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Can someone fix the markdown behaviour in ask.fpo?

asked 2018-03-07 10:38:06 -0500

florian gravatar image

Markdown behaviour in ask.fedora is rather annoying: To set text in italics you can either use * or _ before and after the text . The problem is that _ is a very common character in URL links, and since ask.fpo interprets the character for formatting, the links are not displayed correctly, including very common links to bugzilla.redhat, docs.fpo and ask.fpo itself that all use _ somewhere in the link.

Why would you need to ways (* and _) to achieve the same thing?

Can someone fix this?

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answered 2018-03-07 20:28:34 -0500

fcomida gravatar image

See my examples below:


https://bugzilla .

[link text to bugzilla]( https://_bugzilla.redhat.com_/show_bug.cgi?id=Kernel)

link text to bugzilla with underscore

Use the link text format when in trouble.

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I'm aware of the possibility of using link text. I'm kindly requesting a fix since many users, especially new users paste links that are not rendered correctly.

As for your examples, none except the first and the link text work.

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2018-03-07 20:59:13 -0500 )edit

Who knows, I guess any attempt of making any software idots proof (lazy ignorant millennials proof) is a lost battle. The most annoying thing about this site is that most users don't even know how to formulate questions, provide context, error messages, logs, hardware specs. Thank you public education, thank you common core

fcomida gravatar imagefcomida ( 2018-03-08 07:16:50 -0500 )edit

I am not talking idiot proof. I am talking about making it intuitive. In my opinion, pasting a link is a very common thing that should work out of the box, especially since there is another method of setting text in italics.

The annoying issues you are raising may be a valid concern but they are 1.) a different topic, and 2.) hard to fix (in askbot's code)

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2018-03-08 10:04:59 -0500 )edit

answered 2018-03-07 14:23:37 -0500

sideburns gravatar image

Ask.fedora didn't write the software running the forum and it's not open source. You'd need to go to the owner's forum at, open an account and ask there.

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I'm clearly not going to do that. Following the meta discussion here in the past 12 months, this seems useless. Author hasn't even released source code.

I'm wondering how Fedora came up with the idea of using a non open source solution that has hundreds of issue, apparently little product support, and that needs software that is not even available in Fedora or CentOS.

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2018-03-07 21:03:51 -0500 )edit
fcomida gravatar imagefcomida ( 2018-03-07 22:01:36 -0500 )edit

Oh, yes, looks like. I apologize for my wrong statement. Askbot, the software used for ask.fpo is apparently open-source.

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2018-03-07 23:54:18 -0500 )edit

It is? Thank you; I sit corrected.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2018-03-08 00:49:24 -0500 )edit

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