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Add data.SE style "magic links" to comments

Ask yourself how many times you typed the following in a comment: [meta](https://meta.stackexchange.com) Me, personally, I'm sick of it. Can we have some data.stackexchange.com-style "magic links" ...
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Add magic link for MCVE [closed]

Perhaps [help/mcve] (which would link to /help/mcve on sites that have it), it comes up a lot on SO. Ideally the autotext would be "MCVE" so a sample usage would be: It's not clear from your ...
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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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Adding magic link for Meta Stack Overflow?

In comments here on Meta SE I can use the magic link [so] to link to http://stackoverflow.com. Consequently, I would have expected the magic link [meta.so] to link to http://meta.stackoverflow.com ...
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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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Complete list of help center magic links [duplicate]

Where is the complete, canonical list of magic links to the Help Center? The list in Laura's answer here seems quite short.
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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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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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Replace [faq] magiclink with [help]

With the new addition of the help center, the FAQ is now a part of the help center and the link up top has even been replaced with "help" instead of "faq". Now the [faq] magic link still reads "faq",...
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Site specific magic comment links

I would like site specific magic links. Currently you can write [so] in a comment, and it links like this: Stack Overflow. I would like to be able to have site specific ones, so for example: English ...
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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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Add [privileges] to magic comment links

I have been viewing a lot of first posts from new users. I often see answers such as "thanks", or "me too", or they are asking a different question altogether. I like to point out the fact that they ...
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Can we have a [tour] magic link?

We used to have an About page, and accordingly, an [about] magic link. That's pretty handy! The About page is gone now - or at least it's no longer called About. It's now a Tour in the help menu and ...
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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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Chat shortcut [metaso] expands to a URL that's missing a letter

In chat, the short code [metaso] expands to http://meta.stacexchange.com/ (no typo, the missing 'k' is the bug I'm reporting). (And since this is too short a bug report, I'll note that I think that [...
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Magic link new [about] pages in comments

We already have the ability to have certain links auto-expand in comments as per Add data.SE style "magic links" to comments. Can the new about pages also be added using the [about] format ...
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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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Issue with magic site links in comments on migrated posts

When a post is migrated, its comments are persisted to the target site. The "magic" comments, such as [so], [meta] are supposed to be migrated as well. However, there seems to be a problem ...
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Missing Magic Link for Stack Overflow in Portuguese

Looks like it got lost in translation/development. I've tried [pt.se] [pt.so] [portugues.se] but none renders into a Magic Link in the Comments box. I've opened a pt.Meta question, but, as this is ...
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Make magic link descriptions less ambiguous

Currently, all the help center magic links have the same text: "help center". This isn't helpful. There's a big difference between [help/dont-ask] and [help/behavior] or [meta-help]. Could we make ...
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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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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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Add magic link to "someone answers"

Perhaps [help/someone-answers]. Very handy for posting in a comment on a question if the OP doesn't seem to understand how SE works vis-a-vis answers. Ideally the generated text would be the title of ...
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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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Redirect old magic [faq] links to /about instead of /help

There has been some discussion on server fault that the help homepage isn't the best place to redirect these old links. We are thinking about redirecting [faq] links to point to the /about page but ...
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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 we stop counting link text in comment word-counts?

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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Can we add the '[about]' or '[tour]' magic comments to chat please?

Recently the new "about" page was rolled out and was soon added to the list of magic links. However this doesn't seem to work in chat, just comments: Could we please expand this to chat? I use ...
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Adding quick link to user profile (same like [tag:taghere] mechanism)

I think it can be cool to have something like this: [User:Shadow-Wizard] Parsed as link to the user profile page, much like the tag links that we already have. What do you say? Comments are welcome. :...
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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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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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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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Magical site hyperlinks broken

I just tried leaving a comment for a user; normally when I type [su] in a comment, it automatically expands to the correct Stack exchange site; however, that doesn't seem to be happening now. The ...
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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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Can we get help center magic links in chat, just like in comments?

I just noticed that magic links to the help center (help and the like) don't work in chat. Can we fix this? Magic links make it so much easier to help users understand how the site works without ...
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Why doesn't [se] always get replaced?

If you place the [se] magic link in a certain position, why doesn't it resolve to Stack Exchange? Make a comment: ...
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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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Is there a comment magic link for tag wikis?

When writing comments (particularly to new users) it is helpful that there are shortcuts to point people towards various site features: [tour] -> tour [help] -> help center [tag:something] -> ...
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Magic links to helpcenter subsections [duplicate]

Could the magic links be updated so that we can link to help center subsections? In the past, [faq#section] used to work, now neither [help#section] nor [help/section] work. Could this be added? As ...
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Clicking "download csv" when using "magic" columns returns JSON

When data includes a "magic" column, clicking "Download CSV" causes the magic value to download as JSON instead of a "plain" value. For example, when running the query: select id [Post Link] from ...
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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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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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Is there any magic link like [faq] to use in comments for the page listing the topics for which questions can be asked?

When I close a question as off-topic, I generally add a link to the What topics can I ask about here? with a quote of the description that applies to the asked question. (For example, "Implementing a ...
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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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Can I has [meta.so]?

Since the meta split, we don't have a magic link for meta.stackoverflow.com. Requests in comments are being ignored, so here it is in question format. Give us [meta.so]! [careers] would be nice, too.
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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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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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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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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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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 ...