Previously, when one clicked the "link" button on a question or answer, a link that was (more or less) of the form

http:// ____.stackexchange.com/questions/questionnumber/questiontitle/postnumber#postnumber

was provided. Now, the links look like

http:// ____.stackexchange.com/q/postnumber/userid

I'm all for shortening and simplification, but when I go to migrate an answer to a comment, the shortened links don't work as targets; I get an error message saying "target is invalid: no action taken". Instead, I have to follow the shortened link and copy the expanded url out of my browser's address bar, and use that in the "convert answer to comment" dialog.

Could this be fixed so that the shortened links can be used to migrate answers?

Not sure if this qualifies as a bug or feature request.

  • Another workaround is to just copy the post ID in the shortened URL. – user149432 Nov 22 '11 at 16:11
  • Or just remove the /userid from the shortened URL. – mmyers Nov 22 '11 at 16:23
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    Actually, this is only a new feature for answers, for questions the link always did give the link in this form. – Paŭlo Ebermann Nov 22 '11 at 16:45
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    I'm glad someone actually has the time to figure out where these answers posted as comments are supposed to go. – user102937 Nov 22 '11 at 20:02

This will be fixed in the next deploy.

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