Ok, this is a really simple one and will be well worth doing IMHO.

When you put a link in a comment you get something like this:

Pretty similar (if not dupe) to stackoverflow.com/questions/410085/… – cletus 1 min ago

I'm proposing that when you post a link to the same site, instead of using an abridged URL, use the question text so the result would be:

Pretty similar (if not dupe) to What reasons are there NOT to use OpenID? – cletus 1 min ago

which is much much more useful.

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    As a rule, I'm against telling other people that doing something with their software is simple unless I supply code. Other than that, I'm in total agreement w/ you re: the feature.
    – Eric
    Commented Aug 23, 2009 at 3:46
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    I normally have to be very confident to say something (in someone else's code) is simple but I can't see how this isn't. SO is already parsing the comment looking for URLs. The URL will have a distinct pattern such that you can figure out the site easily enough. And the question ID is in the URL so it's just a lookup for the title.
    – cletus
    Commented Aug 23, 2009 at 4:19
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    Related: Userscript to auto-replace SOFU links in comments?
    – Tim Stone
    Commented Jun 26, 2012 at 18:07
  • We shouldn't put tags in titles. Commented Apr 11, 2013 at 12:11
  • How question asked in 2009 be a duplicate of a question raised in 2011? . In particular, Jeff's answer to related question doesn't make sense, as based on current implementation and not considered possible changes to implement requested behavior. Commented May 4, 2013 at 21:58
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    @MichaelFreidgeim The date on the question matters far less than the answers. The official reply for the moment is still "the current implementation prevents us from doing this and at the moment we aren't considering changing that implementation".
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Commented May 5, 2013 at 6:04
  • @AnnaLear, in this case you need to change (at least for this question) the standard response"This question has been asked before and already has an answer", because this question was asked earlier and also has answers(but not the official reply) Commented May 5, 2013 at 21:13

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Would be nice to have this for internal links in normal posts as well - while it's not too much extra effort to copy the title in and link that instead of just pasting the URL, it's still extra effort, and some don't bother with it.

See also: Provide a way to quickly link to a question within MarkDown

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    Yeah I've seen that but IMHO it's overly complicated (and different to this anyway). I'm of the opinion that "internal" URLs should always display the question text instead of the URL and it should be relatively easy to implement that.
    – cletus
    Commented Aug 23, 2009 at 4:21
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    I still want the option to choose what is displayed for a internal link, as sometimes the quesion title is to long to format well in my answer. However default to the quesion title would be greate. Commented Aug 4, 2010 at 11:44
  • It’s worth noting that on mobile it’s a lot more effort to do it properly. Usually I copy the URL, write comment, paste bare URL, post comment, follow link to question, select and copy title, go back to previous page, edit comment to insert title (which requires precise cursor positioning) Commented Feb 25, 2014 at 10:20

I'd like it too, so just for reference: as comments are rendered on the fly (unlike regular posts, for which the HTML is pre-cooked when saving), Jeff once said it's not likely to happen.

Even more, even <...> notation was rejected for that same reason.

  • Why do not create a background process to add url titles to saved Comments? Commented Apr 18, 2013 at 22:03

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