This is a tiny bug on the Data Explorer site. In the user details page, the link href to the user's website is missing the colon in the protocol specifier (e.g. http//example.org instead of http://example.org). The link text is displayed correctly.

Example: http://data.stackexchange.com/users/7784/jli


It was actually producing a link element like the following:

<a href="http://http://example.org">http://example.org</a>

...which your browser interpreted as a link to http://http//example.org. Either way, not what you wanted.

I'm not entirely sure that the way those attributes are handled at the moment makes the most sense, but for the time being I've gone ahead and made sure that the http:// is only added when the provided URL doesn't already start with it or https://.

  • Makes sense, I didn't realize that I wasn't supposed to include the protocol in the url. – jli Apr 15 '12 at 23:14
  • Yeah, I'm not entirely sure why the code originally had that restriction. – Tim Stone Apr 15 '12 at 23:16
  • Seems like this is still occurring. – jli Aug 13 '12 at 16:30
  • The code hasn't been deployed yet, because there's a backlog of changes that need to be reviewed. I'll see if I can get that process sped up a bit...sorry about the delay! – Tim Stone Aug 13 '12 at 16:31

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