How about having a short link to other sites in the StackExchange network?


[site:superuser] displays as SuperUser

[site:cs] displays as CS

[site:area51] displays as Area51

(a better suggestion of minimal typing to link to other sites is welcome)

I often point users to other sites where questions (may) belong, but the overhead to linking to the URL is quite significant sometimes.

Also: It may be worth thinking about whether we'd want to use something like [site:cs/something_goes_here] for CS/something_goes_here, though I don't think I'll ever use that format.

Note: Apologies if this already exists, has already been suggested or something similar has been declined. I'm not really sure how to phrase these things in square brackets.


I mainly want these in comments (not really a need for it otherwise as mentioned here), and this is, as mentioned, already covered by this question

  • This is possible only in comments at the moment: meta.stackexchange.com/a/94000/152859 Mar 13, 2013 at 8:46
  • For future reference, the agreed-upon name is "magic links". =D
    – J. Steen
    Mar 13, 2013 at 8:50
  • @ShaWizDowArd That's basically what I wanted, thanks. Should I delete or wait to (probably) be closed as duplicate? Mar 13, 2013 at 8:51
  • Sounds like you want it in posts too, not just comments right? In such case it was already suggested here. No need to delete in my opinion. Mar 13, 2013 at 8:59
  • @ShaWizDowArd Mainly comments. Mentioned that in edited. Mar 13, 2013 at 9:28
  • Cheers, dupe it is then but no need to delete. People might find your post first. :) Mar 13, 2013 at 9:30


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