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Old 07-22-2012, 11:14 AM   #1
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Characters in names update?

Hey,

Was there an intentional update that removed certain characters in names? My ingame name used to be: Worst. Sniper. Ever.™ - With the Trade Mark symbol after it. However, the ™ is removed completely without any signs of the characters even being in the name.

I know there was an update recently to prevent... something regarding this... But was this intended? A lot of people use a lot of different characters in their names and it never causes any problems in Team Fortress 2.

If this was intentional, I suggest the developers change it back. It's a terrible and annoying update.
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Old 07-22-2012, 11:58 AM   #2
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Sounds like this is the worst possible uhm stuff that could happen to you, right?
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Old 07-22-2012, 11:59 AM   #3
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It was not intended, and a patch was released to fix it. However, it was an optional server update, so not all servers have it fixed yet.
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Old 07-22-2012, 12:03 PM   #4
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Finally no more "Insert pony name here ™" Names.
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Old 07-22-2012, 12:28 PM   #5
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it never causes any problems in Team Fortress 2.
Well that's where you're wrong.

Someone with enough or certain special characters in their name can make the chatbox especially glitchy; I have no pics on me atm, but if you were to enter before the update, say, any Lotus server and sit around maybe an hour or two, you could probably find one of these people.

In addition, if someone's name is made entirely out of those characters, it becomes unnecessarily hard to apply server commands (!bp, !kick, etc) to them, and also to search for them, in the Steam community or elsewhere. The update probably happened to allow users more access to these functions, taking away a tool that could keep people hidden.

Thirdly, others with more characters may find it harder, but how difficult could it possibly be to simply play as "Worst. Sniper. Ever." without the tm?
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Old 07-22-2012, 12:49 PM   #6
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Of all the worst things that could happen, this is the worst. Possible! THING!
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Old 07-22-2012, 01:18 PM   #7
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too many people abuse gibberish unicode symbols anyway.
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Old 07-22-2012, 01:23 PM   #8
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I am ok with this update.
Next time I try to talk to some guy using the mic I wont be stuck in saying his name for 30 minutes.
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Old 07-22-2012, 03:23 PM   #9
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Worst. Sniper. Ever.™
It was removed because Lee Harvey Oswald made it a trade mark 50 years ago.
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Old 07-22-2012, 03:27 PM   #10
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The update was to fix certain servers from unintentionally removing those characters, but as always, they just broke it even more, and now no one can do it.
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Old 07-23-2012, 07:21 PM   #11
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It was removed because Lee Harvey Oswald made it a trade mark 50 years ago.
Most constructive reply in this thread.

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In addition, if someone's name is made entirely out of those characters, it becomes unnecessarily hard to apply server commands (!bp, !kick, etc) to them, and also to search for them, in the Steam community or elsewhere. The update probably happened to allow users more access to these functions, taking away a tool that could keep people hidden.
Since you play on Lotus, here's a trick for you (or any other server with SourceMod installed)

Go into the console and type "status" to bring up a list of users.

If you want to kick a user that has crap jibberish in their name, or is constantly namechanging, impersonating, etc, type: sm_votekick #<number> where <number> is the number next to their name. So, if you type status and the person's number is "# 126" you type: sm_votekick #126
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Old 07-23-2012, 08:39 PM   #12
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Just for the record, I'm pretty sure that they added special characters back into names.
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Old 07-23-2012, 09:10 PM   #13
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Did you really trademark that name? Otherwise I don't see why you'd need it.
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Old 07-25-2012, 11:14 PM   #14
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Did you really trademark that name? Otherwise I don't see why you'd need it.
Yes, it's fully trademarked and goes with it's corresponding patent. The symbol needs to be included in my name so people know this and don't copy me.

A full team of lawyers will be dispatched if I see otherwise.
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