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Back in the day, I was able to use the greater than and less than symbols in my "Location" profile field. It looks like they're being scrubbed now, but > and < don't yield the symbols either. Has anyone figured out how to get these characters into the field?


To add context to this, my location (yes, it's for fun) on SO and MSO is

Milky Way>Solar System>Earth>North America>U.S.A>Ohio>Columbus

On ServerFault, it looks like this:

Milky WaySolar SystemEarthNorth AmericaU.S.AOhioColumbus

I could figure out an alternative, but I'm feeling intellectually lazy at the moment, and I'm also curious about there being a way to accomplish this.

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I have a hard time thinking of a location with < or > in the name – Kyle Cronin Jul 9 '09 at 14:17
@Kyle it's just a text field. So people have fun with it. – Ólafur Waage Jul 9 '09 at 14:19
It's probably being removed while trying to add it. – Brad Gilbert Jul 9 '09 at 21:59
You could use periods and treat each as a subfield of the larger object. – gnostradamus Jul 23 '09 at 19:04

Have you tried using "&gt;"?

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Second thing I tried. – Michael Meadows Aug 7 '09 at 12:08

It could be that the ">" was allowed, but isn't any longer.

So you created it OK on SO and it got transferred as-is to meta, but when you come to create it on SF the current code disallows it.

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That about sums it up. – Michael Meadows Nov 28 '09 at 17:29

What is the use-case here? Do you have an example location you want to use but can't?

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What? You mean you've never heard of Milky Way>Solar System>Earth>North America>U.S.A>Ohio>Columbus? – Jeff Yates Jul 9 '09 at 14:19
(that's Michael's current Meta location) – Jeff Yates Jul 9 '09 at 14:20
Yeah, this location transferred from my SO account, but I'm unable to replicate it on ServerFault. :( – Michael Meadows Jul 9 '09 at 14:23

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