Currently data.SE supports two types of so called Magic Columns:

If you alias an id column with as [Post Link] it will automatically create a link in the result set to the parent site. Similarly if you alias an id column with as [User Link] it will display a link to the user page.

It would be helpful to have the ability to create the Magic Column with an arbitrary URL. This way we could create links to charts, links to edit suggestions, links to any of the "unlinked pages" (e.g. timeline, revisions, flag weight) and so on.

These magic columns could be identified by an alias ending with " Link" (another option is " Url"), e.g. [Chart Link], [Suggestion Link] etc. Where the data value in such column could be in 2 forms:

  1. Plain URL, like "https://stackoverflow.com/suggested-edits/4000" - this will display link as is.
  2. URL with a title separated in some way, for example: "Suggestion 4000|https://stackoverflow.com/suggested-edits/4000" or "[Suggestion 4000](https://stackoverflow.com/suggested-edits/4000)". Personally I prefer | as a separator.
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    Might as well also ask for [History Link] http://stackoverflow.com/posts/1732348/revisions and [Timeline Link] as well http://stackoverflow.com/posts/1732348/timeline Nov 16, 2011 at 22:33
  • @ConradFrix If this request got implemented, it would be very easy to add links you provided. Btw, thanks for the link to the "timeline" screen - nice hidden feature I wasn't aware of.
    – Volo
    Nov 16, 2011 at 22:41
  • [Tag Link] too. Dec 7, 2011 at 23:31

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This is now implemented,

See: https://data.stackexchange.com/stackoverflow/query/58786/a-demonstration-of-magic-links

We do a tiny amount of parsing on the links and optionally you can pipe separate a url | description pair.


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