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Weird smiley in some thread title

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2023 2:03 pm
by Jarhmander
Does anyone know what can cause that stray smiley? Does anyone see it when looking at that thread?

On Chrome (108.0.5359.128) using Android 10.
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I can see it too when using Firefox (108.1.0 (Build #2015920443), 49ccb63dd+)

It seems that the smiley is only there if looking at the unread, new or active topics; on the SNESdev board it isn't there.

Re: Weird smiley in some thread title

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2023 2:21 pm
by Joe
Oh, weird. I see it too.

For whatever reason, phpBB is adding some CSS to the icon, but only for that topic on those pages:

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<dt style="background-image: url(./images/icons/smile/redface.gif); background-repeat: no-repeat;" title="There are no new unread posts for this topic.">

Re: Weird smiley in some thread title

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2023 2:23 pm
by rainwarrior
I see it in Firefox, but it's mostly underneath the circular orange post icon, so it's almost hidden. Seems to be some sort of unread posts indicator, but I'm not sure quite what makes it appear or not.

Re: Weird smiley in some thread title

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2023 4:23 pm
by Drag
phpBB3 supports topic icons, which are icons you can assign to topics, and indeed, they appear beside the usual new-posts/no-new-posts/etc indicator, just like the thread in question here (even though our forum has a layering issue with it).
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The problem is, they don't seem to be enabled here, so I can think of two possibilities:
A) Random hiccup (VPN, DB, moderator, etc) which set the topic icon for this thread, even though they're technically disabled on our forum.
B) That thread was posted without using the UI at posting.php, when you click the [new thread] button.

Re: Weird smiley in some thread title

Posted: Sun Jan 08, 2023 12:01 am
by brizzo
Not sure how this was able to happen, but the topic had a 'topic icon' assigned to it even though we have that feature disabled in phpBB. No other topics in the database had an icon set either...

Re: Weird smiley in some thread title

Posted: Sun Jan 08, 2023 12:27 pm
by Jarhmander
You made it disappear, didn't you? I can't see it anymore.

Re: Weird smiley in some thread title

Posted: Sun Jan 08, 2023 1:22 pm
by Quietust
Drag wrote: Wed Jan 04, 2023 4:23 pm B) That thread was posted without using the UI at posting.php, when you click the [new thread] button.
Combined with the rather peculiar thread title, it's probably worth keeping an eye on that user's account to make sure it doesn't turn out to be yet another sleeper spambot.

Re: Weird smiley in some thread title

Posted: Sun Jan 08, 2023 2:59 pm
by Individualised
That's why I refrained from replying to that post - I would have otherwise given tips on how to properly ask for help on forums but I'm not convinced it's a real account to begin with.

Re: Weird smiley in some thread title

Posted: Sun Jan 08, 2023 3:20 pm
by Fiskbit
All first posts are vetted to avoid spam, usually by myself or lidnariq. This one required some discussion, but I saw enough positive signals that we figured the main issue was language barrier. I'm certainly confused about how he got the emoticon on the post, but he still looks like a legitimate user.

Re: Weird smiley in some thread title

Posted: Mon Jan 09, 2023 12:44 am
by calima
Phone poster using one of the plugins?