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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 Sep 24 '15 at 12:49
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    Yes. Balpha wanted to kill everyone and freeze the tavern – Universal Electricity Sep 24 '15 at 12:49
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    Balpha knows about it. – Infinite Recursion Sep 24 '15 at 12:51
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    I am actually sad that it is fixed. No trolling anyone now :( :P – DroidDev Sep 24 '15 at 13:15
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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 – Praxis Ashelin Sep 24 '15 at 13:20
  • That is evil. How did you fix it? – Patrick Hofman 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? ;) – ShaWiz 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. – Adam Davis 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? – ᔕᖺᘎᕊ 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! – ᔕᖺᘎᕊ 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 – ᔕᖺᘎᕊ Oct 19 '15 at 16:40
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    @ᔕᖺᘎᕊ for ever ever... ;) – ShaWiz Dec 18 '16 at 14:38

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