# Is there any chance the localhost link restriction will be lifted?

Is there any chance that localhost links will be allowed again, or is that a completely closed subject? I've seen these posts, but neither seems to have a clear answer:

The link validator is overzealous and should allow posting so-called 'invalid' links

Link restrictions for new users -- can we exclude 'localhost'?

Sometimes I answer questions by providing code on Github with instructions on how to clone and run it, and sometimes that means starting a local server. In those cases, it's really nice to be able to provide a localhost link as the final step in the process. Perhaps they could be re-allowed based on reputation if it's mainly a "new user" error?

Here are a couple of examples from before localhost was disallowed:

Cannot Autowire Service into Controller

Configuring Integration Tests using Spring/Jetty (or Tomcat)/Maven for REST tests

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I don't know why, but links like this make me very uncomfortable. They aren't supposed to be universally meaningful at all. That'd be like someone linking http://192.168.1.1 because it's a common address for a NAT router. I understand your use case, but I'm not sure if it's a big enough issue. –  Andrew Barber Feb 27 '13 at 6:44
@Andrew: I understand that reasoning to a point, but these are universal links that work for everybody every time, unlike 192.168.1.1, which might instead be 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.254. I guess it's the "if it's a big enough issue" that I'm really trying to find out about. It's definitely an issue. It's just a matter of whether it has enough traction with the right people. –  Ryan Stewart Feb 27 '13 at 13:42
possible duplicate of Localhost in URL = numeric? –  ChrisF Mar 1 '13 at 16:41
@ChrisF: This is not a dupe of that question. This one is a feature request to lift the restriction, the other is a bug report on the spelling of the error message. –  Martijn Pieters Mar 29 '13 at 18:15
@MartijnPieters - I wan't sure either, which is why I left it as a question. –  ChrisF Mar 29 '13 at 22:04

http://localhost:8080/TestURL