Adding Links to Blog and Discussion comments

In Blog posts it is  possible to include hyperlinks, either by pasting them in: https://ion.icaew.com/technews/f/discussions or by using the Insert, Link menu option which allows you to set the URL and text to be displayed separately: Link to Discussions area

Commenting on any of the discussion topics works in a similar way, but when commenting on Blog posts, URLs pasted in are not automatically converted to hyperlinks and some seem, in fact, to be abbreviated so they can't even be copied and pasted into a browser. The Links option, and several other options, are also absent from the Link dropdown on the menu bar.

It can often be very useful to include links in Blog comments, often even more useful than inserting an emoticon or a horizontal line. Has anyone else found an easy way to do this? Am I missing something obvious?

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