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I recently answered a question and in my answer I linked to an external site. I left the link as is because I think it's fairly descriptive, for example:

http://gnuwin32.sourceforge.net/packages/wget.htm

I could have formatted the link as:

WGET for Windows

Or, I could have formatted it as:

WGET for Windows (SourceForge)

The third format provides a hint as to the link destination without moving the mouse over the link.

What's the preferred link format for the Stack Overflow trilogy of sites?

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I prefer either the second or third options.

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I agree. It makes the link look better, I find the first to look unprofessional, and gives the impression the OP didn't try very hard. –  Diago Sep 18 '09 at 15:09
    
+1: They are especially good because they are usually shorter, and thus create less clutter. –  gnostradamus Sep 18 '09 at 15:09

Anyone for /. style?

Wget for Windows [sourceforge.net]

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I think the reason that Slashdot went with that was to prevent people from linking to bad, disgusting things in disguise. I don't see that being a problem here on Stack Overflow, especially with the fast response of users and moderators to problem postings. –  Thomas Owens Oct 6 '09 at 13:47
    
Yes, I agree with you; the question's 3rd suggested format reminded me of it though. Just thought I'd throw it out there. –  Alex Barrett Oct 6 '09 at 13:50
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@Thomas Owens, @Alex Barret: but given that this would not be enforced by SO, but rather by the poster, you could do something like <a href='goiatze.cx'>My little Pony</a>[nicepony.com], thus defeating the reason. Add tinyurl.com and you have Gtzcx hell. I always hover links and look at the status bar anyway :P –  perbert Oct 6 '09 at 14:38
    
@free voyager: The link would then show as My litte Pony [goiatze.cx] [nicepony.com] –  Alex Barrett Dec 27 '09 at 2:36

I usually give a name to the link. That way it is easier to maintain the post.

Example:

I have a POD document. Now, I want to convert that POD to a parsed section like usage/description and get it in a string.

Why not [`pod2usage`][pod2usage]?

This doesn't help me to get the output in string but in STDOUT/file. I am stressing on the point "getting it in string", because I want to display the POD in "pages" if the length exceeds screen length. [`pod2usage`][pod2usage] doesn't print them in pages :(

Can somebody tell me which module to use for this purpose?

[pod2usage]: http://perldoc.perl.org/pod2usage.html

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