Some sites are integrated to chat . What additional sites should the chat support?

One suggestion per answer.

  • I personally think any site with OpenGraph data (complete) and/or an appropriate API should be oneboxed. see related post – rlemon May 2 '13 at 22:21

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GitHub project URIs could show a summary of the project. It has an API which could be used to retrieve the necessary data.


Google Code, CodePlex and SourceForge would also be nice, but I don't think they have APIs that can be used to get project information.

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    All for this one! – Moshe Jan 4 '11 at 20:03
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    And one for this all! – mmyers Jan 4 '11 at 20:07
  • This would be nice to have. – Octavian A. Damiean Dec 15 '11 at 11:46
  • it's only missing the number of stars and forks :-) – Mathieu Guindon Feb 11 '16 at 4:50

RFCs. Text like RFC2616 or RFC-2616 is changed a link that point to relevant RFC page. The Rfc title should also appear in resulting message.

For example:

RFC-2616: Hypertext Transfer Protocol -- HTTP/1.1


Google searches, like http://www.google.com/search?q=waffles could display the top 3 results inline.

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    +1 for taking LMGTFY to the next level :) – user27414 Jul 15 '10 at 18:05
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    Heh yeah there is that to it. Maybe LMGTFY links could also work, and animate inline. That'd be pretty epic. – Blorgbeard Jul 15 '10 at 18:22
  • How did an empty wiki get first place? – TheLQ Aug 28 '10 at 23:54
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    @TheLQ this site is priceless: waffles.fm/Glass_of_Water – tzenes Sep 2 '10 at 18:31
  • Oneboxing results is a bad idea ... [google?waffles] link hinting would be better – Moog Jan 25 '12 at 22:37
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    Teaching people only to look at the first three Google results is a terrible idea. People fail at research enough as it is. – Lightness Races in Orbit Oct 4 '14 at 20:46

I propose oneboxing support for the Android Market, more specifically for Android apps on the Android Market.

This is the relevant part of an app URL:


I guess the most important data is the image, title, author, price and the short description. Additionally there is the rating, version and download count.

  • I'll second that. – ale Dec 15 '11 at 1:45
  • absolutely agree – Sufendy Dec 15 '11 at 7:49
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    Definitely, very useful on android.SE – GAThrawn Dec 15 '11 at 10:24
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    The iTunes App Store should get equal treatment. – Moshe Jan 26 '12 at 15:18
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    And Windows Marketplace, given we have windowsphone.stackexchange.com – Rowland Shaw Jul 11 '12 at 19:28
  • Disagree for then we shall give equal respect to Apple iTunes marketplace aswell – ShrekOverflow Dec 5 '12 at 12:04
  • @Abhishek If the AppStore would features an API why not? I don't have any problem with the AppStore. – Octavian A. Damiean Dec 5 '12 at 12:13


StackOverflow (and only SO's) blog posts. For example:


Useful when talking about recently announced happenings.

  • perhaps just wordpress blogs? can this be generalized? – tzenes Sep 2 '10 at 18:29
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    Awarding this the bounty with the understanding that the Server Fault Blog (proper noun) counts as a Stack Overflow blog (common noun). Same goes for future official-type blogs. – Pops Sep 2 '10 at 22:08
  • Thanks for implementing this! – Pops Oct 13 '10 at 17:52
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    What about blogoverflow blogs? – Reinstate Monica Jun 14 '11 at 1:04
  • been implemented @AviD. – studiohack Dec 14 '11 at 17:02

probaly difficult, but http://www.wolframalpha.com/ would be cool!

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    Very good suggestion, but almost certainly impossible because WolphramAlpha charges for the use of it's API, which sucks. Big time. – Yi Jiang Oct 27 '10 at 9:02


  • +1, this would definitely be a good one. – Andy E Sep 8 '10 at 17:02
  • isup.me would also be nice. – user311528 May 31 '16 at 19:13

WHOIS database

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    +1 if only for SE beta sites. – Pops Sep 2 '10 at 17:32

Chat is all about communication and this can help users communicate better on the same frequency

  • Dictionary web definitions. Kind of like the first result in Google when you type define:.
  • Urban Dictionary meaning. Useful when you want to explain a street/slang words like tl;dr.

