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There should be a shorthand for linking to other questions, like in Redmine (An issue tracking system).

E.g., when I'm on this site, posting

#89806

should yield the same as

http://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/89806

yielding this:

How do I link a question to another question?

or it should be escapable like:

[questions#89806]

Benefit: Readable editor window plus smaller databases ;)

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How is a number more readable than auto-linked raw URLs? – Arjan Sep 29 '11 at 18:30
    
Where? In questions? Answers? Comments? – Pops Sep 29 '11 at 18:31
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I don't mind auto-links at all, but while editing a post, the markup editor becomes rather crowded with lengthy URLs. Going to edit the question, though. Here: Not necessarily, yes, yes please – aquaherd Sep 29 '11 at 18:34
    
I don't feel the benefit (if any) makes up for a Markdown exception/enhancement/oddity. (Remember the data dumps?) – Arjan Sep 29 '11 at 18:41
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Edited. Similar shorthands are available for links to tags, meta, users, but not to questions. – aquaherd Sep 29 '11 at 18:48
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Note that meta.stackexchange.com/q/89806 also works, and is probably as short as you are going to get while still working across SE sites. – Robert Harvey Sep 29 '11 at 18:49
    
Shorthands for users are new to me, but others, even those in comments use a readable format. Hence, a Markdown renderer that does not know them, still renders them in a readable way, I feel. – Arjan Sep 29 '11 at 18:58
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As others pointed out, there is a short form:

http://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/107876/shortly-link-to-another-question-on-the-same-site

to

http://meta.stackexchange.com/q/107876

The link item under the question will give you this shortened form.

(This also works for users, by the way)

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With This also works for users you only mean that http://meta.stackoverflow.com/u/1 redirects to the full URL, right? True: meta.stackoverflow.com/u/1 Or should it also render as "Jeff Atwood"? (It does not show the real name in the preview, nor in the sandbox.) As an aside: the "link" item under the question gives one a referral link, which is a bit longer than the shortest link. – Arjan Sep 30 '11 at 10:02

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