I searched the WIKI and forums for this, and I know I had asked it at one point but I see that this problem still happens.
There is a player on our server that likes to use non-printable non-standard characters in their name (e.g not alphanumerics and punctuation symbols). I don't know how they do it, but they get non-standard ascii codes or something in their name. It really looks funky in the logs and parsing tools.
I did find this, for version 0.7.0:
- Fixed: Only real characters allowed in names.
I'd say that is not true, as this weekend (we're running 0.8.2) we had two instances of what I would consider illegal names:
0:55:43 Userinfo: \cg_ident\0000000025AD8511A356\cg_etver\4\cg_c\0.8.2\cg_cmodbuild\win-x86 Apr 24 2014\cg_uinfo\12 0 100\sil_guid\XXXXXGUIDXXXXXX\cl_guid\XXXXXGUIDXXXXX\cl_wwwDownload\1\name\^7\rate\32000\snaps\20\cl_anonymous\0\cl_punkbuster\1\ip\XXXXIPXXXX
It might be hard to see, but the name is : ^7 --- just a color? It shows up as nothing in the game and in online trackers, just an empty slot. I thought that you'd get kicked or the game would not allow you to enter an empty name.
I was going to paste another example where the guy used extended ascii characters in his name, but you can't see that when I print it here. In notepad it just looks like boxes where the special characters are, but I think you know what I mean.
Anyway - it seems that this fix either doesn't work anymore, or I'm unaware of settings that would require people to just use regular characters in their name instead of trying to be special using some sort of name exploit. Any suggestions here?