anything on any of the blogs I'm aware of. Was the deployment announced somewhere? Feb 2 '11 at 4:52
  • @Brock - we build typically once or more a day, the blog will highlight major features...but many more minor or background things are being improved/added all the time with no fanfare :) Feb 2 '11 at 4:54
  • @Brock, there is a Community-maintained list of feature changed at meta.stackexchange.com/questions/59445/…, although small things like you've pointed out won't be updated.
    – tombull89
    Feb 2 '11 at 14:50

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