Bugs of Neocities

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Neocities has a lot more errors/bugs. You can research some of them by looking around on the Neocities Github issues forum. You can also find out other bugs by perhaps asking older users.


I'm in part making a wiki about the website host, Neocities, and one of the articles on the wiki is about bugs on the website host.

I'm drowning in pussy.

- Clive Python on about writing this article.

No product can ever be water-tight, everything has at least one flaw, the same logic goes for Neocities. Over the years of Neocities' life, a number of bugs, and errors have been noted by the community. Here are just a few of the bugs noted.

Editing Profile Comments Not Working

One of the most-known bugs on Neocities is that you cannot edit a post that you have made. If you do try and edit a comment that you made, then the "Edit" text will disappear. This error has probably been an issue on Neocities since day one.

An example of this error is seen below, as running on Firefox 61.0.1.

Usernames Can Contain Spaces

Before the 31st of January 2015, website usernames could contain a space, according to a user on the Neocities' Github page;

On the account settings page (and during sign up process) site/username description says "cannot contain spaces" but the name can successfully be changed to one with spaces.

Visiting the URL of a site with spaces in the name url-encodes the spaces, doesn't give a 404 or other error, and never loads.

No known website with a space are currently know to still be around.

Uploading an Empty File is Not Possible

Before that of the 19th of January 2015, it was not possible to upload a blank file (or at least a CSS file) to Neocities.

To get this error, you needed to make a blank CSS file on your computer, you then needed to upload it to Neocities. Uploading an empty file results in a "successful" upload, but the file is not actually uploaded.

Directories Not Supported

Before around November 2015, it was not possible to make, or upload directories. This error was noted by a user on the Neocities' Github page;

Directories cannot be created or uploaded. Additionally, attempting to drag-and-drop a folder into the upload area produces an unfriendly error.

Use case:
Doing local dev and making use of 'images', 'css' and 'js' folders as is best practice results in a site which is incompatible with upload to Neocities :(

Not Being Able to Delete a Website

While not really a bug or error, you were not able to truly delete a website off Neocities, instead it was recommended that you "delete your site files (a solution that [does] not appease the OCD among us)"

This issue was fixed around early February 2015.

Missing Images After Changing Site URL

If a user changes their website address, then their profile will have a number missing images. An example of this error can be seen below with the OpenBoox website. To fix this error, a user can simply re-upload index.html.

Being able to follow yourself

You were able to follow yourself in surf mode. Simply go to your site in surf mode, and click the follow button. Sometime later there was a fix, the follow button dissapeared in surf mode when you were surfing your own site.

However, it was still possible to follow yourself. On profile pages, there's a function called Site.toggleFollow(siteId, csrfToken). It toggles you following the site with siteId.

The csrfToken is easy to figure out. It's on a profile page, typically <input name="csrf_token" type="hidden" value="here will be the CSRF token">.

The siteId is harder. If you log in to a different account and go to your profile page, you'll see it when you inspect the follow button in HTML.

Another but harder strategy is to browse sites and sort them by date. Then find your site. This can be hard. When you've found your website, go to the site's profile page before it, inspect the follow button, write down the siteId and do the same for the site after it. Since siteIds are sequential, your siteId is somewhere in between. Now it's a matter of trying which one works.

The problem was fixed, the fix checks makes the server check if the site a who's trying to follow site b, are different sites. If they're different, there will be no follow. Unfollowing is still possible however.

Examples of sites following themselves:

Original bug report

I. Editing Profile Comments Not Working

II. Uploading an Empty File is Not Possible

III. Ability to "delete" a site

IV. Tweet by Python

This page was last updated: 11/October/2018 @ 19:45

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