This could be useful in the English SE and overall chat in general.


MSDN (if it's not already)

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    useless to Food and Cooking, Web Apps, Gaming, Photography, Gadgets.. etc etc – Jeff Atwood Jul 15 '10 at 17:49
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    Perhaps this should be a per-site thing. Is that easy to do? – Blorgbeard Jul 15 '10 at 17:51
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    @Blorgbeard Most likely not. Looking at how it is designed, it needs to be custom setup for each site that is supported (you can tell because it says "1 votes" on Stack Exchange links). Which would be taxing to try and setup every individual and unique one on every Stack Exchange site. – Grace Note Jul 15 '10 at 17:53
  • For each SE site there will be a set of links that suite that site (MSDN/JavaDocs for SO, Technet/... for SU and SF). So the real answer is that this needs to be extensible enough to allow growth and the set of recognisers (when to apply) and gatherer/transformer (to display) can be customised by chat site. – Richard Jul 15 '10 at 18:02
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    @Jeff - so? For Food and Cooking, support epicurious and foodnetwork. For gaming, gamefaq.com. If all sites work for all chats, no problem! There's really no harm done. – user27414 Jul 15 '10 at 18:07
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    @Jeff: If that was the case, then almost none of the suggestion here except for Google and Wikipedia and other SE sites would work... – Yi Jiang Aug 29 '10 at 2:21
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    @JeffAtwood. It's useless to them, but so what. It wouldn't hurt them. – TRiG Sep 20 '11 at 19:18

Tag wiki URIs (not just tags) could display the wiki's excerpt.


Flickr.com / flic.kr (Would be dead handy for the Photo chat room, and there is the handy API already...)

  • You can just post a link to the photo... – Shog9 Oct 13 '10 at 18:58
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    @Shog9 The Flickr terms of use say that you can only link to the image if you hyperlink it to the photo's page on the site. – Rowland Shaw Oct 13 '10 at 19:38
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    yes, but chat now provides a tool that will automatically upload the image to imgur and link to that. So, no hotlinking needed. Obviously you should respect the wishes of the copyright owner in cases when the image use is restricted, but that's true regardless. – Shog9 Oct 13 '10 at 19:50
  • @Shog9 Indeed it does; but for the Photo.SE site, most people would already have the images on Flickr – Rowland Shaw Oct 13 '10 at 19:55
  • fair enough, I could see this being more useful for a site like Photo.SE where losing context would be irritating. – Shog9 Oct 13 '10 at 20:13


Comment links. For example:


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    Usually, comments need context, but being able to preview where you're going is still great. – alexanderpas Oct 29 '10 at 23:48
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    This is now done. – Mechanical snail Sep 25 '12 at 11:13

Area51 proposal URIs. I've just tested them in the sandbox and they aren't already there.

  • Please make this so! I expect them to onebox all the time! – C. Ross Nov 5 '10 at 14:58
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    These have been long available now btw. To be precise, they appeared one day after @C.Ross' comment :) – balpha Apr 30 '11 at 7:44
  • @balpha Thanks, I use them. – C. Ross Apr 30 '11 at 12:46

JavaDocs in Java Development Kit


These are just thoughts, not promises, but possibly:

  • lmgtfy (subst for google)
  • bit.ly, tinyurl, etc; either replace with expanded link, or at least tell them where they are going
  • (process as nested, in case of a lmgtfy behind a bit.ly)
  • What about links that do not lead to an http:// scheme? Tinyurl does allow cross-scheme links for those old sites that are still hostile about the variety of schemas used nowadays on the Internet. :P – badp Dec 8 '10 at 19:16
  • @MarcGravell Just a heads up, SE does not care for lmgtfy: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/15650/… – Nathan Taylor Dec 8 '10 at 19:44
  • @Nathan - yes, that would be the point. To remove them automatically. I am more than aware of the lmgtfy hate... – Marc Gravell Dec 8 '10 at 21:07
  • @MarcGravell Ah, that makes sense. I didn't notice you were a moderator before commenting, otherwise I might not have chimed in. ;) – Nathan Taylor Dec 8 '10 at 21:22
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    @Nathan oh it is worse than that; I work here :) – Marc Gravell Dec 8 '10 at 21:33
  • @MarcGravell I can only imagine... – Nathan Taylor Dec 9 '10 at 3:42

OData results from SEDE


I propose Google Plus (Google+) accounts and messages.

