I changed my username recently, to one I've used a long time in the past.

Out of curiosity, I decided to look at how it's showing in my profile page, and it seems to be overflowing under the weight of the "top %" indicator:

"Hedgeho" and "g" on another line

For clarity, this is how it looks like with another username of the same length, but with characters that take up less width:

No overflow

Can this please be fixed?

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    This feels status-bydesign. What are you suggesting be done with user names that still don't fit? As it stands, changing the font system wide would only accommodate your username and maybe a few others. I'm not sure this is a bug, but making the font marginally smaller doesn't seem like a viable solution to names that exceed the available length. Commented Oct 24, 2018 at 2:54
  • @RobertCartaino It used to work back when I wasn't a top user of this site. Maybe removing the "top %" indicator on long usernames would fix it (it's still shown in the activity tab)? Commented Oct 24, 2018 at 2:56
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    @RobertCartaino: Better word-wrapping would seem to be the only good way to handle this. Commented Oct 24, 2018 at 3:03
  • Sonic, There are other "indicators" that can cause the name to wrap even though they once fit (becoming a moderator, for example). So there would need to be a more significant redesign/layout to accommodate everything that might cause a name to be crowded out. Hrm. Outside my area, so I'll have to leave it at that. Commented Oct 24, 2018 at 3:05
  • 1. I find users who choose a long string of numbers and random letters as their username to be, strangely, egotistical. They are not looking to blend into the crowd but to stand out. Similarly, usernames which are unnecessarily long, like yours, although easy enough to remember they take an awful amount of space when users want to ping them. Yes. You told me that "Sonic" by itself was enough and that's what I did,… Commented Oct 24, 2018 at 6:01
  • 2....I pinged you using @Sonic but you didn't reply. So there's no shortcut, one has to write out the full username. As for fixing this very minor inconvenience on your profile page, may I suggest you shorten your username by one character? Commented Oct 24, 2018 at 6:02
  • 3. I'm puzzled, is the ™ necessary every time we mention Overflow in our posts. Say it ain't so, or we'll get enthusiastic users editing and bumping ten-year-posts again. Arggghhhhhh :) Commented Oct 24, 2018 at 6:05
  • @RobertCartaino fixing this is as easy as removing this CSS rule from that specific container. Result of removing the rule: i.sstatic.net/jFVOB.png Commented Oct 24, 2018 at 6:29
  • @Mari pinging does not mean the pinged user must reply. Sonic got your ping as inbox item. The shortcut works, believe me. As for ™ it's a rather new meme added for design bugs, I don't use it myself but it became a fact and to be honest, quite funny. :) Commented Oct 24, 2018 at 6:32
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    @Mari-LouA I got the notification; I was busy at the time so I didn't reply. It does work; typing the first three characters of the username will work according to the FAQ on comment @-replies. Also, regarding the title, see here. Commented Oct 24, 2018 at 6:37

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It's not always true that the OP's lengthy username gets cut short. On three separate occasions when I have clicked on the user's name on the main page, I have seen the username perfectly formatted. The first time I thought the bug had been fixed but when I clicked again, the username spilled over.

So, I have managed to take screenshots of the last two instances. I don't know why, and I cannot figure how to replicate this fluke but it happens and I had to wait until today before I could get the third screenshot.

2nd time, 26th October

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and just now it has happened again, you can tell the screenshots were taken later if you look at the number of profile views, and the rep the OP has since earned

3rd time, 28th October

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It's fixed. I didn't do anything but it got fixed. The username does not get cut off when the ratings in the blue box appear.

In order to be certain that the inconvenience was fixed, I looked for usernames longer than 26 characters but failed to find any. It seems to have been an isolated case but was resolved relatively quickly.

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  • The "top 0.18% this year" disappears and re-appears for some reason. It's only when it appears that it gets cut off. Commented Oct 28, 2018 at 19:49
  • Yeah, I know. But I can't seem to reproduce it at will, I have no idea why this happens. Commented Oct 28, 2018 at 20:15

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