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MN input boxes inserting a space...

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NetworkGuy Thu 09-Dec-10 00:33:40

I was trying to send a link to someone (message a poster) but afterwards noted a space had been inserted, so the link went off to some other page.

Is there some 'shorthand' way to post a link to MN threads, such that the lengthy version can be sidestepped ... something like

so that there's no need for a very long web link and that would avoid the space being inserted...

DeckTheIceWithDragonsAndHolly Thu 09-Dec-10 00:35:38

or failing that maybe they could fix the time space continum that causes random spaces to be added all over the place and can be annoying even when not doing a link.

PrettyCandlesAndTinselToo Thu 09-Dec-10 00:38:33

Are you typing the link in 'longhand', or using copy-and-paste?

ItsAHollyJollyTee Thu 09-Dec-10 01:14:00

Why don't you just use TinyURL or similar?

Although Dragon's suggestion would be even better!

DeckTheIceWithDragonsAndHolly Thu 09-Dec-10 01:21:14

Although there are going to be some very confused posters as the time continum threads have disappeard out of chat.

NetworkGuy Thu 09-Dec-10 09:48:57

It was copy and paste. PCATT. Love the 'time space continuum' comment DTIWDAH - yes, it does hit lots of things annoyingly...

Normally I do, IAHJT, but it was after a long day, and I thought someone at MNHQ might accept that it's an oddity that hits links over a particular length and some systems have an alternative which can work.

Incidentally I did find this works too... ( )

NB you can substitute any short topic in place of 'other' - so /food/ /cars/ /sleep/ would work too, if you wanted to confuse someone hovering over the link to see which part of MN it was in...

I may adopt the 'other' method for MN links in future... I feel bad putting extra workload on to make up for an MN board 'issue' !

AdamTech (MNHQ) Thu 09-Dec-10 10:03:27

Hi NetworkGuy,

This is a known problem which we're looking at fixing.

NetworkGuy Thu 09-Dec-10 10:52:05

Thanks. Response in that direction very much appreciated.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 09-Dec-10 18:20:24

I'm no tech but you can use just the bit up to and inc the numbers eg

does that help?

NetworkGuy Fri 10-Dec-10 09:54:30

Thanks. Not 100% sure on the 'rules' being used to insert the space, but in my original the topic area was /employment_issues/ and when I pasted that in, with thread [I assume] number 945044 the 945044 was split in half and the link was shown in the message as space 044...

It is why I suggested using a short name for the topic area, such as /other/ or whatever, to ensure the length of the web link was that extra bit shorter, just in case.

I could have tested different options but at the time I had the problem, it was after midnight and I had had a number of long (18+) hour days in a row, so went with what I could be sure of working, when I posted in the morning.

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