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Supported Markdown for Flag Text does not Match Supported Comment Markdown

This answer from 2013 states that: flags are now rendered using the same "mini-markdown" renderer used for comments. The help center on comment formatting includes a list of shorthand ...
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"Magic Links" displayed text ambiguous in some cases

The help-center "magic links" for comments such as [help/on-topic], [help/dont-ask] and [help/behavior] currently have the ambiguous (and poorly capitalized) display text of "help ...
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Provide a magic link to the more detailed tag info page

Currently, as a Sci-Fi moderator, if I want to send a new user to read up on how to use the story-dentification tag in a comment, I have to manually link to https://scifi.stackexchange.com/tags/story-...
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The site magic links should add .SE to their titles

We use magic links to get a text-ready link to the SE sites. For example the magic link [cryptography.se] provides a link to cryptography. When we say; this question better be asked on cryptography ...
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Provide autocomplete for magic links in the comment editor

There are a ton of magic links which expand in the comments, some of which are main, meta, or community specific, and some which are templatized (on the surface, I'm not sure if they are explicitly ...
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Why do magic links, that work in comments, not work in posts?

DSP.SE ^ is actually [DSP.SE](dsp.stackexchange.com/) As a comment, it renders, but it changes text and inserts the URL separately: What's the deal?
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Magic link capitalization

Since the current Stack Exchange guideline requires capitalization for links, should we also capitalize (I think we should) the result of magic links? E.g., hence using [edit] will result in Edit ...
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Can we have a more specific anchor text for some of the comment magic-links?

(Also asked 6+ years ago on MSO), There are a couple of ways to write help-center links with short sentences, like [help/on-topic]. These are useful when writing help comments to new users (for those ...
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Change the text of the [ask] magic link to "How to Ask a Good Question"

I (and I'm sure most of you) often type comments like this: Blah blah blah... please read [ask] blah blah ..which gets expanded to: Blah blah blah... please read How to Ask blah blah This has ...
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What are the magic links for Meta Stack Overflow, Meta Super User, and Meta Server Fault? [duplicate]

I found out that the Meta Stack Overflow magic link is not included in this list nor this list. There are generic links that follow the pattern [<something>.se] -> [meta.<something>.se]....
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`[faq]` magic link does not magically link to the FAQ

There is a [faq] magic link. When you use it, it appears to work, and it gets rendered as FAQ. However, despite the fact that it is the [faq] magic link, that it gets rendered as FAQ, and that it ...
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Magic link doesn't render in Network Profile

Looking at a recent comment in my Network Profile I see that the regular link contained therein rendered properly (i.e. the link is hidden and the text is in blue) but the magic link does not: When I ...
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Add magic link for Stack Apps

Comments and chat messages have shorthand 'magic' links for all Q&A sites, e.g. typing [so] will produce a nicely formatted link: Stack Overflow and [apple.se] will produce Ask Different. All Q&...
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Add shorthand links for MathOverflow and all non-English Stack Overflow sites to comment formatting help page

The editing help for comments currently lists a few shorthand links which can be used to link to other sites: [so], [pt.so], [su], [sf], [metase], [a51], [se] – link to the given site. Link text is ...
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Magic link [reprex] doesn't render in iOS App

I searched but couldn't find this reported. The magic link [reprex], documented here, doesn't render in comments on the iOS app, you just see [reprex] App version: 1.6.6.2 Device: Unknown (iPhone11,6)...
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Localization of magic link MCVE is broken

We saw that there was a wording change on how to handle MCVE. Since this change went live, we saw that the wording on international sites is broken. Since we didn't have a full discussion about this ...
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Add a [contact] magic link to the Contact Us form

Sometimes, a user has created multiple accounts by accident. In these cases, I often post a comment starting with something like Please use the Contact Us form to have your accounts merged. with ...
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Make magic links to help sections consistent

As per Add data.SE style "magic links" to comments, currently, some help link require the help/ prefix while some don't: [ask], [answer], [mcve], [tour] don't require it. [help/on-topic], [...
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Can a community have its own internal magic links?

I'm talking about magic links, which are very useful while posting comments. We frequently use [tour] , [help], [ask], [ans] etc. while introducing new users about How Stack Exchange works. On ...
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Add a [conduct] shortcut similar to [help] and [tour] to link to the code of conduct in comments

I like the [help] and [tour] shortcuts to concisely direct people to a specific section of the help in whatever site I’m commenting on. Can a [conduct] or [code] or similar magic link to create a ...
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Magic links not working for alternative URLs on meta

In chat just now, I was trying to mention some meta sites using the magic links. Just as [maths.se] and [fantasy.se] and [thefinalfrontier.se] should (and do!) render as links to Mathematics SE, Sci-...
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Area 51 Discussions magic link shows wrong title

When magic-linking to Area 51 Discussions using [discuss.area51.se] or [area51.meta.se], the link shows up as: Area 51 That should be fixed to say "Area 51 Discussions" instead, because the actual ...
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Magic link for MathOverflow in chat and comments

I can link to many Stack Exchange sites with syntax like [so] or [math.se]. Now that MathOverflow is a member for Stack Exchange is there a similar markdown link?
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A couple issues with magic links

I noticed that some magic links in comment section have weird unfolding. In particular: [tour] can be used with any case for any letter. Result links will keep these cases. Probably because of this ...
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Add data.SE style “magic links” to questions and answers [duplicate]

When writing comments or using chat, users can use "magic links" as markdown shortcuts. [help] – Help Center [tour] – Tour [chat] – Meta Stack Exchange Chat [answer] – How To Answer [meta.se] – Meta ...
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`[metaso]` expanding to MSE instead of MSO

