I was trying to make a comment like this

When you are banned from asking questions then you should read 
(https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/86997/) carefully.

Which should render to

When you are banned from asking questions then you should read what-can-i-do-when-getting-sorry-we-are-no-longer-accepting-questions-answers carefully.

But link texts greather than 70 characters fail to render in comments.


This is how I made the comment

  1. Copy the link of the question I want to link in my favorites tab (What can I do when getting "We are no longer accepting questions/answers from this account"?
  2. Pasting that link in the comment field
  3. Cutting out the part after the last slash in the link (what-can-i-do-when-getting-sorry-we-are-no-longer-accepting-questions-answers) and putting it between the [ ]

Here's the culprit:

Zero-width non-joiners are a *****

There is no character limit for links. There are hidden characters after your opening parenthesis, which causes the link after it to get auto-linkified, and the identification text before it is rendered as normal text.

This is probably some weird side-affect of SE adding zero-width spacers in between text to break long blocks of text that might overflow the screen. Random Guess

Solution: Don't do that. SE could linkify things first, but I still say don't do that.

Confirming my suspicions: As you can see in this second screenshot, adding more characters to the long block of non-breaking text causes the zero-width spacers to appear inside the actual identifier rather than immediately after the parenthesis.

So much fun!

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