Cyrillic WordPress

Three years back, a bizarre glitch in WordPress turned the operation of this blog Turkish.  That felt rather Kafkaesque until it resolved itself, as I’d’ve had to navigate through a lot of Turkish to fix my settings back to English!

Now in a faint echo of that, it’s sent me email in a cyrillic language.  The email template looks like a regular notification that someone is following my blog.  Comparing it to the last such notification (from earlier this week) and pasting the subject line[1] into google translate both confirm it.  Indeed, I tried google with several Cyrillic languages: Russian, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, and it appears to say much the same in all of them.

And the punchline: the person who just subscribed is in Ankara, Turkey!  Which is what first reminded me of the Turkish incident, but no more cyrillic than English!

This is not in the same league as the Turkish WordPress: when I log in, things are still in English.  Nevertheless, bizarre.

[1] Subject line truncated to preserve privacy of the latest subscriber.

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Posted on August 25, 2017, in wordpress, wordpress.com. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. There are a lot of Cyrillic-language speakers in Turkey. Although why WordPress would send *you* email in *their* language is perhaps more of a mystery.

    My first thought was “Unicode f-up”, but if the message is actually in that language, then that would be more of a “generic notification configuration f-up”, and you should probably expect to get a message in Brazilian-Portuguese next.

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