Meta Stack Exchange is where users like you discuss bugs, features, and support issues that affect the software powering all 158 Stack Exchange communities.

What is meta?
Here's how it works:
  1. Any Stack Exchange user can ask a question
  2. The community provides support, votes on ideas, and reports bugs
  3. Your voice helps shape the way Stack Exchange operates

Today, I decided to fill in my "About Me" page with links to my best answers.

However, I hit the 2,000 character limit and completely broke my profile page.

I assume that this is the column size in the SQL table.
Can it be changed to ntext?


The community has asked... and I have answered! Freehand Circle! Click to view full-size

share|improve this question
This bug is obvious enough that it doesn't need a freehand circle. – SLaks Apr 21 '10 at 1:26
You can never have too many freehand circles – juan Apr 21 '10 at 1:27
If this comment gets ten great-comment votes, I'll add a free-hand circle. – SLaks Apr 21 '10 at 1:28
7 more to go. Viva free-hand circles. And other extraneous things drawn in there. – squillman Apr 21 '10 at 1:48
Here you go. Can you fix the bug now? – SLaks Apr 21 '10 at 2:46
Interesting how it affects different browsers in such different manners – Mark Henderson Apr 21 '10 at 2:48
Related:, "Could we get “n characters left” status when editing “About Me” in our profile?" – Peter Mortensen Apr 21 '10 at 2:58
-1 for not using a red freehand circle. bad SLaks! bad! – quack quixote Apr 21 '10 at 3:35
I shortened my description in SO. You can still see the bug in my meta profile. – SLaks Apr 21 '10 at 13:18
up vote 1 down vote accepted

Yeah, this was crappy. Sorry.

Not sure how we haven't addressed this one better by now.

I increased the limit to 3000 characters and added a check on save to make sure you don't go over; it'll tell you the limit and how many characters you have.

I also fixed the order of HTML sanitization, which has to be done after truncation not before.

share|improve this answer
Can you also allow Markdown? – SLaks May 9 '10 at 2:08

That's it - let's up the ante:

Captain Obvious

share|improve this answer
Hey! How dare you post within a minute of me with such a shameful lack of effort! – perbert Apr 21 '10 at 1:55
Ooooh, free-hand circle with a drop-shadow. +1 – squillman Apr 21 '10 at 1:55
@json, I'll have you know I put in a lot of effort. I accidentally drew the first freehand circle on the same layer as the screenshot, so I couldn't add the drop shadow. – Mark Henderson Apr 21 '10 at 1:56
+1 for an awesome freehand circle – Mark Henderson Apr 21 '10 at 1:57
+1 for abusing stock Photoshop filters – Mark Henderson Apr 21 '10 at 2:05
Is that Paint.Net? Doesn't look like GIMP work to me... Scratch that. Photoshop. Make the shadow of the free hand circle work correctly according to physics with the lights, and you get an upvote! – perbert Apr 21 '10 at 2:05
Yeah, those lens flares are cookie-cutter Photoshop. – squillman Apr 21 '10 at 2:07
Sampson's gonna get in here and throw it down on you two. – squillman Apr 21 '10 at 2:09
I must admit, the lens flair filter has improved markedly since Photoshop 5 – Mark Henderson Apr 21 '10 at 2:09
I see we have plenty of computer programmers with a readily accessible version of Photoshop. – Tyler Carter Apr 21 '10 at 2:12
@Far: true dat. Even since Photoshop 7. – squillman Apr 21 '10 at 2:12
@Chacha, actually I'm a sysadmin, so I really don't know why I've got a copy of Photoshop... – Mark Henderson Apr 21 '10 at 2:15
@Chacha: The first thing I do when on a fresh OS is sudo pacman -Sy vim svn git openoffice gimp nvidia-driver kde lyx amarok eclipse firefox. – perbert Apr 21 '10 at 17:49
wow. just.. wow. – Jeff Atwood May 8 '10 at 11:03

That's some bug you've got there! Left some whitespace for UFOs and llamas to be added.Sparkles added for added shame.

share|improve this answer
Disgustingly good mouse-manship, but no circle... sigh – squillman Apr 21 '10 at 1:56
-1 no freehand circle – Mark Henderson Apr 21 '10 at 1:56
oohhh lense flairs! – Mark Henderson Apr 21 '10 at 2:02
Ok, now it's +1 :) – squillman Apr 21 '10 at 2:08

I am able to reproduce that too, take a look my profile here on meta.

share|improve this answer
That's nothing; look at mine! <h1> FTW! – SLaks Apr 21 '10 at 2:56
heh, my eyes !!! – YOU Apr 21 '10 at 2:59

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .