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facebook post area when clicked gives https://www.facebook.com/ajax/metacomposer/attachment/status/status.php?targetid=695296250&xhpc=composerTourStart

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facebook post area when clicked gives https://www.facebook.com/ajax/metacomposer/attachment/status/status.php?targetid=695296250&xhpc=composerTourStart

This is when you click the "whats on your mind" box. Started happening yesterday. Works OK on IE. Scanned page source and found composerTourStart on firefox but not IE. COMPLETELY deleted firefox, saving and restoring only bookmarks. ALL plugins and extensions are disabled. Same thing. I see this exact problem reported a lot, but on Chrome.

Also, the buttons for friend requests/messages/ all clear the number and do nothing. Both started happening at the same time.

Firefox 14.0.1, XP SP3

I put what I think is the area causing the message from the Page Source area.

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Re: facebook post area when clicked gives https://www.facebook.com/ajax/metacomposer/attachment/status/status.php?targetid=695296250&xhpc=composerTourStart

ATTENTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RESET FIREFOX TOOK CARE OF THE PROBLEM...

THIS LINK TELLS HOW

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/reset-firefox-easily-fix-most-problems

WILL NOW TRY READING THE ADDONS ONE BY ONE AND SEE IF ANY OF THEM BRINGS BACK THE PROBLEM

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Re: facebook post area when clicked gives https://www.facebook.com/ajax/metacomposer/attachment/status/status.php?targetid=695296250&xhpc=composerTourStart

Which version of IE did you compare (8 or 9)? Facebook may serve different versions of its site to older browsers.

When you have a problem with one particular site, a good "first thing to try" is clearing your Firefox cache and deleting your saved cookies for the site.

1. Clear Firefox's Cache

orange Firefox button or Tools menu > Options > Advanced

On the Network mini-tab > Cached Web Content : "Clear Now"

2. If needed, delete your FB cookies (this will log you out)

While viewing a page on the site, right-click and choose View Page Info > Security > "View Cookies"

In the search box, change facebook.com to facebook.net and clear any of those as well.

Then try reloading the page. Does that help?

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Re: facebook post area when clicked gives https://www.facebook.com/ajax/metacomposer/attachment/status/status.php?targetid=695296250&xhpc=composerTourStart

done clearing all that any number of times. Including deleting and reinstalling firefox 14.0.1 to a new folder and deleting the profiles. interestingly, when I "remove all cookies", they still stay there even though the screen goes blank when I do it. If I look again, there they are...

am going to try reloading an older firefox to see if it helps.

IE 8 since you asked.

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Re: facebook post area when clicked gives https://www.facebook.com/ajax/metacomposer/attachment/status/status.php?targetid=695296250&xhpc=composerTourStart

PS, Thanks for the response.

There is no such address as facebook.net, opendns returns error

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Re: facebook post area when clicked gives https://www.facebook.com/ajax/metacomposer/attachment/status/status.php?targetid=695296250&xhpc=composerTourStart

If the cookies can't be cleared while on facebook.com, you can call up that same dialog on this page, just change the domain from mozilla.org to facebook.com.

There is no such address as facebook.net, opendns returns error

Well, there isn't a www.facebook.net, but FB uses various other host names ending with facebook.net (e.g., connect.facebook.net is used to generate Like buttons on third party websites; other examples: https://www.google.com/search?q=site%3Afacebook.net). You can find cookies for any such hosts using the base domain facebook.net.

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Re: facebook post area when clicked gives https://www.facebook.com/ajax/metacomposer/attachment/status/status.php?targetid=695296250&xhpc=composerTourStart

tried 13.0.1 same thing.

I started the web console and got the following, from a brand new facebook session.

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Re: facebook post area when clicked gives https://www.facebook.com/ajax/metacomposer/attachment/status/status.php?targetid=695296250&xhpc=composerTourStart

Back at 14.0.1 same thing.

Some cookies don't delete.... facebook.com did, but fastclick.net did not. They appear to delete, but when you show cookies again, they're still there. Deleting all facebook cookies did not help. have cleared cache and deleted files many times.

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Re: facebook post area when clicked gives https://www.facebook.com/ajax/metacomposer/attachment/status/status.php?targetid=695296250&xhpc=composerTourStart

When I click "What's on your mind?" FB retrieves this URL (according to Firebug; note that I changed the user number):

http://www.facebook.com/ajax/metacomposer/attachment/status/status.php?isAugmentation=true&targetid=...[_mod]=pagelet_composer&__user=1234567879&__a=1

Then it posts a hidden form to:

http://www.facebook.com/ajax/composer/audience/sticky_education

I don't have any problem using the box. What issue(s) are you having with entering a status update?


There is another thread about cookies and some FB features, including the 3 buttons (Friend Requests, Messages, Notifications) not opening the usual panes. How are you handling cookies?

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Re: facebook post area when clicked gives https://www.facebook.com/ajax/metacomposer/attachment/status/status.php?targetid=695296250&xhpc=composerTourStart

I believe fastclick.net is an advertising site. If you use an add-on that opts you out of tracking for advertising sites, you may be seeing an opt-out cookie rather than a tracking cookie. But we could take that up in a different thread.

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Re: facebook post area when clicked gives https://www.facebook.com/ajax/metacomposer/attachment/status/status.php?targetid=695296250&xhpc=composerTourStart

I check all cookies and block a lot.I don't block any facebook cookies. But it was never a problem till yesterday after 3 1/2 years. I click the update status box and that link I printed in the question replaces the facebook screen in the URL bar, blank screen, with absolutely nothing in the page source. The other cookie issue is definitely for another day, but thought I'd mention it just in case. I removed all the blocks and it still doesn't work. Guess it's going to be FB and IE from now on....