As discussed at Question: Automatic question's title insertion with link, question/answer url links in comments does not automatically render as titles or answer usernames.

A Workaround pointed out by doncherry is SE Comment Link Helper.

Should we have this feature request in comments while posting duplicates/related incase of instances like this,here and there with many this vs more helpfull stackapps and scripts than here there etc... as titles


Should we adopt community agreed policy to have something like below due to the fact that

a)url does not mean anything or convey any message unless CLICKED on and searched to the pointer given in section pointer guide.

b)improve readability of comments as comments give crucial info and sometimes more valuable than answers due to one-liners

b) sometimes people don't open the links incase of bunch of urls.

c) It's important in view that we have many duplicates coming due to large database builtup.

d) Does it effect the Google or TeX.SX searchability when typed with keywords, because urls are not searchable right ?

probable format: to improve readability of comments

1) [short title](url) ---> title based

2)[Answer by username to "Question title"](url) ----> username based

3)[topic(tex distro installation) related ](url)-------> topic based

4)[your proposed choice](url)----> your choice

PS: Forgive me that i had to too same redirection of links as noticed. Usually i tool fall prey for this url trick

  • Google index the site within seconds, I believe they are well aware of the equivalent ways to make an url. This is certainly not an issue.
    – yo'
    Apr 26, 2013 at 16:01
  • why depend on others when we can make ourselves clean with tiny bit of care to paste [Title](url) as it makes more sense. Apr 26, 2013 at 16:34
  • That was a comment to your question d).
    – yo'
    Apr 28, 2013 at 19:24

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In my opinion, request for automated modification of comments in this manner is unnecessary and at least for me, frowned upon, I hate a lot all such systems that try to be more clever than me, when they aren't. Hover text with the question title and/or answer's owner would be completely enough.

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    The hover text (derived from the URL) is already implemented iff you use the full URL of the question: meta.tex.stackexchange.com/questions/1139/… (http://meta.tex.stackexchange.com/questions/1139/how-do-i-create-a-link-to-an-answer)
    – doncherry
    Apr 28, 2013 at 19:59
  • @doncherry Then the request should be for making it work for all links back into StackExchange, not only for some of them :-/
    – yo'
    Apr 29, 2013 at 10:58
  • But then we could as well turn them into the proper titles all the way (which I wouldn’t be opposed to)‽ Btw, does it also bother you that links to questions in posts (not comments) are “smartly” turned into the respective titles? I don’t really see that as the system trying to be smarter than me, but rather as mindless work being done for me by a computer, thankfully. (Also btw: the downvote isn’t mine.)
    – doncherry
    Apr 29, 2013 at 18:32
  • @doncherry Links to questions are turned automatically only when I don't use the []() syntax, aren't they? Or do I miss something?
    – yo'
    Apr 30, 2013 at 9:29
  • That’s correct. Autoconverting something tha already is in a explicit link format would indeed be useless outsmarting.
    – doncherry
    Apr 30, 2013 at 10:44

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