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I'm using FireFox and it never displays the http:// prefix. I had copied and pasted the URL of a webpage, I was going to link to in a comment, and was confused when it didn't work. It turns out when adding a link to the comments the link needs to begin with http://. Can this be automatically added if no protocol is specified?

For example one must enter in a comment

Try searching [here](http://www.example.com).

instead of

Try searching [here](example.com).

Alternatively a message could be displayed reminding that no protocol was given. Yes, assuming http:// would break https:// but if the user didn't specify https:// it would be broken anyways (so this concern doesn't really make sense to me?). The problem is it's not apparent why a link isn't working since http:// isn't usually required. This would also help when people manually type things in, for example yahoo.com instead of http://yahoo.com

I'm still wondering why people think this is a bad idea?

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    My Firefox (just a single upper case F by the way) and other browsers on my Mac also don't display the http:// part, but when copying a URL I surely still get it, also in Firefox. If your Firefox does not include it when copying, then I'm sure that's unintended, and hence is a bug that needs to be reported to Mozilla. – Arjan Jul 23 '14 at 20:36
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    Testing: (1) [this](/q/7931) yields this (2) [this](www.example.com) yields [this](www.example.com) (3) [this](http://www.example.com) yields this (4) www.example.com (so: without any [...](...) Markdown) yields www.example.com (5) http://www.example.com. (so: even with a trailing dot) yields example.com. (And a screenshot, and compare to handling in a regular post.) – Arjan Jul 23 '14 at 23:36
  • [click here](www.example.com) vs click here <= this one had http:// – Celeritas Jul 23 '14 at 23:40
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This would break if I wanted to include an https:// rather than an http:// (or in fact any other supported protocol (not sure if there are any others)

It really isn't hard to add 7 characters.

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    Not sure I follow your thinking, you do realize I'm suggesting not to add anything if any protocol is there? So it wouldn't dumbly always append http to avoid situations like http:// https:// example.com – Celeritas Jul 23 '14 at 19:20
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    Sure - I just don't see it as a good thing. I would always want to specify the protocol. I'm only one person though - if others like the idea, you'll get upvotes. – Rory Alsop Jul 23 '14 at 19:49
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    @Rory: maybe not for the tech sites here, but it might be harder on other sites where users aren't that familiar with all those protocols. – Patrick Hofman Jul 23 '14 at 22:24

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