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im_nomad Jun 16, 2009 04:38 PM

the "click to expand" option is not working for me, all it's doing is taking me to the poster's profile. Tried on different threads, same thing happening.

  1. carswell Jun 16, 2009 04:52 PM

    Same here. Neither clicking the Expand All link just under the original post nor clicking on specific collapsed posts works. Clicking on the name of the author of a collapsed post takes me to the author's profile. Windows XP, Firefox 3.0.11.

    1. Jacquilynne Jun 16, 2009 07:13 PM

      There seem to be several different problems being reported with javascript funtions right now -- people are intermittently having difficulties with anything that drops down, report boxes, reply windows, menus, etc.

      I've opened a problem ticket for our engineering team. Reloading the page does seem to help sometimes for me.

      1. LindaWhit Jun 18, 2009 09:54 AM

        Just coming here to post the same thing....sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. And when it doesn't, it won't work on an individual post OR the Expand All option. I often back out to My Chow or whatever board the post is on, and then go back to the post. But frustrating when I can't do a reply to a post either.

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          sibeats Jun 18, 2009 04:03 PM

          Me too. When I click on a persons name to open the post I get redirected to their profile page. The expand all didn't work either and I also had trouble today replying to a post.

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          1. re: sibeats
            wally Jun 18, 2009 05:05 PM

            Same here. It is a royal pain to have reload over and over again with every post. Not being able to reply is obnoxious.

            1. re: wally
              erly Jun 18, 2009 05:40 PM

              Can't understand why I could reply here, but not on the T.O.board.
              Same problems as listed above.

              1. re: erly
                bigfellow Jun 22, 2009 07:59 AM

                Same problem!!!

            2. re: sibeats
              kattyeyes Jun 18, 2009 07:37 PM

              Same here re problems posting/expanding...and though sometimes reloading the page was a fix a couple of days ago, it didn't seem to do the trick today...nor did expand all.

            3. LindaWhit Jun 18, 2009 06:19 PM

              BTW, *when* this does happen, it also happens for the "Chowhound" link at the top. I don't get the pop-down menu for all of the boards.

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              1. re: LindaWhit
                im_nomad Jun 20, 2009 12:16 PM

                same here. "reply" is working inconsistently for me too.

              2. Googs Jun 20, 2009 07:09 AM

                Ditto for me. Can't expand all and can't expand just one post. If you've ever tried tracking embee's repsonses to anything about smoked meat, you'd know this is very frustrating.

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                1. re: Googs
                  Wahooty Jun 20, 2009 09:50 AM

                  Agreed. Sorting out the poutine arguments is also rather difficult. And hitting reload to expand a 300+ post thread to figure out who the one new poster is disagreeing with...meh, so not worth it. Is this a secret plot on the part of Chowhound to force some of us to go out and be productive or get a life or something? I am in serious danger of actually getting my housecleaning done today!

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                  cmvan Jun 24, 2009 11:51 AM

                  My own problem, which I've been having for a couple of weeks now, is that everything is expanded and stays that way, so that I have to scroll through everything on a thread that I've already read. I've tried refreshing, logging out and back in, etc. Nothing's working.

                  If it makes any difference, I'm running Firefox 3.0.11 on Mac OS 10.4.11

                  1. GretchenS Jun 29, 2009 06:40 AM

                    Same thing happening as im_nomad's OP.

                    1. im_nomad Jul 1, 2009 06:57 PM

                      continuing to occur: no "expand" post, still re-routing to the user's profile, some posts will not allow "reply" until I go back and re-enter the post (reloading a page does nothing- ever), and some threads are expanding everything that i've already read.

                      1. cuccubear Jul 2, 2009 09:28 AM

                        Ditto, all the above. Reloading the page does help on occasion.

                        1. Jacquilynne Jul 2, 2009 11:03 AM

                          There's a number of threads on these various javascript issues, and the one thing I've been able to identify as a common element is the Last.FM ads. Can people who are experiencing these problems please keep an eye on which ads are appearing on the page when they're having problems vs. when they aren't. Both the banner ads at the top fo the page, and the square ads in the sidebar could be at issue.

