I think a better case of ambiguity is:

How about //a link, like http://example.org, in italic text? //


I think it gets more complex when the protocol isn't recognised by the wiki parser. 
If a wiki that limits the procotols for raw links, to say just (http, ftp). What should a parser do with {{{ https://www.example.org }}} ? 

I think it should render it as seen ({{{ http://www.example.org }}}) and not treat the // as italics.

-- JaredWilliams, 2007-02-23

Url (plus e-mail address) is something like 
(\b[a-z]{3,6}://\S+[^,.;:?!'"() ](\s|[,.;:?!'"()]|$)|[A-Za-z._-]+@[a-z.-]+[a-z]) 
matched before the the italics are matched.  The example given before:
... for example://apples//, oranges, **pears** ...

is an example of when markup adds perceived spacing that doesn't appear in the rendered page -- and as such is an obvious mistake on the side of the user. Of course, it would be nice to minimize the opportunities for such errors -- MoinMoin does have a list of accepted protocols and uses only these -- also for security reasons. Limiting the length of the protocol name is another trick -- unfortunately, from the kind of "smart" ones that work only sometimes and add to the confusion. 

Personally I can live both without highlighting urls or with an apportunity for occasional wrong highlighting. I can also live with "{{{__foo__}}}" for italics, but we discussed this already.
-- RadomirDopieralski, 2007-02-23

I think the following line is in error and that italics there should not be parsed, but rather shown as double slash:

This is what can go wrong://this should be an italic text//.

In a sentence, if you use a colon, you should always put at least one space afterwards.  (Some typists teach that you should even put two spaces after a colon, but I have never followed this.)  In any case, I would consider a colon without a space after it an error.  This solves this ambiguity issue imho.

--[[ChuckSmith]], 2007-Feb-27

Shall I search Wikipedia and show you how many people don't put a space after the colon? :)

-- [[RadomirDopieralski]], 2007-02-2007