I posted a question a month ago on stackoverflow.com. Today, when I logged in to SO, the notification area showed me a strange character:

It looks like a downvote, but downvotes usually appear as -2, not ...that. Could someone tell me what's going on?

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I would guess that is a encoding bug. I'm sure that should be a simple "-2" which indicates a normal downvote.

Here is a screenshot where you can see that you got a downvote: Downvote

  • I checked my reputation too on clicking reputation tab, there it is. You're right. Apr 24, 2014 at 6:21

For some reason the achievements drop down is using "en dash" (–) unicode character instead of the ordinary "-" character to mark negative reputation.

Your browser simply does not support the "en dash", as you'll most likely see in its test page.

Bug or feature? Only the team can answer that, but the above is the reason for what you see.

  • I can see "-" not that strange one in the test page you shared :) Apr 24, 2014 at 14:01
  • @TheLittleNaruto weird, but still something on your end and likely related to using that character. Apr 24, 2014 at 14:05
  • Ah! That can be possible! Apr 24, 2014 at 14:11
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    That's definitely a bug. It should be using a minus sign (U+2212). Apr 28, 2014 at 10:26

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