It can also happen if the webpage has coded an auto-refresh period that is shorter than the basic page load time of the browser for that site.
Finally, it can occur on web pages using "infinite scroll" instead of advancing to a new page at the bottom of the current page. In this case, some pages show up as constantly loading, even though you can access the material. As well, pages that continually update portions of themselves automatically can appear to do this.
Have you tested the webpage behavior in another browser for comparison?
There is a status field in the status bar in O12, in certain circumstances you could remove it by accident. (There is no switch that I recall.) Either you can customize and put it back (or for that matter, put it somewhere else if you prefer), or you can reset to defaults.
There was a setting about allowing websites to control the status field, if enabled they might prevent you from seeing the URL by displaying their own message.
@burnout426 wanted this added to have it in a convenient place:
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huh, didnt check on this for a while.
really appreciate the big effort burnout, looks more like a phd thesis on the subject!
i would have tried all this now, but ebay seems to have changed something meanwhile, because the login button is working now again on opera 12! one can log in again.