I was just trying out chat for the first time and because I wanted to make a comment on an answer I started my message with a link to that answer. I typed: http://sustainability.stackexchange.com/a/805/99 but to my surprise the link was not expanded. The permalink to the chat message just shows it as plain text and in the chatroom the link is shown as 'sustainability.stackexchange...' (clickable link). Is this a bug? Shouldn't the link automatically have expanded?

I've tested some links in the chat sandbox and there all links were expanded.

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If you expected it to be one-boxed, then that only works for urls on their own.

Any multi-line message is assumed to be a pasted message and all formatting is disabled. Only indented messages are then still formatted, but as code.

  • Ah, that explains it. Thx!
    – THelper
    Apr 22, 2013 at 10:21

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