Why do the character names not appear in this trivia item?

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I created a trivia item at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5218252/trivia?item=tr2942473.

When I look at the item on IMDb app for iOS, I can see the linked character names (underlined in blue).




On the desktop site, however, those three character names are omitted (also indicated in blue).



The names are also absent from the mobile site.

I formatted the links in this style: [link=ch#######] on the iOS app.
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busboywithasilencer

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  • a little confused.

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I could be wrong but AFAIK, trivia uses the "(qv)" link notation,
and there is "currently no" supported way to link character names in trivia.
(As I said, though, I could be wrong.)
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This is correct and the mark-up should not have been accepted in the first place.  We have a ticket open for this now, thanks. 
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What's the underlying problem with this markup? It's way more mobile-friendly.
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Niall, Employee

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Hi, thanks for reporting this. We have removed the unsupported links in all the trivia items we could find and put measures in place to alert us of these in future.
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Thank you, these instances have now been corrected. It appears my colleague only cleaned up the character consts with this format
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Perfect! Thank you, Niall.
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ljdoncel, Champion

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Hi, Niall:

Motivated by a very recent thread, I've checked again the FTP files (19 Aug 2016) and a couple of new instances with the unrecommended format have slipped into the database:

~TRIVIA~ (2 items)

~GOOFS~ (0 items)
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Niall, Employee

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Hi ljdoncel,

A you guessed A Test Movie (2014) is a test movie that staff use to test the behavior of certain things on the site. I actually submitted that piece of trivia while investigating this issue.

The one on Deadpool (2016) seems to have been changed in the last couple of weeks and was incorrectly accepted by our editors. I have changed it back now.
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So would you say that, until further notice, abstain from creating these kinds of links via the mobile site? I noticed my entire entry is gone so it looks like any entries with links formatted with [link=#######] may be removed until there's a fix, yes?
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Busboy: If I understand Col's comment correctly, no links in the [link=########] format should be included in any trivia item, whether submitted via the mobile site, the desktop site, or anything else, because that format isn't intended to work for the trivia section. 

If you have submitted any trivia items that included character links in that format, I would recommend re-submitting them with the character names in plain text, not trying to link the character names. If you include titles or names of real people in the trivia item, you can link them using the "qv" format (see https://contribute.imdb.com/updates/guide/tgq_qv) instead, as Nobo mentioned above, but not the [link=########] format.
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Yes that is correct, sorry if I was not clear.
When cleaning up the existing entries on the site we replaced the linked character name with plain text where we could but in some instances the unsupported link format caused an error and we were unable to recover the original item so we unfortunately had to remove them.
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Still, the core problem remains: The mobile app and the desktop site are fundamentally at odds with one another when it comes to hyperlink formats.

Even editing trivia items that contain links that I've created with qv formatting switch to the bracketed links when editing on mobile.

The [link=#####] format is eminently easier and the only plausible format for mobile, so why not adopt that formatting for all platforms. It's clear that dueling formatting is a pain for IMDb's developers anyway, not to mention its users.
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This core problem does still remain and the solution is not trivial. Thank you for highlighting it. We will continue to look into it