I am trying to add a link to an external URL to one of my passages. Here's an example:
Layout of the overview could be a vertical "stacking" display like
When the user clicks the word "this" the link opens in a new tab as intended. But the word "this" also disappears until the page is refreshed. Any idea why this is happening?
As stated in the (link: ) macro's documentation, that link type is single use/selection only and results in the link text being replaced with the visual output of the associated hook.
Because you want the link to be select-able multiple time I suggest using the (link-repeat: ) macro instead.
note: Due to a bug in the forum's software which reformats URLs wrapped in code tags I had to wrap the above example in quote tags instead, this is why your own example has a smiley face in it.