The website so nice they headed it twice...er, thrice and a half. September 12, 2012 7:50 AM   Subscribe

Every once in a while, while reading MeFi on my phone, the heading will freak out. Like this.

It does that on the blue and the profile pages, but does this on all the subsites.

I don't think I do anything special when it happens, it'll stay for a little while (it stays even if I shut down and restart safari), and then it'll go away again seemingly for no reason. For instance, it was doing it last night for a while when I took the screen shots, but right now it's fine.

Just me? Or something you guys should know about?
posted by phunniemee to Bugs at 7:50 AM (44 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

I don't mean to sound like a jerk but... What does it matter? It doesn't effect your ability to use the site, does it?
posted by amro at 7:51 AM on September 12, 2012


Weird! Might be a failure to properly load/parse the CSS styling for the header image (that looks like it's set to 'background-repeat:repeat-x' for some reason) though I'm not sure how exactly that'd manifest itself. Possibly a Safari issue? I've never seen it on my phone, in any case, and I don't know that we've had any other reports.

As a cosmetic issue it's weird but nothing to worry about.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:54 AM on September 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


amro, no, but if I were running a website that was loved, used, and read by roughly a kajillionthousand (exact number of active users; I counted), I would want to know when there was any problem with it, even aesthetic.

There have been bug report MeTas for more trivial things than this, I assure you.
posted by phunniemee at 7:58 AM on September 12, 2012 [19 favorites]


A bug is a bug. And sometimes the most innocent thing turns out to be a minor symptom of a much worse problem. I've learned to follow up those little bugs that make you say "huh, that's weird".
posted by DU at 8:12 AM on September 12, 2012 [2 favorites]


Yeah, no problem on the bug report. That is unusual, I haven't seen it before or heard about it. I agree with cortex—sounds like a style isn't loading. Maybe it's a network issue. Do you notice it more on your home wifi than out and about on 3G?
posted by pb (staff) at 8:12 AM on September 12, 2012


In re it being a network issue -- I notice that phunniemee is on Verizon, so I'll just say that I've never seen this happen on AT&T.

(Also that "att" autocorrects to "AT&T", but "phunniemee" autocorrects to "phonemes".)
posted by Etrigan at 8:14 AM on September 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


Hmm...I think it happens more often when I'm on 3G than when I'm using wifi at home/work. Last night's was definitely on 3G.
posted by phunniemee at 8:19 AM on September 12, 2012


Pretty cute, really, though I'd like to see what having each repeat be half the size of the previous one would be like.
posted by jamjam at 8:20 AM on September 12, 2012


Does reloading the page fix it? Or does it stay like that with each click?

I'm not sure there's much we can do to fix it on this end. If it's really irritating you could switch to the plain theme. There's no image at the top.
posted by pb (staff) at 8:28 AM on September 12, 2012


though I'd like to see what having each repeat be half the size of the previous one would be like.

Well, if Zeno has taught me anything, it'd look like a page that never finished loading.
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:32 AM on September 12, 2012 [3 favorites]


That reminds me - Zeno called and said he was coming over for dinner. Which I find a little inconsistent.
posted by the quidnunc kid at 8:48 AM on September 12, 2012 [4 favorites]


To be fair, he thinks you live twice as far away as you actually do, so he'll be there right on time.
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:51 AM on September 12, 2012 [3 favorites]


I've seen this a couple times as well (Verizon, iphone), though it's been long-enough ago since the last time that I have no idea if I was on a wifi network or cellular.
posted by rtha at 8:53 AM on September 12, 2012


Well, if Zeno has taught me anything...

That is kind of the problem, no one knows what Zeno actually means because no one has ever finished reading the argument.
posted by jamjam at 9:16 AM on September 12, 2012 [2 favorites]


This is what the header looks like at the CABAL sign in screen.
posted by The Whelk at 9:26 AM on September 12, 2012


There are several better iPhone web browsers than Safari.

iCab Mobile is worth a lot more than the $2 they charge for it.
posted by Egg Shen at 9:30 AM on September 12, 2012


The site is just trying to reproduce, that's all. If it starts posting AskMe questions for relationship advice, that's when I'd worry.
posted by SpacemanStix at 9:38 AM on September 12, 2012 [2 favorites]


I agree with cortex—sounds like a style isn't loading.

Yes, I had this problem since yesterday - the style was not loading at all - and on a PC, with XP and Firefox. Today I turned off Ghostery and Adblock plus and it loaded, and now I turned Ghostery on and its loaded. I have not yet risked turning adblock plus off.

I also turned off the AVG firefox update (which was an automated change to blocking with the new version update) when I realized that "Something" was stripping style sheets out from sites using Cloudfront - hootsuite, bit.ly and Metafilter.

Something changed somewhere - either at the tracker blocking end or the cloudfront end and poof went the weasel!

Y'all are looking thankfully blue adn grey adn yellow again though.
posted by infini at 10:19 AM on September 12, 2012


> Pretty cute, really, though I'd like to see what having each repeat be half the size of the previous one would be like.

