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When someone posts a rather long code fragment in chat it is shortened and a link to a separate page is created. The linked page is send as text/plain. But the code is escaped as HTML.

This makes the code hard to read. It is not necessary.

Example

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+1 And Gists are pasted as full link, which may take another whole screen height. – kaiser Apr 20 '12 at 10:57
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What do you mean "a link to a separate page is created"? A "show more" link is created, which you click to expand the shortened post. You're never supposed to directly see the page you've linked to. – Tim Stone Apr 20 '12 at 11:07
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I open long code blocks in a separate tab. Didn't even know it opens inline too. – toscho Apr 20 '12 at 11:09
    
I misread the title as "Useless escaping in cheat codes" – BoltClock's a Unicorn Apr 20 '12 at 14:42
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The intended scenario there is that the sample is opened inline via the expansion link provided, hence why it is formatted . I'm not sure it ever occurred to me that people would try opening it as a separate page. However, what you say is not an unreasonable usage. I'll see what we can do.

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Okay, I hold my breath now. :) – toscho Apr 20 '12 at 13:28
    
I personally tend to ctrl-click any link that comes my way--remember, I don't know what the link does till I click it. If I don't want to lose my place in a particularly long page(chat transcripts etc), then I'll first ctrl-click on a link. If it turns out to be a JS link, then I'll normal click it. But that's just me :P – Manishearth Apr 20 '12 at 16:11
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@Manishearth then it is a good job it now works! – Marc Gravell Apr 20 '12 at 16:16
    
@Marc yep, thanks :) – Manishearth Apr 20 '12 at 16:16
    
Cool, thanks @MarcGravell! – toscho Apr 21 '12 at 1:07

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