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Often when I am commenting on why a question is off-topic, I ask people to look at what is on-topic.

SE added support for more magical links; now writing [help/on-topic] translates to the local stack's "on-topic" hyperlink. However, when I type this as a comment Please see what is [help/on-topic], the user sees "Please see what is help-center"

Adding more descriptive URLs ultimately means less typing... compare:

  • See the [help/on-topic] for what is on-topic (44 keystrokes)
  • See what is [help/on-topic] (27 keystrokes)

Using "help-center" as the URL text for [help/on-topic] is a good start, but I hope for improvement. I write comments about on and off topic far more than any other subject. My feature requests...

  • Please change the URL text for [help/on-topic] from "help-center" to "on-topic".
  • Please change the URL text for [help/dont-ask] from "help-center" to "off-topic".
  • Please change the URL text for [help/behavior] from "help-center" to "behavior"
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I would quite like to see a more generic solution to this problem, i.e. the the ability to add arbitrary link text, with a wiki like [display text|url or shortcut] syntax or allowing shortcuts in the url part of an arbitrary link, i.e. [display text](url or shortcut).

For instance, I quite often write things like:

Welcome to robotics XXX, but I'm afraid that shopping questions really aren't a good fit for a stack exchange site. We prefer practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. Take a look at [ask] and [about] for more information on how stack exchange works.

So it would be nice if we could say

[practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face](/help/dont-ask)

in mini markdown, as you can (I believe) in posts, instead of

[practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face](http://robotics.stackexchange.com/help/dont-ask)
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Actually, you can nearly get the second one - try a link of /help/dont-ask. –  michaelb958 Oct 12 '13 at 22:34
    
The shortcuts don't seem to work in the [link text](link) form: [dont ask](help/dont-ask) and [dont ask](/help/dont-ask) compared to dont ask. –  Mark Booth Oct 13 '13 at 0:09
    
[dont ask](http:/help/dont-ask) Okay, this isn't working as well as I thought. Maybe it's something to do with comments. –  michaelb958 Oct 13 '13 at 0:11
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Yep, shortened links like that are fine in answers. Bother, mini-Markdown. –  michaelb958 Oct 13 '13 at 0:13

You still point to the help center, regardless of what page it is. I phrase my comments as follows:

See the [help/on-topic] to see what is on-topic on this site.

Besides, the preview FAQ links also said FAQ regardless of what appendix you put.

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You type much less if they fix the URL text: Please see what is [help/on-topic]. Yours is 62 keystrokes, mine is 35 –  Mike Pennington Oct 12 '13 at 10:37
    
@MikePennington: Really? Typing a few more characters is that hard for you? Well, then I only have this to say: stream1.gifsoup.com/view3/1358818/smallest-violin-o.gif –  Second Rikudo Oct 14 '13 at 9:00
    
@Madura, may I respectfully suggest you learn to work smarter, not harder :-)... this is a good place to start –  Mike Pennington Oct 14 '13 at 9:25
    
This isn't about working harder or smarter. It's about the correct wording for a link. This would be help center, because that's where you link. –  Second Rikudo Oct 14 '13 at 9:28
    
You think one thing is correct, and we downvoted each other in disagreement. No more discussion is required :-) –  Mike Pennington Oct 14 '13 at 9:32
    
@Mike how do you know Madara is one of the three down-votes you've received (so far)? Just because they answered in a way you don't agree with does not mean they disagreed with your question enough to down-vote it. It gets very tiring watching people trying to look clever and accuse others of down-voting when in reality they have absolutely no idea who down-voted them and why. –  Aaron Bertrand Oct 14 '13 at 22:19
    
@AaronBertrand, it's pretty obvious in this case... in 12 hours, he did not register disagreement. Besides, downvoting or not is really tangential to the point of my statement. We can all agree to disagree, right? –  Mike Pennington Oct 14 '13 at 22:21
    
@MikePennington if it's tangential, why bother saying it? It just comes off as presumptuous sour grapes, with or without the smiley. –  Aaron Bertrand Oct 14 '13 at 22:23
    
@AaronBertrand, I'm sorry you were offended by that –  Mike Pennington Oct 14 '13 at 22:27
    
@MikePennington I wasn't offended, I just think it's silly to presume who down-voted you, never mind to say it out loud. –  Aaron Bertrand Oct 14 '13 at 22:28
    
@AaronBertrand, I think we can stop bike-shedding about this now –  Mike Pennington Oct 14 '13 at 22:30
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And now you both spam my inbox over nonsense. Please take it to chat for further discussion. :) –  Second Rikudo Oct 14 '13 at 22:32

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