What's this about? The question on the main site (that links to Test the new LaTeX markdown in this Sandbox question!) gives an error $\LaTeX$ ("Misplaced \"), but when meta links it, it works fine.

The error'ing TeX has a source of \\LaTeX, but the functional ones are just \LaTeX.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Hey, you were looking at my question! :) \$\endgroup\$
    – BG100
    Commented Mar 18, 2011 at 13:47

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This was a small decoding issue when consuming data from the API (yes, we use the public API internally for things like this). It is fixed, but we cache that data for about an hour. It should work after that.

  • \$\begingroup\$ I saw this as well, and brought the issue to Meta, where I found a related question: meta.stackexchange.com/q/63479/146495 Does the decoding issue fix that as well? \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 18, 2011 at 14:26
  • \$\begingroup\$ @reemrevnivek it fixes a decoding issue, but it won't make "English" (for example) spin up the necessay tex clientside scripts... In short: not afaik \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 18, 2011 at 17:19
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    \$\begingroup\$ FYI @MarcGravell I've not been to this site in many days, and I've not logged in on this computer I don't think, and I just got this bug. Find me in chat if you like. \$\endgroup\$
    – jcolebrand
    Commented Mar 20, 2011 at 2:45
  • \$\begingroup\$ @drach still bugging out for me as well. \$\endgroup\$
    – Earlz
    Commented Mar 20, 2011 at 6:58
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Earlz @drachenstern I've just checked - are you sure you aren't talking about the link to this question? Where we expect it to be malformed because the title is reporting malformed latex? \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 20, 2011 at 9:05
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Marc well, I am talking about this question. I think it's ugly/tacky for it to show such an error in a title. \$\endgroup\$
    – Earlz
    Commented Mar 20, 2011 at 16:09
  • \$\begingroup\$ @earlz maybe, but at least that is the expected behaviour, consistent with the entire site; the previous behaviour was incorrect, unexpected, and inconsistent. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 20, 2011 at 16:49
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Marc No I'm talking about the bug in particular, not for this question. I thought the bug was less specific than a given question. \$\endgroup\$
    – jcolebrand
    Commented Mar 21, 2011 at 14:38
  • \$\begingroup\$ @drach - yes, but the only question I can now reproduce this on is this one, where it is correct to misbehave because it has illegal latex in the title. Can you cite a question (other than this one) where you see this? \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 21, 2011 at 15:13
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Marc ~ You'll have to wait till I get home tonight and get on my laptop (history, original reproduction of error). I'll post a new question tomorrow and then @you with a link in the teacher's lounge, sound good? \$\endgroup\$
    – jcolebrand
    Commented Mar 21, 2011 at 15:55
  • \$\begingroup\$ Aye, all fine here \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 21, 2011 at 19:21
  • \$\begingroup\$ @MarcGravell well crap, I can't find any questions that are doing it :\ ... and I can't find the one in particular that I was looking at last night ... I'm certain I was tabbing back and forth so I imagine it got lost in the tabhistory somewhere. \$\endgroup\$
    – jcolebrand
    Commented Mar 22, 2011 at 3:52

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