Useless Error messages
I just tried to post a comment on a Chow Recipe
and got the terse and useless message in red:
That's it! How UNhelpful is that?
I may try another browser to see if that makes any difference.
Using Firefox v6 (much less memory leaky and responsive than v4/5
EDIT: tried Opera, IE8 and Chrome, same result.
EDIT #2: could be a wider site issue, justed failed trying to post to Mr. Supertaster:
There are a few reasons the unhelpful "Error" can show up. Have you been unable to comment on anything, or only on specific articles?
It's all articles with a 'comment' feature. Tried different articles and repeated the ones above, still get an error.
Oh, one gave me a slightly different message:
"Sorry, but there might be something wrong on our end. Try it again, and we'll fix it if its broken."
Hopefully this is logged somewhere, otherwise .........
Hmmm .... unusual plugins .... maybe I should ask about your Unusual Coding Techniques :-).
Time to try 'safe mode'....
UPDATE: no difference in Safe Mode.
BTW usually running on Windows XP, fully patched, no resident A/V bloatware.
Tried FF v3.5 under Debian Squeeze 64 bit (:-) with same result.
I'm still getting the same terse Red Error message, but I just found another possible clue.
Trying a similar comment post on youtube.com I got a near identical terse Red Error.
It turns out that YT is VALIDATING the text that I enter. When I comply with their validation criteria my post is accepted.
@Engineering - is there a secret, barely documented or unnecessary validation happening on Comments? Perhaps common open source code written by Immature Youthful Programmers :-( No offense intended.