Chrome breaking favorites? September 16, 2010 5:55 PM   Subscribe

Favorites not working in Chrome?

Using 6.0.472.59. Adding favorites sends me to the 'turn on your javascipt' page, but it's already on. What to do?
posted by youcancallmeal to Bugs at 5:55 PM (22 comments total)

What to do?

Unplug your computer and go outside!

I just tried it using my copy of Chrome (same version, in Ubuntu) and favoriting this thread worked fine. Have you tried restarting Chrome?
posted by carsonb at 6:04 PM on September 16, 2010

Also, you might even just have a cached version of something somewhere so you may not even have to go to the extreme measure of restarting; just hit CTRL+SHIFT+R to reload all the page from scratch.
posted by carsonb at 6:06 PM on September 16, 2010

Google Releases Chrome 6.0.472.59
added September 15, 2010 at 08:18 am

Google has released Chrome 6.0.472.59 for Linux, Mac, and Windows to address multiple vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the Google Chrome Releases blog entry and apply any necessary updates to help mitigate the risks.


we fear not the worst
posted by clavdivs at 6:28 PM on September 16, 2010

It sounds like maybe this file isn't loading for you. Try clicking that link. You should see a bunch of JavaScript. If not, you might see if something is keeping that from loading. Sometimes it's just intermittent network flakiness. Sometimes it could be a new firewall or router setting.
posted by pb (staff) at 6:30 PM on September 16, 2010

Other options: enable the JavaScript errors window. From the Chrome menu choose View > Developer > JavaScript Console. Choose the Console tab and load up MetaFilter. See if you get any script errors on loading the page. If so, share them here or send them to me via MeFi Mail.

It couldn't hurt to check Window > Extensions and see if you have any that could be interfering with code on the page. AdBlock and NotScripts are prime examples, but some other extensions can interfere with JavaScript on the page too.
posted by pb (staff) at 6:39 PM on September 16, 2010

Got it. It's Unfriend Finder from Facebook that's conflicting. Any ideas on how I can fix this?
posted by youcancallmeal at 7:02 PM on September 16, 2010

Yes. Delete your Facebook account.

You're welcome.
posted by desjardins at 7:03 PM on September 16, 2010 [1 favorite]

Sorry, not sure why that extension would be causing problems here. My only guess is that maybe Unfriend Finder also uses the Prototype JavaScript library and their version is interfering with the version we load here? But then why would the extension be active anywhere but Sorry, I don't know enough about how it works to offer any suggestions.
posted by pb (staff) at 7:30 PM on September 16, 2010

posted by gman at 7:55 PM on September 16, 2010

Derail: Favorites don't work on Opera Mini/Droid. Also, commenting doesn't work.
posted by dunkadunc at 8:24 PM on September 16, 2010

What happens when you try to add a favorite or comment on Opera Mini/Droid? Do you get an error message? A blank screen? Do you get the "No JavaScript" page?
posted by pb (staff) at 8:34 PM on September 16, 2010

Better Facebook shows you who has unfriended you in Facebook (and after an adjustment period, makes Facebook easier to navigate, IMO) and doesn't interfere with Metafilter.
posted by Ruki at 9:06 PM on September 16, 2010

I tried using Better Facebook and hated it. Now that I know where the problem is, maybe I'll play with it tomorrow.
posted by youcancallmeal at 9:20 PM on September 16, 2010 [1 favorite]

When I try to add a favorite it takes me to the 'javascript required' page- as for commenting, the "post comment" button is grayed out (but I just realized I can preview and then post- is this by design?)

For what it's worth, everything works flawlessly in the native Chrome-based browser.
posted by dunkadunc at 9:27 PM on September 16, 2010

but I just realized I can preview and then post- is this by design?

In certain circumstances, yes. If you've hidden Live Preview we require a full preview before you post. But a full preview shouldn't be required for mobile devices. Maybe we're not detecting Opera Mini as a mobile browser properly on the Droid for some reason. Forced full preview might also happen if you switch from the mobile version to standard version. I'll fire up the Droid emulator tomorrow and see if I can track down the problem. Thanks for the extra info.
posted by pb (staff) at 9:31 PM on September 16, 2010

Is there some other script that is on the metatalk server that calls that prototype JS? I can get to the prototype one just fine but I am having the same issue in FF. I was having DNS issues where metatalk wasn't resolving so I think that is related, but I can't figure out what I need to refresh.
posted by smackfu at 5:58 AM on September 17, 2010

The only other script required to favorite something at MetaTalk is this. It's at the same domain so a hard refresh (Ctrl + Shift + R) should grab anything that you couldn't get when you were having DNS trouble.
posted by pb (staff) at 7:19 AM on September 17, 2010

Weird, I cleared my cache, forced reload of all the scripts and this comment page, and it is still acting up. Oh well, I guess I just won't favorite on MetaTalk.
posted by smackfu at 7:53 AM on September 17, 2010

Try bringing up the JavaScript error console. From the top menu: Tools > Error Console. Click the Errors tab. (Clear first if there's anything there.) Then reload this page and/or try to add a favorite and see if you get any JavaScript errors.

Another common culprit is Greasemonkey. You could try disabling GM, reloading, favoriting just to see if something is interfering there.
posted by pb (staff) at 8:21 AM on September 17, 2010

OK, this was all my fault, sorry. A while back I tried using AdBlock to block MetaTalk because I was getting really sucked into it too much. I added metatalk to the filter list but it only blocks scripts and images, not HTML pages, so that didn't work. So I used the hosts file to block it instead, and that did work --- but I forgot to remove the AdBlock rule. When I changed the hosts file back, the filter rule came back into effect and blocked the script.

So the moral of the story is that it might also be the ad blocker.
posted by smackfu at 8:29 AM on September 17, 2010

The other moral: never block MetaTalk!
posted by pb (staff) at 8:41 AM on September 17, 2010

dunkadunc, spent some quality time with the Android emulator and things are looking better on Opera Mini there. You might give it a shot and see if that helps. I was able to add comments and favorites and I didn't have a disabled post button.
posted by pb (staff) at 1:59 PM on September 17, 2010

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