I noticed that the favorite users tab on the main user page is filled with people from StackOverflow, rather than MathOverflow. It is also the same on the math.SE favorite users tab.

Is this the first step of the programmer's plan to take over the world? I guess, first, they become the favorite popular clique on all stackexchange sites, and then....?

Or perhaps this is a Winter Bash thing?

Favorite users

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    $\begingroup$ I cannot reproduce this. $\endgroup$
    – user9072
    Dec 15, 2014 at 13:14
  • $\begingroup$ Hmmnnnn.. It definitely reproduces for me. I am using Chrome on Windows. But the weird thing is that I just tried IE, and then I don't see that tab at all. In fact, I don't even know what a "favorite user" is... $\endgroup$ Dec 15, 2014 at 13:19
  • $\begingroup$ I noticed now also a further error: on that favorite users tab, when I mouse hover over a user, a different user's information comes up. $\endgroup$ Dec 15, 2014 at 13:21
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    $\begingroup$ Interesting. What is the favorite user tab even? I just followed the link, but how does one arrove there normally. $\endgroup$
    – user9072
    Dec 15, 2014 at 13:22
  • $\begingroup$ For me, it appears as one of the tabs on the user page. But only in Chrome, and not in IE. $\endgroup$ Dec 15, 2014 at 13:23
  • $\begingroup$ But it is very odd, since it is like the page loads normally, and then is quickly changed to add that tab. $\endgroup$ Dec 15, 2014 at 13:26
  • $\begingroup$ Strange. I do not see this in Chrome either (neither the tab nor is there anything odd when I follow your link); same in Firefox and IE. $\endgroup$
    – user9072
    Dec 15, 2014 at 13:28
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    $\begingroup$ I added a screenshot. $\endgroup$ Dec 15, 2014 at 13:32
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    $\begingroup$ Maybe they show this just to you so that you also have some competition point-wise. :-) $\endgroup$
    – user9072
    Dec 15, 2014 at 13:35
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    $\begingroup$ Yeah, I feel like a mere inaccessible cardinal to their superstrongness and almost hugeness... $\endgroup$ Dec 15, 2014 at 13:39
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    $\begingroup$ It seems that you have one tab more than I (and quid) do. Your link leads me to the reputation tab as if there was no favorite tab at all. Have you always had that tab, or is it a recent superpower? $\endgroup$ Dec 15, 2014 at 14:35
  • $\begingroup$ I'm not sure; I just happened to notice it and click on it today. I seem to have it on all the SE sites, and it seems to work sensibly on the StackOverflow site. $\endgroup$ Dec 15, 2014 at 14:37
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    $\begingroup$ I don't see this tab! $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Dec 15, 2014 at 18:18
  • $\begingroup$ I looked at the source, and this favorites tab does not appear in the same <div> with the others; the only place the word "favorite" appears in the html source is in the line: <meta property="og:url" content="meta.mathoverflow.net/users?tab=favorite"> . $\endgroup$ Dec 15, 2014 at 19:06
  • $\begingroup$ I retagged support to save some moderator the effort of adding a status-tag for the bug-tag. $\endgroup$
    – user9072
    Dec 15, 2014 at 19:29

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I've realized that at some point I must have enabled the FriendsStack extension in Chrome, and then completely forgotten about it. This extension supposedly allows one to favorite users, but I never ended up using it, and it now appears to presume that one is using StackOverflow rather than another stackexchange site. (Perhaps I could have made a different setting somehow and get it to work?)

I've now disabled this extension---the tab is now gone---and I apologize for the distraction.


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