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Just added a comment to a question that contained a link to the Scrum_(development) page at Wikipedia: Unfortunately, the closing ) was not included in the link and it's now broken. I tried editing the comment to see if it was an EOL issue, but it's not. Any link which ends with a ) is not wrapped in an appropriate anchor tag.

The comment in question can be found on Steven A. Lowe's answer on Programmers.SE.

Looks like the anchor wrapping issue applies to all SE text input boxes as this bug reports link to is broken as well.

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possible duplicate of Links to URLs containing parentheses – waiwai933 Jan 14 '11 at 7:54
Also (to a degree) a dupe of Google Chrome Stack Exchange URL Escaper Extension?. – Dori Jan 14 '11 at 8:31
I'm not sure this is a dupe; wasn't the parenthesis-handling behavior changed in the past few days? – Pops Jan 14 '11 at 16:46
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This is very much by design. Since this case:

As I said elsewhere (see you're wrong.

is very common, a closing paren is considered ending a automatically detected link.* So when you have that character in the link, you can't rely on auto-linking anymore; you'll have to explicitly tell the system where your link starts and where it ends.

See the [Wikipedia page on Scrum]( for details.

* The rules are a little more subtle; if the paren is within the URL, it might actually work. Bottom line: don't rely on it.


See URL detecting error with address like "" for details; long story short: After the next build of the site, this will work as you had expected.

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