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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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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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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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Election comments have no permalink link [duplicate]

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 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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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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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....
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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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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 game:...
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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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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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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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Add the share button to (other) answers in review queues

When reviewing an answer in one of the Low Quality Posts, First Posts, or Late Answers queues, there is the option to watch the Other answers of the question. This gives a more "naked" view ...
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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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How are question title slugs generated so magically? (ß)

I was just looking through some old posts and I noticed that a "ß" in a question title magically turns into an "ss" in the URL slug. What function is being used to format the slugs? Clearly it has ...
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Replace Amazon.com links with amzn.com permalinks

Did you know? Everything on Amazon has a permalink. Not many people know about this, and so many questions and answers are littered with complicated Amazon URLs which are probably more fragile than ...
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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 Link ...
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Link to a question, answer or comment

In writing a question, answer or comment, how can I include a clickable link to cross-reference another question, answer or comment?
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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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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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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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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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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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More intuitive way of obtaining direct link to specific comment [duplicate]

Currently, it's not obvious how to obtain a link to a specific comment (there is no obvious share icon on comments). A question/answer on how to link to a comment has a lot of views/upvotes ...
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Distinguish between in-app permalinks and external links on StackExchange mobile app

I love the StackExchange mobile app - its low data usage, intuitive navigation and easy access to the most used features means it's often much better than the mobile site. When touching a permalink ...
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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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Why is my userid in links I copy? [duplicate]

If you right click/copy "link", your user id is appended at the end of every link you create. e.g. https://stackoverflow.com/a/271517/111307 I am 111307, and I have nothing to do with the ...
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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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Use another colour for highlighting a permalink chat message

The yellow is only somewhat disruptive when it's a single line message, but with larger messages it hurts my poor eyes. Can you pick another colour?
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Links to election nominations don't work after nominations close [duplicate]

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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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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Hot Network Questions feed shows duplicates for questions that have been renamed

When I subscribe to https://stackexchange.com/feeds/questions using feedly.com I sometimes see questions more than once in my feed. I suspect this is because when questions titles are changed the ...
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Reaching Stack Exchange legal for permission to quote

I have been trying since the middle of February to reach [email protected] for permission to use material from several questions and answers in a textbook I am writing. I am following guidance ...
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Can we add a feature enabling us to save our favorite chat messages in one place?

I visit a number of different chat rooms where I find specific messages interesting. Because there are so many, and I tend to forget which room they came from, I'd like to be able to save them in one ...
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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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Data Explorer's stored queries should have a slug in URLs

Links to stored queries should have a slug like SO question links: e.g. http://odata.stackexchange.com/stackoverflow/q/734/how-long-until-i-get-the-generalist-badge
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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: https://data.stackexchange.com/user%20experience/query/...
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Difference between [share-this], [permalink], [short-links]?

This site (MSE) has three tags without a wiki page which look very similar: [share-this], [permalink], [short-links]. Do all of them refer to the "share" link / "share a link to this answer" dialog? ...
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Why does Stackoverflow redirect permalink URLs and URLs with an old question title?

Not sure whether it is due to SEO or for a security reason. But according to what I have found in an answer to a question here, it says: Leave it as it is. Google will figure out the canonical url ...
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Are the friendly links to question always valid no matter how much time the title has changed?

I've noted that after the title of the question is edited, so change the friendly link, but the old friendly link is still valid and results in redirection to the new link. According to the question ...
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Linking to sub-anchors in the "Markdown help" page not working as well as they could

On the Markdown Editing Help page, every section is lead off by a header element that can be directly linked to (e.g. Spoilers). If a section can be expanded (e.g. Links) , each sub-section also has ...
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"Link" link on review page - unexpected behavior

I discovered this over on gamedev.stackexchange, but I've reproduced it on Stackoverlow and here on meta. When reviewing a question in the /review page, clicking on the "link" link should provide a a ...
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When following a direct link to an answer, the sticky top bar will cover up the top of it [duplicate]

When I follow a direct link to an answer (a share link, or I click an "answered 1h ago" or "modified 1h ago" link in the active questions list), the sticky top bar will cover up the top of the answer, ...
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Provide a permalink to a query with parameters

I've noticed that sometimes I get a "permalink" for a query that includes the parameters I gave. This is very inconsistent, and I failed to find out when it's provided and when it isn't. So I have to ...
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Can there be way to see details on where all the visitors to my question are coming from?

I know there are badges for X number of times a question is viewed via a personal link to it. Is there any way (with the data explorer or something else) to view all of the referring pages for all of ...
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Why are links to comments not permalinks?

When sharing a question, the link given by the share button is of the form https://meta.stackexchange.com/q/[question ID]/[user ID] (e.g., https://meta.stackexchange.com/q/5436/178179) Why are links ...
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How long do the "share" links last?

I want to add a link to Stack Overflow as a "See this for more information". I clicked the "Share" link and put that URL in the comments of my code. But then I realized, that is not the main URL to ...
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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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Slug-free question permalinks fail to load the correct page on Area 51

This is related to Example question links don’t work, but I suspect the root cause is different. Steps to reproduce: Set your question sort order to "Newest" (since other sort orders are ...
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