I *did* apologize for being (somewhat) cranky.
copy/paste sucks on an iPad: there is no double-click to select the url. Double-click zooms/unzooms the page. You press the word and wait a second, then it selects the portion of the url you are pressing on and puts this little box around it with little circles on the corners. You drag the corners to expand/contract the selection. My finger isn't as pointy as a mouse cursor so grabbing those little circles and dropping them in the right place is like trying to paint a picture on the head of a pin using a 6-inch wide paintbrush. If you miss the little circle, then the selection disappears. If you drag/drop one to the wrong place, then you end up with the whole page selected, the entire paragraph, the entire post, or nothing and have to start over. I must have tried 20 times to select that url!
Totally an iPad, or "I", problem. Dunno why Apple, for all its collective genius, can make those grabbies bigger or have a means for easily extending the selection to the whole line, say). I don't have nearly the same frustration on my Android phone, although I don't do much web surfing on it.
As to knowing how to make the links clickable: I'd buy that argument if this wasn't a community that has no problem with rigging scraps of plastic and some string to keep out rain, cook meals using an empty beer can and some leftover gas treatment fluid, etc. I betcha we can figure out enough HTML to solve this problem.
Finally: I would have just grumbled to myself about those lazy Apple engineers (or the lazy engineers who did this Forum software on BPL) like I normally do. But the OP wasn't posting the url entirely for *my* benefit. I was providing some "customer feedback."
Sorry to go off topic, folks. At a minimum, this will bring this thread back to the top of the stack.