Besides that fact that chat's error page is ugly because it has no styling, it also steals borrows the error lolcat image from Stack Overflow.

Of course we hope that nobody ever sees that page, but I'm sure we agree that's not going to happen, so we could at least have our own image.

So, what picture should the chat error page have?

You can go to yourfavorite.stackexchange.com/error for inspiration.

  • 11
    I'd go with "An image of balpha and Marc Gravell, the main minds behind chat, duking it out in fisticuffs as neither can determine who actually is at fault for the error.", but that's a bit too meta for an error image. But that's always my first instinct when there's an error.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Jun 14 '11 at 20:07
  • 1
    A large version of Michael Mrozeks' "Chess Piece" with the flashing eyes.
    – jcolebrand
    Jun 14 '11 at 20:08
  • 1
    @Grace - not true; we fully 100% agree on who is to blame.... the other one. And if that isn't enough, we just blame LINQ-to-SQL. Jun 14 '11 at 20:09
  • @GraceNote: I like that, actually.
    – balpha
    Jun 14 '11 at 20:09
  • @MarcGravell: You're wrong.
    – balpha
    Jun 14 '11 at 20:10

11 Answers 11


Embed the wheel of blame on the page so we know whose fault it is (some minor adjustments to the blame list might be in order).

Example spin

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    I see that's the improved version.
    – mmyers
    Jun 14 '11 at 20:20
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    That wheel is broken. Jun 14 '11 at 20:36
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    I feel I would get banished if I flag that as [offensive] q: ~ How could you say such a thing about the wheel!
    – jcolebrand
    Jun 14 '11 at 20:42
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    Well, if the wheel is on an error page, the wheel should also be erroneous. Mix matching gravatars with names would be an excellent start. Then again, the error page might become more popular than the service it embarrasses.
    – Tim Post
    Jun 23 '11 at 6:26
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    Makes me think of this Dilbert comic.
    – Bart Kiers
    Jul 6 '11 at 9:13

Instead of a picture it should just be a chat page where you can chat with all the other people who are getting errors right now.

  • or, something similar to the screen when chat was having the SSD upgrade? Chat Gold/Chat Premium?
    – tombull89
    Jul 6 '11 at 9:18
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    Probably not what we're going with, but the idea is awesome. Have a bounty :)
    – balpha
    Jul 9 '11 at 13:27

If someone with better skillz than I could Photoshop Jeff and Joel into this...

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(Or Marc and Ben might work.)


Along the same lines as the lolcat image from Stack Overflow, for consistency reasons:

Profesionl lolcats


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Or even better.

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Chat Fail

  • This looks like Anthony Weiner with a slightly rounder face.
    – Moshe
    Jun 14 '11 at 20:53
  • 1
    Uh, what is this?
    – Cody Gray
    Jul 7 '11 at 8:43
  • 2
    @Cody ...it's from The Matrix.
    – badp
    Jul 7 '11 at 10:31

hopefully no infrigment

  • I understand downvotes for others, but why da hell for me and Ham and Bacon?! Jul 6 '11 at 17:49

Even Ph.D.s have trouble operating microwave.


You should put community promotion ads in the error page. It'll server to further alienate users and confuse people when clicking the error image takes them to, I dunno, somewhere else.


in keeping with the (picard) facepalm... enter image description here

  • chuckle so, maybe not then.
    – tombull89
    Jul 6 '11 at 19:47

My two coins:

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or maybe:

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How about:

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