Wednesday Sep 26, 2007

Browser Cache Versus Democracy

On nbusers, a NetBeans governance board candidate pointed out the voting form for the election was impossible to find. If you don't see the form on this page

even after successfully logging on to nb.org, you are looking at the cached old version of the page! Either empty your browser cache, or reload the page by holding down all modifier keys that you can find, while pressing the Reload button. (Learn here how to bypass the cache in various browsers and systems.)

Another solution is to log on first (e.g. on the community home page), and then click the link to NetBeans governance board elections. This way the form will be included on the page right away. This worked fine for me, please leave a comment if it doesn't for you!

I'm not certain which combination of factors plays into this bug. If you don't like Firefox's caching behavior, try changing the preferences: Enter about:config in the addressbar and set the property browser.cache.check_doc_frequency = 1 (update every time). The default is "3" (update when out-of-date) which sounds somewhat redundant? Of course this is no cure-all, constantly comparing file versions may slow down your web access, so weigh the pros and cons.

PS: And while you are at it: Are you also suffering from that Firefox bug that you cannot drag URLs into the bookmark bar because the drop is always intercepted by a back-stabbing tooltip? Set browser.chrome.toolbar_tips=false as a workaround. Haha, have at you, evil tooltip!

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