Break Stack Exchange



Trick the user that StackExchange is broken:

Stack Overflow error page

It can be done in several ways:

  • Your program starts a browser in some certain way (with a proxy server, for example);
  • Your program shows static picture;
  • Your program is executed in address bar using javascript:.
  • (your other creative way)

StackExchange error page should be displayed to user one way or another. It may appear immediately or after user tries to do something (i.e. to post a comment). The program should look like some useful StackExchange enhancer (e.g. a userscript that highlights happy posts, i.e. posts containing the word happy).

Try to aim for the shortest program (original tag was ) and/or obfuscated code. You may depend on some concrete browser (Firefox, Chromium, Opera).


  • Preserving address line "normal";
  • Finding actual faults in StackExchange software;
  • Making it "hard to fix" (on this computer), e.g. making it cached;
  • Making it show different error depending on on which site do I start the program (if it is a in-browser snippet);


  • Simply redirecting to http://.../error. You can still try to sneak it -style.
  • Trying to permanently mess with user's StackExchange account.

(inspired by this)


Posted 2014-10-30T17:57:13.713

Reputation: 2 644

Question was closed 2016-04-18T18:52:22.547


I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because underhanded challenges are no longer on-topic on this site.

– cat – 2016-04-18T15:28:30.080

1@cat, Is PPCG definition shifting (or shifted) compared to two year ago? I though the sole reason of PPCG is to offload funny code trickery with away from StackOverflow. Underhanded contests or code trolling definitely feel like a funny trickery... – Vi. – 2016-04-18T21:30:38.080

@Vi. Yes. undefined and undefined are now discouraged, as they don't provide an objective primary winning criterion. Did you read the meta post I linked? – cat – 2016-04-18T21:33:16.283

7This seems to be too vague for me. "As closely as possible" is not really an objective criterium. – Ingo Bürk – 2014-10-30T18:05:08.490


Is this a duplicate?

– Justin – 2014-10-30T18:10:38.890

1@Quincunx No, that is very different - it allows much more than displaying errors. – isaacg – 2014-10-30T18:17:20.707

@IngoBürk Yeah, I would suggest removing that line and just saying "Must display an image of the error page" – isaacg – 2014-10-30T18:18:40.853

1@isaacg But then it comes down to golfing a picture. We've had that before. Quite recently, even, I think. – Ingo Bürk – 2014-10-30T19:23:42.280

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