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Is there a permalink I can use for answers/comments?

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Yes, there's a "share" permalink for each answer to a question (and for each question as well).

It's right next to the "flag" and "edit" links at the bottom of the answer:

Screenshot of the "share" permalink location

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    How could I have missed that. :)
    – Kriem
    May 22 '09 at 16:02
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    I just noticed that too, that the "share" to social networking sites AND the "link" text are all rolled up into the "share" text. It used to look like this meta.stackexchange.com/a/101026/160875 Not sure how I missed that either! Oct 6 '12 at 10:45
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    "link" would be clearer. I wonder how many views this page has had since the change.
    – A.M.
    Jul 3 '13 at 0:36
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    agreed. I came here because I thought "share" would take me to some social networking site. "link" would be much more accurate.
    – ggutoski
    Jul 16 '14 at 16:23
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    The problem is with longer answers. Looking for a link we would expect to find it high, at the top of the answer. But the "share" control is at the bottom of the answer. For a one-liner like in the example, it is intuitive. But for a 100-liner, it is not. Feb 18 '15 at 22:44
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    @DouglasHeld +1 Man, that’s dismal for discoverability. Dec 30 '15 at 16:49
  • Like this? meta.stackexchange.com/a/45598/250904 : ) May 17 '16 at 9:24
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    The URL created by the share button also includes your UserId. You can safely remove this if you don't want your Id to be shared. Feb 16 '17 at 19:48
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    "share edit flag"; top or bottom; link or share: The implemented solution seems "good enough"; it hasn't been changed; the community seems to be getting used to it, even if it is an oddity. On the other hand, this remains difficult to find, until learning about the oddity. FWIW.
    – BaldEagle
    Jun 18 '18 at 15:09
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    Stackoverflow, are you listening? THIS IS BAD UI EXPERIENCE Nov 20 '18 at 17:07
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    how should we refer to a person who answered a question? It seems it is not still possible in stackoverflow? @username does not work! Mar 27 '20 at 12:39
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Permalink for questions/answers can be copied from the box shown after clicking the "share" link as shown below

Screenshot of share box

Permalink for the comments can be obtained by right-clicking on the posting Date/Time of the comment and copying the link address. Screenshot indicating timestamp for comment

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    +1 for also explain the comment link :)
    – albciff
    May 21 '15 at 11:42
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    You can copy the address (i.e., ‘‘Copy shortcut’’ or ‘‘Copy Link Location’’) of the “share” link, too. (That’s slightly less manual motion than click-copy-close.)
    – Scott
    Jul 19 '17 at 19:10
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    It'd be no surprise if something has changed since 2014. In Jun 2018, this link takes me to a "revisions" page. While interesting and valuable, that page isn't the intended target of this discussion. FWIW.
    – BaldEagle
    Jun 18 '18 at 15:14
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    @GWarner that is not how alt texts work. Describe what is to be seen in the image, not what the image is.
    – Luuklag
    Jul 19 at 13:22
  • @Luuklag You do have a point, I will edit it. I chose 'screenshot' because nullifiying an ALT description gets as much rejection. The text describes the procedure so the describing it in the picture is redundant)
    – G Warner
    Jul 19 at 13:37
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Recursive answer!


HTML anchor tags allow you to provide links to an element on the same page. You can use the same feature here as well.

To create this link:

  1. Copy and store the URL of the question in a notepad
    (example: https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/45597/how-can-i-link-to-a-specific-answer)
  2. Then click on the "share" button on the specific answer you would like to link to and copy the URL
    (example: https://meta.stackexchange.com/a/45600/381523)
  3. Append the first numeric value from step2 to the URL in step1 like below
    https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/45597/how-can-i-link-to-a-specific-answer/45600#45600
    Note: You need to add the number twice (with a # in between) so that the page doesn't reload if you click multiple times.

