My hackerspace recently installed a Discourse forum and while it’s not too bad overall, it has one super-annoying bug which I’d love to see fixed. In most posts I make, I seem to be able to include a URL, for example, here’s the URL of Google:
Works fine. However, I’m a flickr user and frequently need to give people a link to my flickr account. This seems to be impossible within Discourse. When I add my flickr URL, Discourse eats it, erases it, and replaces it with an arbitrary photo that it has pulled out of my flickr photostream (and the photo doesn’t seem to be a link to either the original flickr URL or to the photo itself, which is license violation for CC-licensed photos but that’s another issue). I’d provide a demonstration here but this forum apparently doesn’t allow photos posted and Discourse thinks all Flickr URLs are photos.
But I think I can squeeze the URL in with backticks to at least give you the ability to try it out in a post yourself
https://www.flickr.com/photos/steevithak/ - as you can see, this is just a URL, not unlike the google URL, so it seems like I should be able to insert it into a post in a form that would be active (hot, linkable, clickable, whatever you want to call it). But this isn’t possible.
This behavior is broken, non-useful, incorrect, etc. I could certainly understand providing a way to insert or embed a particular Flickr photo within a post but that’s not what’s going on here. That’s NOT the URL of a photo but the URL of my Flickr photostream. This bug prevents me from providing my flickr URL within posts. Instead, I usually have to resort to email or a text to send my Flickr info.
Hopefully that makes sense. Happy to answer questions if it’s not clear.