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HTML links, generally those created within the network on questions, answers, or the site itself.

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Are answers that just contain links elsewhere really "good answers"?

I have often wondered at the practice on Stack Overflow, Server Fault, and the other sites where someone will ask a question and an answer will come in that says "Look here: https://link ...
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How can I link to an external resource in a community-friendly way?

I would like to help my fellow Stackizens, using material from my blog or other website. But external links are sometimes viewed as excessive promotion. From the FAQ: Be careful, because the ...
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Ban LMGTFY (let me google that for you) links

I've just asked a question on Stack Overflow which was a prime candidate for googling. I admit it was a poor question and with a little bit of research I would have found the answer. It annoyed me ...
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Direct Link to a Comment

The increase in the character limit of comments has led them to become as important as the questions and answers that spawn them. On several occasions (especially on meta) I've found reason to want to ...
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Replace links with the current question title in comments

In questions, links get converted into question titles (see Replace trilogy raw links with the current question title?) Can the same functionality be added to comments?
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Replace trilogy raw links with the current question title?

It often happens that people will refer to other questions by simply pasting the full link to this question, especially on Meta. Would it be a good idea to detect such links, and replace them ...
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Auto-inserting Stack Overflow affiliate into all Amazon links [closed]

We have officially discontinued the Amazon book affiliate remnant ads, since despite our best efforts they don't perform well for our audience and cannot be made to perform well. We've often wondered,...
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How can I get URLs and site names for a cross-site SEDE query?

When doing cross-site queries on the Stack Exchange Data Explorer, two of the main problems are 1) getting the URLs right and 2) getting the site names right. For URLs, we have constructions like the ...
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Make links posted by users open in a new window

Most of the time when I follow a user's link, I just want to see their site, look it over, then return to answer their question (not leave SO completely and not come back). Could we make the links ...
Gordon Gustafson's user avatar
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Links to URLs containing parentheses

How do I add a link to a URL containing parentheses () (or "round brackets" by heathens)? For example: The parentheses around &...
138 votes
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What shortened URLs are available through

It was announced on the Stack Exchange Podcast episode #23 (at 1:05:26) that Stack Exchange has its own URL shortener, Users can't create their own, they can only use the ones that are ...
119 votes
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Ban URL shortening services

Related: Ban LMGTFY links | Shall we spam-flag lmgtfy-links? | URL Shorteners cleanup Ban URL shorting services from being used in questions/answers. I have three major reasons to request this: It's ...
Time Traveling Bobby's user avatar
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How can I link to a specific answer?

Is there a permalink I can use for answers/comments?
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Support showing image in original size in overlay

It would be nice to support showing images in their original size when they where automatically resized because they are too big to fit in a question or answer (Example). I envision it just like in ...
Daniel Hilgarth's user avatar
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Fail of markdown parser detected if '_ 's are used in a naked URL

In the answer realloc() for NUMA Systems using HWLOC, the parser breaks my URL link. The URL was with __word__:
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Documentation for Stack Exchange engine URLs?

I have found mentions of various Stack Exchange engine URLs (/question/NNNN, /question/NNNN/question-title-spelled-out, /answer/NNNN, /user/NNNN, /q/NNNN, /a/NNNN, /u/NNNN, etc.) scattered around in ...
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Editor improvements for images and links

We are launching some editor improvements today. These improvements are required as a part of our responsive design efforts, but we think they are generally useful in any case. So we are making them ...
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Which links and sites are handled specially (oneboxed) in chat? How do these oneboxes work?

There is a special linking to some sites in chat, also known as "onebox". What is the full list of supported and integrated sites? Are oneboxes updated if the resource behind them is ...
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Remove the shortened URL from the Post-Ban-Message [duplicate]

The message informing users about the post ban carries a shortened URL: Sorry, we are no longer accepting questions/answers from this account. See to learn more. Can it please be ...
Time Traveling Bobby's user avatar
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Where is the link to my privileges page?

Am I so myopic as to not see the obvious link somewhere? I came looking for it immediately after seeing King Atwood's post but couldn't find it. It seems appropriate to just put the list on the "...
Geoffrey Zheng's user avatar
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What sites should have hyperlinking (onebox) support in chat? [closed]

Some sites are integrated to chat . What additional sites should the chat support? One suggestion per answer.
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Ban "What have you tried?" links in comments

Recently on SO, I've been noticing a lot of link-only comments on (admittedly bad) questions. The typical comment looks like this: What have you tried? Now, my first instinct is to flag the ...
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What's the recommended syntax for an image with a link?

What's the recommended syntax for an image with a hyperlink? I tried doing it with the markdown toolbar buttons and the image and link buttons conflict with each other, so I had to resort to HTML. For ...
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Visited links should be more visible

(This is mainly for Stack Overflow, I did personally not check out color schemes on the other sites. But a similar issue has been raised for beta sites.) I don't think the current style for visited ...
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Show a short link for Answers too... not just Questions

Currently, when you hover over the link link for a question you see a shortlink. For example for this question, hovering over the link for the question shows you: AJAX inconsistency in IE 8? and ...
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Let Me Flag That For You - URL Shortener Cleanup [closed]

The Request I set out on the Crusade for the Holy Grail of no-redirections (named by Denilson Sá) to eliminate every shortened URL on Stack Overflow (except in comments and code). But the foreign ...
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Knowing Your Limits: What is the maximum length of a question title, post, image and links used?

