This is a daily occurrence as I use StackExchange. Hit "Share..." Get the popup box, then struggle to select the entire URL.

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While there may be iOS issues here, the point is the share textbox is intentionally too small to fit the URL.

And SE URLs are reasonably tinyfied, and of known size, which makes this undersizing rather senseless. It's like gating to exclude or frustrate mobile devices.

Here in iOS 9, you can drag the text box to the right, and it will even select invisible characters where they would be if the box were larger... Sometimes that works, but if you go 1px too far, it closes the selection area entirely and you must start over.

For my most copied URLs, I have taken to memorizing the last 3 digits of the URL and typing it in by hand.

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    I've not had issues clicking in the box, choosing "select all" and then "copy". Do you not get that "select all" option? Worth noting, that box is exactly the width of my iPhone, so making it any bigger would be problematic. – Catija Jun 9 '19 at 18:11
  • As you can see, "select all" is simply not offered. It is not in the list above, nor is it in the icon tray. I have seen it, but I rarely see it. 95% of the time it is exactly this. – Harper - Reinstate Monica Jun 9 '19 at 18:13
  • It won't appear if you've selected some of the content. You have to just have the cursor in the box. Regardless, having a "copy" button (if that works in iOS) as part of the modal is probably the better/easier solution. – Catija Jun 9 '19 at 18:13
  • Yeah, I often place the cursor in the box. I get the cursor in the box, tray icons of undo, redo and paste.. And no "above box" at all. I know the Select Select-all Copy "above box" of which you speak, it is just very, very shy. – Harper - Reinstate Monica Jun 9 '19 at 18:16

I agree that this should be widened - the URLs are not excessively long, we should be able to show the whole thing.

There's a more subtle problem with this, BTW: it obscures the fact that your user ID is on the end of that URL. I know a fairly experienced moderator who got tripped up by that recently!

This probably worked just fine in the old days when post IDs, user IDs, and textbox padding were all smaller.

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  • Is removing the user id there not the easiest way to fix this particular aspect of the issue? I've made that mistake myself and copied a link that identified my SE account in a context where I don't want to reveal it. This would break the badges that rely on this information, but I don't think they're worth the trouble anyway. – Mad Scientist Jun 10 '19 at 16:17
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    Well... That might be worth doing, but there's no way that retiring three badges is easier than increasing a width. – Shog9 Jun 10 '19 at 16:36
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    It's not the easier fix, but a more complete and reliable one for the information leak aspect. Removing the user id was status-declined by Jeff around 8 years ago, I was mostly wondering if it's worth bringing it up again. – Mad Scientist Jun 10 '19 at 16:46

I would suggest an alternative: What about a "copy" button that does the copying job automatically? It'd be even more convenient for both desktop and mobile users.

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  • I hate how it’s a free form text area! On desktop I often overwrite the entire thing by accidentally pressing space... – Laurel Jun 10 '19 at 1:00
  • @Laurel On desktop I just right-click the "share" text and click "copy link", without even letting the text form show up. – iBug at home Jun 10 '19 at 3:38

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