For anyone who may be interested, I finally got around to correcting (I think) the shortcut button to insert a masked url. It used to be labeled "url2=" on the row of buttons just above the post editing window when creating a new, or replying to an existing, post. It never actually worked, however. This one should; at least it did for me during testing. The button is now labeled "maskurl=" . Its use is just to save a little bit of time typing by inserting the requisite bbcode fields for you. Also, when clicked on, a link created using the [maskurl=] button should also open the link in a new instance of a browser tab or window (depending on which you have your browser set up for as default) instead of using the same window as is the case with using the [URL] button or pasting in a url directly. Hopefully, the image below will explain its use clearly enough.
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Many of you already know that the same effect can be achieved by manually typing in the complete bbcode below:
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[url=http://some_url_address.com]Your Descriptive Title or Text Here[/url]
or by hitting the [URL] button of the editing window and then inserting the other elements of the "=" and your descriptive title or text between the middle brackets:
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Manually add missing elements to the above button-inserted code:
[url=http://some_url_address.com]Some Descriptive Title or Text Here[/url]
The result of using any of the above methods:Thunderbolts Site Main Page
(using the [maskurl=] button, opens in a new browser tab or window instance)Thunderbolts Site Main Page
(using the [URL] button with "=" and alternate description text inserted, opens in the same tab or window you are currently browsing—unfortunately, I have no way to modify this default behavior of the [URL] button.
The result of using the [URL] button without the masking form:http://thunderbolts.info
The result of simply copying/pasting a url directly
into a message with
without using either the [URL] or the [maskurl=] buttons:http://thunderbolts.info