When I hover over the up button I see:

This question shows research effort; it is useful and dear.

And when I hover over the down button, I see that the question is


I find this rather endearing.

Is this a typo no one has noticed, or are my eyes making things undear?

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    Think it must be your eyes, I'm not seeing this. Could you post images from your screen? It seems vaguely possible that it could be related to browser/font stuff.
    – herisson
    Mar 13, 2018 at 10:23
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    The fonts used for some SE sites aren't the best for readability. We had a similar situation on ELL where half the folks reading What is the meaning of “daisy pom”? saw P-O-M as P-O-R-N. The kerning seems out of whack sometimes.
    – ColleenV
    Mar 13, 2018 at 11:57
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    It's probably not 'dear' but 'clear', 'c' and 'l' close together look like 'd'
    – Mitch
    Mar 13, 2018 at 12:49
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    This question is both useful and dear. So I upvotes. I fact we see the word we expect to see. So often the meaning of the sentence is so dear in context that even if it is a typo (which it is not here) many readers see nothing wrong and fail to spot the typo: it is naturally read as either 'dear' or 'clear' in order to make sense in the particular situation. Mar 13, 2018 at 16:50
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    Thank all, for the input. When I first read the comment of @ColleenV, I read daisy p-o-m. No problem, I thought. But now it looks like daisy p-o-r-n and then it flicks back to daisy p-o-m. Flick, flick, back and forth. I know my eyes aren't the best!
    – ab2
    Mar 13, 2018 at 19:37
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    Press "ctrl" (or apple "option-command") and "+" to increase the font size?
    – Mari-Lou A
    Mar 13, 2018 at 20:04

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It's definitely "clear" and not "dear". It would probably help to include details of your hardware and screen settings. If you are using a display which is not set at its native resolution you may experience this phenomenon, especially if your display is anti-aliased.

The screenshot below is actual-size, which means that it may look exactly the same as what you see. However, the image is a link to a full-size version, which should allow you see the word clearly.

Screenshot of up-arrow

  • Thanks. When I blow up the settings and squint I can see a tiny space between the c and the l
    – ab2
    Mar 13, 2018 at 16:02

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