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Random button broken

Postby Darth_Dadda » Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:43 pm UTC

<a href="//c.xkcd.com/random/comic/">Random</a>

Cannot be reached... refused to connect.

Why god why!?

workaround: custom Chrome add on that visits XKCD, navigates back one comic, saves the semantic url ending as t, then generates a url: https://xkcd.com/N∩[0,t]/

haha... no one needs your broken random button.

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Re: xkcd random button not working

Postby Organic Torus » Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:05 am UTC

It's been broken since the 11th I think. It sucks because I like to go to dynamic.xkcd.com/random/comic instead of strait to xkcd.com so I get to enjoy a random old comic before I see the latest one. For a while I thought the whole xkcd site was down.

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Re: Random button broken

Postby spirail » Fri Sep 14, 2018 3:31 pm UTC

+1. Joined forum just to notify bug... should have known others would beat me to it.

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Re: Random button broken

Postby Darth_Dadda » Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:09 pm UTC

spirail wrote:d have known others would beat me to it.


You're in good company! it's the only reason I joined the forum!

Organic Torus wrote:I like to go to dynamic.xkcd.com/random/comic instead of strait to xkcd.com so I get to enjoy a random old comic before I see the latest one.


I'm exactly the opposite! I read the new one first then spend hours and hours hitting random...

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Re: Random button broken

Postby balthasar_s » Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:23 pm UTC

The c.xkcd.com server not working breaks not only the "Random" button but also other things.
One of them is https://xkcd.com/1190/.
On that page time.png redirects to https://c.xkcd.com/redirect/comic/time.
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Re: Random button broken

Postby bugmento » Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:49 pm UTC

another thing that is now broken is the JSONp api, at c.xkcd.com/api-0/jsonp/comic/

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Re: Random button broken

Postby four random words here » Wed Sep 19, 2018 8:31 pm UTC

I was going to create an account to report this issue, but then I saw this thread.

Wait...

In all seriousness, I can confirm this issue is present in chrome 69.0.3497.100 (Official Build) (64-bit), and IE 11.0.9600.19100

https://www.dropbox.com/s/fjea2vfwyx7qafw/xkcd%20random%20broken.PNG?dl=0

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Re: Random button broken

Postby testrider » Thu Sep 20, 2018 7:26 am UTC

Given the dominance of the random button this has a pretty big impact on the users experience.
Is there any way this can be prioritized?

I can't imagine it is hard to restore the previous functionality, but otherwise a more simple plug may be suitable to fill this hole.

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Re: Random button broken

Postby Organic Torus » Fri Sep 28, 2018 6:02 pm UTC

It's broken again for me. This time going straight to dynamic.xkcd.com/random/comic still works but when I click the random button the connection just times out. What's going on? :?

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Re: Random button broken

Postby bugmento » Fri Sep 28, 2018 11:02 pm UTC

for me, HTTP works, but HTTPS doesn't. it seems to hang after 'we' send ClientHello

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% curl -vvv https://c.xkcd.com   
* Rebuilt URL to: https://c.xkcd.com/
*   Trying 107.6.98.34...
* TCP_NODELAY set
* Connected to c.xkcd.com (107.6.98.34) port 443 (#0)
* ALPN, offering h2
* ALPN, offering http/1.1
* successfully set certificate verify locations:
  CAfile: /etc/pki/tls/certs/ca-bundle.crt
  CApath: none
* TLSv1.2 (OUT), TLS handshake, Client hello (1):


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Re: Random button broken

Postby mrob27 » Fri Sep 28, 2018 11:05 pm UTC

https://xkcd.com/1190 is still broken. What's going on? Does anyone actually fix broken things anymore?
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Re: Random button broken

Postby gmalivuk » Sat Sep 29, 2018 12:18 am UTC

None of the active forum moderators have any control outside of the forums themselves.

There are many other ways to watch 1190 in its entirety, so that particular comic no longer working 5.5 years later is probably not high on anyone's priorities in any case.
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Re: Random button broken

Postby Organic Torus » Sat Oct 06, 2018 3:56 am UTC

balthasar_s wrote:The c.xkcd.com server not working breaks not only the "Random" button but also other things.
One of them is https://xkcd.com/1190/.
On that page time.png redirects to https://c.xkcd.com/redirect/comic/time.


So c.xkcd.com and the random button function go down together? Granted I know little about coding but those seem like strange things to be so closely related.

Also the random button has been "breaking" every few days since mid-September as far as I can tell. Clearly it's an ongoing problem. I wonder what's behind it.

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Re: Random button broken

Postby Alcatraz II » Thu Oct 25, 2018 12:58 am UTC

Seems like it's back online!!


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