This was recently mentioned elsewhere, but I'm moving it to its own topic.
Message Posted: Jan 20, 2012 5:16:14 AM
When a link is too long, the system silently replaces part of it with "text deleted". This is very bad. The limit is shorter than many reasonably-sized links that one actually encounters on the Web; and the lack of a warning/error message means that the user posting the link often doesn't even find out about the problem until the next day when someone points it out.
Ideally, the fix should allow arbitrarily long links, but a "quick fix" to increase the buffer size from whatever it is now (100?) to a more reasonable size (1024?) would be a big help. And changing the failure mode from "silently do the wrong thing" to "abort the attempt" would be nice, too.
(We can work around this by using tinyurl, but we shouldn't have to.)