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It seems like bug reports about truncated posts come up a lot on Meta. (And those are just four that I found in a quick search, I know there are more.) It all goes back to a bug on the server-side markdown-rendering code from way back in Fall of 2008. (Edit: looks like it was a little more recent than that.) The bug manifests itself in obviously-truncated posts, or posts where formatting from the post "leaks" to the "edit | flag" links. There are still some rogue posts which haven't been edited in over a year that have this problem.

I propose that the team solve this problem at the source, by re-rendering the markdown to HTML and invalidate the cache for all posts with a last-edit date before 2009-01-01. (Edit: or whenever the bug was fixed.). I can't imagine that there are that many posts which haven't been touched in over a year, and you could do it in a batch process during off-peak hours.

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Hmmm, tried to comment on Chet A aka Rich B's answer that got downvoted, but it's gone. Anyway: that old bug is described at meta.stackexchange.com/questions/12988/… –  Arjan Jan 21 '10 at 15:08
    
@ArjanvanBentem: thanks, I added that link to the text –  Kip Jan 21 '10 at 16:57
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They could just throw out any cached HTML that hasn't been used for 6 months. It may not work, but it could at least reduce the size of the database. ( Not that it needs it though ) –  Brad Gilbert Jan 21 '10 at 17:59

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Too much work for not enough benefit. Easier to just fix them as they come up.

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