The community-generated election banner is supposed to have a dash () separating the start and the link. Instead, it renders something like the following. Note that even if you copy and paste it from the banner, you'll get the dash.

I'm flattered, haha~. It's a music note. Not the note I use, but a note nonetheless.

I wasn't sure if it was just me, but on chat Arda Xi reported the same behavior, so I'm inclined to believe there is a global issue here.

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    If anyone else had been responsible for the system message, I'd take it as a bug at face value... but from Grace? I could've sworn the note was intentional. – LessPop_MoreFizz Jan 31 '11 at 20:40
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    status-bydesign ♬ – badp Jan 31 '11 at 20:41
  • Of course this is just an intentional hint to get you to nominate. – user56 Jan 31 '11 at 20:41
  • You do know that you can change that, right? :) but I like it the way it is! – Oak Jan 31 '11 at 21:47
  • @Oak Well, I could. In fact, when I originally saw the banner, I did a double take and assumed that one of you two must have made it. But then I saw what the actual text was. – Grace Note Jan 31 '11 at 21:47
  • The system message page lists the author of each message., so you can check there who is the offender. – Oak Jan 31 '11 at 21:50
  • @Oak Community generated. – Grace Note Jan 31 '11 at 21:51
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    If it was Status-bydesign why has it been changed!!?!?! WE WANT OUR NOTE BACK. – LessPop_MoreFizz Feb 1 '11 at 21:47

It's not the system, it's the font.

Volter Goldfish does not have a dash in the typical sense. It has a note. Likewise, it's also has several other 'alternate' versions of various characters. (Scroll down, I particularly like the cup of coffee)

It has a hyphen character though, which looks just like a normal hyphen, and seems to slot nicely into place:


  • System Message is the name of that banner, actually. I thought I had mentioned "font", but apparently that was only in the original draft of this bug report. – Grace Note Jan 31 '11 at 21:18
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    status-bydesign ♬ this is hilarious – Jeff Atwood Jan 31 '11 at 23:06

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