Tech talk:User's talk page link contains plus instead of space

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Real newbie question I can't find the answer to..[edit]

Swept in from en:pub:

what's the little red flashing dot next to the "my talk" ?? I click on "my talk" and there's nothing there. I can't click on the dot itself... If I have a new message waiting... how to I get there? Occasional Traveller 07:46, 23 June 2008 (EDT)

Looking at your talk page, there's one message there, from OldPine from a few days ago; that's what the dot indicates. Not sure why you can't see the message. --Jonboy 10:57, 23 June 2008 (EDT)
There is a bug in that talk indicator. Users with a space or underscore in their username can not click on it to access their talk page and once a message is left on the user talkpage the red dot will never stop flashing. I have the same issue. I've logged a call on shared:Technical requests, but can't seem to find it right now. --Nick 12:40, 23 June 2008 (EDT)

I can see the message when I go to my User page, then click Discussion, but not when I go to "my talk" page. One difference I notice is that on "my talk", it says: :User talk:Occasional+Traveller" whereas when I go to my User page then to Discussion, it says: "User talk:Occasional Traveller" (notice no '+' sign in my username). I also have a username with a space (and apparently the same name with an underscore in place of the space... )... can I change it? That red dot is really bugging me... (>.<) !! Occasional Traveller 13:05, 23 June 2008 (EDT)

I almost managed to forget and ignore that irritating flashing red dot, until I saw you comment. Now, for the past hour the thing has been irritating me so much that I just had to find a workaround in order to get it switched off. Here's what you do: open your talk page with the space html escaped, i.e. %20. In other word, open this --Nick 13:59, 23 June 2008 (EDT)
Thanks Nick. That did it. I'll have to keep that as a bookmark until the bug is fixed. Sorry to make that irritate you, and thanks for the temporary fix! Occasional Traveller 10:41, 24 June 2008 (EDT)

This bug is already reported, see shared:Tech:User's talk page link contains plus instead of space and shared:Tech:Rein N. becomes ReinplusN. when I click my talk in menu -- Sergey kudryavtsev 16:22, 23 June 2008 (EDT)