                          -- Jacquilynne, Community Manager for Chowhound

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                          1. re: Jacquilynne
                            cuccubear Jul 2, 2009 11:07 AM

                            I can tell you, that I just tried it on this thread. I had the non-expansion problem and an inability to Reply. The ads were "Last.fm" at the top and "Harper's Globe" on the side.

                            I reloaded to make _this_ reply and the ads are - "Verizon" at the top and "Visa" on the side.

                            Hope this helps.

                            1. re: Jacquilynne
                              Gio Jul 2, 2009 11:08 AM

                              Well.... find that if I click on refresh button I get the function I intended to use. What I do find annoying is that when I click on either the Reply button or Expand button I'm taken to the top of the thread instead of attaining that function in it's proper place.

                              1. re: Jacquilynne
                                cuccubear Jul 2, 2009 11:10 AM

                                I'm having success again when "Fantasy Football" is at the top and "tv.com" is on the right. (Just thought I'd try it again)

                                1. re: cuccubear
                                  Gio Jul 2, 2009 11:18 AM

                                  Clever... just tried it and had no success with the Savour beer ad on top and the TV.com ad for fave celebrity on right I refershed the page and everything expaned and the reply box appeared.

                                2. re: Jacquilynne
                                  bigfellow Jul 2, 2009 11:29 AM

                                  Last.FM. It just happened as I tried to post this message.

                                  Thank you for the update and good luck repairing the problem.


                                  1. re: Jacquilynne
                                    carswell Jul 2, 2009 11:47 AM

                                    Have been checking for the Last.FM ads pretty religiously since you mentioned it yesterday (I think). The ad is almost always on the page when Java stops working. If I'm not mistaken, there was only one page with Java issues that didn't have the Last.FM ads.

                                    I should point out that this problem happens despite my having FlashBlock installed and therefore not seeing the ad. If it continues to be unresolved, I'll be adding the ad to my AdBlock filter.

                                    1. re: Jacquilynne
                                      Wahooty Jul 2, 2009 12:41 PM

                                      Yup...it seems like if there is anything but a last.fm ad, expanding posts, drop-down menus, replying to posts all work fine. I think I'm only experiencing any of these problems when there is a last.fm ad either in the banner or on the side.

                                      1. re: Jacquilynne
                                        LindaWhit Jul 2, 2009 01:51 PM

                                        Definitely Last.FM and tv.com ads are ca- both were banner ads at the top of this thread (and another I wanted to reply to). Reply didn't work; had to hit the refresh to get another ad (VISA) to be able to reply.

                                        1. re: LindaWhit
                                          Jacquilynne Jul 2, 2009 02:16 PM

                                          Thanks, Linda, I'll keep an eye out for the tv.com ads, as well.

                                      2. chef chicklet Jul 2, 2009 03:17 PM

                                        the expand post is not working at all for me and hasn't been working for several days.

                                        1. Gio Jul 4, 2009 08:16 AM

                                          The Click to Expand Post doesn't. Nor does the Reply button.....(most of the time)
                                          I have no idea what the Last.FM ad is or where it is.

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                                          1. re: Gio
                                            kattyeyes Jul 4, 2009 08:24 AM

                                            Hey, Happy 4th, patriotic Gio! (Baby, you're a star!) :)

                                            I'm still having trouble, too. Sometimes refreshing the page helps (and sometimes not). Sometimes navigating away from the page helps.

                                            The Last.FM ad is popping up with pretty good regularity across the top of the page AND on the right-hand side panel. You must have ad blocker software?

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                                            bigfellow Jul 4, 2009 09:09 AM

                                            It seems to be getting worse.

                                            1. carswell Jul 4, 2009 09:14 AM

                                              I appear to have found a fix, though not one that will make CBS happy.

                                              Note that I'm running the FlashBlock add-on in Firefox.

