Was the way links in guides are handled changed?
When I go back to work on the final edits in the Linux Config 2008-12 guide before I give it the (Archived) title. Since most hardware from that period tends to need a lot of work, I am making some final edits so I can use the content in other guides. Along with that, I am also working on reducing the bit.ly short link count.
I am primarily doing this because the tone towards short links like that is they are bad. My intentions are good, but it isn't worth the headache to maintain them when there's a good chance that it will cause issues because spammers use them. I may still do it that way, but I'll reduce it and save it for when I run into serious problems.
The Amazon links are so long, I've found short links are the only way to include them. If I don't do this, then I go over the 350 character limit. However, I tested this again and I no longer have that problem as I did before. These Amazon links no longer cause me grief.
When I began to reduce the short link use, I noticed something and I'm not sure if it's a bug or intentional change. When I went to add these full links in the guide, I no longer notice the character issue I had before.
To confirm this, I did two tests. The first one was a drop in, without an issue. Once this worked out, I then tried starting from scratch with 0 characters after copying it into Microsoft Word and making the change there. No problems with length this way as well.
In both scenarios, the count was not affected to the point I had to keep the short link (even on Amazon links).
If this is a bug, please don't fix it. Consider this a feature because it's useful for cases where links can kill your available characters. Meeting the 350 limit is bad enough; if I can no longer do this I'll need to revert back to short links for guides.
Is this a good question?