Due to the length of my name, it's often wrapped in comments. This is entirely understandable. However, it often gets wrapped like this:

...[end of comment] -
Timothy Mueller-Harder

which looks really weird. I'm fine with

...[end of comment] -Timothy

as well as

...[end of comment]
- Timothy Mueller-Harder

but wrapping between the hyphen and my first name is ridiculous. Please change this.

(Edit) Here's an example: enter image description here

  • Here is an example of such an erroneously signatured comment in action, if you still don't get it.
    – Tuesday
    Feb 12, 2012 at 1:29
  • Looks okay to me here. Can you post a screenshot of a bad one? i.imgur.com/Zf7Ov.png Feb 12, 2012 at 1:34
  • @NathanGreenstein Yes, it's showing up that way for me, now, as well. Unfortunately, the edit link is now remarkably unresponsive...
    – Tuesday
    Feb 12, 2012 at 1:40
  • Here is a comment that causes my signature to wrap in the manner I just described.
    – Tuesday
    Feb 12, 2012 at 1:41
  • So it appears that your proposed solution is, in fact, already implemented, and that most of our browsers are what's broken. Who knew?
    – Daniel Mod
    Feb 13, 2012 at 22:18

2 Answers 2


The rendered HTML is already like you're proposing, e.g.:

&ndash;&nbsp;<a href="/users/12285/timothy-mueller-harder"...

so this sounds like a browser issue. Indeed, only Firefox seems to render the &nbsp; correctly*:

Firefox ndash example

* Unless we're doing something wrong, which is entirely possible :)

  • OK, thanks for your help. I probably should have looked at the HTML myself. :)
    – Tuesday
    Feb 13, 2012 at 22:32

If you are advocating that Stack Exchange removes the space between the end of the comment and the username, or linebreaks the dash ending the comment, I am 100% opposed to that.

This is standard browser line-wrapping behavior. When content hits the end of a displayed line, it rewinds to the last (non-breaking) space, and then moves all the content onto the next line.

You're just going to keep running into this problem.

So what can you do? My only suggestion is to change your username. The only three names I could think of that could permanently resolve this issue would be Timothy-Mueller-Harder, TMH, or TM-H. You could abbreviate it in some other fashion, such as Timothy M-H, but that won't fix the issue. You will inevitably post a comment of some length that pushes not only M-H onto the next line, but Timothy as well.

  • I'm not. I'm advocating that they change it to a non-breaking space.
    – Tuesday
    Feb 13, 2012 at 11:28

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