This bug happens when you disable the sticky ness for the top navigation bar in your site preferences.

Then, search for any user on the main site or meta logged in as a moderator. I do hide the left nav and this doesn’t happen when I log out. I also hide left nav if you want to reproduce this.

Any user page breaks the layout as do edit history links:

Note that every user profile renders broken, this isn’t about one or a few profiles but all user pages on the site. Similarly, every edit revision page is broken, not just the one sample linked above.

The top navigation shows a noticeable white space gap approximately 10% of the width of the page.

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Browsers that I can reproduce this are:

  • Safari 11 and 12 on macOS 10.13.6
  • Safari 12 on macOS 10.14
  • Safari on iOS 11.4.1
  • Safari on iOS 12.0
  • Firefox Focus 7.0.2 on iOS 12.1 with default settings for the browser

I have disabled all content blockers / safari extensions and verified this breaks on multiple networks (work / home / library / coffee shop) and that it’s only when I’m signed in and on a subset of pages like user pages listed.

  • What safari version? Same on chrome? How wide is your display? Aug 12, 2018 at 3:07
  • Not sure safari on iOS gets a version. The display is iPad wide depending on rotation. The Mac is five different models all with different widths. @JBis
    – bmike Mod
    Aug 12, 2018 at 3:09
  • Also reproduce on a new iPad with Firefox Focus - default settings for that browser on iOS. My best guess is content blocking that browsers are applying is breaking the layout.
    – bmike Mod
    Oct 13, 2018 at 15:09
  • I am pretty sure all browsers on iOS are wrappers of WebKit. So the same thing should happen on all browsers. Oct 13, 2018 at 15:54
  • The wikipedia page for it says it uses the deprecated UIWebView API instead of WKWebView @JBis - you're correct it's all likely the same renderer and this is now explicitly about content blocking and the site choosing cross site scripting in the fundamental design and how some end users will download what they think is a "browser app" and "see some things break".
    – bmike Mod
    Oct 13, 2018 at 16:12

2 Answers 2


I'm not seeing this, with or without left nav hidden. I checked in Safari (11.1.2 (13605.3.8)) and Chrome (68.0.3440.106) on macOS 10.13.6 (17G65).

With Left Nav

Without Left Nav

  • Wow - thanks for posting. It's super reproducible for me on several machines. I'm not sure if "it's just me" makes it better or worse! I'll go back and check versions again.
    – bmike Mod
    Aug 18, 2018 at 12:17
  • Are you running any script blocker things? NoScript? I have UBO but it doesn't seem to impact Ask Different's rendering.
    – Ian C.
    Aug 18, 2018 at 20:35
  • I typically used 1Blocker and Adamant - but the new 1BlockerX is so awesome, that’s my only safari extension. Even if I white list this site or turn that off entirely - no blocking, I still get this. Crazy - it’s not something I need fixed if even other mods don’t see it.
    – bmike Mod
    Sep 22, 2018 at 14:14
  • How about top navigation bar stickiness?
    – bmike Mod
    Feb 23, 2019 at 17:12
  • @bmike stickiness is a-okay for me in Firefox, Chrome and Safari for me. Lastest Mojave release.
    – Ian C.
    Feb 24, 2019 at 22:04
  • Thanks Ian - I have no clue at this point....
    – bmike Mod
    Feb 24, 2019 at 22:31

Not seen on my account. Maybe something limited to moderator accounts.

Not seen Safari 12.0 (macOS Mojave) or Chrome 68.0.3440.75 (macOS Mojave). Not seen on Safari/Chrome Sierra either. enter image description here

  • Thanks for adding what is clear and what is failing. Turn off left navigation in your user settings and see if that’s the variable. I don’t get the bug when I log out of the site.
    – bmike Mod
    Aug 12, 2018 at 3:02
  • @bmike See edits. Most likely due to you having a mod account. If you give me your user and pass I can check😉. Jk. Jk. Aug 12, 2018 at 3:14
  • I’ll nominate you or bug you to throw your hat in the ring next time we have a moderator election!
    – bmike Mod
    Sep 22, 2018 at 14:14
  • @bmike Will definitely do!! Thanks :) Sep 22, 2018 at 15:23

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