Issues with Recent Activity page on mobile Safari? July 30, 2020 3:57 PM   Subscribe

When I load this page, regardless of settings, it jumps back and forth between two apparently presentations and is totally unusable — you can’t read or click anything. Is this just me, or is it a broader problem? My iPad is new and up to date.
posted by uberchet to Bugs at 3:57 PM (13 comments total)

frimble isn't around right now but we can see if anyone else is running into the same issue.
posted by LobsterMitten (staff) at 3:59 PM on July 30


That happened to me recently. Force-quitting Safari corrected it.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 4:04 PM on July 30


That has not helped.
posted by uberchet at 4:12 PM on July 30


No problem here
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 4:37 PM on July 30


iOS 13.5.1 on an iPhone 6s - recent activity behaves as expected on my device.
posted by hilaryjade at 6:46 PM on July 30


iOS 13.5.1 on an iPhone 8. The site seems to work fine.
posted by GenjiandProust at 3:16 AM on July 31


Echoing everything GenjiandProust said.
posted by kevinbelt at 4:36 AM on July 31


iOS 14 on an iPhone X. No issue here.
posted by Roger Pittman at 7:13 AM on July 31


Just checked on my iPad, also up to date, and things are working fine.
posted by heyho at 8:34 AM on July 31


uberchet, I realize this is a step up in complexity from a screenshot, but would you be able to post a video (like even just phone camera recording the iPad screen or something?) of the jumping back and forth behavior? We haven't heard any other reports like that that I'm aware of and I'm wondering if there's something tell-tale about how it looks when Safari is doing it.
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:29 AM on July 31


Tried on iOS 13.5.1 on an iPad Pro (11-inch) 2nd generation. No problems spotted.
posted by jzb at 11:15 AM on July 31


i've not seen that bug, but have encountered something that's possibly related?
It happens:
* iPad Pro on latest iOS Safari
* on a long thread (e.g. one of the recent covid threads)
* when there's been new activity
* but I haven't refreshed the page in a while
* and Safari has (probably) flushed the page from memory because I've been reading other stuff

Then what happens is when I go back to the metafilter tab, the page appears to get stuck in some sort of refresh loop, eventually crashing with the "A problem occurred on this webpage" Safari error.
posted by soylent00FF00 at 4:35 PM on July 31


I've had this sort of nonsense on my iPhone too, but not for a long time (maybe a year?) and only on long threads. I think quitting and restarting Safari generally fixed it, so it's probably some sort of memory management issue with that program. Safari is, IMO, a lot buggier than a mature app ought to be.
posted by Joe in Australia at 3:15 PM on August 4


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