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Is there a way to link to a comment only? For a blog, for instance. A bonus for certain comments who have over 100 favorites maybe.
posted by Bitter soylent to Feature Requests at 4:31 AM (25 comments total)

This is in the wiki. Right-Click the timestamp of any mefi comment, and you can can copy link to clipboard. There's your link.
posted by TomMelee at 4:33 AM on October 10, 2008 [3 favorites]


yah, what TomMelee said (see what I did there?)

but, maybe you're asking how to have only the comment appear once the link is clicked, without all the rest of the thread showing? I don't think there's a way to separate out & showcase a single comment on Metafilter itself - you could always just post something like this on your blog:
Is there a way to link to a comment only? For a blog, for instance. A bonus for certain comments who have over 100 favorites maybe.
posted by Bitter soylent to feature requests at 7:31 AM (2 comments total) [add to favorites] [!] 1000 users marked this as a favorite

posted by jammy at 4:48 AM on October 10, 2008


Depending on what you want to do (what do you want to do?), you might be able to make use of the Popular Comments feed too.
posted by tellurian at 5:14 AM on October 10, 2008


Yes, I meant a link to only the comment without the thread to put on another site, like blogger or Wordpress, not just to refer to on this site.

I can continue to copy and paste, but I thought a link would be nice because a reader could go back and get the context of the whole thread.

BTW I didn't know about the other things either. Thanks all.
posted by Bitter soylent at 6:10 AM on October 10, 2008


You know, you could copy/paste and link to the comment in context!

Welcome to the wild world of hypertext.
posted by blasdelf at 6:20 AM on October 10, 2008 [1 favorite]


"Yeah, but laziness is the mother of invention", I said, "right before my mother slapped me".
posted by Bitter soylent at 6:49 AM on October 10, 2008


This may sound a tad bit snarky, but as I don't see a website listed in your profile, and you're talking about copying/pasting comments to a blog/website, the history degree in me wants to make sure you're adding some pretty good annotation.

Also, a lot of the best comments are awesome because of the context of the post/question...I'm not sure there are that many that stand on their own. I can think of a few, though.
posted by TomMelee at 6:56 AM on October 10, 2008


If you use Firefox: select, right-click, and View Selection Source is also handy.
posted by mandal at 7:03 AM on October 10, 2008 [2 favorites]


I was reading this one and wanted to link to it in reply to a hostile comment I got.

As for my own blog, it is just links to interesting things (usually political) I find - very seldom anything original. I mention Metafilter pretty often - usually the comments and don't worry - I cite the source.
posted by Bitter soylent at 7:07 AM on October 10, 2008


Jammy's answer answered my question. Thanks.
posted by Bitter soylent at 7:25 AM on October 10, 2008


Unfortunately, Matt is against deep linking. By doing so you violate the Metafilter terms and conditions and stand at risk of losing your account.
posted by inigo2 at 7:50 AM on October 10, 2008 [1 favorite]


and View Selection Source is also handy.

Woah. I had no idea that existed. Nifty.
posted by quin at 7:52 AM on October 10, 2008


What are you talking about, inigo2? I've never heard that before.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 8:35 AM on October 10, 2008


inigo2 is talking out of his ass.
posted by Pronoiac at 8:40 AM on October 10, 2008


Does mathowie like deep linking? "Hell yeah!"
posted by Pronoiac at 9:39 AM on October 10, 2008 [2 favorites]


His doesn't like deep linking because he fears it will expose the shadowy nexus of Cabal, lizard people and the psychogeographic plot to sap America's vital essences. As any sane man does.
posted by Abiezer at 9:48 AM on October 10, 2008


Whoops, I'm surprised & a bit embarrassed that I managed to leave out the lizard people. Thanks!
posted by Pronoiac at 10:10 AM on October 10, 2008


The Lizardmen are the best part of Soul Calibur IV, for sure.

What?
posted by misha at 11:00 AM on October 10, 2008


If you install the Extended Copy Menu Firefox extension, you get a contextual menu item "Copy as HTML", which could be useful in what you're asking.
posted by WCityMike at 11:54 AM on October 10, 2008


I do wish that comment timestamps used a fragment ID beginning with a letter, making them valid (X)HTML. This is almost a pointless distinction, since every browser understands IDs that begin with numbers, but it’s an easy fix.
posted by joeclark at 12:16 PM on October 10, 2008


No. It is an especially pointless distinction. Fuck the W3C, this site's construction is grounded in reality — not a fantasy-land where fapping over bad specifications gets you anything but a shiny "I need external validation" button.
posted by blasdelf at 2:02 PM on October 10, 2008


I do wish that comment timestamps used a fragment ID beginning with a letter, making them valid (X)HTML.

Actually, the site uses <a name="99999"></a>, not ids, so your concern is misplaced.

And anyway, I don't think any pages on MetaFilter are valid, proving that standards, Web 2.0-ness, and people-actually-freaking-using-and-finding-use-out-of are totally unrelated.
posted by Deathalicious at 11:44 PM on October 10, 2008


id and name share almost identical roles in this context and have the same relevant rule – must start with letter.

Why don’t you stand up for a very big and useful divergence from the spec rather than a puny one, Deathalicious?
posted by joeclark at 9:31 PM on October 21, 2008


Why don’t you stand up for a very big and useful divergence from the spec rather than a puny one, Deathalicious?

I'm not entirely sure what you mean.
posted by Deathalicious at 12:21 AM on October 23, 2008


Of course you are. For example, EMBED. Why not stick up for that instead of the exact syntax of fragment identifiers?

Or something useful, like the extensions in WAI-ARIA?
posted by joeclark at 6:23 AM on October 25, 2008


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