                                              - Right-click the FlashBlock icon in the space where the Last.FM ad would normally run.
                                              - Select "Remove this Flash" from the pop-up menu.

                                              Did this yesterday on both the Last.FM sidebar and banner ads and have had no "expand post," "expand all," drop-down menu or other Javascript-related problems since.

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                                              1. re: carswell
                                                carswell Jul 5, 2009 07:25 AM

                                                The perpetrators of the Last.FM ads appear to have cottoned on to this tactic; they're now changing the ads' addresses regularly.

                                                Here's a new tactic: install the Adblock Plus add-on inFirefox and add a filter for http://i.i.com.*

                                                Works for now. If they cotton on to it, the next tactic may well be to avoid Chowhound...

                                                1. re: carswell
                                                  LindaWhit Jul 5, 2009 07:28 AM

                                                  Even better would be CH not buying ANY ads from Last.fm at all. Wouldn't that also help?

                                                  P.S. Adblocker 0.6.5 won't allow that address to be added....Is Adblock Plus something different than what I have?

                                                  1. re: LindaWhit
                                                    carswell Jul 5, 2009 08:04 AM

                                                    Not familiar with Ad Blocker, LindaWhit, but Adblock Plus is the gold standard for Firefox blocker add-ons (54 million total downloads vs. 600K for Ad Blocker). Also, several commenters complain about Ad Blocker not blocking all adds.

                                                    Note, however, that to add the filter for the Last.FM ads to Adblock Plus, I couldn't do it the usual way (right-clicking the ad and then selecting "Adblock image"). Instead, I had to open Adblock Plus and add manually add the filter, as typed above. Can you do that with Ad Blocker?

                                                    1. re: carswell
                                                      LindaWhit Jul 5, 2009 09:19 AM

                                                      I can go to Add-ons in Firefox, click Extensions, and then Options button under Ad Blocker, and add addresses there. But when I tried to do it with the address you noted above, it kept saying not a valid address.

                                                      And interestingly, when I got to "Get Add-ons", Adblock Plus isn't even shown. But going to Firefox's site, I see that Adblock Plus *is* there to download.

                                                      But the "adding a filter" picture from this link https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/fire... looks to be exactly the same process as what I use when I right-click on an ad to filter it out.

                                                      As for reviews re: Adblock Plus, it looks like it can screw up Firefox menus as well, including removing stuff that people don't want removed.

                                                      1. re: LindaWhit
                                                        carswell Jul 6, 2009 04:32 PM

                                                        «But when I tried to do it with the address you noted above, it kept saying not a valid address.»

                                                        The address I noted above -- http://i.i.com.* -- may work only in Adblock Plus. The asterisk is a wildcard character that Ad Blocker may not recognize. (In Adblock Plus, http://i.i.com.* means block all images from the i.i.com domain, the source of the Last.FM ads.) So far, it's worked like a charm. Since I added the filter to Adblock Plus, all Chowhound functions -- expand post, expand all, report, edit, reply, dropdown menus, etc. -- have been operating perfectly.

                                                        «As for reviews re: Adblock Plus, it looks like it can screw up Firefox menus as well, including removing stuff that people don't want removed.»

                                                        The only reason I mentioned the Ad Blocker comments is that people have complained about it letting ads through, which could shed light on your inability to get it to block the Last.FM ads. Never having used the add-on, I've no opinion on its utility relative to Adblock Plus. That said, Adblock Plus has worked flawlessly for me, getting rid of obnoxious ads and animated images and never fouling my menus.

                                                    2. re: LindaWhit
                                                      smarsh Jul 6, 2009 04:02 PM

                                                      Agreed Linda! I can't believe CH would allow an advertiser to continue to render the site virtually useless. Pull the ad!

                                                2. sharonanne Jul 6, 2009 05:58 PM

                                                  Happening to me too. The Sprint ad was the one I noticed. Funny how these ads don't cause issues on other forums I visit. The common element seems to be CH not the ads.

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