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    Default Unicode (weird characters/fonts) abuse

    Recently, we've had a number of user using unicode characters to alter their name and make it looks like they have been banned. We've also had a few incidents of posts written using very strange characters

    After consultation, the staff has decided as follow:

    -Any use of non-standard character to make your name looks like you have been banned, or that you are a staff member, is banned.
    -No non-standard characters may be used in thread titles or blog post titles.
    -Any other use of non-standard character in your name should be approved by a staff member, so we can make sure you are not accidentally confusing people or creating a coding mess.
    -Generally, long-established -names with non-standard unicode characters will be tolerated, but you should still check with us.

    -Added: Japanese characters are exempt from this rule
    Last edited by Evil Figment; 19th June 2012 at 03:28 PM.
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    Default Re: Unicode (weird characters/fonts) abuse

    So people with special characters in their names need approved first?

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    Is having a Cyrillic 'а' at the end of my username tolerable?

    Edit: No, I'm being confused for someone else... Even with my signature.

    *Changes Username*

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    By "non-standard" does that mean anything not on a standard, English keyboard?

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    Default Re: Unicode (weird characters/fonts) abuse

    I'd imagine non-standard would be anything that doesn't fall under or closely resemble the Roman alphabet. Greek characters, being close relatives of Roman characters, may be acceptable. I'm assuming Japanese is allowed as well.

    @Lance, confirmation?

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    Japanese I'm nto sure about, will discuss with the rest of the staff.

    Greek characters, etc, have to be approved. We just want to make sure no one messes things up by having an excessively untypable name.
    Quote Originally Posted by Mintaka and Hurristat
    He's an evil director / He'll give out infractions / Do something wrong / And he takes direct actions
    Then what'll he do?/ He'll permaban you / You find your name slashed / With a message, 'Adieu'
    Sooooo...watch out!
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    "My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world." - Jack Layton's last letter. Rest in peace, Jack.

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    And I've been using this username for more than a year now (except for December)... Does that mean I have to change?

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    I imagine that Chinese characters are not that bad, because it's in the same league as Korean ones and Japanese ones (there are users using them currently), compared to some ludicrous instances, like strikethrough names, sideways usernames and characters that look like a mess that take up a whole column. Still, it's just my hunch.

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    Something tells me my blank username was a factor in posting this thread. That means I can't go back to that anymore? I don't really give a shit about not being mentionable, by the way.

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    Are symbols such as hearts (like mine, I'm changing it anyway when I'm able) and arrows allowed because they are also non-standard characters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ßⒶℜ☯ℕ ℬ®¡✘☝ʊ∮™ View Post
    Something tells me my blank username was a factor in posting this thread. That means I can't go back to that anymore? I don't really give a shit about not being mentionable, by the way.
    Your current name is unacceptable as well.

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    pls

    Whatever. Many lulz were had and that's all that matters. At least I have my usertitle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SylverS❤NE View Post
    Are symbols such as hearts (like mine, I'm changing it anyway when I'm able) and arrows allowed because they are also non-standard characters.
    A single unicode character, used in a reasonable manner, still needs to be approved - but will be approved. (Your name is now approved).

    After discussion with the rest of the staff, we've decided to allow japanese characters.
    Quote Originally Posted by Mintaka and Hurristat
    He's an evil director / He'll give out infractions / Do something wrong / And he takes direct actions
    Then what'll he do?/ He'll permaban you / You find your name slashed / With a message, 'Adieu'
    Sooooo...watch out!
    "It is said that the federal government, if it was in charge of the Sahara, would run out of sand in five years. Private enterprise, being more efficient, would do it in half the time - and they'd make money off the bridges." - me.
    "My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world." - Jack Layton's last letter. Rest in peace, Jack.

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    So is the "ç" in my username unacceptable?

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    Fair change/addition to the rules in my opinion. Over three unicode characters in a persons name always looked obnoxious to me- unless the name was in full Japanese or Chinese (those looked fine, they weren't a jumbled mess).

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