Hackaday is Broken

hackaday-mister-yuckWe’re sorry for the page styling problems. This seems to be caused by a server-side upgrade issue — our incomplete stylesheet depended on another that just changed and broke everything. We’re trying to do a roll-back which will give us time to fix our theme. Thanks for your understanding. Feel free to unleash your rage in the comments below ;-)

Pro Tip (or should that be a website fail tip?): Hit CTRL-A (select all) in order to read the white text on white background comments below.

Update: Things look mostly back to normal again. Sorry again for the troubles…. but I’m actually having some fun reading the comments on this one!


  1. Gdogg says:


  2. Blind Man says:

    First rage comment that no-one can read! ARGH!

  3. TargetAlpha says:

    Everything was fine until you told me and i hit ctrl+f5!

  4. PatErley says:


  5. Jim Turner says:

    i bet it took me less time to fix the css than it took you post this story.

  6. supershwa says:

    I love how the elite hacker/engineer site has broken stylesheets and it’s taken over an hour to fix.

    Remember guys: you can’t use an Arduino to fix this!

  7. N0LKK says:

    LOL I turned the page style to no style in Firefox and I was able to read the comments fine. I suppose complaining in a forum about something that those hosting the forum and reading the complaints can’t do a thing about might be cheap therapy for some.

  8. Gdogg says:

    for(var i=0; i< document.getElementsByTagName(“p”).length; i++) {document.getElementsByTagName(“p”)[i].style.color=”gray”;}

    Run that in the console.

  9. nah! says:

    the color you are searching for is #f5f5f5 or white smoke, simply debug your browser find all style references to that color, add a background color #000 !important; to every class that uses whitesmoke,in your stylesheet and then delete until it looks good again.

    after that you can focus on the problem

  10. ejonesss says:

    if you have a backup of the file before you upgraded you can replace the existing one.

    the page looks ok i dont see anything wrong

    i think you should not upgrade unless there is a show stopping security issue or a feature that you cant reproduce via redundancy long drawn out code

    • Ben Delarre says:

      This was not our upgrade unfortunately. We run the site through WordPress VIP (who have hosted HackADay for years now). They performed the upgrade without our knowledge and did not check our site.

      They’ve now reverted the change and will give us some time to fix the theme.

  11. Wut? says:

    Your little fail icon has a skull sticking out it’s tongue from where it’s nosehole should be. That’s my complaint; I want it officially registered :D

  12. This is me says:

    The website ain’t that good looking anyhow.

  13. Greenaum says:

    Ah is that what it was? My browser SNAFUs like that every now and then anyway. No big deal.

  14. supershwa says:

    Nice it’s all working again – I don’t suppose you guys have any plans to upgrade the template/theme to a more modern, fluid layout that fills in all of that empty real-estate on larger monitors? ;)

    • Mike Szczys says:

      I for one want a better comment system first. It would be nice to have a way of easily finding which comments are new. I would also like some different presentation options as well (organize chronologically, by most popular, etc.) That’s quite a ways off, but I will keep on it.

      But once that happens it’ll probably be time for another layout audit.

  15. Tyler Cox says:

    Surely HAD could hire a programmer or find one willing to get credit with a link back *hint hint* that’d atleast write a theme that’ll work the way the current one does without the scare of remote updates!

    • supershwa says:

      …or maybe a COMPETITION!!, with a few “Mystery Box” awards containing products from sponsors, like 3D printers/Makerbots/etc, varieties of IC chips, microcontrollers, parts kits, tools, books, ardiunos/shields, servos, sensors, (robotics parts?), laptops, software, “arducopter”/quadcopter … I mean, the list goes on and on.

      Matter of fact, maybe HaD should have competitions more often, covering a range of techniques and fields — use sponsors for the rewards (and give them some advertising in exchange) and gain more traffic. “Free stuff” for the masses is always cool and helps ramp up website traffic and re-visitors (more impressions and acquisitions!)

      Make the competition simple: a new “WordPress theme” or at least a .css and .js file to load some custom goodies for the current layout. The site already has structure…just some kickass css overriding !important fun.

      Maybe include an “images” package, too – like the HaD logo in a high-res (w/ transparency) PNG.

      …anyhoo…just an idea. ;)

  16. xorpunk says:

    don’t criticize people, it makes you a “troll”, don’t give suggestions, it makes you a “know it all”, don’t give any opinions, you’re not famous or wealthy..

    LIKE A BOSS WAY: Make a hax0r WP theme and sale it on high-index sites and only allow positive comments publicly, and revision off the negative privately..

    This has been a The Truth Hurts production.

  17. Braubeater says:

    Why doesn’t Hackaday just create a Child Theme? If you do that, then even if WordPress makes an update, Hackaday won’t look different.

    How to Create A Child Theme

  18. Eirinn says:

    Everything was fine until the hack a day nation attacked.

  19. dan says:

    this is hack a day.

    if you want style changes different flow or CSS the way you like it, get grease monkey and write your own style.

  20. Erik says:

    This ought to be the subject of the next FAIL of the Week article.

  21. pcf11 says:

    When HaD went white on me I found I could highlight text and see it then. But I quickly determined it wasn’t worth the effort. So I was this close >.< to unbookmarking this site …

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