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After trying to link to, I've got the error message:

 Links to http:// are not allowed.

After some further investigation, I've found that using the tool to automatically generate the markdown for my link has changed



removing the %20http:// manually allowed the link to work.

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3 (Here is a regex fiddle you can use while waiting for a fix) By the way you have put 2 times http:// and that might cause the problem. – Hugo Dozois Apr 15 '13 at 17:39
@HugoDozois that makes me want to edit my question – Sam I am Apr 15 '13 at 17:44
i reproduced the error before finishing my edit but i can't anymore – Sam I am Apr 15 '13 at 17:52
There were some change in the Markdown engine today, that might be related… – Hugo Dozois Apr 15 '13 at 18:04

That extra %20... can happen when you paste in a link with an extra space:

[ without extra space][1]

[ with space in front][2]

  [2]: http://%20

then you get the error message you saw:

Links to http:// are not allowed
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