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I was trying to post a question, where one of the lines looked like:


And I was informed that I had improperly formatted code.

Removing the ' fixed the problem.

Perhaps a bug in the question validators' processes?

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Not at all. That single quote doesn't belong there. What error number is formatted as xxxx'? – Cody Gray Mar 30 '12 at 19:46
@TheEstablishment the "trailing single quote error" error 103' is. Now who's stupid. – Ben Brocka Mar 30 '12 at 19:52
@Ben: And...what is that? – Cody Gray Mar 30 '12 at 19:53
It's a joke you just ruined :( – Ben Brocka Mar 30 '12 at 19:54
@Arjan actually it is, note the font. Background color broke though – Ben Brocka Mar 30 '12 at 19:55
@Ben (sorry deleted my comment, now knowing it was a joke though still not getting it), I meant: if such error code existed, wouldn't one need to format that as code in a post too? In that case, the OP would not have gotten the error message either. Anyway, will delete this comment too, soon! – Arjan Mar 30 '12 at 19:57
Still don't get it. Oh well. I guess that's the stupid part. – Cody Gray Mar 30 '12 at 20:02
Was it a single quote or was it a backtick? Inline code formatting is achieved through backticks... – Jarrod Dixon Mar 31 '12 at 4:24
Dear Establishment - It is an identifier, not an error code. Why our identifiers can end in a single quote has to do with bad regexp and someone launching scripts as /bin/sh -ex ... – Clark Wright Apr 4 '12 at 14:43
Jarrod - It is definitely a single quote. I've cleaned things up on our end. Haven't tried to repro the problem since. – Clark Wright Apr 4 '12 at 14:45

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