VisualEditor: Snowmen being created (no reproduction steps)
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On fr.wp at least a couple of edits were noticed that generated snowmen:
and (a vandalism).

The snowman appears in the word "français(e)" (so it's possibly related to the ç character?).

No other details available - the first editor didn't provide them, and the other was a vandal.

Version: unspecified
Severity: major


Elitre created this task.Dec 2 2013, 9:03 PM
Elitre added a comment.Dec 2 2013, 9:43 PM

About the first case, where an external link was added and a <br> tag can also be observed, User:Drongou notes that it is "utterly incomprehensible. It's impossible to add a <br> vith VE, and VE itself does not seem to generate it. It must have come from copy/paste (snowmen are typical of failed copy/paste). Really strange, (one would rather expect a <br />): all the inclusions of <br> should be checked."

I roughly translated his words. I didn't notice that before - he's right that adding <br> by hand in VE would produce nowiki tags, which are not there.

Here's another odd set of snowmen, this time at the Javanese Wikipedia.

The edit was inappropriate (poor English replacing Javanese) and was reverted.

  • Bug 67591 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

I believe that we fixed the last of the snowmen issues (ha!) with the re-write last week; I've not been able to reproduce these edits at all now. Provisionally marking as FIXED.

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