Questions tagged [permalink]

For questions about the permanent URLs that can be used to access any question or answer on the site.

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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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Privacy leak in permalink?

Update (Jan 8, 2019) This is now 8 years old but still getting occasional upvotes/attention, so I thought it's worth giving a summary of the current state. Despite originally being "status-declined",...
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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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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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Provide an easily discoverable way to get the full URL to an answer

Since late November 2011, clicking "link" "share" for anwers yields a short (traceable) URL in the "share a link to this answer" dialog, such as https://meta.stackexchange.com/a/75963/84237†: These ...
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Random sorting appears to screw with answer permalinks

Go figure, no sooner do I write up a loving description of how answer permalinks solve the problem of linking to answers when there are multiple pages of them... ...than I discover this maddening ...
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Improve the usability/intuitiveness of direct comment links

I have seen many people share links which go directly to a specific comment. I wanted to do this too today but I couldn't figure out how. I had to search here on Meta to find this Q&A: Direct ...
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How can you get the permalink for an answer to a question?

I wanted to link to an answer to a Stack Overflow question, but couldn't find a way to do it. I couldn't get the ID of the answer in order to create the link. How can you get the permalink for an ...
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Example question links don't work

Typing http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/1338/gaming/3311#3311 into the address bar just sends me to the first page. It's as though the "3311#3311" isn't there. It doesn't appear to be ...
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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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What's a permalink used for?

I didn't see anything different whether or not to permallink to a question.
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What does the “link” thingy do?

If I hover over the the "link" thingy at the bottom of an answer I get the tooltip "permalink to this answer". What does that mean and do? I ask this because a) I don't know, b) because I want a ...
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Links to election nominations don't work after nominations close

If you go to the election page for an election that's past nominations but still incomplete (for example, Gaming), and then go back to the nominations tab, the individual nominations still have links: ...
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How and when does the tracking of shared links work?

My two main questions: Are all URLs that include your User Id tracked? Can the visitors who use the tracked URLs have Stack Exchange accounts? Specifically: Recently the ability to earn badges for ...
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Election comments have no permalink link

There were previous questions on this already, and according to those it’s also implemented by now. And when looking at the source, I can indeed see an ID being set for every comment on election pages....
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Show warning or 404 when following permalink to deleted answer

When following a permalink to an answer that has been deleted, most viewers get to see the question instead. (The browser cannot find the <div id="answer-xx" ...> to scroll to, unless one has ...
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Permalink short URLs lose HTTPS

Here's something I noticed while testing a client-side fix for this issue. If you follow a permalink / shortcut URL with an https: protocol, like: https://meta.stackexchange.com/q/223725 you'll get ...
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Pagination might cause permalinks to open the wrong page, no matter what sorting is used

Very often, but not always, clicking the permalink of the 30th answer on some page (using whatever sorting), gets one to the page after that answer, where then obviously the #anchor of the linked ...
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Permalink URLs disallowed in robots.txt, causing PageRank dilution

Below each question and answer on Stack Exchange, there's a "link" button which generates a short permalink URL to that post for convenient linking and sharing. These URLs look like this: https://...
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Comments on election page don't have a permalink [duplicate]

I can't share some hilarious comments posted on the ongoing Super User election page. Please enable permalinks for comments on the election page. Thankyouverymuch.
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Add a second 'share' button to posts with comment-ready links

I'm very often in the situation of having to link to another post (mostly questions) from comments. As moderator of TeX SE, I often link to related or duplicate questions. I can't use the "close as ...
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Using the live refresh links breaks the permalink button

I noticed on SO earlier that clicking on any of the various live refresh links causes the permalink button on the bottom left of a post to misbehave. I specifically noticed it with: The this post has ...
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Can we have permalinks to each block of faq page's UI?

For example A quick and dirty script for above would be $("h2>a").each(function(){ $('<a href="#'+$(this).attr("name")+'" title="Permalink">¶</a>') .appendTo($(this).parent());...
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What's the “link” under each answer used for? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What does the “link” thingy do? I've noticed a link entitled, "link" under each answer (beside the "flag" link). When I click on it, nothing happens. What's the ...
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Why do I see permalinks instead of slugs on Google? (i.e. /q/ and /a/)

Lately, I've seen many search results in the form of https://stackoverflow.com/q/<id> and /a/<id> on Google. Why do I see these slug-less permalinks instead of the full URL? For instance, ...
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Can't Permalink to text results in data explorer

When you: compose a query in the Data Explorer check the Text-only results checkbox run the query the permalink hyperlink looks like this: http://data.stackexchange.com/user%20experience/query/...
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Permalink to answer not working (possibly because the answer is not on the first page)

This URL (obtained by right-clicking "link" below the answer and selecting "copy link location"): Designing function f(f(n)) == -n leads to a blank page. I assume it is designed to go to whatever ...
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Are friendly links to SO questions permanent?

Googling for programming answers will typically show friendly links to SO questions. For example, googling "freely available programming books" shows this as the top answer: stackoverflow.com/...
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Vote to close doesn't parse shorter question links

I just tried to vote to close by copying the "Short permalink to this question" link just below the question and pasting it into the vote to close box. It came back with Unable to find a question ...
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Permalink to answer redirects to question if title has changed (or if title holds special characters)

When a title has changed, existing permalinks to answers redirect to the question instead. Like: /questions/71561/please-fix-this-first/71637#71637 ...tries to redirect to a URL with the current ...
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Make a link to another answer in the same question without reloading [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Please make links to other answers in the same question link to the anchor instead of the full URL Proposed Solution Same idea from the duplicate, but less words and a ...
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Post ID is listed twice in SO permalinks

Why is the post ID duplicated in permalinks on SO (or any other Stack Exchange site)? For instance: http:// stackoverflow.com/questions/1732348/regex-match-open-tags-except-xhtml-self-contained-...
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Starred messages aren't showing their stars in the transcript if you use their permalink [closed]

In Firefox 29.02a, if a message is starred, and you visit it via its permalink, you won't see its stars in the transcript. This includes the messages in the starred message list on the right hand side ...
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When clicking the permalink in Chat, HTML entities are wrongly escaped [closed]

When you have an HTML entity in a chat message, the normal Chat Window will interpret it normally (if "normally" may mean: it is parsed as an entity). I.e., &nbsp; becomes a non-breaking space ...
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New “link” miniwindows don't copy-n-paste in vimperator

When clicking "link" below a question or answer, one gets a popup with a pre-selected link: I cannot get the selected text to actually copy and paste using vimperator on X11. The old behavior was ...
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How do I link to an Answer, rather than the Question? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I link to a specific answer? I was trying to include in one of my responses a link to a prior SO answer to give the right credit. However I couldn't find any ...
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Comment permalinks should work even when they don't go to a different page [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Comment links within the same question Clicking a link to a comment that is on the same page as the link may not cause the browser to scroll to that comment nor to highlight ...
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Changing the way the “link” button works on post

Currently, the permalink to an answer works like this: <a title="permalink to this answer" href="/questions/2121172/possible-reasons-for-tellg-failing/2121359#2121359">link</a> I ...