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Old Apr 5, 17, 5:38 pm
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Hashtag & post link discrepancies

Oh my freeking gawd. I'm not even the most tech savvy person, but I do expect IB to be so given they own/run a gazillion BBs. Seriously, do they not do QA?

So - IB introduces some hashtag feature (which will not be a big deal for me because I rarely do hashtags).

But here's the problem -evidently IB thinks that quote this post - where you right-click on the individual post # & put it in a post, is now suddenly a hashtag - and doesn't bring up the actual post one is referring to!

IT WASN'T A HASHTAG BUT A RIGHT CLICK ON A REGULAR POST # ON A NORMAL FT THREAD

Because of the problem it's actually going to be difficult to show the problem

Anyway, I'll try (and since I'm quoting myself am not violating TOS).

In thread # 26 of the Chicago Seminar Events 2017 thread, I jokingly refer someone to post #3 w/ a big . I right-click on post # 3 in my response which I've done for the past 15 years & which has all the info the person asking asked for. However, what comes up on post #3 is this (which obviously is NOT what I was referring the person to!!!!!

6:19 pm - Mikel at Webflyer used hash tag #3 in thread Susan Rice!
...osed mean anyway?). 3) The specific docume...
6:02 pm - ianmanka used hash tag #3 in thread Citi retention offer reports (All cards)
...$4000 per month for 3 months $175 credi...
12:35 pm - Carfield used hash tag #3 in thread CX J Menus 2017
...acific-asia-miles/913150-discuss-your-meal...
12:46 am - beckoa used hash tag #3 in thread 2017 LAX Connecting / Connection / Connections thread
...e names of #2 and #3 to clarify your pro...
Apr 4, 17
3:41 pm - IAH-OIL-TRASH used hash tag #3 in thread Using Miles to Upgrade on United
...vation, who may be #3. You might as well s...
Apr 3, 17
10:59 pm - rustykettel used hash tag #3 in thread Priority Pass and denied entry at the Board Room b/c of space
...day pass for Guest #3 or more? Or using a...
9:52 pm - nrr used hash tag #3 in thread AA1938 Apr 3 (red-eye) las-clt fc upg issues
...rom the APP, I was #3 on the upg list, so...
5:29 pm - tomaszp used hash tag #3 in thread LAX int'l transfer with a throw-away ticket [With luggage]
...) LAX-SFO (ticket #3 , $110 + baggage fee...
1:31 pm - alc used hash tag #3 in thread Standby and Upgrade List
...to visit (no *G or E35K ) all I have is ...
Apr 2, 17
1:05 pm - SkiAdcock used hash tag #3 in thread 8th Annual Chicago Seminars - October 20 - 22, 2017
...ing listed in post #3 Cheers.
Apr 1, 17
12:42 am - KCRYSTAL used hash tag #3 in thread Understanding the United Upgrade List Comprehensively
...de list in the app. 3. At T-24 and a minut...
Mar 31, 17
11:17 pm - teCh0010 used hash tag #3 in thread Finally got to see real shenanigans.
...shenanigans. I was #3 for two seats, boar...
9:10 pm - CNWO4LIFE used hash tag #3 in thread Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) launches Senate campaign (-v- Cruz)
...galization of pot. #3 his name is "Beto" ...
8:06 pm - TSparky used hash tag #3 in thread Has AA eliminated the upgrade window for elites?
... One I was 4 and 1-3 apparently got stuck...
9:46 am - ND76 used hash tag #3 in thread Gate Agent Lied to Me ATL-SAN
I went from #3 for 7 open F seats ...
Mar 30, 17
3:43 pm - BamaVol used hash tag #3 in thread Kayak questions
...on a canal and have 3 in my backyard. You...
12:38 pm - Austin787 used hash tag #3 in thread Do you avoid short connection times?
... mark. Add an extra 30 minutes if connecti...
2:42 am - nme7 used hash tag #3 in thread Tentative Itinerary
... - 6:30pm Leave to Itaewon....
Mar 28, 17
3:38 pm - johan rebel used hash tag #3 in thread Sky Priority Security check at Schiphol
...regular checkpoint #3 , where they simply ...
1:59 pm - solewalker used hash tag #3 in thread New Hyatt promo "For being you." 2x points after second stay. Apr 1- Jun 30
There sure is a lot of...

IB, get this fixed!! FTers routinely right click on post #s to refer other FTers to information that is of value/interest/answers their question. Heck, part of the reason they do so is to avoid TOS violations where they're not allowed to quote verbatim another post.

BTW - here WAS the information I was referring the person to:

FRIDAY OCTOBER 20TH

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Old Apr 5, 17, 5:42 pm
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If you link us to the thread we can see what's going on there...
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Originally Posted by IBobi View Post
If you link us to the thread we can see what's going on there...
Here's the thread.

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/exter...22-2017-a.html

It's not specific to that thread only. It's now happening across multiple forums, so evidently the problem is not specific to that thread. I need to emphasize it's not that thread only. I've seen it in the Marriott forum (for example). I often do right-clicks on post #s in multiple threads to direct people to posts that have specific information rather than quoting the entire posts. If this continues, it's a definite downgrade to FT & its usability.

