Matt has the typical cavalier programmer attitude: if people do stupid things, my code will behave unpredictably. It's amazing to me that his site is so successful, and it's really a tribute to the members of the community, and probably some luck.
I want a program/driver that will mirror my monitor's output. I want everything reversed l/r. It would be like Leonardo DaVinci's notebooks. My left-handed brain would eat it up by my weak and pathetic right-handed friends would be AT A LOSS!
Matt has the typical cavalier programmer attitude
Which is funny, because he's not a programmer; he's a web designer.
Well, to be fair anticipating the widespread adoption of Unicode isn't really the primary focus or domain of either a "useability expert" or a "web designer".
It's easy to be critical of how things "should" be done in retrospect, but there are many well known sites or programs that have similar compatibility issues.
It seems that because MeFi has evolved over time and contains many layers of what (Matt himself may admit) is not the best code on the planet. And it really isn't meant to be - it's just this site, y'know.
I certainly didn't expect the mirror control character to screw up as much stuff as it did. I was pretty sure it was going to be stripped when I hit post and I'd look like an idiot. (More of an idiot, wiseass.) The most I was hoping for was that it would reverse the "posted by" tagline and maybe the titles and tags.
It would have been a lot cooler if I had a backwards username or if I registered my username "backwards" so it would be the only forward-readable thing in the post, but it was really spur of the moment and unplanned and I'm not all that clever.