On Code review SE, the design in the top navigation bar shows curly braces '{}' with user reputation. Here's a snap for reference. Looks like a design flaw.

Code review toolbar

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    Have you tried looking at anybody else's profile to determine what the curly braces represent? This is a very intentional design, not a flaw.
    – Nij
    Mar 22, 2022 at 6:35
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    @Nij intentional and super confusing for people who don't know it represents badges. Using random and/or weird symbols for badges is one of the worst UX decisions I've ever seen, but hey, that's SE they must be special. And looking in profiles won't help, only way to know is either ask around, risking mockery and downvotes, or in case of using PC with a mouse, hover over the weird characters and look at the title that appears. Mar 22, 2022 at 7:19
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    Looking at other profiles would almost immediately find different numbers and colours for different users, and discovering they are clearly an intended design element. It is not a huge leap from there to clicking on them and discovering what they represent. They are poor UX only if you presume all your users are lazy and have no curiosity, which is fortunately not the case.
    – Nij
    Mar 22, 2022 at 8:50
  • It's no-repro for MSE, because it's by-design (and discussed) there on CodeReview.
    – Rob
    Mar 22, 2022 at 17:31
  • Yet again misuse of the worst close reason ever, that is 99% misused because nobody actually understand what it's for. Voted to reopen. Mar 23, 2022 at 8:54
  • @Rob read the close reason. All of it. There were no changes to the system that rendered the question as obsolete. Totally wrong close reason, and it should not be closed to begin with. You don't like a question? Awesome, downvote it. Don't close or delete it just because you don't agree with it. (By looking for close reasons that don't really apply) Mar 23, 2022 at 8:56
  • @Sha, your opinion reflects that of the minority.
    – Rob
    Mar 23, 2022 at 9:56
  • @Rob no worry I'm fine being in the minority group. :) Mar 23, 2022 at 11:35

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You've one bronze badge - autobiographer and that's what you're seeing on the toolbar.

The badges page shows all the badges with their site icons and they are all curly brackets.

Many other sites have custom badge icons too. Here's some examples...


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