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My self-censoring attempt ended up highlighting for the whole room.

Apparently, most combinations of three or more non-letters after the @ symbol will work, including the original @#$£ or less imaginative @###, @$$$, @£££. @@@@ also works.

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It is at moments like this when I wish I could make posts private to just the mod team. – badp Sep 4 '10 at 22:55
    
@badp We've not exactly kept it a secret in the tavern :) – Michael Mrozek Sep 4 '10 at 22:56
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@@@@ Good point. – badp Sep 4 '10 at 22:56
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If you need to report something privately you could email them (team@stackoverflow.com). – Gelatin Sep 4 '10 at 23:06
    
@Simon, see Grace Note's excellent answer to my question about bug reports – Pops Sep 4 '10 at 23:31
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@badp, there's a significant typo in your title; I believe you meant to write " About your @***ing chatroom. " – Pops Sep 4 '10 at 23:33
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This even alerts people in other rooms too. I thought I was going crazy hearing the notification sound, but not seeing any new messages in any room I was in. – hobodave Sep 4 '10 at 23:34
    
@Popular: Any other way of reporting private bugs would have that problem. – Gelatin Sep 5 '10 at 0:15
up vote 2 down vote accepted

The first one to trigger this bug actually was our CEO, with his very eloquent utterance

@!#$%^&*()_(*&^%$#@!@#$%^&*()(*&^$%#@!#$%^&*()(*&^%$#@!

Fixed now, thanks :)

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