It'd be nice to have onebox or "magic" links when on meta sites. If we post a question about another question on the parent site, the onebox preview like on chat would be helpful.

For example, when I paste the URL https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/57286/what-links-and-sites-are-handled-specially-in-chat in this post, it will show up as a hyperlink:

Which links and sites are handled specially in chat?

I propose that a mechanism be added to Markdown or the editor to onebox questions like this instead:


Note that a real onebox is an HTML construct; the above box isn't a demo but a screenshot. Having the exerpt and information provided by a onebox would make it easier to discuss questions on meta sites.

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    I actually don't understand what this feature-request is asking for. – Josh Darnell Apr 18 '12 at 20:44
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    @jadarnel27: It is asking for a little preview of the referenced question, as in chat, on Meta sites. – Dynamic Apr 18 '12 at 21:28
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    @Jae That is it exactly. – Alex B Apr 19 '12 at 17:40
  • I can't think of a situation in which this would be helpful. In chat, a little preview/summary might be enough information to make a point. On a meta site, if someone's linking to a main site post, you probably need to see the full question, maybe with all comments and answers, for appropriate context. – Pops Apr 24 '12 at 23:36

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