I was on the mobile webpage for Meta.SE (Google on Samsung Galaxy 2) and somehow, the user's name just disappeared: (link to answer)

Yet on my desktop, using Google Chrome, the user's name does show up:

So where is the user's name and why doesn't it show up the mobile-web version?

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    Your mobile device OS does not support the fancy Unicode characters used by the user as display name. It's not Stack Exchange fault. – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Mar 29 '15 at 14:36
  • But my mobile device does! – Anthony Pham Mar 29 '15 at 14:41
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    Nope. iPhone does. Steps to solve the bug: upgrade to iPhone. ;) – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Mar 29 '15 at 14:42
  • lol - I know - but I can't find the font for Android! @ShadowWizard I know - it's my fault ;p – ᔕᖺᘎᕊ Mar 29 '15 at 15:17
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    @ShadowWizard Surely you mean downgrade? :) – Doorknob Mar 29 '15 at 19:26
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    @Doorknob mehgrade :-) – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Mar 29 '15 at 19:32
  • Would be cool if the username was invisiable though – Anthony Pham Apr 1 '15 at 21:21

This is just how Android has displayed unknown characters for a long time, by just displaying an empty space instead of the usual empty box that we've come to know from most operating systems. There's absolutely nothing Stack Exchange can do about it.

However, the most recent releases of Android do fix this problem (at least the Lollipop update on my HTC One M8 fixed it) by displaying boxes with crosses through them:

Characters fixed!

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