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Smartlinks are perhaps the greatest thing since sliced bread--IOW a pretty good invention that saves some time and makes life a little tastier--but they are a pain to use. They need to go on their own line (a particular problem when combined with overly aggressive flood control), and failing to include the http:// prefix causes them to not work. Since I have not yet encountered an FTP XKCD comic, this all seems a bit unnecessary.

Is there any reason for these "features," and if not can they be fixed?

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    I wish people would stop complaining that they should be able to write novels in chat without anybody having a chance to interrupt. It's a chat, for goodness' sake, not a blog engine. – balpha Aug 15 '11 at 14:16
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    This is not a question about flood control. That's addressed elsewhere. – Ari B. Friedman Aug 15 '11 at 14:19
  • The reason you give for wanting to onebox a link that doesn't appear as its own message (how would that even look?) is that it's "a problem when combined with overly aggressive flood control". – balpha Aug 15 '11 at 14:21
  • A reason not the reason. Clarified in the question. – Ari B. Friedman Aug 15 '11 at 14:24
  • @balpha "How would that even look" is an interesting question. Perhaps if not at the beginning or end of a message it could have the link replaced with the page's title, and if at the beginning or end it could get onebox'd as though the user had newlined it. – Ari B. Friedman Aug 15 '11 at 14:26

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