30

This issue occurs when I attempt to post the Chinese characters for the novel "Water Margin" 《水浒传》 as a quote on Mythology SE. The error occurs even if a single character is posted. The question referred to is here.

However, this bug does not seem to occur on Meta SE, so it doesn't appear to be a SE-wide bug, but one that is confined to Mythology SE (and possibly other sites).

An image is attached of the error:

enter image description here

  • 6
    At least we don't have some silly message like on apple.SE for Korean characters – Universal Electricity Aug 16 '15 at 12:50
  • @Norm I was going to make this edit too, but as long as we have the status-completed tag here, it's pretty confusing as it was not fixed network wide, just removed in the specific site which was originally reported here. – Shadow The Curly Braced Wizard Sep 1 '15 at 12:46
  • @ShadowWizard True... maybe then it is better to have separate reports, with separate statuses? Although on the other hand, site specific reports should be on their metas to begin with... – user259867 Sep 1 '15 at 12:48
  • @Norm nah, IMO best having one report and canonical answer with list of sites where the filter is disabled. (which we already have here) – Shadow The Curly Braced Wizard Sep 1 '15 at 12:51
19

This is not a bug but a spam-prevention measure, introduced in response to a recent massive spam attack in Chinese. See Not all UTF-8 characters supported where a temporary workaround (using HTML entities) is proposed.

Chinese characters are currently blocked network-wide, with exception of several sites:

  • Stack Overflow
  • Stack Overflow em Português
  • Stack Overflow на русском
  • スタック・オーバーフロー
  • Chinese Language
  • Japanese Language
  • Portuguese Language
  • Linguistics
  • Anime & Manga
  • Travel
  • Mythology
  • History
  • Meta Stack Exchange
  • 9
    @Oded would it be feasible ("not hard") to change the filter from "any single kanji character disqualifies the post" to something proportion-based? As a mod on one of the sites that was getting attacked I certainly want the spam block; I just wonder if we can tune it at all (without impeding performance too much). – Monica Cellio Sep 1 '15 at 16:33
  • 1
    @Oded Allowing the content through for established users (a small minimum account age and reputation?) would also make the filter less painful for non-spammers. – snailboat Sep 14 '15 at 0:57
  • 2
    It appears that we only enforce this rule when editing an existing question. If we allow Chinese characters to be posted in the first place then we should also allow them to be reformatted and edited. – JosephStyons Jul 7 '16 at 4:37

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .