This is a report of an unexpected buggy behaviour we have experienced at moodle.org today.
- Helen Foster was asked to move the MoodleNet forum between courses, which she did on Friday 10 January around 2pm (you might recall this as it caused a lot of unexpected notifications being sent because the forum was restored with the auto-description mode enabled).
- Today on Monday 13 January, Helen noticed there is a weird forum post https://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=395676#p1595264 with no content.
- Problem 1: How that there is a forum post with no content if the message is a required field?
- Problem 2: That forum post has been authored by the user who has not logged in to moodle.org for more than 9 years
From the database, I can confirm that forum post is really empty (no invisible content):
From the user's activity log, I can see the posting event comes with the Origin set to "cli" which suggests it was triggered by a cron job or something like that. But the Site administration > Server > Tasks > Task logs does not show any tasks executed around that time.