When referring people to other Stack Exchange sites, usually in question comments, it's helpful to provide an actual link.
However, it's a pain to have to write
[Stack Overflow](http://stackoverflow.com) or
[Prog.SE](http://programmers.stackexchange.com) or whatever.
Could we automatically link (first|any) occurrence of a site name made in a comment?
Or if not automatic, simply a shorter link so we don't need the extra fluff.
Perhaps a pseudo-protocol style, e.g.
[se:WebApps] could be converted into:
<a href="http://webapps.stackexchange.com"> <img src="webapps-site-icon.16x.png" /> WebApps StackExchange </a>
With the icon helping to draw attention to it as a Stack Exchange site.
I don't really mind how - so long as there's a way to be helpful to [new] users without spending unnecessary effort. So yeah, what does everyone else think?