When a message containing a onebox is starred or pinned, the star list displays the original URL in a hyperlink.

Onebox being turned into an ugly URL

Instead of a URL, the text should be a descriptive label depending on what kind of onebox it was, when possible.

For example:

  • Stack Exchange posts: "Q: [Title]" or "A: [Title]"
  • Chat rooms: The room name
  • Amazon, YouTube, xkcd, etc: The title/name of whatever being linked to, perhaps?
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    Is it required to draw the smiley(frowney?) as if it's an emoticon even when freehanding? Does typeset text now constrain us in every medium?!
    – jball
    Commented Feb 3, 2011 at 23:08
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    YES, DO WANT!!!! Please, please, please fix this Balpha or Marc! Or Rebecca? :-) Commented Feb 4, 2011 at 0:37
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    Also, @jball see this answer... :-) Commented Feb 4, 2011 at 0:39
  • @The Renamed Exception Well then. The typesetting mafia controls the world. :)
    – jball
    Commented Feb 4, 2011 at 0:41
  • I guess technically, it is actually the ugly url not being turned into a Onebox, but that's all the more reason, as that means that it's 'known technology'.
    – Benjol
    Commented Jun 10, 2011 at 5:19
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    +1. Note that these messages do get summary quasi-onebox text when they appear in the sidebar as the last message posted in another room you're in. I don't see why that same technology couldn't be applied here.
    – msh210
    Commented Jun 21, 2012 at 18:32


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