Tapping on share link under any post opens popup block with text:


Sometimes field's width is not enough for whole link as showed on the picture above. Actual link is:


Tested on iPad with Chrome and Safari browsers.

For main (not Meta) sites like Stack Overflow, Server Fault, Super User etc width of sharing block is enough for link length. On this basis, I have decided that the width of block was initially chosen to show entire link (in partucular q is used instead of question). If for another sites width is not enough - it should be increased for consistency. Probably the best solution should be to use uniform short link for all Stack Exchange sites (like goo.gl, bit.ly etc).


I do not have a official link to quote, but AFAIK that's a status-by-design.

The usage is to "share" the link via the social buttons, or least, to "copy" the link (CRTL+C will do, the link is already highlighted). None of this explicitly require the whole link text to be visible.


Not only MSE, all meta sites exhibit the same scenario, more or less. Moreover there's no standard width for the sitenames, either. So, for a newer site, which may have a longer name, the problem would re-arrive.

That said, third-party URL shorteners are not allowed. Implementing an in-house URL shortener would be too much effort to solve a problem that many would not even consider a problem, at all. Just my opinion, though.

  • See updated post. – αλεχολυτ Jan 1 '17 at 14:45
  • @alexolut All the meta has the same behaviour. :) – SouravGhosh Jan 1 '17 at 14:50
  • BTW, auto highlighting is not working in iOS. – αλεχολυτ Jan 1 '17 at 14:51
  • I said about Meta sites in question. I think it's an oversight. – αλεχολυτ Jan 1 '17 at 14:53
  • @alexolut Not really, poor choice of words from my end, maybe. I wanted to stress on " all ... same behaviour. ". – SouravGhosh Jan 1 '17 at 15:02
  • It's not just meta sites, lots of sites have subdomains long enough to cause the Overflow – Cai Jan 1 '17 at 15:22
  • @Cai but Overflow is not occurs for Stack Overflow. Strange as it may sound. – αλεχολυτ Jan 1 '17 at 15:52

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