SiteMeter causing blogs and websites to crash in Microsoft's Internet Explorer
Internet Explorer cannot open the Internet site http://www.nwprogressive.org/weblog.That error message was caused by embedded code from SiteMeter, a tool for monitoring and analyzing website traffic.
We have removed the problematic code, so The Advocate should now load without crashing inside of Internet Explorer.
The Core and the Portal do not have SiteMeter code embedded, so those parts of our network have not been affected by this problem.
We believe this problem began occurring shortly before 6 PM Pacific Time. As of yet, there appears to be no fix.
Also see: One Project Closer, Wizbang, BitsBlog
UPDATE, Saturday morning: More information on the cause of the problem from The Reference Frame. It's a bug in Microsoft's Internet Explorer that SiteMeter developers didn't test for when they updated their scripts.
Certainly Microsoft deserves blame for the defects in its browser - and problems like this are a good reason to switch to Firefox, which NPI strongly recommends - but the SiteMeter guys are responsible for pushing out a problematic update to their scripts that caused websites to stop loading for the millions of people who use IE. And they still haven't acknowledged the problem as of this morning update.
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UPDATE II, Saturday 12:20 PM: SiteMeter finally responded to this a few minutes ago on their blog, although they don't seem to have grasped the extent of the problem. As they say, the error message could be caused by SiteMeter code falling outside of the HTML body tag, but SiteMeter code properly placed by webmasters inside of the body tag was also causing the error.