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BestBBS v5 - New URL Display Changes Brett_Tabke
re: Why the url display changes?
We have changed the way URLs are displayed within posts. There were several issues with the old system that had to be updated.
Extensively Long URL Would Result in Display Corruption In the old style - this url would blow up an entire thread (mouse over and notice the url): [ ...] foo.com
It no longer does that.
Hidden Links Then there was this that could be used for stealth blind urls in posts: link [ pubcon.com] (They would use the [ URL= format with no anchor text. It would effectively make the link invisible.)
So we will move the anchor text to something like the
link to prevent hidden/blind urls.
We had a former member do that on several hundred posts.
Hidden Malware URLs Then there was the stock url that could redirect you to malware without notice: http:/ [ /www.pubcon.com foo.com]
It appears to be a real url, but they have instead used a url as the anchor text to another site. Without mousing over the url, you would never know you were going to a malware site. I suspect several senior members caught virus this way before a tainted url was removed.