When someone posts a rather long code fragment in chat it is shortened and a link to a separate page is created. The linked page is send as text/plain. But the code is escaped as HTML.

This makes the code hard to read. It is not necessary.


  • +1 And Gists are pasted as full link, which may take another whole screen height.
    – kaiser
    Apr 20, 2012 at 10:57
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    What do you mean "a link to a separate page is created"? A "show more" link is created, which you click to expand the shortened post. You're never supposed to directly see the page you've linked to.
    – Tim Stone
    Apr 20, 2012 at 11:07
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    I open long code blocks in a separate tab. Didn't even know it opens inline too.
    – fuxia
    Apr 20, 2012 at 11:09
  • I misread the title as "Useless escaping in cheat codes" Apr 20, 2012 at 14:42

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The intended scenario there is that the sample is opened inline via the expansion link provided, hence why it is formatted . I'm not sure it ever occurred to me that people would try opening it as a separate page. However, what you say is not an unreasonable usage. I'll see what we can do.

  • Okay, I hold my breath now. :)
    – fuxia
    Apr 20, 2012 at 13:28
  • I personally tend to ctrl-click any link that comes my way--remember, I don't know what the link does till I click it. If I don't want to lose my place in a particularly long page(chat transcripts etc), then I'll first ctrl-click on a link. If it turns out to be a JS link, then I'll normal click it. But that's just me :P Apr 20, 2012 at 16:11
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    @Manishearth then it is a good job it now works! Apr 20, 2012 at 16:16
  • @Marc yep, thanks :) Apr 20, 2012 at 16:16
  • Cool, thanks @MarcGravell!
    – fuxia
    Apr 21, 2012 at 1:07

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