There is a link to refer to a Stack Overflow question, but does SO provide a shortened URL?
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You can remove the whole part after the question ID (in the case of this question, the
The longer, more manual way:
The formula for shortening a question is
This question's full URL is
The shortened version is
Similarly, you can do this with any other site in the SE network:
The fewer-things-to-delete way:
Use the "share" link underneath any question or answer. The URL you see in the pop-up follows the formula above, but it appends your user ID to the end (so that you can get badges like Announcer). You can copy & paste the whole URL in the "share" box, or strip your user ID from the end. Either way, it's short.
You could always use http://tinyurl.com/ if you want to shorten a URL for sharing.
If you want to name your url w/ Markdown you can always use brackets: [Linking in StackOverflow] (http://stackoverflow.com/editing-help#links)