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Wed May 23, 2012, 02:31 PM

Can't post a link with "https:"

While writing this post: http://www.democraticunderground.com/12286768
I tried to put in a link to the official white house petition,
which starts "https://wwws." (note the second "s").

The DU software converted the "https:" into "http:",
which gave "Access Denied".

After a few tries I realized "http://www." worked,
removing the "s" from "wwws",
the www site redirects to the original link.

But it seems impossible to post an "https" link,
I tried a few others and DU converted them all to "http".

I even tried using the "link" button, that didn't work either.

Is there a reason "https" links are removed?
There are some sites which require https.

Here's the bad link generated by DU: https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions/!/petition/require-free-access-over-internet-scientific-journal-articles-arising-taxpayer-funded-research/wDX82FLQ

The correct link has "https" instead of "http".

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Wed May 23, 2012, 02:58 PM

1. You're right; freaky. Wonder if it's on the bug list.

I'm going to post something in Meta, asking to start a new bug list.

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Response to gkhouston (Reply #1)

Wed May 23, 2012, 05:45 PM

3. You should probably post it in this forum.

After all this is the help forum now.

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Response to Hatchling (Reply #3)

Wed May 23, 2012, 06:41 PM

4. Yes, but we'd be sort of removing the bug list from Meta, so it's in the cracks.

Since Elad is the one who'll be fixing the bugs, I replied to his self-introduction thread here in W&H, asking for a new bug list.

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Response to gkhouston (Reply #1)

Wed May 23, 2012, 07:38 PM

5. Thanks, here's the link to your Meta post

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Wed May 23, 2012, 03:14 PM

2. I'll kick for visibility. There's so much delightful spooning going on in the new forum,

the help may not be forthcoming. Perhaps we'll need to have a seperate forum for just help.
The new forum will be:

DU: Love
DU: Hate
DU: Help

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Wed May 23, 2012, 07:51 PM

6. Bump for Elad/Admins to take a look at. n/t

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Wed May 23, 2012, 08:22 PM

7. I started a new thread here, after all, and I have a workaround for you:

instead of the "correct" link, enter http://www.blahblahblah. The WH server will re-direct to the https page.

i.e., http://www.whitehouse.gov/petitions/!/petition/require-free-access-over-internet-scientific-journal-articles-arising-taxpayer-funded-research/wDX82FLQ

The software currently seems to think that links should begin with www.

on edit: Please update your thread title to indicate that a work-around exists.

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Wed May 23, 2012, 10:10 PM

8. The https:// will work in a [link:|] tag.

Unfortunately the [link:|] tag doesn't like the exclamation point, but you can replace it with the URL encode equivalent: %21.

Try this:

[link:https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions/%21/petition/require-free-access-over-internet-scientific-journal-articles-arising-taxpayer-funded-research/wDX82FLQ|your text here]


That should give you this link: your text here

There are definitely some issues with links and the [link:|] tag still -- there are workarounds, but they aren't exactly obvious. I hope to do a post on the known link issues and their "fixes" in the next few days. The odds are as soon as I make the effort to do a detailed post about the issue, they will fix the problem(s).

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