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Go to the users page and type a | in the "Type to find users" box. After a second or two a friendly lolcat will appear to work on your problem.

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Same behavior with " –  jjnguy Jul 26 '10 at 17:50
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I have no idea why you're doing this, @Jon, but keep going. –  Ladybug Killer Jul 26 '10 at 17:54
    
There seems to be a lot of problems with that text field –  Michael Mrozek Jul 26 '10 at 17:56
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In before status-bydesign. –  XMLbog Jul 26 '10 at 17:57
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+1 for the title. –  Peter Mortensen Jul 26 '10 at 18:00
    
I was about to say that maybe the cat is the only SO user with a "|" in its name, but I see no "|" in "Zoe". –  balpha Jul 26 '10 at 18:45
    
So, what do you have to do to summon a trollcat? –  gnostradamus Jul 26 '10 at 20:11
    
You say bug, I say feature! –  Adam Davis Mar 24 '11 at 17:39

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It seems that if a | or " appears anywhere in the URL before the query we also have an lolcat.

This is reflected in the user search box because the URL http://stackoverflow.com/users/filter/<nameToSearch>?_=(numbers) is fetched.

The “actual error” from the pages' comment is

<!--
Actual error:
Illegal characters in path.
-->
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so MVC routing bug? –  Earlz Jul 26 '10 at 19:29

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