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User reputation ranking page is broken

Your observation is correct. For the past two weeks, we've been hit by an evolving DDoS attack. We noticed the attack before it started affecting the site's performance, and limiting access to user ...
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So many sites won't let me post. How can I fix this?

The scrolling up is because there's supposed to be a message saying that you can't post a question because you've asked a question too recently - you're rate limited. About a week ago, we shipped a ...
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Is Meta.StackOverflow having problems?

Turns out that we have a bug in the user merge code that makes an assumption about custom question lists that can be wildly incorrect. I'm fixing the bug itself, but in the meantime I fixed up your ...
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Search just broke

Thanks for reporting. This will be fixed in the next build (2017.10.23.27541 on meta). Some juicy details for @ShadowWizard As you may know, we're working on a new channels feature. The code in the ...
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I need help and the site is not letting me post my code. Says “Your post appears to contain code that is not properly formatted as code.”

Your question is broad, asking for resources and it is unclear what does work and what doesn't work. I've done some editing of your raw text to get it into some shape but I find it difficult to ...
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Who is Dave and what is he doing in the chat?

It's a quote from 2001 A Space Odyssey by Arthur C Clark, although these days the quote is better known from the film rather than the book of the film, although both were developed and released at the ...
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Unable to edit user profile: "Unusual error updating your profile"

An earlier refactoring went a little too far and removed a bit of tech debt that looked unused, but wasn't. The fix should be live in production now. Sorry for the inconvenience, and thanks for the ...
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Misleading error message when questions list fails to load

The short summary of this one is "because internet"; it turns out some annoying folks were doing annoying things specifically to be annoying, and a side-effect was disproportionate performance impact ...
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/review/* failing on SE sites, but not SO

I pushed a bug that didn't manifest locally or on dev - a fix is going out now. Sorry!
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What did I mark this comment as?

I was able to reproduce the issue by opening the same post in a new tab, upvoting a comment from the earlier tab, and attempting to upvote the same comment from the new tab. While this message may ...
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Stop telling Tor users to contact support for registration, if their request will be dismissed anyway

Perhaps it would be useful to extend the error message slightly? You cannot register at this time. If you are using a service which obscures your real IP address, try turning it off. If you still ...
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Ask Ubuntu election page is unavailable during current election

The root of the problem here is that the election system doesn't handle situations where users involved in the election are deleted. At least, it doesn't handle them well. In this case, one of the ...
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Recent problems with searching (no results or getting maintenance page)

We had a cluster member register a voltage spike on the 10G NIC this morning which caused it to drop from the cluster ungracefully, causing a rapid reallocation and queue exhaustion which caused all ...
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Timeline buttons are yielding errors across the network

The issue has been fixed. Timelines are back.
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Edit must be at least x characters message shows different values

Your edit must be 6 characters - what you want to change in the post Your edit summary must be 10 characters, your description of what you want to change in the post so we can understand what you're ...
Robert Longson's user avatar
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Updates to error states

feature-request Make warning look more prominent. While this looks really good for errors, it isn't that good for warnings. Check this out: For errors the bold red does provide enough contrast to ...
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Review submission missing POST data when opting to leave a question closed

Glad to hear the fix worked! It was a "this is weird" issue.
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Error message says I can't flag... but yes I can

Trivia: many years ago now, there were three types of votes that could be cast on comments... UpMod Delete Offensive The first is the upvote arrow. The second is the delete link (only visible to ...
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Make the message shown to registered users without enough reputation to vote less confusing

We ended up going with your second option: Thanks for the feedback! You need at least [x] reputation to cast a vote, but your feedback has been recorded. Thanks for the suggestion!
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What's causing this error in SEDE?

It's a T-SQL thingy, see the documentation about len: Return Types bigint if expression is of the varchar(max), nvarchar(max) or varbinary(max) data types; otherwise, int. So the Posts.Body ...
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Nondescript error message when user without enough rep to create tags attempts to suggest edit using not-yet-removed tag with zero questions

So, this is perhaps not a problem with the error message as such... This error occurs during the last stage of edit submission, right before the suggested edit is created in the database. At this ...
Shog9's user avatar
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Typo in "An error occured when uploading the image". occured -> occurred

Thank you for the report! This has been fixed sitewide, along with another 21 other "occurrences" of the same misspelling. Interestingly, this is one of the 100 most common misspellings and ...
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If your rep drops below 10, images in your profile will continue to show, but you can't edit any part of your profile without removing the images

I guess this situation is rare enough that nobody thought of it. I'd expect the same to happen with many links in regular posts and other new user restrictions. What would be the alternative? Hide the ...
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I'm getting "Uncaught ReferenceError: Stacks is not defined" errors in my browser console on Stack Exchange sites

Shout out to rene for correctly identifying the cause of the problem! So what happened? Here's a little bit of history and description of the problem. Prior to starting our migration to Webpack, we ...
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"An error occurred with log in."

Recent Incident with Email/Password Log In - January 9th, 2024 Starting on Tuesday, January 9th at 20:45 UTC, we received an alert that our OpenId Provider was receiving timeout exceptions to its ...
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New image uploader should have a more descriptive error when you paste in a link rather than a picture

I can't check what the previous uploader used to show, so I checked on imgur itself and that's what they show: The text says: Sorry, URL failed to upload. Which is indeed more descriptive than a ...
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New image uploader should have a more descriptive error when you paste in a link rather than a picture

Okay, we now have some better error messaging in place. Depending on the URL, we may either tell you it didn't look enough like a valid image or just that we failed to download it all together
KyleMit's user avatar
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Data Explorer Query crashes with collation conflict error

I've found the issue. Over the last few weeks the weekly refresh times got improved, a lot. From 6 to 8 hours we're now down to well under an hour. One of the improvements was revealed to me by Aaron ...
rene's user avatar
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Why does an error message for less than 1 reputation exist?

There are many sites on the network - and the rep levels for posting on a site are (basically) determined by the configuration data for that site. In other words - every site can have a different rep ...
Oded's user avatar
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Updates to error states

bug status-planned Removing a tag does not remove its warning. On the Ask Question page on Stack Overflow, I added the regex tag, which caused the warning to show, then removed the tag. The warning ...
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