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I was just looking at this question in Firefox 8.0 and noticed that it has a huge horizontal scrollbar, as shown in the following screenshot, despite an absence of content to the right. Is this a bug?

Question with a large horizontal scrollbar

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It looks like Jeremy (the one who put the bounty on the question) left a bounty remark that put in a ridiculous amount of non-breaking spaces (actual non-breaking space characters, not the entities  ) resulting in what you see there. View the source of the page and you'll see what I mean.

‮(-: We could be malicious with the content of our posts if we wanted to since we allow unicode pretty much anywhere...

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Oh, you're right! Interesting. I wonder if that was intentional or automatically inserted for some reason. In either case, non-breaking spaces in bounty remarks probably shouldn't cause this behavior... – Chris Frederick Nov 23 '11 at 5:53
+1: For whatever reason, despite the <p> not going outside of its container, it still widened the window pane. Removing it fixed the problem. – Nightfirecat Nov 23 '11 at 5:55
I believe they're just normal spaces, not non-breaking ones. – John Flatness Nov 23 '11 at 6:00
@JohnFlatness: Oh, they were non-breaking. – balpha Nov 23 '11 at 6:07
@balpha So...was this actually a bug, or expected behavior given the non-breaking spaces in the bounty remark? – Chris Frederick Nov 23 '11 at 6:17
@Chris: Probably expected, the remark has been removed from the post now. – Jeff Mercado Nov 23 '11 at 6:19
@Chris: I put in a bunch of non-breaking spaces to see what would happen. My browser seemed to ignore them; I'm pretty sure it didn't display like this to me. – Jeremy Banks Nov 23 '11 at 6:22
@JeremyBanks Ah, cool, thanks. I'll mention which browser I used in the question (it may be a Firefox-specific issue). – Chris Frederick Nov 23 '11 at 6:26
@Chris: Re "actually a bug", that's more of the "stop doing that" variety. There'll always be ways for people to be funny, so if you fix one of these, there'll be something else. – balpha Nov 23 '11 at 6:31
@balpha True enough. Thanks! – Chris Frederick Nov 23 '11 at 6:33

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