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I'm not sure whether this is a valid (per spec) url or not, but this url

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=9230708&st=samsung+lcd+32"&lp=1&type=product&cp=1&id=1218063831450

Doesn't work in stackoverflow. It doesn't get made into a link when you view the post. Notice the quotation mark? That appears to be the problem.

Here is a test. This is the page it should link to.

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tools.ietf.org/html/rfc3986#section-2.2 - none of these character are URL safe for content description –  bananakata Sep 13 '09 at 9:50
    
bestbuy.com/site/… –  Brad Gilbert Sep 13 '09 at 17:08
    
So the problem is Best Buy. figures. –  Ryan Sep 14 '09 at 19:09
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It's that double-quote (") in the URL. The parser is expecting another one because it would be used as the TITLE part of the link.

It's not intuitive, but you'll have to encode that double-quote as:

%22

So your above link would be like this:

http://example.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=9230708&st=samsung+lcd+32%22&lp=1&type=product&cp=1&id=1218063831450

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That edit was obviously just an excuse to post that certain edit summary. –  random Sep 13 '09 at 3:38
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As of recently, when entering a link via the button (or Ctrl-L), the characters will automatically be escaped.

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