Who the heck is this meant to be for?
It’s the dialogue that WordPress gives you when you want to make part of the text of your blog entry into a link. And the URL field comes pre-populated with a fatuous “http://”. This saves me 0.4 seconds of typing on the one occasion in 1,000,000 that I intend to type the URL by hand. On the other 999,999 occasions, it means instead that I have to highlight and delete the unwanted text before I can paste in the URL that I’ve copied.
(To make matters worse, the poorly designed copy/paste facility in Ubuntu, inherited from X11, throws away my copied link when I highlight the fatuous “http://”, so I have to go and find it again.)
It’s not as if WordPress is alone in this bit of petty brain-damage. It seems to be just about ubiquitous in web-forms that invite you you to enter a URL. Who is responsible for this? What were they thinking? Have they ever used their own forms? When they do, how often do they type in “http://svpow.wordpress.com/2009/05/27/sauropods-held-their-necks-erect-just-like-rabbits/” by hand?
Please, folks. Just stop it. It’s not big, and it’s not clever. If I want an “http://” in my URL field, I will paste it there. And if I am not pasting, I am capable of typing those seven characters.