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"Enhancement" when adding a link in the answers

It's already been pointed out before that when we select a text to add a link (URL), it should not be required to select "Insert link" from the menu. (The selected text doesn't have a link, so there is nothing to remove, which leaves only one logical option.)

But it looks like recently there was some "enhancement" in this area. Now I'm also immediately told in red letters that both URL and the text are required. Uhm... An asterisk would do, I think. And I just got here, so maybe give me a chance to enter something and only then start showing red letters? Just a thought.

After pasting the URL I have to hit Enter. Valid young Anakin's inputs are:

For cripes sake, this is a website for a technology company...

Edit - also apparently now this SCN wiki URL is "invalid":

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  • Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 03:39 PM

    Hi Jelena, I learned that this feature was enabled about 2 weeks ago. Its purpose is to disallow users to create links in questions, answers, comments and discussions that contain references to a page in their link text, but do not link to a page. Such links could have a malicious intention, e.g. for phishing or similar things.

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  • Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 04:20 PM

    To help with shorter, more friendly URL's to wiki pages, simply press the 'K' key and you should get a popup for easy copy/paste. (much faster than using the ... button and selecting 'Link to this Page...')

    Either way it would appear that the plus (+) character and percent 20 (%20) are not fully interchangeable for a space in all cases of URL interpretation...

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