There should be a shorthand for linking to other questions, like in Redmine (An issue tracking system).

E.g., when I'm on this site, posting


should yield the same as


yielding this:

How do I link a question to another question?

or it should be escapable like:


Benefit: Readable editor window plus smaller databases ;)

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    How is a number more readable than auto-linked raw URLs?
    – Arjan
    Sep 29 '11 at 18:30
  • Where? In questions? Answers? Comments?
    – Pops
    Sep 29 '11 at 18:31
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    I don't mind auto-links at all, but while editing a post, the markup editor becomes rather crowded with lengthy URLs. Going to edit the question, though. Here: Not necessarily, yes, yes please
    – aquaherd
    Sep 29 '11 at 18:34
  • I don't feel the benefit (if any) makes up for a Markdown exception/enhancement/oddity. (Remember the data dumps?)
    – Arjan
    Sep 29 '11 at 18:41
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    Edited. Similar shorthands are available for links to tags, meta, users, but not to questions.
    – aquaherd
    Sep 29 '11 at 18:48
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    Note that meta.stackexchange.com/q/89806 also works, and is probably as short as you are going to get while still working across SE sites.
    – user102937
    Sep 29 '11 at 18:49
  • Shorthands for users are new to me, but others, even those in comments use a readable format. Hence, a Markdown renderer that does not know them, still renders them in a readable way, I feel.
    – Arjan
    Sep 29 '11 at 18:58

As others pointed out, there is a short form:




The link item under the question will give you this shortened form.

(This also works for users, by the way)

  • With This also works for users you only mean that http://meta.stackoverflow.com/u/1 redirects to the full URL, right? True: meta.stackoverflow.com/u/1 Or should it also render as "Jeff Atwood"? (It does not show the real name in the preview, nor in the sandbox.) As an aside: the "link" item under the question gives one a referral link, which is a bit longer than the shortest link.
    – Arjan
    Sep 30 '11 at 10:02

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