OBJECT REPLACEMENT CHARACTER (\uFFFC) inserted by a edit
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I'm not sure how did it happen or how to reproduce it, but reporting just in case:

In this edit some "" characters were inserted. It probably shouldn't have happened—I can't think of a reason for them to appear in articles.

The edit happens to be vandalism, and it was reverted because of other content problems. I don't know of a way to input these characters from mobile keyboards, so I guess that it's a bug in MobileFrontend or in the mobile browser that the editor used.

Here's another example in the English Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Dreamtime_%28disambiguation%29&diff=next&oldid=655168898

Both edits are tagged as "Mobile edit, Mobile web edit, Visual edit", so tagging both VE and MobileFrontend. (The Hebrew Wikipedia edit also has a "nowiki" tag, which is inserted by a local AbuseFilter.)

Amire80 created this task.May 22 2016, 7:13 AM
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Maybe an emoji?

Amire80 renamed this task from OBJECT REPLACEMENT CHARACTER inserted in a mobile web edit to OBJECT REPLACEMENT CHARACTER inserted in VE mobile web edits.May 24 2016, 6:35 AM
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Maybe an emoji?

Maybe, but unlikely. Why wouldn't it be just inserted as the actual emoji?

And even if it is an emoji, this kind of conversion is wrong.

Jdforrester-WMF renamed this task from OBJECT REPLACEMENT CHARACTER inserted in VE mobile web edits to OBJECT REPLACEMENT CHARACTER (\uFFFC) inserted by a user of mobile VE.May 24 2016, 7:31 PM
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Zache added a subscriber: Zache.Thu, Oct 25, 3:15 PM

Couple more. Both from the mobile editor but not with visual editor tag. (tags: Mobiilimuokkaus, mobiilisivusto-muokkaus) IP user however edited with the mobile visual editor too in this session.

around the word " itävaltalaisen "

before the word " vei "
https://fi.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Vivica_Bandler&diff=next&oldid=17239734

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Object replacement character appeared here at the start of my edit summary (right before the word ”useinmiten”):
https://fi.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Luettelo_televisiosarjan_Simpsonit_hahmoista&diff=prev&oldid=17693780

When I made that edit I used desktop computer and (Fedora) Linux with Google Chrome version 70.0.3538.77 (Official Build) (64-bit). I edited source directly and didn't use visual editor. Somebody noticed that character with different browser... I couldn't have noticed it with Chrome, but checked afterwards with Mozilla Firefox that it was there.

Additional info: I didn't use ”New wikitext mode” nor WikEd.

Zache added a comment.Thu, Nov 15, 6:37 PM

One example in a page title. I tried to check if the page was created from a link but I didn't find any links to the page.

Zache renamed this task from OBJECT REPLACEMENT CHARACTER (\uFFFC) inserted by a user of mobile VE to OBJECT REPLACEMENT CHARACTER (\uFFFC) inserted by a edit .Thu, Nov 15, 6:38 PM