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Is there a way to search for posts that have links to other posts?

Say I have this post link text.

and I want to find all posts that have that linked in. Is there a way to do this?

If I just put the number in the search, it only finds that post. I want to find other posts as there is a lot of: I saw this answer(link) but my situation is different...I want to find the "different" ones as one of those might work for me instead of pushing in a new one.

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I think it would be a very useful feature. –  Zoredache Feb 25 '10 at 2:33
that'd be really cool, I agree :) –  warren Mar 10 '10 at 19:12
That's pretty much what my project at meta.stackexchange.com/questions/21600/… does. Is supposed to do, rather; it's based on the September data dump, so probably not that useful. –  balpha Mar 11 '10 at 7:37
It's been updated now. –  balpha Mar 19 '10 at 17:20
Of course, it is 5am and Jeff is busy tagging away.. such an odd sleep schedule –  Earlz Apr 25 '10 at 9:57
Can I just say that I love this solution/resolution, thanks for a very useful feature that I use often! –  Mark Schultheiss Jan 19 '11 at 21:05

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No there is no built in way to do that.

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There's no built-in method for that, but you can find them if they're indexed by google by searching (using your example):


See here:

The query [link:] will list webpages that have links to the specified webpage. For instance, [link:www.google.com] will list webpages that have links pointing to the Google homepage. Note there can be no space between the "link:" and the web page url.

This functionality is also accessible from the Advanced Search page, under Page Specific Search > Links.

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This will give a lot of false positives due to the "Related" column on the right side of a page. –  Peter Mortensen Apr 25 '10 at 10:33

This is deployed experimentally to meta. Notice there is a new Linked Posts column on the right, above the existing Related Posts.

Linked posts are built by scanning all post bodies and all comment bodies for strings matching


Once "linked", the links are visible on both sides.

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Sample: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/47634, "How are the rules different on meta?". 12 items in the "Linked" column. –  Peter Mortensen Apr 25 '10 at 10:48
@Jeff Atwood: meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/46008, "Threshold for turning posts to CW Mode, on 8th revision or 9th?", has a link in an answer to meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/11740, "What are “Community Wiki” posts?". However “Community Wiki” posts?" has another post in the "Linked" column: "Losing my Way on the Meaning of “Subjective and Argumentative”". –  Peter Mortensen Apr 25 '10 at 12:04
OK, I got it. Editing meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/46008 brought in the 3 outbound links in comments and answers. Now there is a Linked section in meta.stackexchange.com/questions/46008 with 3 items. Ref.: comments to meta.stackexchange.com/questions/40952/… –  Peter Mortensen Apr 25 '10 at 12:28
Does this work across sites? –  balpha Apr 25 '10 at 12:51
@balpha not at the moment –  Jeff Atwood Apr 25 '10 at 20:59

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