Wikipedia, search, and the ??????? keyboard

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Wikipedia, search, and the ??????? keyboard

blame the cat? It?s hard to say, although blaming the cat is generally a good fallback strategy.

On the other hand, there are also queries like fhbcnjntkm and ?qatktdf ,fiyz and zgjybz. These are all real queries that I encountered, all from Russian Wikipedia, and at first glance they certainly look like gibberish. However, they are actually hiding their secrets from you, me, and Wikipedia?s search engine.

Of keyboards and alphabets

There are lots of people in the world who speak more than one language. For those of us who haven?t ventured very far outside our native alphabet, it?s probably easier to keep ?typing? and ?using a language? as mostly unentangled skill sets. If I?m typing in French, I?m not going to switch to a?French keyboard. I tried it once, and it did not go well?Where is the a? Why is the q there, and who would do such a thing? Do I use z or w for ?undo?? Aaaa!