This is a re-post of a bug from six years ago, in the hope that it will get some love.

When I receive emails for my Stack Exchange email subscriptions, characters like < and > are doubly encoded, i.e., they are rendered as &lt and &gt (and encoded as &amp;lt; and &amp;gt;), as can be seen in this email received this week:

screenshot from gmail of subscription feed summary containing doubly-encoded < and >

Here's how the question renders on StackOverflow:

screenshot from stackoverflow of actual question, with correct character encoding

  • Weird considering this one was in my email digest and it wasn't "double escaped" – Cole Johnson Apr 12 at 22:02
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    That's very weird @ColeJohnson - I've just recreated my subscription to see if it was something related to the settings on that subscription (I've had it for a long time!) – Simon MᶜKenzie Apr 17 at 10:08
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    Could it be your email viewer? As in, does this problem appear in other viewers? – Cole Johnson Apr 17 at 14:27
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    No, @ColeJohnson, this happens in multiple mail clients. The screenshot comes from Gmail's web viewer. – Simon MᶜKenzie Apr 18 at 2:37

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