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In Politics's Agora chat room I posted this text and the display was unsatisfactory because the links didn't show nicely.

I expected something like this (except with text dashes instead of the markdown bullets shown here - this is the actual pasted text)

but I got this:

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I'm showing several messages together, the three lines with links were posted by themselves in a single message.

The (removed) indicates where I tried again without the - space-dash-space prefixes, but that didn't help.

How can I debug this situation - figure out why my links don't display properly by trial-and-error without making a mess in Agora or any other chat room?

"bonus points" for anyone who happens to know why this didn't display as I'd hoped/expected.

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    could always create a new 'sandbox' room for testing these things, if there isn't a standard one, but practically I suspect the answer is "chat is a little wierd about multiline posts" Commented Jan 6 at 5:47
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    chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/1/sandbox
    – PM 2Ring
    Commented Jan 6 at 6:02
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    What the puppy said. Normal Markdown is disabled in Multiline posts. That's to prevent code blocks (which should be posted in Multiline mode) from getting mangled.
    – PM 2Ring
    Commented Jan 6 at 6:04
  • @PM2Ring this question is not about markdown. I have explained above that I tried again without the dashes and there was no change. Thanks for letting me know about the sandbox; cf. chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/message/64944378#64944378
    – uhoh
    Commented Jan 6 at 6:47
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    A multiline message posts without most markdown being enabled.
    – VLAZ
    Commented Jan 6 at 7:30
  • @VLAZ NO because it still doesn't work even without markdown, unless any text containing more than one line is considered "markdown".
    – uhoh
    Commented Jan 6 at 7:36
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    It's a markdown link. In a multiline message. That's how it's currently supposed to (not) work - the markdown links are not rendered. I don't understand what you mean by "even without markdown" - without markdown you won't have formatted links, just a URL.
    – VLAZ
    Commented Jan 6 at 7:40
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    "unless any text containing more than one line is considered "markdown"" any text of more than one line is considered multiline. The syntax [link text](https://website.goes/here) is markdown that is supposed to give you a hyperlinked "link text" which leads to https://website.goes/here
    – VLAZ
    Commented Jan 6 at 7:42
  • @VLAZ I've now answered my question based on comments, including your proposed dupe. Thanks!
    – uhoh
    Commented Jan 6 at 9:13

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How can I debug this situation - figure out why my links don't display properly by trial-and-error without making a mess in Agora or any other chat room?

@PM2Ring points to

which is exactly what I need.

"bonus points" for anyone who happens to know why this didn't display as I'd hoped/expected.

Also see @VLAZ's comment:

The syntax [link text](https://website.goes/here) is markdown that is supposed to give you a hyperlinked "link text" which leads to https://website.goes/here

Apparently what I want to paste, whether it contains the space-dash-space or not, as long as it's got some links and some line breaks, is, for the purposes of this situation, considered an unsupported construction of markdown, and so the answer to the "bonus points" questions is this is not supported in chat.

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