URL Links Completely disappear in Message Board Posts

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I recently tried to post a link in a new message on one of IMDb's message boards using the correct format [url]link[/url] but when I preview or post the post, nothing shows up.

There is a blank spot where the URL should be.

Does anyone know why this is and how it can be fixed?
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Posted 6 years ago

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Dan Dassow, Champion

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Hi Lou Kang,

Thank you for reporting this problem. I was just about to report the problem myself.

TsarStepan also reported this problem on the IMDb Poll message board on Wed Jul 23 2014 08:09:30 Pacific Daylight Time.
YAY! Another fun board glitch!
http://www.imdb.com/board/bd0000088/nest/232510762

It appears that this glitch started around five to six hours ago. From what I can tell, the problem with the [url][/url] BBCode only affects new posts and does not affect posts posted before the glitch occurred unless someone edits and re-saves the post.

Also, only the URL tag seems to be affected. All of the other BBCode tags still appear to work.

Unfortunately, this is not a problem a normal user (such as your or I) can fix.

Let's hope that the IMDB technical staff see your problem report.
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http://www.imdb.com/board/bd0000042/nest/232519954
muzzle has posted that the problem will be fixed by tomorrow.
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Hmm ... that thread and Muzzle's reply have recently been deleted.
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Cool. Thanks for the update.
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Thank goodness. I thought somebody with a grudge had reported me as a spammer and I'd been banned from posting links! Paranoid? Me? (I'm sure somebody is watching me!)
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It's working again. Thank the Gods.
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I posted some links and it worked, but when I edited my post afterwards the links turned into code like this:

[a rel="nofollow" href="https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/back_button_doesnt_work_in_chrome"]https://getsatisfact... ome[/a]
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Peter,

I was able to replicate the problem you just reported:
http://www.imdb.com/board/bd0000088/nest/232561532?d=232565704#232565704

[url]http://www.imdb.com[/url]
Should look like this
http://www.imdb.com

However, when you you edit a post, it becomes this:
[a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.imdb.com"]http://www.imdb.com[/a]
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Yup, this problem should now be fixed.  There were a number of different bugs over the last few days, and posts that were created/edited during that period might remain corrupted.  However, you should be able to create/edit posts now and have it behave properly.
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Why is the thread marked as "solved"? The bug is still not fixed.
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This is working as designed.  Links without "http://" are relative links, which we don't allow because boards posts can appear at different urls, the links would therefore resolve to different locations.

We made an exception for "imdb.com" because that's the site we're on and the intent is clear.
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Thanks again Murray.
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Links without "http://" are relative links
In the past, we could enter this:   [url]example.com[/url]
and the result was a link like this:  example.com

See how that works?
Notice that the linked text does not display the http protocol prefix,
though it is indeed there in the href attribute of the link.

As is obvious to anyone who has even a rudimentary understanding of HTML, that is perfectly valid linking practice. And it used to work fine on the boards. For whatever reason, IMDb chose to stop supporting that.
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Exactly. Relative links have never been allowed on the boards -- "http://" was automatically added to (the HREF attribute of) anything you put between the URL tags. And now IMDb just deletes such links.

So, you couldn't post relative links in the past, and you can't post them today.

The only thing changed from the user's perspective is that now you can't mention other sites without that ugly "http://" in your text.
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Murray,

Happy SysAdmin Day!
http://sysadminday.com/

Thank you again for your continued efforts and support.

I've confirmed in this post that the problems describe above have been corrected.
http://www.imdb.com/board/bd0000088/nest/232561532?d=232604117#232604117

I will pass on this good news to those affected.

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