In an answer to Apple Chat Room:

The link to Ask Different Chat is sometimes missing from the right hand column of Ask Different meta.

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In the meta page to the left of that screenshot:

  • no link.

Reloading the pages does not resolve the inconsistency. I'll upload a movie to the following folder:

Please, is the randomness by design? Or is there some other explanation?

Whatever the reason: the inconsistency around a key feature is disorienting, smells a little buggy.

1 Answer 1


The sidebar ad will not appear on questions until questions have more than 1 answer.

This is to

  • focus on the question

  • prevent the sidebar from becoming absurdly tall, much taller than the central area of the page itself

  • Is Ask Different Chat classed as advertising? I think of it as a near-essential complement to Ask Different. Commented Aug 19, 2011 at 20:12
  • It is classified as a house ad, but the real issue is length of the sidebar Commented Aug 19, 2011 at 21:59

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