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We have the following arrangement across the top:

SE banner with links

However, when I logged in earlier today, I got this (I was logged in as I could post comments, etc):

SE banner without links

I've seen this happen a few times. Why is this happening?

  • Have you tried a hard refresh? – wax eagle Jun 20 '12 at 13:08
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    Yes (CTRL + F5). It didn't work before I posted this question. – user527 Jun 20 '12 at 13:11
  • I closed my web browser, got your notification a few mins ago, and found the banner to be normal again. It seems to be hit or miss. – user527 Jun 20 '12 at 13:12
  • And I just tried it again (from meta sports to sports) and blank banner comes up again. Another hard refresh doesn't do the trick. Using IE8, FYI. – user527 Jun 20 '12 at 13:13
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    @edmastermind29: I would consider asking this again on meta.stackoverflow.com. You'll get more visibility on there. – Matt Jun 22 '12 at 9:45
  • @Matt Funny thing is....it doesn't happen on SO. But perhaps a flag for migration? – user527 Jun 22 '12 at 12:34
  • Meh, I wouldn't flag it, I'd just ask it again and delete this one. It might be worth trying a different browser (Chrome?) to see if it's just IE related or not. – Matt Jun 22 '12 at 12:37
  • Yeah....but even with IE, it's hit or miss, so I'll try a different browser and see if it duplicates. – user527 Jun 22 '12 at 12:38
  • Just to be clear, does it happen only when clicking the "Main" link at the top of Meta or does it happen when visiting the main site directly? – Michael Myers Jun 22 '12 at 15:27
  • It also happens when visiting the main site directly. – user527 Jun 22 '12 at 15:29
  • Can you try other beta sites, like History or [libraries.se]? – Michael Myers Jun 22 '12 at 15:36
  • Same thing on History....blank banner. – user527 Jun 22 '12 at 15:38
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Well, I found out what's going on.

When compatibility mode on IE 8+ is off, then the banner appears as normal.

When compatibilitiy mode is on, the banner disappears.

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