Niche names with special characters and searching

So, yesterday I stumbled upon an issue that I believe should be addressed regarding special characters (like é and è) in niche names. Sometime last year I suggested the Pokémon niche, which got upvoted 100% and that é in the title is how it should be spelled canonically. As you can see, the system turned the URL into /poke-mon due to the é character, which I don’t think is right. I’m not exactly sure how SEO-friendliness should be optimized so please correct me if this is the right way to do it.

Using the search function for “Pokemon”, 3 other subniches pop up that all neglected this é but the one I initially suggested called “Pokémon” doesn’t show up. Also, the only purchased niche on the subject, PokeMon Go, has the worst name.

Any thoughts on this?

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Interesting @Slaz.

So there's a good chance that because of the special character not coming up in search, your niche has not been purchased yet... despite it being the broader niche, and the most correctly spelled one... if I'm understanding you correctly?

I'd say that's really worth fixing!  I might be missing something, but do you think it would be solved by simply making 'é' a positive match for 'e' in searches?

If regular expressions are being used, it would mean using a function to pre-process the search string, and replace all 'e' characters with [eé]... 

Emily Barnett posted:

I recently tried to post something with an apostrophe and the system made me remove it before posting. I chose a lesser used word, but it was pointed out in a comment. 

Oh, the system didn't allow the apostrophe? (Pretty sure it was my comment you're referencing. LOL.) Yeah, apostrophes are important. I know it probably has something to do with the coding involved, but quotation marks are allowed and apostrophes are not? Quotation marks are never really needed in niche names, but apostrophes are parts of actual words, so this is a bit of a problem.

Christina Gleason posted:
Emily Barnett posted:

I recently tried to post something with an apostrophe and the system made me remove it before posting. I chose a lesser used word, but it was pointed out in a comment. 

Oh, the system didn't allow the apostrophe? (Pretty sure it was my comment you're referencing. LOL.) Yeah, apostrophes are important. I know it probably has something to do with the coding involved, but quotation marks are allowed and apostrophes are not? Quotation marks are never really needed in niche names, but apostrophes are parts of actual words, so this is a bit of a problem.

Ya it asked me to suggested that characters aren't supported. I have noticed other apostrophes though, on published niche titles. Maybe you can publish it anyway. I just didn't risk it being poorly coded and changed the title.

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