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markdown link does not work if you omit 'http://'

When you add a link in a question, answer or comment, you have to include http:// otherwise it fails (404) or at best it redirects you to the same page you are now (i.e the question you are in). (by the way, when there is 404 error the search box seems buggy too).

E.g.: This link should take you to this one, coz they both have but the first is without http://.

I would guess this is important coz I rarely type http:// (only when I copy-paste, as most of you).

zaf's avatar
asked 2012-04-25 15:03:04 -0500
Evgeny's avatar
updated 2012-05-01 10:22:19 -0500
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most probably this could be a markdown problem and not askbot, so I don't know if it can be fixed from u, I just noticed

zaf's avatar zaf (2012-04-25 15:53:41 -0500) edit
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It's a markdown issue, markdown does not parse with urls without the protocol.

link to nowhere

Fitoria's avatar
answered 2012-04-25 22:49:19 -0500, updated 2012-04-26 10:00:49 -0500
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I noticed in Stack Overflow that when the protocol is omitted, then the link is not activated so you cannot press it and get a 404 error. Is it a workaround we could also do for Askbot?

zaf's avatar zaf (2012-04-26 01:16:08 -0500) edit
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