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 ...
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 ...
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
This is no bug. If you notice the reputation for each user differs. This is because these users aren't creating registered accounts, instead they are creating unregistered accounts. This happens if they sign on to a new computer or remove the cookies from their browser upon closing. As a result they have to continually enter their information into the bottom ...
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 ...
There is no rule against this and it might be who of someone to create a "How do I use torrents?" question that we can link as when we post PPA's with What are PPAs and how do I use them?
However, in order to offer the best quality answer I would truly recommend testing or at the least verifying the torrent is what it is. It's no different (though there isn'...
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 ...
Torrents are fine as long as there is no possible copyright issue under US law. That's what you have agreed to adhere to here.
If the file is freely re-distributable, post away but as Marco says, it would be nice if you could test to check that the torrent works, is what it says it is, and does what you say it can (as to actively try to not waste people's ...