It would look like this.
posted by heyho at 10:49 AM on September 12, 2012 [4 favorites]


So, just to be sure - does that crawl through my tablet screen and kill me in a week's time?
posted by running order squabble fest at 10:51 AM on September 12, 2012


It would look like this.

If you put "I was not expecting that" on a scale of 1-10, that would be a 9.8 for me.
posted by SpacemanStix at 10:54 AM on September 12, 2012 [14 favorites]


Not sure, rosf. Stare at your tablet screen until I say stop, and we'll find out.
posted by heyho at 10:56 AM on September 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


I remember back when I had heard about goatse but didn't actually ever view it and then when I finally saw it, I was like 'meh.' I wouldn't have been so dismissive if I'd been given heyho's image above instead. Terrifying.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 11:06 AM on September 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


I have seen this once - Sprint FWIW. Reloading fixed it. Nearly certain I was over 3G at the time.
posted by stoneweaver at 11:29 AM on September 12, 2012


After looking at this a little more I don't think it's a network/CSS issue. We're not displaying the logo as a background image—it's a single standard img tag. I'm not sure why it would repeat like that. My new guess is a mobile safari bug of some kind.
posted by pb (staff) at 11:48 AM on September 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


Looks kinda jazzy!
posted by Miko at 12:36 PM on September 12, 2012


FWIW that same issue happens to me when I am using free WiFi from some places.

Reloads, IIRC did not fix it.

Changing the network did.

Weird.
posted by mazola at 1:17 PM on September 12, 2012


Yeah, reloading definitely doesn't fix it for me.
posted by phunniemee at 1:45 PM on September 12, 2012


though I'd like to see what having each repeat be half the size of the previous one would be like.

Well, if Zeno has taught me anything, it'd look like a page that never finished loading.

You don't think even the new SKIL_E_Z algorithm could do it?
posted by jamjam at 2:14 PM on September 12, 2012


I feel like the URL for that screenshot should be something along the lines of http://solidstate3.qunixhosting.dk/8557/users/~metafilter/index.htm
posted by griphus at 2:17 PM on September 12, 2012


Oh, wait, hang on I signed us up for a short URL: http://sashay.to/MetaFilter
posted by griphus at 2:19 PM on September 12, 2012


I'd expect Mario to jump from between the logos at some point.
posted by arcticseal at 3:06 PM on September 12, 2012


Pretty cute, really, though I'd like to see what having each repeat be half the size of the previous one would be like.
I had a couple of spare minutes.
posted by unliteral at 4:55 PM on September 12, 2012 [2 favorites]


I'd expect Mario to jump from between the logos at some point.
Okay, must stop now.
posted by unliteral at 5:01 PM on September 12, 2012 [3 favorites]


Wow, unilteral, thanks!

I do really like it.
posted by jamjam at 5:11 PM on September 12, 2012


'unliteral', I mean. (I literally meant to write 'unilateral' originally.)
posted by jamjam at 5:16 PM on September 12, 2012


I literally meant to write 'unilateral' originally.
Hee! you would have gone on my Unilateral action list.
posted by unliteral at 5:24 PM on September 12, 2012 [3 favorites]


Hulk Hogan lacks animation.
posted by flabdablet at 9:01 PM on September 12, 2012


METAFILTER METAFILTER METAFILTER METAFILTER METAFILTER

WELCOME TO METAFILTER.COM
posted by Evernix at 9:11 PM on September 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


COMMUNITY WEBLOG
posted by Evernix at 9:12 PM on September 12, 2012


ANYTHING IS POSTABLE AT METAFILTERCOM
posted by carsonb at 9:56 PM on September 12, 2012 [2 favorites]


THE ONLY LIMIT IS YOURSELF
posted by The Whelk at 10:04 PM on September 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


Every once in a while, while reading MeFi on my phone, the heading will . .

FREAK OUT !
posted by flapjax at midnite at 12:40 AM on September 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


Okay since this thread is already referencing Mario, and since we were talking about whether this glitch is trivially aesthetic or not, I must poiint out this weird, potentially seizure-inducing bug I found on Nintendo's website. I reported it to them and haven't heard back, and submitted it to Kotaku and never got a reply.

As I pointed out in the video description, the slideshow was flying by so fast that the screencasting software I was using couldn't capture it. I'm a migraine sufferer and just a few seconds of seeing the page gave me a mild headache. I would hate for an epilepsy sufferer to happen across this bug. (Yes, I know that perhaps epileptics are less likely to play video games in the first place and thus might not be interested in Nintendo's website, but there's always blind links and first-time seizure sufferers.)

The bug is currently fixed, although I have no idea whether it was via the intervention of someone who runs the site, or the release of Firefox 15.0.1, or the intervention of the great video game deity in the sky.

So I thank the mods here for responding to "trivial" website issues when a giant corporation may or may not have ignored a possibly dangerous website bug.
posted by IndigoRain at 12:08 AM on September 14, 2012


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