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I’m able to copy-paste from any application to any application. I’m able to copy from a comment or from a question or from an answer. I’m able to paste to a question or answer. However, if I attempt to paste into a comment, nothing happens. I am able to subsequently paste into another application, confirming that the text is actually on the clipboard.

However, copying SE links will paste them successfully, but all other text - including other links - still fails. This leads me to believe that it’s a SE issue and not an Apple one.

This has been an issue since 11.0 beta and persists through iOS 13 release.

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    Reproduced on an iPad Pro running iOS 11 Beta. – Glorfindel Aug 16 '17 at 20:57
  • iOS 11 Beta? – iBug says Reinstate Monica Aug 17 '17 at 4:57
  • @iBug Yes, beta. Hence the first paragraph of my post. – DonielF Aug 17 '17 at 13:23
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    Seeing this on latest iOS 11 beta (using the beta version of the SE app.) – miken32 Sep 6 '17 at 2:54
  • How did you test it? For instance I can drag-n-drop links and text from the Chrome into the SE app comment section in Split View mode. – αλεχολυτ Sep 26 '17 at 6:54
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    @alexolut I didn’t say drag and drop. I said copy and paste: highlight text, then tap “copy,” then tap into a comment field and tap “paste.” (Like I said in the OP - I’m on an iPhone and therefore don’t have drag and drop.) – DonielF Sep 26 '17 at 17:02
  • @DonielF oh, now I see. Upvoted! – αλεχολυτ Sep 26 '17 at 18:30
  • Reproduced in 11.0.1 release iPhone 6S. I can paste the copied text into other apps – mplungjan Sep 28 '17 at 18:20
  • I can reproduce it: can’t paste into comments anything that is not a SE link after the update to iOS 11 on iPhone – jfs Oct 8 '17 at 6:19
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    Reproduced. iOS 11.0.6, iPhone 6. When I paste into answers, the original font style, spacing and font size get preserved, it looks pretty horrible and doesn’t affect markdown. – Narusan Nov 1 '17 at 7:54
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    Any chance of fixing this annoying and long standing issue? – mplungjan Nov 10 '17 at 10:18
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    @mplungjan no, the app development has been frozen, the only iOS developer reassigned to different role within Stack Overflow. We won't see this fixed in the near future. (That is, years.) – Shadow The Princess Wizard Nov 14 '17 at 10:10
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    @ShadowtheHedgehogWizard That's a real shame, since it's a real pain and is probably not that hard to fix. Thanks for the fast response though! :) Much appreciated! – Monomeeth Jan 3 '18 at 12:09
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    reproduced. i inadvertently made an answer to a question instead of a comment under an answer. (i couldn’t delete the answer which i file a bug on) but having copied it could not paste the text into the comments field. the text pasted into other apps (though in the Notes app the text goes in not as inline text but as an unreadable “text block” which is a possible clue to failure here, but not if text from other apps is not pasting also. – wide_eyed_pupil Oct 24 at 22:54
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    @wide_eyed_pupil Even text copied from Notes itself is sometimes pasted as an unreadable text block, so that might be an iOS bug, not an SE one. The rest certainly is an issue and has been for quite some time now. – DonielF Oct 24 at 23:21

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