This is a very decent proposal but I'm not sure it's worth the effort. Personally, I very rarely link to man pages. Instead, I tend to do something like this:
As explained in man ls:
Quote the relevant section of the man page here.
This has several advantages:
It teaches people how to fish as opposed to just feeding them (man ls).
I can be ...
Click on the "share" link on the answer that you want to share, copy the link, and use this:
People who use this link will be taken straight to the answer you shared, provided that answer doesn't get deleted at some point.
So, for example, using the share link on this question for this answer will take you to the answer by RapazP on the question "What ...
Many times you can go too simple on the links, for example -
Read this article for more information:
Is a bit too long, but if you edit it to -
Visit this article for more information.
You have lost all the context for where the article is from, or about.
If there is sufficient interest in adding this feature, I could easily implement it as a UserScript. The script could scan the WMD editor immediately before submission and convert lp:whatever to the appropriate markdown.
Alternatively, I have developed a script that adds some buttons to the editing toolbar - one of which already provides an easy way to ...
There is a policy, stated in the how to answer page which is linked from the FAQ:
Provide context for links
A link to a potential solution is always welcome, but please add context around the link so your fellow users will have some idea what it is and why it’s there . Always quote the most relevant part of an important link, in case the target site ...
you think the post will be better overall by collapsing a link into text, and
the text is easily found and clicked on, and
the text (or the context) is sufficiently detailed that it's clear what someone would be going to by clicking on it
...then I think you should submit the edit, even if it's the only thing about the post that you're changing.
Basically, people don't like to be tracked, and we have no right to track them. Using URL shorteners would allow you to get loads of user details (depending on the service you are using, they can even be personally identifying information), so privacy issues would be a problem. Data that can be obtained can be, and not limited to:
The /tools link was removed some time ago (that screenshot is from Jan '12) , and /review is there in its place.
The whole point of the feature is to make it easier for mods/editors to find stuff that might be worth checking out, and /review is more efficient at that, so it gets a prime spot at the top.
I reckon this happens sometimes while adding a link using the "insert hyperlink" tool (either by clicking the button or pressing Ctrl+L) instead of using Markdown.
The input box contains https:// (which is selected) by default
(and I believe it used to have http:// by default previously). So usually while pasting the link, it overwrites the https:// with ...
As jokerdino♦ says, this is because your browser shows links to pages you've visited (via the exact URL the link uses, that is) in one color, and links to pages you haven't visited (in this way) in another color. (This is not related to cookies though.)
Specifically, the darker-colored usernames are links to profiles you've visited, and the lighter-color ...
Providing a link that sends someone directly to a particular answer (rather than the top of the question) is often quite useful.
I know of several ways to do this, depending on your preferences and the specific kind of link you want.
To Get a Short Link
You can click Share at the lower-left corner of the answer, then copy the link in the text box.
I like this idea and it seems to me to a be reasonable request and quite likely a far from onerous task. [au] seems a reasonable choice to replace [ubuntu.se] and I think we could all appreciate saving a few keystrokes (certainly my sloth-like typing speed would benefit.)
I do not think this would make the site better. It is irritating if a link opens in a new tab (or window) if you do not want it to. If you want it to open in a new tab you can simply open it in a new tab by choosing that (e.g. Ctrl+Left click or Middle click).
See When should you use target=“_blank” on your links? for arguments of why you should not use ...
I'm not too sure whether you've noticed the hyperlink which says "help" underneath the Add comment while you're commenting on a question. Clicking on that will give you the best explanation and usage. Pretty simple but most do not notice it. :)
-6 and no answers, I'm no expert or mod, but here are my musings on why links are allowed by new users. It is simply the lesser evil in the situation, we need some way for them to give us screen shots (you can imagine what horrors could pop up if anyone could post a screen shot), also what about things like bug reports or sys logs? We need to see these to ...
The links in content generated by users are by default nofollow. This, however, changes once the post exceeds a predetermined vote and age threshold. The exact number of votes and the age has not been made public for concerns of gaming the feature. I am not sure if there are any distinctions between an external link and a link to another post in the same ...
This only needs registration because it's now an archived thread.
Ubuntu Forums segregates off old content like this to stop it being archived by the search engines indefinitely. And once you do log in, you see a banner like this:
Hello, <username> You are browsing a READ ONLY archive of the main support categories pre 4/21/2008. You will not be ...
I find that most answers with just links are pretty much the terms the person asked in the question put into google and then the link is regurgitated as an answer, which is usually incorrect and/or out of date in a place that we can't fix it.
This is the sort of junk this site set out to fix so I usually downvote this kind of stuff. If it's a link to ...
This is indeed a bug, and should be addressed.
There's a workaround, though...
[Wikipedia - Ubuntu (Operating System)](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ubuntu_(operating_system))
Wikipedia - Ubuntu (Operating System)
I don't see the issue here, it was already pointed out that it simply links the default repos, so I won't go over that.
As far as I can tell, it is just a facelift for the default repos, it may not be to everyone’s taste but for newer users, it is great as it has big icons to click, you can do an apt install, get the debs and look for bug fixes, just ...
See URL detecting error with address like "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Octet_(computing)" on Meta Stack Overflow for details; long story short: After the next build of the site, this will work as you had expected.
There are two cases.
If the link is to a site that is recognized as relevant for the community (for example the Ubuntu forums on AU, or Springer on science sites), this is a run-of-the-mill non-answer. Edit the answer to indicate that the link requires registration, then flag it to have a moderator convert it to a comment or delete it outright (if you know ...
This behavior depends on the browser, but it was broken in some cases (fixed in the next build).
We do something insanely hacky here because of how different browsers behave: WE CHANGE YOUR LINKS! We do this because we want the FAQ to be as accessible as possible and highlight exactly what was linked to (by copying it up top and giving it an eye-catching ...
What to do with comments...
I don't know if there's a better approach available than just manually removing all the comments that link to the old domain (and have thus become spam) and replacing them, in cases where it makes sense to do so, with new comments.
As I mentioned, moderators can delete comments, but I don't know if they have any automated means ...