Support Ticket #220392:
Today I noticed about 30 of our 180 members suddenly have broken nicknames.
Our clan uses a tag with an Alt character, the Õ in PÕQ~, and I suspect that Alt char is related.
They appear to be OK on the top of their Xfire profile page, but broken in their activity list. eg. (P has posted 4 new Halo: Custom Edition screenshots) when it should be (PÕQ~Newbie has posted 4 new Halo: Custom Edition screenshots).
Their nicknames also appear correctly in my friend list in the Xfire 2.0 client but in the original classic client they are listed by their username, not their nickname (presumably because their nickname has an 'error' in it).
And their nicknames are also broken when viewed at classic.xfire.com, where their profile shows the Õ as a question mark in a diamond.
This hasn't effected everyone, but it has effected a lot of our members. Nobody made any changes to cause this on our end. But a few of them, after seeing their nickname was broken, have updated their profile to re-enter their nickname and that does seem to fix it.
Did you guys do something to your database recently that changed the character encoding for nicknames??