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Someone commented one of my answers (on Arquade ) saying they down voted because of the lack of "freehand circles". Is this a joke?

Could someone explain it? I don't think they actually did down vote the answer (or if they did someone up-voted at the same time).

My answer did contain a picture with a square that I had inserted but it wasn't freehand.

A freehand circle to prevent wise guys running with the gag

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marked as duplicate by Shadow Wizard discussion Jun 21 '15 at 11:55

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I'd +1, but it's not red... :( – Lev Levitsky Jun 28 '12 at 15:38
I highlighted the problem – Jacxel Jun 28 '12 at 15:43
Another meme is: link, or it never happened. – kiamlaluno Jun 28 '12 at 15:46
Is it really fair to call it an exact duplicate when if you actually search this site with the term "freehand circles" that question is about the 5th result and doesn't appear to address the question from looking at the summary? – Jacxel Jun 28 '12 at 15:50
Don't worry, nobody downvoted that answer :) – balpha Jun 28 '12 at 16:08
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Yeah, it was a joke (and I hope they didn't really downvote you!) It's a meme here on MSO; people often draw freehand red circles on screenshots of the SE user interface to highlight things that are broken or otherwise should be attended to.

Here's an example of one such screenshot:

enter image description here

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+1 for freehand circle. – JonH Jun 28 '12 at 17:16
+1 for nested freehand circle – scrblnrd3 Nov 9 '13 at 15:40
+1 for the freehand arrow! ;) – Katai Aug 17 '15 at 13:35
+1 for freehand cropping – wizzwizz4 Mar 21 at 17:35

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