I'm trying to make the image in this post clickable.

So I follow these instructions:

[![alt text][1]][2]

but .... Eeeek! The image disappears! This also doesn't work:

[![alt text][1]](https://i.sstatic.net/hTc6L.jpg)

What's going on? This used to work before, but it seems broken, starting today. Others are having the same problem. Curiously, if you try to edit the instructions, the image disappears, too.

Chrome Dev on OS X, doesn't work on other systems either.

  • Nuts. I was just trying this and submitted an edit when I realized I don't have edit privileges on SU... Needless to say, it didn't work for me, either. Feel free to reject that edit. Commented Aug 21, 2011 at 14:21
  • Editing the linked question with the instructions works fine for me. But editing the accepted answer indeed gets me an empty <a href="http://meta.stackoverflow.com/users/44330/jason-s"></a>in the preview. (And probably the same when actually saving it?)
    – Arjan
    Commented Aug 21, 2011 at 14:59
  • Seems adding the link to Thunderbird causes the image to vanish i.imgur.com/NdbJp.png i.imgur.com/ZeUDa.png Commented Aug 21, 2011 at 15:19
  • 3
    Workaround until this is fixed: Use HTML tags.
    – balpha StaffMod
    Commented Aug 21, 2011 at 16:44
  • <a href="i.sstatic.net/hTc6L.jpg"><img src="i.sstatic.net/hTc6Lm.jpg" /></a>
    – genesis
    Commented Aug 21, 2011 at 17:05

1 Answer 1


We recently made a change to prevent link-within-a-link creation. That change was a little too eager, so it also broke image-within-a-link.

Fixed now.


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