Well said. The few cases where it has come up for me are when I’m trying to point someone to one url instead of another – i.e., when I’m trying to de-emphasize a URL. For example:
A: Just use smile.amazon.com instead of amazon.com and select OpenMRS, Inc. as your charity.
B: Just use smile.amazon.com instead of
amazon.com and select OpenMRS, Inc. as your charity.
B is certainly a reasonable workaround; personally I prefer
A. But, this is such an embarrassingly small issue, I can’t justify anyone (including myself) spending time on it. I’ve got
amazon<span>.</span>com as a workaround for the 1-2 times I’ll ever need this again, so I’m happy… clearly afflicted with too much focus on meaningless details… but happy.
The awesome folks working on Discourse have more important things to do. I recommend focusing on other ways to continue making Discourse the most awesome forum software in the world and let this thread fade away. I’m sure I’ll re-discover this thread in a few years when this comes up again, so won’t need to post about it ever again.
(and I promise to not suggest a Discourse GSoC project to add support for www\.example\.com)