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In What are these characters: ⎲⎳? , I can't upvote the question with my mouse because the characters are too large.

Even reducing and enlarging font size didn't do anything.

How can I upvote it using my keyboard? I tried right-clicking on a link, and then tab or shift+tabing, but couldn't find the upvote or downvote link that way.

Edit: The problem was detected using Firefox 7.0.1 on Windows XP. The problem still exists in Firefox 16.0.1 on Windows XP.

Screenshot is old-school because the cursor wouldn't appear otherwise. Note that in the bottom right hand corner is a tool-tip like indication that you're hovering over the link to the question, not the upvote button.

Old school screenshot

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No repro with FF 5.0 on Win7, although a commenter on that question seems to have a similar issue. –  Pops Oct 28 '11 at 3:59
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What OS/browser are you using? I'm on OS X 10.7.2. Safari 5.1 and Chrome 13.0.782.220 don't show them in the title, but do in the question itself and title bar, and Firefox 3.6.6 shows them everywhere, but they don't cover anything. –  ughoavgfhw Oct 28 '11 at 4:01
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Also, if you install the keyboard shortcut userscript, you can use V U to vote up. –  ughoavgfhw Oct 28 '11 at 4:02
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No repro FF8 Beta or Chrome 15 on Win7. –  agf Oct 28 '11 at 4:13
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Could you post a screenshot for us non-repro people? –  John Oct 28 '11 at 4:14
    
Yeah, we Chrome users who don't get this bug want a screenshot! –  uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Oct 28 '11 at 4:21
    
@GeorgeEdison: Be careful for what you wish for ... –  Andrew Grimm Oct 28 '11 at 4:38
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@AndrewGrimm you may be interested in screenshot tools that include the mouse cursor and screenshot utilities for windows on Super User. –  nhinkle Oct 28 '11 at 4:51
    
@nhinkle: Thanks for the link, but I'd looked at the former and thought installing a program for a one-off thing wasn't worthwhile. (Ok, sometimes installing for a one-off thing is worthwhile, like measuring how fast you're going on a shinkansen with your smartphone, but generally it isn't) –  Andrew Grimm Oct 28 '11 at 5:11
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@AndrewGrimm true, but I installed a few programs on a whim for one-time use and now use them a lot, so you never know. Just thought I'd drop the suggestion. –  nhinkle Oct 28 '11 at 6:05
    
confirmed on my box: Firefox 7.0.1 on Windows XP has this problem. On my machine, IE 7 would allow upvoting but it displayed me squares instead of ⎲ ⎳ –  gnat Oct 28 '11 at 7:11
    
Protip: Instead of using a screenshot program, use a screen capture app to take a video of you reproing the issue. Yes, you can post the video, but you can also take screenshots of the video as well. –  Won't Oct 28 '11 at 13:39
    
-1 for no freehand circles, but +2 for the awesomeness of your screenshot improvisation –  AakashM Oct 28 '11 at 15:11
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A screenshot with the focus area visible:

Screenshot with focus area visible

If you really want to upvote, you can circumvent this with the following (if you can edit the question):

  1. Edit to remove the large characters
  2. Vote up
  3. Roll back to previous version
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Or (in Chrome, possibly other browsers) you can inspect the offending element and edit out the unicode. –  Won't Oct 28 '11 at 13:40
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If each person really edits this question twice just to vote on it, it'll never leave the front page and it'll turn CW very soon... –  John Oct 28 '11 at 15:44
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ughoavgfhw is right. Your best bet is probably balpha's keyboard script.

Once installed, browse to the question, and type U, V, Then U or D to upvote or downvote respectively.

The first U selects the question.

V opens the vote menu.

The second U specifies that you want to cast an upvote, as opposed to D for a downvote.

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