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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 a specific answer?

Is there a permalink I can use for answers/comments?
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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 ...
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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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Adding links to Comments [duplicate]

While giving comments many times I wanted to add links to my comment. But instead of using some short hand like Read "this" (this is a link in this case) I had to write Read "http:\\". ...
Prasoon Saurav's user avatar
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6 answers

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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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 &...
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Creating an image link in Markdown format [duplicate]

How can I create an image link using the Markdown format? I want an output like <a href="" rel="some text"><img src="/path/to/file" alt="" /></a&...
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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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144 votes
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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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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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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 ...
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 ...
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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 ...
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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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Trackbacks from SE to the

Is it possible to implement trackbacks from SE sites to the Example: Here is a list of trackbacks to the arXiv preprint arXiv:0905.2658 from various blogs. My feature-request is that if a ...
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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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Discourage URL shorteners in comments: don't add link's href size to the total comment size

If a comment has [short title]( link, then is counted towards the total comment length limit. The answer to the same issue (to ignore ...
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90 votes
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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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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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Citing Stack Overflow discussions

I want to cite Stack Overflow answers in scientific publications. For example, I could be tempted to cite an answer that has provided a good benchmark analysis to a special problem (e.g. arrays vs. ...
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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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Why are certain example URLs like and blocked from post content?

Why is and blocked from the post content on the main site? I tried to make a sample URL and I had to use instead.
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Is “stackoverflow em Português” for Brazilians only?

Why is the URL for stackoverflow em Português (or Stack Overflow em Português?) rather than br is the language code for Breton. It's also ...
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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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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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"$" is silently removed from links used in comments

I was trying to post something similar over on Super User: … [images]($wgAllowExternalImages)? However, the comment was rendered as: <a href="http://www....
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2k views is dead

Long live It appears that URLs no longer work. They are now An Oracle employee is working his way through the relatively small number on ...
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Adding a link with a space in front causes the link to not work

When you paste a link into the "Insert Hyperlink" box, it adds it automatically as a citation link: [Example 1][1] [1]: But when you paste a link starting with a space , it ...
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Can we not rel=nofollow links in profile About Me for users with 3000+ rep?

Presently, users with reputation over some threshold don't get rel=nofollow on their "official web site" link in their profile, which is nice. Can the same apply to links in the About Me section of ...
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Underline appearing for hyperlinks

All the hyperlinks in the Post and Comments in the site are displaying with an underline. Sample link. Previously the hyperlinks are displaying without an underline. While edit the post, in the "...
Arulkumar's user avatar
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60 votes
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For what purposes is my user id used when sharing a link?

My user id on StackOverflow is 50776. I just noticed that when sharing a link, it's appended to the end of any link when I try and get a link for a question/post: I'm curious what purposes this is ...
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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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Is there any support for mass link editing?

My old blog is no more. Existing links will (slowly) give a 404. I'm working on getting a new domain structure which I control, so that in the future I can put my own redirects in place etc, but I can'...
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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 ...
Mad Scientist's user avatar
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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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56 votes
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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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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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Free meta from the tyranny of nofollow!

(Yes, the title is obviously hyperbole. See comments below.) In this comment, Shog9 confirms that all links from meta sites to outside the Stack Exchange network are marked with rel=nofollow, causing ...
Ilmari Karonen's user avatar
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Automatically convert links to popular mobile pages (such as the mobile Wikipedia) to point to the corresponding regular pages

This issue came up here on Worldbuilding: If somebody is on a mobile device and wants to cite, e.g., Wikipedia, they usually insert a link to the mobile Wikipedia instead of the regular one. This is ...
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HREF Overflow: A tool to find cross-references between the trilogy sites [closed]

Update 2010/04/25: A built-in feature like this seems to be around the corner. Note the "Linked" column on the right – this has been deployed exprimentally on Meta, but I suspect it won't be ...
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Automatically add id attributes to headers to enable link targeting

MediaWiki, the software used on Wikipedia, has some cool functionality as part of its header text syntax. It makes a slug out of the text, and automatically adds that slug to the id attribute of the ...
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More info on "For more info visit Meta" required

The current wording for content dispute notices is: This post has been locked while disputes about its content are being resolved. For more info visit meta. To me, the emphasised part isn't ...
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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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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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Anonymize or hash the user ID part of a shared link so users can earn badges for sharing links without any privacy leaks or prank/troll risks

The "share" link underneath a post includes the sharing user's ID for the purposes of awarding the user with Announcer, Booster, and Publicist badges in case enough users from different IP ...
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Adding a new link to a post messes up indexes in square brackets in code already present in the post

In an answer, I was adding some links to the documentation, after I wrote some PHP code. As result, the code was altered. Take as example the following Markdown with an indented code block. if (...
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What happened to the broken link review queue?

For a bit there was a sort of "beta" review queue for broken links at, you can still see the stats for that queue at However ...
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Underline Overflow™ in links under answers

It looks like the CSS for links in the UI has recently changed, and most of the links are now always underlined: This is a little heavy IMHO, and is not consistent with other links on the page (e.g. ...
Frédéric Hamidi's user avatar
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Replace links with page titles when referring to most linked sources (MSDN, Wikipedia, ...)

Both MSDN and Wikipedia are very referenced documentation resources. Would be possible to automatically replace not formated links, like:
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