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I saw the "online username" a few days ago. The next page I loaded didn't have it.

More often I see some missing formatting: the background is white, the text is plain, and the content is down the screen without being formatted into boxes. (Just like a retro bulletin board!) Again, the next page loaded correctly.

"Online" is the alt text you see when the little image to the left of someone's username doesn't load.

I'm talking about these images:

In the HTML they look like this:

--- Code: ---<img src="" alt="Online" data-pagespeed-url-hash="159412188" onload="pagespeed.CriticalImages.checkImageForCriticality(this);">
--- End code ---

You can manually trigger this "Online" bug by editing the page in your browser (right click page -> Inspect or Edit) and intentionally adding a typo into the image URL, so it can't load.

Possible causes:

(1) URL to image is wrong (unlikely?  but possible if eg "theme" is randomly changing)
(2) Image is not being received by the web browser when requested.  Possibly a forum (PHP?) bug, webserver issue, caching issue, browser issue, your own internet link, could be anything.

Dave, I just saw this issue this morning.

Below is the HTML fragment.  The "pagespeed" image URL wasn't valid at the time I viewed the source but seemed to become valid soon after.  :-//

--- Code: ---<a href=";u=xxxx" title="Online"><img src="" alt="Online" data-pagespeed-url-hash="159412188" onload="pagespeed.CriticalImages.checkImageForCriticality(this);"/></a>
--- End code ---

I think "pagespeed" might be Apache pagespeed?

Ie configured in the webserver config, not php or simplemachines.

N.B. these optimisation and acceleration programs are heavily situation dependent; they can make things better, worse or not much different at all.  Eg switching out the tiny .gifs on dynamically generated pages might not actually achieve much; but it could be doing stuff elsewhere that helps.  I am innately suspicious of any and all such optimis programs :)

Speaking of things not loading. I just notices that this user has avatar picture that leads to URL outside of the eevblog ( And that redirects to some spam place that uBlock blocks, or shows a page that offers to buy the domain.

How did this happen? Allowing random links in avatars seems unsafe, but I don't even understand how that is possible.

Ok, I went to check and apparently you can specify URL of an avatar. This is a tracker's wet dream. How is this even an option? This open so many opportunities to mess with the forum. You are allowing people to load any unverified content.


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