If Twitter is supported then G+ should be too.

  • Indeed! Yet, in contrast to Twitter et al, I’m not sure there’s a G+ API for that. ;) – e-sushi Oct 5 '16 at 16:14

Other Wikimedia sites (though this may not be as easy as it sounds in my head)


If you support xkcd there is no reason to exclude userfriendly.org ;-)

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    and PennyArcade – jcolebrand Jan 3 '11 at 18:20
  • Now Christianity.SE is online, I could see a use for Jesus and Mo. *ducks flamethrower* – TRiG Sep 20 '11 at 19:20
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    And the Oatmeal. – Moshe Jan 26 '12 at 15:18

The iTunes App Store, just like the Android suggestion. Actually, all the mobile markets should get one box support.



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    it should play the sound instead of posting a link ;) – alexanderpas Aug 23 '10 at 1:19
  • @alex, if only... – Pops Aug 23 '10 at 2:53

RSS links. For example:


The title, favicon and latest two posts should be fetched.

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    The problem is that for every link posted, Stack Exchange must send a HEAD (or GET) request to that server to check if it's an RSS feed or not. – rightfold Dec 14 '11 at 16:33

IACR's ePrint

This would be super useful on Crypto.SE and possibly other sites where cryptography gets discussed (Math.SE, Security.SE, and the likes).

For example, one of our users recently published a tutorial there. From the link you can extract title, author, abstract, etc and display it in chat.


IMDB quotes:


<div id="qt0424740" class="soda-callout-box quote-callout-box">
 <div class="sodatext">
  <b><a href="/name/nm0000200/">Hudson</a></b>: Let's just bug out and call it even, OK? What are we talking about this for? <br>
  <b><a href="/name/nm0000244/">Ripley</a></b>: I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure. <br>
  <b><a href="/name/nm0000200/">Hudson</a></b>: Fuckin' A... <br>
  <b><a href="/name/nm0001663/">Burke</a></b>: Ho-ho-hold on, hold on one second. This installation has a substantial dollar value attached to it. <br>
  <b><a href="/name/nm0000244/">Ripley</a></b>: They can *bill* me. <br>

text gets moved into the box identified by classname quote-callout-box and testing indicates that only one gets that designation. You can see the div from that classname and all its raw children above.

Also $('.sodatext a').attr('href') = 'http://www.imdb.com' + $(each).attr('href'); apparently

I was asked to put something with FHCs so this is for Josh. Or his socks. One of the three I'm sure. Say hi to the socks Josh!

  • @TheNeedsMoar Aren't they awesome FHCs :D – jcolebrand Jan 4 '11 at 21:57
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    Instead of quotes, why not show/movie pages and person pages? – MBraedley Jan 20 '16 at 16:19

Twitter is supported currently, but Tweets with pictures don't show the image(s) in the one box. Please add support for tweeted images, so you don't have to click the tweet to get to them.

  • I really don't understand why Wikipedia images are oneboxed, but Twitter images aren't. Is it because Twitter can have multiple images in the same tweet? – Nzall Sep 21 '17 at 10:47

I'm not sure how Mathoverflow was missed on this list, but as it is part of the larger SE community (albet 1.0), and a fairly successful site, I think it would be nice to have.

  • As a StackExchange 1.0 site, Math Overflow doesn't support the Stack Exchange API, so unfortunately this is not possible. – balpha Aug 29 '10 at 13:42
  • @balpha lame... – tzenes Aug 31 '10 at 18:12
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    MathOverflow has now been a 2.0 site for some time, so oneboxing works. – michaelb958--GoFundMonica Mar 24 '14 at 0:54


(Originally suggested in the chat by @badp)

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