On the top page of Stack Overflow for Japanese (スタック・オーバーフロー), I found a string below an ad is shown as a kind of character entity references:


It shows この広告を報告, which can be decoded to "この広告を報告", a translated string of "Report this ad". See https://ja.traducir.win/strings/13323.

I also confirmed a related behavior happens on Stack Overflow for Portuguese and Stack Overflow for Russian.





These strings should be shown in decoded forms.

My environment: Windows 11, Google Chrome 106.0.5249.119

The same meta post on SOja: 「この広告を報告」がエンコードされた状態で表示されている

  • But the link itself is working, i.e. you can report ads? Commented Oct 23, 2022 at 13:19
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    @ShadowTheKidWizard yes, it's still working properly, the dialog to report it appears (with partially translated :( ). Commented Oct 23, 2022 at 13:24
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    As of November 4th, there is no more "report ad" link as this comment by staff says. (They removed it as the bugs it's causing are fatal.) Commented Nov 7, 2022 at 19:09

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This issue should now be fixed. (Technically, I think it got fixed about a month ago, but it seems this post never got responded to – sorry about that!)

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