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In this question I tried to making the following comment in markup:

Hey jk, and welcome to [workplace.se]! The best questions here ask *"practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face"* as explained in our [help/dont-ask]. Asking for resources usually isn't a great fit for stack exchange sites [as explained here](http://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/198250/). If you could [edit] your question to focus it on an answerable question, such as, *"How can full-time telecommuters overcome feelings of isolation?"* or something similar, you will get much better answers. Thanks in advance!

This should end up as this:

Correct

But it is coming up as this instead:

Incorrect

Based on Testing, the following sequence seems to break it:

  1. Site Magic Link
  2. Italics
  3. Edit Link
  4. Normal Link
  5. Edit Link

Further testing shows that the sequence is more likely:

  1. [help] -or- [site.se] -or- [edit]
  2. [help] -or- [site.se] -or- [edit]
  3. [normal link](http://whatever.com)
  4. [edit]

Italics don't seem to be necessary, just two magic links followed up by a normal link then an edit link. Changing the last edit from edit seems to work fine, and the type of magic links for the first two don't seem to matter much. Haven't tested various types of normal links either.

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Hey jk, and welcome to The Workplace! The best questions here ask "practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face" as explained in our help center. Asking for resources usually isn't a great fit for stack exchange sites as explained here. If you could edit your question to focus it on an answerable question, such as, "How can full-time telecommuters overcome feelings of isolation?" or something similar, you will get much better answers. Thanks in advance! –  Doorknob Jan 14 at 3:09
    
Page source excerpt: stack exchange sites <a href="<a href="http://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/198250/">meta.stackoverflow.com/qu‌​estions/198250</a>">as explained here</a>. There's a link in that link! –  Geobits Jan 14 at 3:09
    
Hmm, I just reproduced this here (as you can tell :P). I have no idea what it's not working... –  Doorknob Jan 14 at 3:09
    
Test without "help/dont-ask" magic link seems to work: Hey jk, and welcome to The Workplace! The best questions here ask "practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face" as explained in our . Asking for resources usually isn't a great fit for stack exchange sites as explained here. If you could edit your question to focus it on an answerable question, such as, "How can full-time telecommuters overcome feelings of isolation?" or something similar, you will get much better answers. Thanks in advance! –  Geobits Jan 14 at 3:14
    
Interesting. I always use magic links to the help center, and never run in to this problem before, so it seems to have been broken recently methinks. Thanks for the testing @Geobits! –  jmac Jan 14 at 4:35
    
It only seems to happen in particular spots. I tried it in place of the workplace one and it worked fine. It may be tripping on 3 of them rather than that specific one, also. My "edit comment" period of testing ended, but I figured it would be enough for them to go on without me deleting and testing even more. –  Geobits Jan 14 at 4:53
    
1) The Workplace magic link 2) "italics" 3) edit link 4) regular link 5) edit edit link –  jmac Jan 14 at 4:55
    
(as explained here, before magic link) as explained here (magic link) help center (same again, after magic link) as explained here –  doppelgreener Jan 14 at 5:03
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that's a really screwed up bug, I'm on it :) –  m0sa Jan 14 at 11:05

1 Answer 1

up vote 9 down vote accepted

Congratulations on finding a new edge case in a class that hasn't been touched since 2011.

Fix rolls out in build rev 2014.1.15.1850 on meta and .1300 on sites.

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Thank you for the congratulations -- maybe I missed my calling as a QA person. Keep this in mind next time you guys discuss secret badges (hint hint). –  jmac Jan 14 at 23:39

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