3 FAQ tagged with error

My post or comment got an error that begins "Your comment includes the word [x]" and I can't post it.

There are some words that are so harmful that including them, even to criticize them or quote someone else, is not permitted on Metafilter. If you get this error, rewrite your text so it does not include the word, or, if you're quoting, blank out all or part of that word before posting.

You can see the list of banned words here (content warning: slurs). If you think a particular word should be added to the list, please contact us.
(tags: ) January 14, 2013 - permalink - back to questions

I'm having a problem, might be a bug. What should I try before contacting the mods or posting to MetaTalk?

There are a few things you should try before contacting the mods or reporting a bug in MetaTalk.

1. Clear your cache and do a hard refresh. Here are Wikipedia's instructions on how to do this with various browsers.
2. Log out and log back in again.
3. See if the problem persists across multiple computers and/or internet connections and/or browsers if you can.
4. Check to see if you are running browser extensions that may interfere with site features. Try disabling them.
5. Make sure you are allowing googleapis.com and cloudfront.net to run scripts on the site. [Why?]
6. Check to see if you are in Private Browsing mode, which can sometimes cause weird site behaviors.

If none of these have any effect, feel free to contact us via the Contact Form. Post a bug report to MetaTalk if you feel the problem is one that may affect many users.
(tags: ) January 14, 2011 - permalink - back to questions

I get an error saying: 400 Bad Request, Size of a request header field exceeds server limit. What is this?

This is caused by an old version of the "Metafilter Scroll Tag" script. The same old script can also cause intermittent logging out for some browsers. The full error message is: 400 Bad Request - Your browser sent a request that this server could not understand. - Size of a request header field exceeds server limit.

Newer versions of the script fix this. You can get the latest version of that script here.
(tags: ) December 13, 2012 - permalink - back to questions