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I first noticed in a chat message I sent yesterday but now it's more irritatingly present in a comment: something's up with formatting on messages? There's also a question I read today (perhaps elsewhere on the meta) where a user attempted to input italics but it would not let them.

[Link](rpg.stackexchange.com/tour) is correct, yes? Yet when I tried that moments ago it only spat out the code. No link :(

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  • \$\begingroup\$ [link text](http://rpg.stackexchange.com/tour]. Though in comments, [tour] works too (similarly, [help], [chat], and [edit]: tour, help center, Role-playing Games Chat, edit. \$\endgroup\$ – TRiG Feb 3 '14 at 13:30
  • \$\begingroup\$ Oh bah! [tour] doesn't actually work. I'll raise that. \$\endgroup\$ – TRiG Feb 3 '14 at 13:31
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    \$\begingroup\$ Use [about] instead: tour. Ref: meta.rpg.stackexchange.com/a/3302/939. \$\endgroup\$ – TRiG Feb 3 '14 at 13:37
  • \$\begingroup\$ k. tour testing... Sweet! \$\endgroup\$ – LitheOhm Feb 3 '14 at 18:47
  • \$\begingroup\$ "There's also a question I read today (perhaps elsewhere on the meta) where a user attempted to input italics but it would not let them." Link please? Italics work fine, so they probably did something goofy, but it's impossible to know what. \$\endgroup\$ – doppelgreener Feb 4 '14 at 5:09
  • \$\begingroup\$ @JonathanHobbs meta.rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/774/… \$\endgroup\$ – LitheOhm Feb 5 '14 at 0:51
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    \$\begingroup\$ @LitheOhm Without knowing what happened exactly we can't really tell what they did wrong, unfortunately. Italics themselves are working fine in general. \$\endgroup\$ – doppelgreener Feb 5 '14 at 0:56
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In chat, sticky returns (manual line breaks to make a second paragraph in the same chat entry) break most code.

And all links need http:// or they won't process as links at all.

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[Link](rpg.stackexchange.com/tour) is correct, yes?

No, it's not. You need a http:// in there: [Link](https://rpg.stackexchange.com/tour)

  • Broken version (no http): Link
  • Working version (with http): Link

This won't work in a chat message with a line break in it

Any chat message with a line break in it becomes special in a couple of ways:

  1. They contain a much higher character limit than normal.
  2. Markdown doesn't work in them.

(There may also be other ways I'm not aware of.)

The exception to #2 seems to be the inclusion of a quote mark (>) at the beginning of your message, which turns the whole thing into a quote.

Message replies (:0123457689) and user pings (@LitheOhm) still work since they're not part of markdown.

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