When in chat, there's quite a few links flying around that are deleted, and only viewable (well, without the edit trick) by 10k+ rep users or those with access to mod tools. Since the links are shortened to just stackoverflow.com/questions/..., would it be worth it to indicate that the question being linked to is a (sort of) dead-link to lower rep users?

For this, I simply edited the HTML of the page directly to show this. I know that the SE engine knows the status of a question/answer, so it would be a simple check and a HTML addition, but is it worth the query change?

Actually, does the chat engine even check the question or follow the link?

(To the devs: cvhelper-processed is a class added by the cv-pls userscript that checks for [tag:cv-pls] and oneboxes links)

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    +1 ...that would be less annoying for <10k user Commented May 14, 2013 at 3:42
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    Whenever people talk about an interesting question and link to it in chat I get all excited and click it...only to find out it was deleted. Each time I die a little inside =o(
    – kittycat
    Commented May 14, 2013 at 3:49
  • afaik the question/answer is "followed" when the link appears on its own.
    – Jack
    Commented May 14, 2013 at 4:04
  • What's "the edit trick"?
    – slhck
    Commented May 14, 2013 at 4:54
  • @slhck many questions here mention it: if you have the retag privilege, you can go to http://<site>/posts/<id>/edit and view it.
    – Amelia
    Commented May 14, 2013 at 4:59
  • @Hiroto: That's gone now iirc. Commented May 14, 2013 at 15:49
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    @Manishearth the privilege is there, and you can still do it with 500+ rep.
    – Amelia
    Commented May 14, 2013 at 15:56
  • If they just put the link on a message itself it will only onebox if not deleted. Otherwise, chat is not going to care
    – random
    Commented May 14, 2013 at 16:12
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    @random pretty much any link to a deleted question i've ever seen in chat has been accompanied by commentary. For 10k+ users, it's not an issue whatsoever, but for <10k we often either have to ask the 10k+ guys to screenshot, or do the edit trick if 500+ rep. It seems like just an Engine.Chat.GenerateLink(MarkdownObject link) (guessing :p) change, but I'm waiting to see if a dev responds. It's mostly just a QoL change for users without access to mod tools.
    – Amelia
    Commented May 14, 2013 at 16:19
  • What about (exactly not) oneboxed links of that sort? Commented Mar 25, 2014 at 17:59


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