Many links on MSO are back to questions that have been deleted on SO, but for a <10k rep user these just show the 404 page instead. So my suggestion is: if my rep isn't high enough to allow me to follow a link, can that link colour be changed to indicate that so I know not to bother ? I'll work on improving my rep in the meantime :) It's really frustrating clicking links from MSO and seeing that 404 page over and over.

Any chance of this happening ?

  • not a bad idea! +1 – studiohack Apr 9 '11 at 1:54
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    Minor (er...) implementation issue: I believe the HTML is the same for all users. For example: the automatic-titled-raw-trilogy-links are inserted whenever a post is saved. That is: the title that is current while saving is shown, not the title that is current while viewing the result. And changes are not reflected until the post that uses the link is saved again. (So, I think the whole HTML is generated when a Markdown post is saved, though I'm not 100% sure about that.) – Arjan Apr 12 '11 at 21:21
  • Well I can imagine from a dev point of view this may be quite a challenging request for various reasons, as you'd need to check the status of each linked page against the users rep on a different domain (MSO vs SO) to be able to set the css. But I'm hoping it can be implemented whatever the technical difficulties, as it'd definitely be a usability improvement. – mikel Apr 12 '11 at 21:35
  • @Arjan It could be implemented even having the same HTML for all users, by having an ajax call on document.ready() . That would then change the CSS for the appropriate links for the appropriate users, while leaving it unchanged for others. – mikel Apr 13 '11 at 18:32
  • Assuming caching of the generated HTML is done to speed up things, I doubt Ajax would be used to categorize links. In that case it might to easier to use some CSS class for 10k+/moderator-only links, and expire the cached HTML every now and then. That would also fix old link titles. – Arjan Apr 13 '11 at 18:50
  • (Jeff calls this cooked HTML.) – Arjan Apr 13 '11 at 20:57

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