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I noticed "<3" appears at the very end of the my stackoverflow notification emails (after the zip code). Is this problem related to gmail?

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+1, actually +1s for all answers as well! what a great addition to the end of an email... –  davidsleeps Apr 25 '11 at 3:04

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Stack Overflow loves you! <3

This is the actual code in the email:

<span title="because we care" style="color:maroon">&lt;3</span>

So to answer your question, this is intentional and not a problem with GMail.

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Francesca has developed emotions. –  TheTXI Aug 7 '09 at 2:10
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I am now jealous and in a rage. –  TheTXI Aug 7 '09 at 2:15
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Next time I should tilt my screen 90° counter-clockwise before asking a question. :P –  kjanz1899 Aug 7 '09 at 2:18
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Surprising that you've never seen an emoticon heart before. –  Ian Elliott Aug 7 '09 at 2:57
    
There is a first time for everything. –  kjanz1899 Aug 8 '09 at 1:12
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You mean, Stack Overflow sends out HTML messages? Ugh! –  user134500 Oct 12 '09 at 11:09
    
This is the sort of nice touch that makes you love a site! –  William Hilsum Oct 12 '09 at 12:54
    
@kjanz1899 "♥" instead of "<3" could have done the trick too I guess. –  JeromeJ May 6 at 16:18

each email is baked with love!

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Oh! Oh! Oh, man, your're actually here! I'm not worthy! I'm not worthy! [source: snltranscripts.jt.org/89/89mwaynesworld.phtml] –  kjanz1899 Aug 8 '09 at 1:10
    
This is the sort of nice touch that makes you love a site! –  William Hilsum Oct 12 '09 at 12:54

StackOverflow loves you.

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I feel so warm and fuzzy. I love you too, Stack Overflow! <3

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I less-than-three Stack Overflow. –  gbarry Oct 12 '09 at 17:45

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