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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):

link:http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1004079/

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

http://example.com/questions/\d+/

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
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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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