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For some or other reason, typing @ᔕᖺᘎᕊ in a chat room pings everyone who's been in that chat room for the last 7 days...

Seems to work in all chat rooms (I only tested 2 as I don't want to upset too many people...)

How should we proceed?

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    I can confirm this
    – Journeyman Geek Mod
    Sep 24, 2015 at 12:49
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    Yes. Balpha wanted to kill everyone and freeze the tavern Sep 24, 2015 at 12:49
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    Balpha knows about it. Sep 24, 2015 at 12:51
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    As a side note: searching google for ᔕᖺᘎᕊ is an amazing way to find sites that duplicate (legally or illegally) SO content, since @ᔕᖺᘎᕊ posts a lot but otherwise those characters don't really get used for anything.
    – Joe
    Sep 24, 2015 at 17:43

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         screenshot of SSMS showing N'foo' like N'ᔕᖺᘎᕊ%' being true

That is all.

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    LOL. Talk about lazy programming :D Sep 24, 2015 at 13:20
  • That is evil. How did you fix it? Sep 24, 2015 at 13:21
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    @PatrickHofman Switch to a binary collation. Apparently SQL Server tries to be really smart when comparing strings even though I'd just like to compare two strings thank you very much. Credit for the quick fix goes to Nick Craver by the way who knew immediately why SQL Server was behaving like this.
    – balpha StaffMod
    Sep 24, 2015 at 13:23
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    So, it's Microsoft's fault? ;) Sep 24, 2015 at 13:37
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    @ShadowWizard I can get onboard with that placement of blame.
    – balpha StaffMod
    Sep 24, 2015 at 13:38
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    I'm conflicted. The answer demonstrates a bad thing, and therefore should be downvoted, but it also explains the root of the problem, so it should be upvoted.
    – Pollyanna
    Sep 24, 2015 at 14:04
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    but wait... why has this only started happening now? Did something else change in chat recently that triggered it? Sep 24, 2015 at 19:41
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    @ᔕᖺᘎᕊ Hmm that's a great question. I had assumed that your name was new, but apparently that's not the case. We'll look a bit closer.
    – balpha StaffMod
    Sep 24, 2015 at 19:45
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    lol no - I've had it for a few (6?) months now... Please do update me if you ever find out why it happened :) Thanks! Sep 24, 2015 at 19:46
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    For posterity's sake, why was it doing that then?
    – Danack
    Sep 26, 2015 at 20:59
  • So, was it because the collation used didn't have any sort order for canadian syllabics? (If so, similar to stackoverflow.com/questions/20226851/…)
    – ninjalj
    Sep 27, 2015 at 10:34
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    Can someone explain this?
    – Casebash
    Oct 9, 2015 at 9:20
  • lol - seems like this will remain a mystery forever...? :P Oct 19, 2015 at 16:40
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    @ᔕᖺᘎᕊ for ever ever... ;) Dec 18, 2016 at 14:38
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    @ᔕᖺᘎᕊ nobody pinged you before, duh. :-) Sep 14 at 12:06

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