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  • I just searched an Error for about 2 hours… now I got it! Its very strange, but, if you put this string “* [D]” into a post, wordpress will generate an internal server-error. I guess it has something to do with the commands used in htaccess and for permalinks… but the error will also occure if you deactivate your .htaccess-file.
    For info: In germany we use to write prices like “49,95* [D]” to show there is a note for the price and it is for germany and not austria, which would be “[A]”.

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  • Mark (podz)


    Support Maven


    I just tried and I can post without a problem.
    What you describe sounds like an issue with mod_security and certain characters / words.
    Mod_security is run by some hosts to reduce the risk from certain code being run by people intend on damage. It intercepts and stops certain characters / words that are also part of code functions. There have been posts before where people have had problems posting the word ‘curl’ and a few others.

    The only way a round I know of is to encode the word and / or to try adding   to the start / end. Like I said, it’s a security issue which is a Good Thing, and you might find it useful to talk to your host.

    I tried to autoencode it using a selfprogrammed plugin before it will be printed out on the site, but it seems the plugin has not the right priority, so that mod_security checks first and gives the error…

    By the way, I used ” ” and much more text before and after “* [D]”… but it doesnt work anyway. Did you try with a spacer between * and the rest?

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