Benefits

  • it will provide a readable url containing the question-text
  • if you are a web-developer, you might already be aware of this use-case
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    This is perfect, you should mention the benefit of this method: it will provide a readable url containing the question-text, while the other method provides only a very much shortend version. If anyone didn't get how to extract this url, the 45600 at the end is extracted from the "share"-url -> meta.stackexchange.com/a/45600/328307
    – Murmel
    May 15 '16 at 15:10
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    thanks, exactly what i was looking for, with the readable url. i don't think the answer number within the path does anything, just the hash
    – Gordon
    Jan 30 '17 at 20:13
  • Or you simply enter https://meta.stackexchange.com/a/45600 in the address bar of your browser, let SE and your browser handle the proper redirects and then copy the resulting url from the address bar. No wonky notepad / copy/pasting things twice with a # in between needed.
    – rene
    May 17 at 8:32
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I will just add a few comments on various formats of the link to an answer:

  • As explained in other answer, you can get a link by clicking on share. Notice that if you do this while logged in the link contains your user id at the end - in my case I get: https://meta.stackexchange.com/a/45598/183484. The link works as well without user id and if you do not want it there you can simply remove it and you still get a working link: https://meta.stackexchange.com/a/45598 https://meta.stackexchange.com/a/45598 (This is useful if you do not want the link to reveal your identity. If you do not care much about badges, there is not actually much difference between using the two links.)
  • By clicking on some link to answer you get link in address bar which has the following format: https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/45597/how-can-i-link-to-a-specific-answer/45598#45598 How can I link to a specific answer? The advantage of this is that it contains also question id and it is at least partially human readable. (In fact, you can replace the part how-can-i-link-to-a-specific-answer by pretty much anything, as long as you keep it a valid url.)
  • Quite often when I include a link in a post on Stack Exchange or in chat, I use [text](url) format. For example: [How can I link to a specific answer?](https://meta.stackexchange.com/q/45597#45598) How can I link to a specific answer? or [jp2code's answer](https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/45597/how-can-i-link-to-a-specific-answer/45598#45598) jp2code's answer, etc.1 I will add that I obtained the first link using the bookmarklet "Formatted link to a webpage" from this page (Internet Archive). Personally, I find it quite useful - by one click it creates a formatted link, where the title of the post is included. (Or if some part of the page is selected, it is included is text.)

In case of link rot, I will copy here also the source of the above bookmarklet:

t=window.getSelection().toString();
if (!t && document.querySelector('h1')) {
  t=document.querySelector('h1').textContent.replace(/ \[closed\]| \[on hold\]| \[duplicate\]/g,'').trim();
}
else if (!t) {
  t=document.title.split('-')[0].trim(); 
}
u=window.location.href;
if (typeof StackExchange!=='undefined' && u.indexOf('area51')==-1 && /^[qa]/.test(u.split('/')[3])) {
      u=window.location.protocol+'//'+window.location.hostname+'/q/'+window.location.pathname.split('/')[2]+window.location.hash;
}
window.prompt('Copy to Clipboard','['+t+']('+u+')');

1Stack Exchange quite often expands bare link to the question title. But this is not always reliable. And in this way you have a better control over the text.

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  • About "Notice that if you do this while logged in the link contains your user id at the end": It'd be no surprise if something has changed since Jan (it'd be good!). In Jun, I don't see my user id. On the other hand, the link goes to a Revisions page, which isn't the intended destination of this discussion.
    – BaldEagle
    Jun 18 '18 at 15:19
  • @BaldEagle That is strange. When I click on share, I do see my userid at the end of the url. For example, for this answer I get: https://meta.stackexchange.com/a/305392/183484.
    – Martin
    Jun 18 '18 at 15:39
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Use the share button if you want to link to a specific answer.

If you'd like to link to a comment, copy the URL of the timestamp.

linking to Stack Overflow

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    Existing answers already cover both post share links and comment timestamp links. May 4 '18 at 1:13
  • Understood, for demonstration purposes mainly Jun 21 '18 at 16:45
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The fastest way

  1. Right click the answer's "Share" button
  2. Either copy that URL or open it in new tab

Copying will result in a shorter link:

Opening in a new tab will expand into a full-length link with an anchor:

The shortest URL

  1. Right click the answer's "Share" button
  2. Copy that URL
  3. Remove the user ID "slug" from the end of the copied link

For example, this link copied from the share button:

Becomes this link:

This is the shortest answer URL possible (without a shortener).

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