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Abbreviations for common hyperlinks in comments and chat

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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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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 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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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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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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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 when ...
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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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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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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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“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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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 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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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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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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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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`[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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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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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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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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Can we have square bracket snippets for posts?

We've all (well, most of us) used the square bracket snippets in comments and chat. Things like [main] [meta] [faq] [about] [so] [mso]. Can we please get them for the main posts as well? Especially ...
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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 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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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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Target Linkable Help Content

I was just looking around to respond (via comment) to an off-topic post on StackOverflow and wanted to point a user to a direct paragraph as to "why" the Question was off topic. What I propose (and ...
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Make the `[edit]` pseudo-link in comments easier to see

The [edit] pseudolink in a comment turns into the word "edit" linked to the edit page for the post that the comment is attached to. However, I find that by default, the link isn't very easy to make ...
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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 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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stacktrace link tag for comments / answers / anywhere for Stack Overflow

I've reached my limit of the number of "please read my stack trace to me" questions posted on SO. It's essentially like someone wanting you to read to them. I keep answering politely, but there must ...