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Looking at the comments of this user, I noticed that the timestamp of the comment is written partially before the username, and partially after it.

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I have a hunch that this doesn't apply to all UTF-8 characters, but rather to ones that are written right-to-left –  Chris Frederick Dec 15 '11 at 2:20
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But wouldn't it need an override then? Control characters are not allowed. –  Jeff Mercado Dec 15 '11 at 2:23
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And repro here, FF8. –  Time Traveling Bobby Dec 15 '11 at 8:19
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When RTL characters are displayed inside LTR text, and neighboring with neutral characters like numbers, you usually need to add a left-to-right or right-to-left mark to override the directionality. The proper solution here might be (?) to always display usernames using RTL script with automatically added directionality marks. –  Mormegil Dec 15 '11 at 8:36

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We added dir="ltr" to the html, so this is fixed now. RTL display names were also displayed incorrectly when shown alongside the reputation number, and that's been fixed as well.

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Booo does that mean this won't work anymore? ‮ Or does it? :-P –  amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Dec 20 '11 at 21:11

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