Randomly looking around SO, I come across this question. What catches my eye is an unusual answer in that it's not worded at all:

Post without any content

Seems like a bug to me...may warrant looking into.


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It's just a bunch of empty characters:

Likely he posted an answer, realized it was wrong or otherwise, and removed all the content within the 5 minute grace period rather than deleting it, which he should have done. He might have thought he was going to update it with a different answer later, and maybe forgot. Happens more often than you might think (not the leaving it there empty part, though).

  • Notwithstanding that it happens a lot, why wouldn't this be filtered out as empty strings? They don't actually print anything out to the screen.
    – Makoto
    Commented Aug 31, 2012 at 4:03
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    @makoto: If someone goes out of his way to create a post without useful content, the system can't really stop it. There is not really a point in filtering out all kinds of obscure edge cases if you can always write "ehdhududfuuhhdgufifyfujhdudh" and get around the filter anyway.
    – sth
    Commented Aug 31, 2012 at 11:22

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