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A Conspiracy to Kill IE6

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  1. ThatFanficGuy
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    I do not recall the exact triggering event that led to our web development team laying out plans to kill IE6 over lunch in the YouTube cafeteria. Perhaps it was the time I pushed out a CSS stylesheet that included an attribute selector on a semi-supported HTML element. <...> Or perhaps it was the hundredth time one of our software engineers had innocently pushed out an <img> tag with an empty src attribute. Nobody joining the team could be expected to know that in early versions of IE, the browser would load the root path “/” for empty src attributes. The <img> tag would suddenly behave like an <iframe>, loading our homepage and all of its dependent resources in what could become an exponentially expanding recursive loop. Whenever an empty image tag found its way on to the homepage, it was all-hands-on-deck emergency to locate and replace the offending code before we melted our servers into paperweights.

    Regardless of whatever the event at that time was, it had been brutal and it had been IE6 related. IE6 had been the bane of our web development team’s existence. <...> IE6 users represented around 18% of our user base at that point. We understood that we could not just drop support for it. However, sitting in that cafeteria, having only slept about a few hours each in the previous days, our compassion for these users had completely eroded away. We began collectively fantasizing about how we could exact our revenge on IE6.

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  2. [5]
    Luna
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    Previously posted to ~comp
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    1. [4]
      ThatFanficGuy
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      Crap. I checked ~tech before posting, but not ~comp. Posted here because I thought it could be of interest to the non-nerd crowd, as well. Mods, what do?

      Crap. I checked ~tech before posting, but not ~comp.

      Posted here because I thought it could be of interest to the non-nerd crowd, as well.

      Mods, what do?

      2 votes
      1. [3]
        cfabbro
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        No worries, I think in this case it's an article appropriate for both groups. Although I wouldn't recommend crossposting stuff intentionally at this point since the traffic is still too light to...

        No worries, I think in this case it's an article appropriate for both groups. Although I wouldn't recommend crossposting stuff intentionally at this point since the traffic is still too light to justify it, when it occasionally happens by accident it's no big deal. Especially since not everyone subbed to ~comp is also subbed to ~tech and vice versa.

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          ThatFanficGuy
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          No? I was automatically subscribed to all(?) present groups at registration. Do people bother with unsubscribing?

          Especially since not everyone subbed to ~comp is also subbed to ~tech and vice versa.

          No? I was automatically subscribed to all(?) present groups at registration. Do people bother with unsubscribing?

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          1. cfabbro
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            Not everyone, but a fair chunk do. E.g. The highest user count is ~tildes.official with 10224 subscribers and the lowest is ~lgbt with 7004 subscribers. Well... ~test has only a few hundred, but...

            Not everyone, but a fair chunk do. E.g. The highest user count is ~tildes.official with 10224 subscribers and the lowest is ~lgbt with 7004 subscribers. Well... ~test has only a few hundred, but that group has always been manual subscribing only. ;)

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