The Wordpress.com post editor has an annoying habit of inserting the   character in posts. This wouldn't be a problem if it inserted it appropriately, or even consistently. This is, alas, not the case; as far as I can tell, there's no pattern. It'll go for weeks at a time, barely using one; then filling a post with dozens of these things.

Sure, I could get BBEdit to strip these out, but is it possible to disable this in the first place? Even better, is it possible to set things up so that posts I get from other writers get these stripped out? (My guess, based on how their format tags fall, is that most of them use the visual editor.) Or am I just gonna have to tough this out until the site gets big enough to warrant a proper Wordpress.org installation?


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Try wrapping your posts in a div tag, it won't affect the layout and I found that helps when WP tries to add characters to my posts

  • Seems to be working; I've done this with several posts, some with a decent amount of HTML formatting, some not, and it's not inserting those NBSP's. Thanks! Mar 1, 2012 at 20:36
  • Just to follow up: I've been doing this for the last several weeks (three posts a week) and it works almost all of the time. Thanks again for the tip! Apr 18, 2012 at 1:57
  • Glad I was able to help. I struggled with WordPress adding characters and changing the format of posts a few years back and this is by far the simplest way to fix the formatting.
    – Anagio
    Apr 18, 2012 at 11:39
  • I'm sorry to say that this has stopped working, over the last week. Maybe it's still working for others? May 2, 2012 at 3:14
  • ...and now it's working again. May 12, 2012 at 19:18

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