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Comments on Should multiple whitespace characters in a row be permitted in usernames?

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Should multiple whitespace characters in a row be permitted in usernames?

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I was confused by the unusual layout of text below a post in the question list:

Post showing a large offset between "posted by" and "last activity" sections

Note the long gap after "posted 3y ago by".

Viewing the individual question page shows the underlying cause:

Username with a long string of whitespace in the middle

The username is two dots separated by a long string of whitespace.

Should multiple whitespace characters in a row be permitted in usernames?

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Michael‭ wrote 2 months ago

Just don't HTML-encode the spaces and any number will collapse into one! :-P

trichoplax‭ wrote 2 months ago

Yes that works, but the question is should we continue to permit strings of spaces. Personally I'd like to see this prevented (quite possibly by your method), but that's not my decision to make.