¯\_(ツ)_/¯ - where's the left arm?


#1

For ascii art so ubiquitous, why can’t websites render it properly?

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#2

Looks fine on my end are you sure your monitor isn’t broken?


#3

It looks fine in the thread title but on posts the left arm isn’t rendered. Might just be a Chrome thing…


#4

Same for me, also using chrome


#5

In computing the backslash character is often used as a modifier on other text to denote something different.

i.e. “\n” is used to tell the computer to place a newline the same way that “*” around some text can be used to modify that text, so to tell the computer to place a backslash just type it twice like “\\” (to show those 2 back slashes I had to type 4)


#6

Exactly. And to be clear, it’s not a browser thing, it’s a forum software thing. Somewhere in the pipe between the text input field when you’re posting and the HTML that’s actually sent to clients viewing it, the string isn’t being sanitized 100% properly. Different forum software can treat the issue differently.

Apparently on this forum, the pipe for thread titles is better handled than the pipe for comment text (possibly because thread titles are used for URLs, meaning they require more thorough processing, but I’m just speculating here).


#7

Arms are fine, but you don’t have shoulders and your face is italic.

(Two previous posts are serious answers.)


#8

The left arm always displays for me, but sometimes the right arm goes missing due to the previously explained issues with the backslash character interacting with different forum software and what have you.


#9

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

You can escape the characters like so:

¯\\\_(ツ)_/¯

(some of the characters look weird when code-formatted but you should be able to copy paste it)


#10

It’s abstract perspective