This question pointed out that there are still a number of links to posts on the old Astronomy SE site kicking around, and that they mostly redirect to new, unrelated questions and answers in the new Astronomy site. I feel those links should have been automatically edited at the time of the migration, but it doesn't really matter, since a quick query turns up ~30 or so sites, which can easily be edited manually.

I do find one thing pretty weird, though: when those links are posted as a raw URL, they still format correctly, for some reason. As an example, see this question, which until recently contained the explicit URL


which is a broken link (i.e. should point here) but nevertheless still formats correctly into a full title with the old link.

This feels weirdly buggy to me, though of course the real bug is that the URLs were not auto-updated to begin with.

  • 1
    $\begingroup$ No repro, posting the raw link in a new answer does not format it. I think the post text was simply formatted into the correctly titled link once when the old astronomy.SE still existed and the post not edited since then. $\endgroup$
    – ACuriousMind Mod
    Feb 22, 2017 at 13:56
  • $\begingroup$ Indeed, it's no-repro on newly posted links, but consider e.g. this answer (with the explicit url in its revision history). (Don't edit it yet, though, or it reverts.) $\endgroup$ Feb 22, 2017 at 14:01
  • $\begingroup$ Yeah, so this shows the source for a post is only parsed once per revision into what's displayed on the site, no? $\endgroup$
    – ACuriousMind Mod
    Feb 22, 2017 at 14:04
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ @ACuriousMind I don't claim to have uncovered a big mistery ;-), I just thought it was interesting enough. $\endgroup$ Feb 22, 2017 at 14:05


You must log in to answer this question.

Browse other questions tagged .