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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 '15 at 12:49
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    Yes. Balpha wanted to kill everyone and freeze the tavern Sep 24 '15 at 12:49
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    Balpha knows about it. Sep 24 '15 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 '15 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 '15 at 13:20
  • That is evil. How did you fix it? Sep 24 '15 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
    Sep 24 '15 at 13:23
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    So, it's Microsoft's fault? ;) Sep 24 '15 at 13:37
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    @ShadowWizard I can get onboard with that placement of blame.
    – balpha
    Sep 24 '15 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 '15 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 '15 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
    Sep 24 '15 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 '15 at 19:46
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    For posterity's sake, why was it doing that then?
    – Danack
    Sep 26 '15 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 '15 at 10:34
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    Can someone explain this?
    – Casebash
    Oct 9 '15 at 9:20
  • lol - seems like this will remain a mystery forever...? :P Oct 19 '15 at 16:40
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    @ᔕᖺᘎᕊ for ever ever... ;) Dec 18 '16 at 14:38

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