On Beta Stack Exchange sites, spoilered text is visible when it shouldn't be, when

  • the text is code (in backticks),
  • the text is part of a hyperlink,
  • and the hyperlink is visited


>! blah blah blah [You've probably visited this link; `This text should be invisible!` foobar](https://meta.stackoverflow.com/) blah

displays as

blah blah blah You've probably visited this link; This text should be invisible! foobar blah

I noticed this after submitting my answer https://codegolf.stackexchange.com/a/6767/2276.

Similar to https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/98358/when-editing-an-answer-with-spoilers-the-links-are-not-hidden-in-the-markdown-p, but in this case the actual post is affected, not just the preview.

I think this issue is in the CSS for the Beta Stack Exchange sites (incl. their metas), because I tried it on Japanese Meta and saw the same problem.

  • No repro here on meta, but I see the problem on your codegolf answer after visiting that link.
    – blahdiblah
    Jul 26, 2012 at 2:21
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    @blahdiblah: You're right, but it's not just codegolf, but seemingly all (?) Beta sites. Updated. Jul 26, 2012 at 2:31
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    Wow, is there a badge for finding esoteric bugs?!
    – Benjol
    Jul 26, 2012 at 10:57

1 Answer 1


This will be fixed in the next production build.

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