Eratosphere Forums - Metrical Poetry, Free Verse, Fiction, Art, Critique, Discussions Able Muse - a review of poetry, prose and art

Forum Left Top

Notices

Reply
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Unread 01-26-2019, 09:01 AM
Jayne Osborn's Avatar
Jayne Osborn Jayne Osborn is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Middle England
Posts: 5,718
Default Strange characters appearing

...and I'm not talking about odd people!

I expect many of you have noticed that weird things like this have appeared in certain posts: ‘€™

I started a thread the same as this a few minutes ago and when I went back to edit it half of my post had disappeared; I had to delete the thread and start again. Obviously something's going on, and I've contacted Alex in case he's not aware of it yet.

I thought it might be something to do with ''Character Set", which only Alex can fix, but I'm not sure if that's the problem or not.

Watch this space...

Jayne
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Unread 01-26-2019, 09:04 AM
Jayne Osborn's Avatar
Jayne Osborn Jayne Osborn is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Middle England
Posts: 5,718
Default

Annie,
Don't panic that your thread has disappeared; I deleted it as I've started this one by way of explanation (well, sort of...)

Jayne
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Unread 01-26-2019, 09:32 AM
Ann Drysdale's Avatar
Ann Drysdale Ann Drysdale is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Old South Wales (UK)
Posts: 4,529
Default

OK. I was only panicking because yours did. Disappear, I mean. I see that this is happening in all forums. Some of the original poems in Met, for instance, have been retrospectively changed - changed utterly, with no terrible beauty to be found in the wreckage.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Unread 01-26-2019, 09:52 AM
Jayne Osborn's Avatar
Jayne Osborn Jayne Osborn is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Middle England
Posts: 5,718
Default

Any attempt at editing results in the disappearance of what was originally there, as I found with my original thread about all this...

We'll just have to wait and see what Alex says, or is able to do. I'm utterly powerless here. What a bummer.

Jayne
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Unread 01-26-2019, 10:00 AM
Jim Moonan Jim Moonan is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Boston, MA
Posts: 1,899
Default

It has happened to me a couple of times in the past 24 hours. I posted to a thread and only the first few sentences appeared. I had to go back and repost.
It seemed to be dependent on some of the formatting I was using. For example, I had bulleted some points and when I posted it it was only partially there (first few sentences. I went back and deleted the bulleted formatting, reposted, and it came through. I've also noticed some strange symbols being substituted for letters in a couple of comments. Strange...

I'm editing now to see if it happens. Be back shortly.... nope, everything fine...

Last edited by Jim Moonan; 01-26-2019 at 10:03 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Unread 01-26-2019, 10:04 AM
Jayne Osborn's Avatar
Jayne Osborn Jayne Osborn is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Middle England
Posts: 5,718
Default

I thought it was only affecting words using apostrophes, but it's not consistently affecting all of the poems with apostrophes in them.

Curiouser and curiouser...

Jayne
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Unread 01-26-2019, 10:39 AM
Ann Drysdale's Avatar
Ann Drysdale Ann Drysdale is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Old South Wales (UK)
Posts: 4,529
Default

Jim's first reply to Allen's Working Title poem is wondrous indeed.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Unread 01-26-2019, 10:47 AM
Jayne Osborn's Avatar
Jayne Osborn Jayne Osborn is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Middle England
Posts: 5,718
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ann Drysdale View Post
Jim's first reply to Allen's Working Title poem is wondrous indeed.
Yet John's, immediately following it (in fact all the succeeding posts) includes both an apostrophe and inverted commas which haven't been interfered with at all.

Jayne
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Unread 01-26-2019, 11:06 AM
Allen Tice's Avatar
Allen Tice Allen Tice is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Brooklyn, NY USA
Posts: 4,195
Default

I think it's an attack of winter-breeding grammasites. This phase usually lasts only a few hours. Often they are mistaken for word-termites. Be patient. Spray with intellect. Wait. On the other hand...
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Unread 01-26-2019, 11:29 AM
Matt Q Matt Q is offline
Member
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: England, UK
Posts: 2,949
Default

It's affecting 'special characters' that have been cut-and-pasted in from elsewhere (a Word document say, or the web), but not things that have been directly typed into the text editor at the Sphere.

For example, it affects open-single-quote and close-single-quote, and curled apostrophes, which are characters you can't type directly into the text editor (here you just get a straight apostrophe/single quote). Presumably the Sphere used to be able to handle converting these special characters, but isn't at the moment for some reason.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump



Forum Right Top
Forum Left Bottom Forum Right Bottom
 
Right Left
Member Login
Forgot password?
Forum LeftForum Right


Forum Statistics:
Forum Members: 7,959
Total Threads: 19,409
Total Posts: 248,502
There are 122 users
currently browsing forums.
Forum LeftForum Right


Forum Sponsor:
Donate & Support Able Muse / Eratosphere
Forum LeftForum Right
Right Right
Right Bottom Left Right Bottom Right

Hosted by ApplauZ Online