I happened upon this question (from the HNQ list).

Most of the comments have extended beyond the comments box, and overlapped with the HNQ list.

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Gut feeling: The super long username (apparently reads "Peace be upon him" in Arabic, over and over) is causing the weird rendering; but other comments are affected too, so...

I use Chrome. Is anyone else seeing this?

  • 4
    Yes, it effs up Chrome for me.
    – Fizz
    Nov 30, 2017 at 14:57
  • 2
    I use firefox, same issue.
    – Jordy
    Nov 30, 2017 at 15:05
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    It's a known issue, I'm going to ping the right person directly.
    – Sklivvz
    Nov 30, 2017 at 17:00
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    I would like to mention that I already flagged that user on November 16th.
    – Philipp
    Nov 30, 2017 at 17:04
  • Huh, I am not experiencing it on Chrome. Chrome 62.0.3202.89 on Kubuntu 16.04.
    – Morgoth
    Nov 30, 2017 at 17:05
  • It seems to be because of the hacky way ("Unicode magic") that comments are formatted for display: see on Meta Stop inserting invisible characters into comments Nov 30, 2017 at 17:51
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    I don't think user is at fault, nor that they should be obliged to change their desired username; let's fix the fault itself, i.e. the code which obviously doesn't work as expected. This is a SE (I suppose it's not skeptics-specific?) software bug, not user's responsibility. (I don't have the required fonts to display the text, so I can't reproduce it.)
    – Luke
    Nov 30, 2017 at 18:00
  • Can reproduce on the latest Firefox and IE11, even after replacing the Unicode characters with a plain 'a' (all that matters is that its longer than the bounding box is wide). Sprinking overflow-wrap: break-word liberally throughout the stylesheets didn't change anything either.
    – bta
    Nov 30, 2017 at 18:03
  • Either the username is changed by now, or I can't reproduce the issue. That's on the latest stable FF.
    – Mast
    Nov 30, 2017 at 19:16
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    Apparently someone force-changed by username without telling me, and now I can't change it again because of the 30 day limit. Getting kinda fed up of this abuse. Was it Shog9 again? How can I find out? Dec 1, 2017 at 13:01
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    < Looks around innocently > Dec 1, 2017 at 13:11
  • Thanks, I was worried the harassment had started again. Can you change my name run user since I can't? Thanks. Dec 2, 2017 at 22:45
  • @user41815 Yep, it's "user41815" .__. Dec 3, 2017 at 5:51
  • Thanks, I mean can you change it from that to "user" because I can't and I don't want to be to user41815. Thanks. Dec 3, 2017 at 22:09
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    @user41815 Nope, I'm not a Mod (or a Dev), just another user. If you need the name changed (and if you need to raise your complaint about the name being changed in the first place) you'll have to ping a Mod, either in the comments here (Sklivvz) or in in the chat room. Hope you get this resolved :-) Dec 4, 2017 at 6:51

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Because this is not Skeptics.SE specific, I raised a bug report on Meta.SE. Kindly upvote it there, for more visibility with the dev team.

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