Spoilered Links


#1

@codinghorror Would you guys consider a way to make spoilered links visible without actually clicking on them? There is a totally unoffensive example here:


#2

My browser displays the link with mouse “hover over”. This is still worth looking into.


#3

With what browser? I’m using Firefox ESR 45.4.0 on Windows 7, and hovering only partially de-spoils the link, but not enough to read it.


#4

Firefox 49.0.2 (OS X):


#5

Yeah, wow, that pisses me off that I was taken to the link instead of de-spoiling it.

0 / 5 Would not do again


#6

How bizarre. This is what it looks like here:

No hover:

Hovered:

That’s probably not enough to get me to move into an Apple world. :wink:


#7

It displays at the bottom of the window, not where the mouse pointer is. I’m not sure of the behavior on MS Windows. (I had a Win 7 VM but MS decided some time last year that my license was no longer valid, and I haven’t had the motivation to deal with it.)


#8

Ah, ok. That probably works, but I have an add-on that covers that space with something important. Let me turn it off and see if it works.


#9

Yeah, same behavior for me with Chrome on Win10. When I hover over the spoiler-tagged link, the actual link text appears in the lower-left corner of the window. I just have to remember to glance there, since it’s kinda small and subtle.


#10

Yah with my other extension turned off, that works, so apparently a RatMan problem. It’d be nice if it displayed on the link though. It seems like one degree of spoilage would be enough for a link.


#11

Yeah spoilered link behavior is not optimal, if the only thing you’re spoiler-ing is the link.

One workaround, perhaps… add some text?

what about this link?

http://example.com


#12

That’s a fine solution, but there’s no way to make the poster follow it.


#13

Perhaps Discourse could automatically add it to spoilers links?


#14

Eh, maybe, but the workaround in this case is even uh… no pun intended… clearer since the word “conclusion:” was kinda conceptually a part of the thing as posted:


#15

Ok. Thank you for looking at it.


#16

I agree link-only spoilers are not handled well, but I just wanted to point out the workaround is super easy.


#17

That workaround didn’t work for me–clicking on the “conclusion” text unspoilered both the text and link…but clicking on the blue spoilered link followed the link and opened that page.


#18

That… sounds totally correct to me? You clicked once to expose the spoiler, then clicked the link? Not following what is “wrong” about that.


#19

No… if you click the link part of the spoilered text once, it follows the link. If you click on the text part, it de-spoils the link and then you know where you’re clicking.


#20

Right, don’t click the link part on first click, which is blue and link-y?

Even in blur form “this is a link” is reasonably clear, I think.

(Not defending the behavior, which is not ideal, but pointing out that avoiding a link even in blurred form is not super hard.)