See my comment below. Since Meta Stack Exchange was separated from Meta Stack Overflow in 2014, it no longer never makes sense to expand [metaso] to Meta Stack Exchange. Also there's currently no ...
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Improve the link text of the magic link [help/on-topic]

The link text of some magic links is a precise phrase, for example [ask], linking to /help/how-to-ask, will have the link text "How to Ask". But [help/on-topic], linking to /help/on-topic, will have ...
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Allow custom text for magic links [duplicate]

What about allowing things like [Edit this question][edit] [What's on topic?][help/on-topic] [The proposal site][a51] So they look like Edit this question What's on topic? The proposal site ...
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Magic links are not localized in app

My comment to the post contains a magic link [mcve]. On the web this link translated to Russian: But in app this link remains untranslated: Same for android app: I think any of magic ...
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Will [meta.X.se] magic links stop working in favor of [X.meta.se]?

When I'm here, on Meta.se, I often guide people to specific child metas using the magic link syntax [meta.foo.se]. For example, in this comment, I typed [meta.math.se] and it automagically expanded ...
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Markdown shorthand for Stack Exchange sites in questions and answers

I know that most (if not all) SE sites have a shorthand link in comments. For example, [SO] for Stack Overflow, [Math.SE] for math.stackexchange.com, and [SoftwareEngineering.SE] for ...
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"help center" magic link isn't click-friendly

There's a magic link I use all the time: [help/on-topic]. If you didn't know it, when posted in a comment, it renders as help center - which is great! Except for one thing: from a UX perspective, it'...
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Magic link for OP (original poster)

I just found out about magic links today and think they're awesome, but one additional type of magic link I would find really useful is the ability to reference the question author if commenting on a ...
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Alias mvce to mcve [closed]

"Please ask a [mvce]". Let's link that to mcve to help avoid confusion, especially to new users. From the mcve page: You may have been told to include a MCVE by some helpful commentatory, or ...
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Can we stop counting link text in comment word-counts? [duplicate]

I have recently posted a comment which linked to a Google Ngrams search of some word uses. [Ngrams](https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=caught+flu%2Ccaught+the+flu%2Ccaught+measles%2Ccaught+...
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Please add a `[editing]` magic link in comments

In a comment, I'd love to be able to say: please foo the bar information by [editing] your question. but I can't. The closest I can get is: please foo the bar information by [edit]ing your ...
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Magic link for Stack Overflow in Spanish

Unlike other localized SO sites, which have magic links [pt.so], [ja.so], and [ru.so], Spanish Stack Overflow does not seem to have one: I tried [es.so] and [sp.so] to no avail, either in chat or ...
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The [chat] shortcut in comments links to all rooms instead of the main site room

It has already been requested that the magic link insertion when typing [chat] in a comment be improved to allow specifying which chat room (as a site may have a number of rooms). In addition to this,...
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Accept magic links wherever a URL is accepted

Currently, one can make short links to some common SE-related locations with the magic-links syntax: [magic-keyword] Essentially, it fills the same niche as Interwiki in MediaWiki. But, the feature ...
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Are magic links broken, or am I using them wrong?

Twice in the past two days, on AU and Math.SE, I've tried to make some comments using Magic links, which I want to come out like this: As it currently stands, this does not provide an answer to the ...
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Allow customizable "magic links" on a per-site basis. [duplicate]

When writing comments, you can type certain "magic links" to link to common help pages. For example, if a new post is lacking a minimal, complete and verifiable example, I can just write Please ...
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Add magic links for Meta Stack Overflow and other site metas for sites hosted on their own domains

In comments here on Meta SE I can use the magic link [so] to link to https://stackoverflow.com. Consequently, I would have expected the magic link [meta.so] to link to https://meta.stackoverflow.com ...
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In all chats, "[Chat.SE]" expands to a Server Fault link

As the title says. Write "[Chat.SE] roflcopter" in the input box. Press enter. Chat message appears, rendered as "Server Fault roflcopter". Roflcopter.
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Add a magic comment link for help/formatting

The magic comment links are extremely useful. However, the one page I most often find myself linking to in comments is $SITE/help/formatting. Unfortunately, [help/formatting] doesn't work. Could we ...
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Can we have an "edit question" magic link for answer comments?

Yet another request for a magic link. In the following situations: I answer a question, the asker replies to me in a comment, and I want to reply to them asking them to edit certain information into ...
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Can we have magic links for comments that link to help center of the site we're recommending?

I love using magic links for referring someone to a more appropriate stack. However, if I'm recommending that someone check out another Stack, often times I want to give them a direct link to their ...
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Can custom close reasons make use of magic links like [edit]?

ELL is writing up a replacement for one of its close reasons and ran into the question of whether it's possible to put a link to each question's own edit page within the reason itself, so we can even ...
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Extend comment "magic links" syntax to allow arbitrary link text

The magic links are awesome. How much more awesome would it be to be able to make a comment linking to one of the URLs covered by a magic link, but with custom text? Since the square-bracket link ...
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Magic links for Stack Overflow in Japanese and Russian

We have the magic link [pt.so] which expands to Stack Overflow em Português in comments and chat. However, two other languages are less fortunate: [ja.so] does not work in chat In comments, [ja.so] ...
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Chat link broken with [chat] as well as in dropdown

In two different ways, the resolution of "chat" to the site specific chat is broken. First, if you leave a comment with [chat] in it on a site, it will resolve to the name of the site but link to ...
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