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Where is the complete, canonical list of magic links to the Help Center? The list in Laura's answer here seems quite short.

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I think that it is complete, because when balpha created magic links, he didn't write more links than Laura (except of adding links to the tour).


It would appear that nicael is correct, that's the complete list. Here's the most complete list of magic links I can find (both help center and other), from Laura's answer and the balpha answer nicael linked to:

  • [help] -> /help (the help center landing page for whatever site you're on)

  • [help/on-topic] links to "What topics can I ask about here?" (/help/on-topic)

  • [help/dont-ask] links to "What types of questions should I avoid asking?" (/help/dont-ask)

  • [help/behavior] links to "What kind of behavior is expected of users?" (/help/behavior)

  • [meta-help] links to "What is meta?" (/help/whats-meta)

  • [meta] – link to the current site's Meta; link text is the site name (e.g. "Super User Meta"). Does nothing if the site doesn't have (or already is) a Meta site.

  • [main] – like [meta], just the other way around.

  • [edit] – link to the edit page for the post the comment is on, i.e. /posts/{id}/edit. Link text is "edit" (capitalization is respected).

  • [tour] and [meta-tour] – links to the site's Tour page (there is no separate Tour for meta). Link text is "tour" (capitalization is respected). Legacy names [about] and [meta-about] are still supported.

  • [ask], [answer] – link to the "How to Ask" / "How to Answer" page.

  • [so], [su], [sf], [metase], [a51], [se] – link to the given site (Stack Overflow, Super User, Server Fault, Meta Stack Exchange, Area 51, the Stack Exchange portal). Link text is the site name.

  • [something.se] – link to something.stackexchange.com, if that site exists. Link text is the site name. Use [ubuntu.se] for Ask Ubuntu. [meta.something.se] links to the meta site.

  • [chat] – link to the current site's chat site (http://chat.stackoverflow.com/ for SO, http://chat.meta.stackexchange.com/ for Meta SE, http://chat.stackexchange.com/ everywhere else, that last one showing a list of active rooms from the referring site), the link text being "{site name} Chat".

  • [tag:tag-name] such as [tag:feature-request] creates a link to the named tag on the main site, such as . It also works in comments.

  • [meta-tag:tag-name] such as [meta-tag:feature-request] creates a link to the named tag on the per-site meta for the site you're on, such as . It also works in comments.

    • On Meta Stack Exchange, both of the above notations create links to tags on the same site (Meta.SE). In some older posts, you may find links to tags using the former notation that are intended to link to tags on Stack Overflow; that's how it used to work before the , then once that took place, those previous links were rewritten to be MSE links instead of SO links.
  • [mre] creates a link to /help/minimal-reproducible-example, the page about building a Minimal Reproducible Example. (Formerly it was [mcve] => /help/mcve [Minimal, Complete, and Verifiable Example].)

If you find more or more are added, please add them above.

  • @ashleedawg - It's a community wiki, you can add things directly. (That "If you find more or more are added, please add them above." at the end...) But I've added [mcve]. – T.J. Crowder Aug 14 '18 at 7:16
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    If curious about which magic links are used most (or ever!) and by whom, here's a query. – ashleedawg Aug 21 '18 at 12:26

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