I was attempting to answer a question today on SO and include some screenshots to help illustrate what I was talking about. Everything was fine until I went to upload my fourth image. Here is what the post screen looked like before I selected to upload: enter image description here

Once I pressed the Image button I got this potentially NSFW image

This was very surprising. Until today I haven't been able to see post images as they were uploaded (corporate blocking), so maybe this has been around a while. But based on what I've now seen, perhaps the corporate blocking was for the best?

Is this a bug or are we trying to fit in better on the internet by increasing our butt to post ratio?


YOU's excellent work and the OP's detailed screenshots made it pretty easy to get to the bottom of this:

You'll note in the screenshot (the one that Daniel censored away) that the image definition is pretty broken; you see something like ![![![bla][3]][ etc. This utterly wrong markdown causes the creation of unbalanced HTML tags, so the tag balancer kicks in. The actual bug is in the tag balancer, which lowercases the content it doesn't remove.

This is fixed in the next build.

Until then, to reproduce: Just go to the edit screen for the post in question and insert a lonely <b> at the beginning.

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    "... get to the bottom of this:" You're so cheeky. May 3 '11 at 20:03
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    @gnostradamus: There's nothing funny here. This was a simple string manipulation issue.
    – balpha
    May 3 '11 at 20:11
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    @badp: "posterior"ity, you mean.
    – jscs
    May 3 '11 at 20:32
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    Please don't be anal about word choices here. Let's put this matter behind us and move on.
    – Jin
    May 3 '11 at 21:05
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    This is the most fanny thing I've read today on Stack Overflow.
    – Pekka
    May 3 '11 at 21:11
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    Kudos to balpha and YOU for their keen ASSessment and diligent ASSistance in addressing this crack in the system. You two are real ASSets to SO. There was clearly a hole in the code, and someone will need to keep a [brown] eye on it.
    – user27414
    May 3 '11 at 21:39
  • All of this fits together way to neatly to set up an endless well of puns, so I remain highly sceptical.
    – Kerrek SB
    Dec 30 '13 at 22:27

Well, its a preview's lower case issue between



(Meanwhile, stack has been inserted into many Stack Exchange image URLs, somehow making the original URLs rot away.)

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    YOU's brilliant powers of deduction win once again! You should work for the police or something. Good stuff.
    – Pekka
    May 3 '11 at 19:19
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    That's some mighty fine police work there, YOU
    – random
    May 3 '11 at 19:26
  • This is actually extremely hilarious :)
    – user163250
    Jun 27 '14 at 22:30

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