I was reading through some badge descriptions and noticed that Synonymizer's description needs to be updated. As it stands, there is raw HTML (an href) in the description:

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EDIT: after reading comments by @ColeJohnson, I have come to the understanding that this post comes off as whiny. I want to make it very clear that I wasn't ever trying to complain. My first reaction was to fix the perceived error myself. When I realized I was unable to do so, I figured the best course of action would be to find someone who would be able to make the necessary edits. Hence the post here.

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    That's a badge, not a tag. Aug 1, 2013 at 4:21
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    Yes it is. PEBKAC - D'Oh! Aug 1, 2013 at 4:22
  • I say we leave it like that so people will come and complain here, then we can downvote and close them as duplicates!
    – Cole Tobin
    Aug 1, 2013 at 4:27
  • @ColeJohnson: and increase the load on the servers? Also, do you really want meta's image be that it doesn't care about or listen to the users of SO? Aug 1, 2013 at 4:30
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    Yes. That's what meta's about. Unicorns and waffles, not complaints like this! Mwa ha ha ha ha!
    – Cole Tobin
    Aug 1, 2013 at 4:30
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    @inspectorG4dget, "this post comes off as whiny", don't listen to him, he's high on unicorn waffles. Aug 1, 2013 at 4:40
  • @OldCheckmark: I'm not sure I understand what you mean Aug 1, 2013 at 4:42
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    Heh, I just mean you did the right thing by reporting this on Meta. Aug 1, 2013 at 4:51
  • @OldCheckmark: I think there was a PEBKAC on your end earlier. The 't in don't (and everything afterward) was cut off. Hence the confusion :). Incidentally, s/he seems to have been trolling in increasing amounts [1]. Aug 1, 2013 at 4:52
  • yup, looking at that
    – m0sa StaffMod
    Aug 1, 2013 at 7:13

2 Answers 2


Fixed in build rev <a href="http://meta.stackoverflow.com" title="meta">2013.8.1.1299</a> / <a href="http://stackoverflow.com" title="sites">2013.8.1.909</a>


Inspecting the source, it seems like someone (staff) incorrectly encoded the symbols (quotes, angular brackets) as character entity references

Namely, instead of the correct HTML

<a href="/election">election</a>

Stack Overflow and co. are using this

&lt;a href=&quot;/election&quot;&gt;election&lt;/a&gt;

This happens to other badges (and individual badge pages), not just "Synonymizer".

I've seen this on SO and MSO, likely network-wide too.

Feast your eyes on this!!!

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