Hacker News article Hacker news user kristywagner found a bug in the character database synonyms database, which allows people to create aliases, and now the site has announced a fix.
In a statement on Hacker News, the company says that it has disabled the synonym creation feature on its platform, because it has “found and fixed a number of issues related to the database”.
In the statement, Hacker News says that the site “has been using the character dictionary for several years, and it’s been an easy and efficient way to create characters, without the hassle of manually filling in the blank spaces”.
The statement adds that it’s “not possible to use the character dictionaries for any other purposes than synonyms” and it “does not support any other features of the database other than synonym usage”.
The site is currently in maintenance mode, with the character names database not yet available.
However, users can create characters using other dictionaries, which will let them add a unique name to a name.
The character database was introduced in 2004 by Google, but was made available in 2012 by Microsoft.