Please note the difference (as noted in post #1 between what should have been in the link (aka, information that answered the guy's question) & all the silly hashtag crap that didn't relate at all.

I actually noticed the weird highlighted link #3 (too funny; this is now going to show up in this thread as a hash tag) in other threads w/ different post links.

BTW - (to others) when I say IB when I post, I do not mean IBobi. We know each other & I know he's a good guy

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Old Apr 5, 17, 6:22 pm
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I'm sorry -- can you please break down the issue as simply as possible? I am not seeing it.

Used to do (this), now does (this) kind of thing please?


EDIT ok I think I see what you are saying -- before, you could write in a post "hey look at (#)(3) above" -- without the parentheses of course -- and it would just show a # and a 3 and no link.

Now, when you do the same thing, the hashtag/number combination is a link to all the hashtags (deliberate or not) of "3" on FT.

So, where you used to get no link, now you have a link.

Yes?

You can still link to the actual post, easily, if you want to.

To link to your post above this one, I right-click the post number (3 in this case) and select "copy link address".

Then I type what I want -- for instance...

Thanks for your info in post 3 above


Then i highlight the text I want to be the link

Then I hit the LINK icon in the post reply window

Paste in the copied link to you post and click OK

And voila...

Thanks for your info in post 3 above

OR

Thanks for you info in post 3 above

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Old Apr 5, 17, 6:39 pm
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This method doesn't resolve the "I didn't want a link at all" situation. But there is no way to do that except to turn off hashtags sitewide altogether, which we could do... but I would probably need more to go on than just this little edge case from one user.
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Old Apr 5, 17, 7:26 pm
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presumably cannot have it so numbers cannot become hashtags?

i will have to remember to put spaces after # now

the other post link format >
flyertalk.com/forum/external-miles-points-resources/1825965-8th-annual-chicago-seminars-october-20-22-2017-a-post28119343.html#post28119343
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Originally Posted by IBobi View Post
This method doesn't resolve the "I didn't want a link at all" situation. But there is no way to do that except to turn off hashtags sitewide altogether, which we could do... but I would probably need more to go on than just this little edge case from one user.
Well, considering a) nobody asked for hashtags, b) nobody seems to be excited about using them (or if I'm wrong about this, please link me to someone who is), and c) it creates a problem where there wasn't one before; I'd say it would be good to turn it off.
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Old Apr 6, 17, 10:41 am
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Evidently IB thinks a #10 envelope is also a hash tag

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Originally Posted by IBobi View Post
I'm sorry -- can you please break down the issue as simply as possible? I am not seeing it.

Used to do (this), now does (this) kind of thing please?


EDIT ok I think I see what you are saying -- before, you could write in a post "hey look at (#)(3) above" -- without the parentheses of course -- and it would just show a # and a 3 and no link.

Now, when you do the same thing, the hashtag/number combination is a link to all the hashtags (deliberate or not) of "3" on FT.

So, where you used to get no link, now you have a link.

Yes?

You can still link to the actual post, easily, if you want to.

To link to your post above this one, I right-click the post number (3 in this case) and select "copy link address".

Then I type what I want -- for instance...

Thanks for your info in post 3 above


Then i highlight the text I want to be the link

Then I hit the LINK icon in the post reply window

Paste in the copied link to you post and click OK

And voila...

Thanks for your info in post 3 above

OR

Thanks for you info in post 3 above
I'm quite aware of how to do your solution. It's one of the first things I learned how to do on FT 15 years ago.

What's a problem now (since IB implemented hashtags) is that before you could say the information is in post # (fill in the blank) & someone would know to look at that post. Or, if they saw it was a live link (because someone had clicked on copy link address), they would click on it & it would take them to the appropriate post.

Now, however, post # (fill in the blank) it's become a live link that takes them to bunch of garbage hashtags that have nothing to do w/ what the post was referencing.

This is not of benefit to FT itself or FTers; it's a downgrade re: usability.

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Well, considering a) nobody asked for hashtags, b) nobody seems to be excited about using them (or if I'm wrong about this, please link me to someone who is), and c) it creates a problem where there wasn't one before; I'd say it would be good to turn it off.
Agree.

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Just curious - given it's been a month (March 27th-April 25th), is there a reason for the site wide announcement heralding these new items still being up? Most site wide announcements aren't up that long.

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Can't post because system thinks there is a URL (hashtag issue)

Hi,
I'm trying to post in the United forum but I keep getting an error message, in both Chrome and Firefox, telling me members with fewer than 5 posts can't post URLs. However, I am not trying to post a URL or anything resembling a URL. There is no image, there is no link, there is no markup or formatting, there is no website name, nothing. I am asking a question about "Which of these 3 itineraries has the safest connections?" So I'm not sure why it keeps insisting that there's a URL.

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Ah well, I couldn't make it work so I posted again and passed the magic number of 5, so then it let me post the exact same text with no problem. I have no idea what it thought was a URL.
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Ah well, I couldn't make it work so I posted again and passed the magic number of 5, so then it let me post the exact same text with no problem. I have no idea what it thought was a URL.
Link to the post?
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