I used the moderator tool Move comments to chat for the first time today, on Mathematica, and the comment that was created did not work properly. The comment that was created:

Comments are not for extended discussion; this conversation has been <a href="http://chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/17535/discussion-on-question-by-igor-rivin-a-more-perfect-union">moved to chat</a>.

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Additional examples from other users:



Not only does the link appear malformed but it is also broken. Note that the <a href= form is used rather than the [name](url) markdown that works in comments. I had to edit the comment to correct the problem.

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    Happened recently on Security.SE
    – user230564
    Oct 22, 2014 at 9:41
  • Thanks for the bounty @Yannis
    – Mr.Wizard
    Oct 22, 2014 at 20:40

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This bug report fell through the cracks, sorry that this took so long. It's fixed in the next build.

The comment text was accidentally converted to HTML by our translation engine (which accepts MarkdownMini); while that's usually the correct behavior, in this case it was supposed to actually return Markdown, and only rendering of the comment should then turn it into HTML.

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    I wish I could +100 this because this was a giant pain in my blue feet!!
    – Taryn
    Nov 5, 2014 at 14:23
  • @bluefeet but you can! Nov 5, 2014 at 14:25
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    grumble, grumble @ShadowWizard
    – Taryn
    Nov 5, 2014 at 14:25

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