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When linking to other StackOverflow questions -- be it in a comment, question, or answer -- it would be nice to have better default rendering.

Right now, just pasting in the URL results in this:

Hey, I think you should look at this other question: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/8050056/...

Or there's this option:

Part of your question is answered over here.

Neither one of those gives people any idea what they're clicking on. It would be nice instead to have something like:

Hey, I think you should look at this other question: [SO logo]Scale down (but not up) images using CSS to fit div container in IE9 (max-width: 100% fix)[checkbox if answered]

There is already a "Linked" sidebar, so clearly there is an intention to call out links as helpful, and the database query that gets the title of the linked question is in place. I merely suggest we move this inline.

  • Are you suggesting something like this? – gobernador Jul 23 '12 at 16:32
  • Yes, but a smaller, inline version, and not just in meta. Also, you sort of make my point with your "this" link ;) – Martin Burch Jul 23 '12 at 16:43
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    Well, I'd be hesitant to change anything about links in comments – gobernador Jul 23 '12 at 16:48
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You can, of course, do most of that with Markdown.

![SO](https://cdn.sstatic.net/Sites/stackoverflow/img/favicon.ico) [Title of question](url to question)

It would look like this: SO Improved default linking to other questions

Not sure if the "answered" indication is needed.

Edit:
As the comments say, you can't post icons in comments, only in questions or answers. The link part works in a comment too though.

  • Cool! It would also be nice if that solution worked in comments, and if the markup could be generated automatically. – Martin Burch Jul 23 '12 at 16:47
  • Images are not supported in comments. – Martijn Pieters Jul 23 '12 at 16:48
  • Too much effort to post a link in a comment, though. – nhahtdh Jul 23 '12 at 16:52
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    Ehm, just as much effort as posting it in an answer, I'd say. – Mr Lister Jul 23 '12 at 17:01
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    @nhahtdh how so? Because in a comment you have to type []() yourself instead of using your mouse to highlight text and click a button above the textbox? 6 of one, half dozen of the other, to me... – Aaron Bertrand Jul 23 '12 at 17:18
  • @AaronBertrand: If I post link in comment, I copy and paste the link - done. Comment (as in the container) is rubbish, and should be treated as so. For example: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/140853/… – nhahtdh Jul 23 '12 at 17:19
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    @nhahtdh still don't understand what's rubbish about placing some context instead of the URL which gets truncated anyway, or why that's any harder in a comment than in a question. – Aaron Bertrand Jul 23 '12 at 17:23
  • @AaronBertrand: Just pure laziness. I do put effort in writing a proper answer, though. And comments to clarify/argue must be clear. Posting link to another question don't need such treatment, for me at least. – nhahtdh Jul 23 '12 at 17:24
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    @nhahtdh ok, so the problem is not about effort, it's that you value comments less than most people paying attention to this question. – Aaron Bertrand Jul 23 '12 at 17:29

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