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I've noticed that a few question-askers recently (such as this example) use the "ı" character to refer to themselves, where one would normally use "I".

(this character is more noticiable in the fixed-width font, so I used the backticks).

Does anyone know what is behind this? Is it an internationalization thing? Is this an idiom common in some part of the world?

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That's the dreaded lowercase Turkish "I", the bane of all i18n developers.

It's just a lowercase "i", but in the Turkish alphabet, it can be dotless. I can only assume that those people are using Turkish keyboards/regional settings.

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It's not a lowercase 'i', but a lowercase 'I'. In Turkish, I is to ı as İ is to i. The two letters in the upper- and lowercase forms are considered independent letters despite their similar appearance. In some ways it makes sense, but they didn't do it for the letter j (i.e. having a dotted-j majuscule). – dreamlax Apr 6 '10 at 0:18

The poster is Turkish. He has his keyboard set to Turkish and is not using the shift key. Edited and replaced all ı s with I s.

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See also howtosayinturkish.com/contents/alphabet – Sinan Ünür Apr 6 '10 at 12:45

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