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Working Theory: Pages with Content Warning Twitter embeds crashing mobile

PerrsunPerrsun Registered User regular
Some threads are not loading on mobile browser. Currently using Safari, on iPhone. Some threads do load successfully. I don’t see this problem on desktop browsing.

E.g. threads that work:
Brolo’s thread about search results in Tube’s Circus
GW2 thread under the MMO section
Xbox thread in G&T
Xeries X thread in SE

Threads that don’t work
PC Game Thread in SE
Wrestling thread in SE

When a page fails, it first makes a large blue box as I scroll up, not loading posts.
After about 30 seconds I get an error message.

Examples included below.


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  • LockedOnTargetLockedOnTarget Registered User regular
    edited July 2022
    I’m experiencing a similar thing on Safari, in desktop mode. Some threads freeze up the browser, like the wrestling thread.

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  • ElvenshaeElvenshae Registered User regular
    Still happening - PC games thread in SE, using Safari on iOS.

  • godmodegodmode Southeast JapanRegistered User regular
    Same on Firefox on iOS.

  • PerrsunPerrsun Registered User regular
    SE’s PC game thread is now working now that it has advanced to page 53. If I try to go back to page 52, the page crashes.

  • TofystedethTofystedeth Registered User regular
    Perrsun wrote: »
    SE’s PC game thread is now working now that it has advanced to page 53. If I try to go back to page 52, the page crashes.

    If it helps, I have not had any issues with that page. Chrome on Android

  • rhylithrhylith Death Rabbits HoustonRegistered User regular
    edited July 2022
    Latest page of the se++ pc game thread is crashing iOS browsers again. So maybe some commonality between p 52 and p 57

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  • BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Registered User regular
    Not doing anything bad to android firefox for me, FWIW I never saw the earlier issues on android firefox either though.

  • InquisitorInquisitor Registered User regular
    I’m encountering similar issues on iOS using Chrome.

  • InquisitorInquisitor Registered User regular
    Now encountering it on the most recent page (page 34) of the Roe thread in SE++.

  • LanzLanz ...Za?Registered User regular
    edited July 2022
    Encountering the same

    I also noticed this on another forum I’m on a few days ago, same behavior, which is making me think it’s not just the boards but a WebKit issue (which would explain it hitting Inquisitor in iOS Chrome; Chrome on here is using WebKit like Safari does, basically) that something is triggering on both.

    Thought at first it was maybe twitter video embeds, but that doesn’t seem to be the case as other pages with them works fine, so not sure what the common factor is

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  • LanzLanz ...Za?Registered User regular
    Additionally it won’t let me type even if I have access to the leave a comment UI

  • Sweeney TomSweeney Tom Registered User regular
    Same. It appears to be a random thing too. July 6-7 it was happening trying to view new posts in the wrestling and PC threads as mentioned in the OP, yesterday there were no issues so I thought whatever happened was fixed, and now today it's happening with trying to view new posts in the SE++ RoeVWade thread and not them (they're fine now like the Roe thread was the 6th through the 8th)

    Everything's been fine on desktop throughout

  • LanzLanz ...Za?Registered User regular
    edited July 2022

    At least for the roe thread, the odd post out was one embed generated a sensitive content screener.

    Break that URL so the embed breaks, page loads just fine again.

    For anyone else: are there twitter embeds doing anything similar? Video and photo embeds on their own don’t seem to do it, so we’re looking for things that are gating access to content in the embed I think.

    EDIT: tested it elsewhere off board by posting the tweet in question, and it broke it there too, so I’m fairly sure its the twitter embeds doing it

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  • LanzLanz ...Za?Registered User regular
    Does anyone have the page numbers for the other threads where they’re hitting the error? Can you confirm if there’s a similar twitter embed that could be the cause?

  • PerrsunPerrsun Registered User regular
    @Lanz that lines up with my experiences.

    In the SE Wrestling thread, I specifically remember the last working post on page 86 being this one:
    and after that, the thread kept locking up for me. There is a twitter embed with a content warning just a few posts after the one I linked. (The media IN that twitter embed has been removed for copyright stuff, AND that tweet is INSIDE a spoiler, but the embed itself still has the content warning prompt.)

    Page 52 of the SE PC game thread has a content warning embed, and that page caused the crash:
    Page 57 of the SE PC game thread has a content warning embed, and that page also caused the crash:️-madison-starflint-and-dragon-forge-out-today/p57

  • LanzLanz ...Za?Registered User regular
    edited July 2022
    I’m not 100% sure, but I think twitter fixed whatever might have been going on with the content gates; using iPad safari and content gated twitter embeds are no longer freezing up pages on my end.

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