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Cannot post as it thinks there's a URL

Old Oct 4, 19, 8:40 am
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Cannot post as it thinks there's a URL

I have 3 posts right now to my account. I'm trying to reply in a thread, and it says that I cannot post URLs because I have less than 5 posts. The thing is, there are no URLs in my post. It's just text. So how do I get this work properly?
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Old Oct 4, 19, 8:51 am
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Nevermind, I figured I'd just get my post count to 5 and then it would ignore the issue. But to be clear, it is a technical problem that it's thinking plain text is a URL.
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Old Oct 4, 19, 8:57 am
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Originally Posted by dc4517 View Post
Nevermind, I figured I'd just get my post count to 5 and then it would ignore the issue. But to be clear, it is a technical problem that it's thinking plain text is a URL.
What was the exact text? Did it have a hashtag/number sign? The system reads those as a tag like #Delta , which is as designed.
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Old Oct 4, 19, 9:16 am
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It appears you nailed it, IBJoel - the post by OP here has a number sign in it that the system is turning into a link.

This is perhaps an unforeseen (and IMO unfortunate) circumstance/glitch of automatically linking hashtags - new members can't put a number sign in their post, which is of course not a link until the system creates one on it.

To fix this, I might propose one of the following:
  • Turn off automatically linking hashtags (proposed previously and turned down)
  • Allow hashtag links by new members
  • Change the "this post is not allowed because it has a link" (or whatever it says) page to indicate that they need to remove any number signs from their post or they won't be able to post it.
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