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FORUM- GW2 Forums are Breaking Working Links

EnderzShadow.2506EnderzShadow.2506 Member ✭✭✭✭
edited July 11, 2019 in Bugs: Game, Forum, Website

So let me give an example

In the Ranger forums, I am looking at builds that people have posted.
Everyone uses

Here is the link for a build
That link works. But only if I copy and paste it on my own.

Once that links is clicked on, it adds many useless kittens before and after the link

In which case you will end up on this page<a href="" rel="nofollow"></a>


See the parts that were added?

Can you fix it?


mhm, ok, sure, whatever you say, no after you, I insist, no really, please, be my guest,



  • Kanok.3027Kanok.3027 Member ✭✭✭

    Can confirm. Was trying to grab the easy installer and Intel/AMD package for Linux from the thread and I thought it was due to the default browser that comes with elementary OS, but no. Tried it in Firefox as well and here on my Windows PC on Chrome and it's the same deal. Links are getting the HTML syntax coding added to them, so we get an error. Hope the web dev team can get this fixed soon.

  • Inculpatus cedo.9234Inculpatus cedo.9234 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Let's hope it's not a Vanilla issue, as those take longer to address.

  • GW2 Skills uses some characters that the forum software is parsing incorrectly. (It's a common issue for parsers that have only been tested on standard URLs.)
    FYI for @Stephane Lo Presti.7258: embedding the link doesn't work any better; the problem occurs when the destination URL is formed.

    In the meantime, you can post the URL as "code" to make it easier for people to copy without accidentally clicking, for example:

    You can use the formatting toolbar (above) or the keyboard shortcuts is: [ctrl o] (select the text, then use the shortcut)

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  • EnderzShadow.2506EnderzShadow.2506 Member ✭✭✭✭

    I'm glad you guys could confirm and can explain technically what's happening.

    Seems like it's a semi recent issue.

    mhm, ok, sure, whatever you say, no after you, I insist, no really, please, be my guest,

  • ReActif.9251ReActif.9251 Member ✭✭

    This is not the only problem in the code of the site and forum pages.
    There are code inserts not escaped php in html tags or at least code that is never used in html codes but rather in php.
    Finding codes to be server-side in the client-side code is a bad sign.
    I can only assume the origin but I know that the markedown code is not managed as it would be if it respected &00% this format and some markdown code parse may interfere with the php parse.
    Example found quickly: "\n" "/" with nothing to do where they are.

    I pity who will have to review all the code, because it can come from a "used instead of a" or vice versa, or a parse like the markedown comes before the cde php or after that anyway... good luck.

  • Ashantara.8731Ashantara.8731 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @Stephane Lo Presti.7258 said:
    Thank you for reporting this. We're working with a team to try to fix that!

    A week later, it's still an issue.

  • @EnderzShadow.2506 said:
    @Stephane Lo Presti.7258 Can you fix my scrapper while you're at it ? lol

    It is my conviction that many professions were "parsed" incorrectly in the last patch. Waiting for serverside confirmation wink

    On topic: problem persists.

  • Frenzy.7391Frenzy.7391 Member ✭✭

    So as the title suggests, whenever I add a link like the one below, it does not redirect correctly.

    This happens regardless of how I add the link.

    However links that go to the forum are not effected:

  • Vlad Morbius.1759Vlad Morbius.1759 Member ✭✭✭

    @Stephane Lo Presti.7258 said:
    Thank you for reporting this. We're working with a team to try to fix that!

    8 days later still broken.

  • Inculpatus cedo.9234Inculpatus cedo.9234 Member ✭✭✭✭

    If it's something Vanilla did, it will take a long time to fix (going by past experience here).

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