There's one question in SO I'm planning to answer with a really long answer. While I'm still baking my post, these questions dawned to me: What is the maximum character length of a post? How many ...
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Is it wrong to ask the same question elsewhere? [duplicate]

I just posted a question to and afterward realized that it might not be answered very quickly due to how specific it was. So I also posted it on the Ubuntu forums I plan to update both ...
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Links with URIs of schemes other than http/https are broken

It seems like the engine completely breaks all links that use a URI with a scheme other than 'http' or 'https'. Web != Internet, guys! ;) For example, the market scheme links to the Android market: ...
hheimbuerger's user avatar
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strange character replacement on SO

I added a comment to jQuery ID selector not working but something strange is happening. The end code reads "); but SO decided to change that to ";);. I did not add a ; in front of the ). To further ...
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How to find and/or change a set of hyperlinks on a site?

One of the sites which people reference on Buddhism.SE is Piya Tan's "Dharmafarers". The URLs of reference material on that site have changed, for example: Old:
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Single location for SO/SF/SU user info

With the addition of Server Fault and the future addition of Super User, I can imagine it gets relatively hard to keep track of all that is going on without having three windows open at the same time ...
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Can and should Stack Overflow automatically rewrite links? [duplicate]

Quite a few people paste in links into comments or answers, sometimes even for linking to other pages (or answers within the same page) on Stack Overflow. This way, you do not see where the ...
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Affiliate links (Amazon and others)

I've just read this question (now deleted). What is the policy on putting affiliate tags into Amazon links on Stack Overflow? What about other affiliate links?
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Is there a way to search for posts linked to other posts?

Is there a way to search for posts that have links to other posts? Say I have this post link text. and I want to find all posts that have that linked in. Is there a way to do this? If I just put ...
Mark Schultheiss's user avatar
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Link with double-underscored word in URL renders incorrectly [duplicate]

While reviewing I noticed that the URL that was posted as one of the answers looked weird to me: leopard_9m2809a.dmg">
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Inline links in comments

Can we please have these? I would like to be able to write something like [Inline Link]( and have it work in a comment instead of "Inline Link -". Case in ...
Alex Budovski's user avatar
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Help users create dummy links that are not to unrelated commercial sites

A search for domains like provides thousands of results on Stack Overflow and hundreds on Drupal Answers. I sampled some. Each and every one I checked was a post by someone ignorant about ...
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Why did the format of full-form URLs to answers change?

As I pointed out in this answer, the URL scheme for full-form links to answers has changed from: https://site/questions/question-id/question-title/answer-id#answer-id to: https://site/questions/...
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Missing links to responses to comments on nomination posts [duplicate]

In the responses tab in my profile, responses to comments on nomination posts include a working link in the page source, but because there's no title the links are empty and useless. When listed in ...
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Non-ASCII characters in external links

In this answer to a question, I posted a link with a special character in. Originally it was this: > Q: Why did the chicken cross the [Möbius strip][1]? > A: To get to the same side. [1]: ...
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Please do something to encourage people to scale down their giant heavyweight photos

Once conveniently posting photos at was introduced I see many users uploading photos right from their camera. For example, here the second photo is 2,5K by 2K pixels and has size of 680K. I ...
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Remove nofollow on links at a certain age [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Remove nofollow on links deemed reputable I propose that after a certain amount of time has passed since the last edit on a question or post, that all links within that post ...
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Can the links be disabled in the vote-to-close dialog?

Over the time I've been able to vote for closure on SO, I've gotten into the habit of clicking on the reason itself in order to select the radio button corresponding to it. Since the reasons have ...
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Make links in Stack Overflow answers more obvious?

The color/decoration of links in answers on Stack Overflow (light blue, no decoration) is not very clear at all if one just links them in context (like I did there). Could we make them more obvious? A ...
T.J. Crowder's user avatar
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URL filter goes rogue on unicode characters in URLs

There was a question on SciFi.SE where I wanted to mention the Japanese ronin, and to make sure people knew what I was talking about, I also wanted to link to the appropriate Wikipedia page. Wikipedia,...
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Why does this URL have "?as=1" at the end of it?

Recently a URL was posted on Ask Different that looked like this: Why does it have the "?as=1" at the end of it? I understand that it is part of the ...
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Can we improve the automatic titling of links to internal URLs?

In an answer to this question: Can we have some linking etiquette and guidelines? I suggested that if a link is made to a related page on the TeX SE, the link text should be the document/question ...
Matthew Leingang's user avatar
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Why is linking bad?

I've seen many people refer to linking to pages on SO and even other sites as being bad and saying things like "I hope they don't mind". Why is linking a bad thing? I did just read all about Google ...
57 votes
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Warn new users earlier that they cannot post links or images

First impressions are important, and one specific restriction SE places on new users can easily lead to a very bad first impression (see here for a recent example). If you add more than two links or ...
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