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Old 22 Sep 2015, 14:17
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Strange Thread Title Graphics

These were posts made by a new user on our forum that were moderated. Does anyone here have any idea what the blue lines are? I have never seen anything like this and wondering how it was done and what could be the possible purpose for it?



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Old 22 Sep 2015, 14:26
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Those are annoying unicode characters. I guess no other purpose than to be annoying.
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Old 22 Sep 2015, 14:30
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I had a user use similar characters in my live chat once...I had to add code that would remove such characters. You can prevent this kind of thing by going to your settings and look for "User Registration Options" and then scroll down to "Username Regular Expression" and restrict the characters that can be in usernames.
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Old 22 Sep 2015, 15:07
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Thanks for the insight. The poster used a normal user name and it was just the subject line that add the coding and inside the post. Is there a setting to block unicode in subject/titles and within posts?
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Old 22 Sep 2015, 15:12
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There are none that I know of, other than custom coding.
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Old 22 Sep 2015, 15:19
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You could change the character encoding globally, but that may mess up legitimate characters as well. A regex check to the thread title would be the easiest option, and with the least amount of false positives.
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