Today, the mails I get through my filter subscriptions changed. The plain text part no longer contain any links. Before it would be Markdown code and start like this:

1 new question in [Mercurial filter](http://stackexchange.com/filters/28651/mercurial) on stackexchange.com

[How to configure mercurial to deploy website folder only](http://stackoverflow.com/questions/9826473/how-to-configure-mercurial-to-deploy-website-folder-only)

(Notice the lack of line breaks, but that's another matter.)

While my client (Gnus) doesn't understand Markdown, it does recognize and highlight the http://... links so that I can click on them. Today the mails starts like this:

1 new question in Mercurial filter on stackexchange.com

HG abort on permitted file?

There's no links to highlight and this makes the plain text part quite useless.

Could this change be reverted?

  • 2
    +1 for plain text email. – Cody Gray Mar 24 '12 at 11:04
  • Sorry about this.. this behavior was accidentally introduced as part of this fix. It'll be fixed shortly. – Emmett Mar 24 '12 at 18:33
  • @Emmett: no problem, thanks for looking at this so quickly! – Martin Geisler Mar 25 '12 at 11:58

This should be fixed now.

In fact, the entire plain-text version of the filter subscription email received a much needed facelift (it now wraps at 72 chars!), so it should be all-around easier to read.

I don't spend much time consuming plain-text emails myself, so please let me know if it can be improved in other ways.

  • Looks fine now. The wrap-on-72-chars is a very nice touch, but OTOH, wrapping long urls makes it less convenient to paste in an editor. – Eli Barzilay Mar 26 '12 at 23:48
  • s/editor/browser/, of course – Eli Barzilay Mar 27 '12 at 2:38
  • Thanks! I also noticed that the wrapping cuts right through the URLs. But it's not a problem: everything after the question ID is ignored so it's okay to follow a truncated URL. – Martin Geisler Mar 27 '12 at 21:32

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