If you try to write [tag] at the beginning of a title, you'll see this error:

But I figured out, writing  [tag] overcomes the error, and the space is stripped on submit anyway.

I don't want this fixed, because it allows me to write a title like: Tag search includes [sass] on search for [*css]

But I'm curious: is it a hidden feature or a bug? It isn't listed at Hidden features of Stack Exchange?

Side note: this error should probably be disabled on Meta sites to allow for titles about tags.

  • Pretty sure this counts as a bug, not a hidden feature. We don't really design for backdoors in our title checks and so this is more of an oversight than anything. Though at the very least I should look into a nicer title for you so that this isn't even a problem. – Grace Note May 22 '13 at 18:29
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    It's a hidden feature bug! – Andrew Barber May 22 '13 at 18:30
  • It's a new feature, is it not? If so, this should be [status-completed]: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/84802/… – Richard J. Ross III May 22 '13 at 18:33
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    @Richard The syntax talked about here is explicitly pointed out in Jeff's answer to that linked question as being blocked from back then. The parent request there, however, asks about a different syntax that is not implemented and so it isn't status completed. – Grace Note May 22 '13 at 18:34
  • Eeeek! Kill it with fire! Pseudo-tags are evil. – dmckee --- ex-moderator kitten May 23 '13 at 1:35

I've fixed this. If you need to quote a tag at the beginning of a title, use ...quotes :-)


"[sass]" is matched on search for "[*css]"

Fix will be out in rev 1909 (meta) and rev. 1340 (network)

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