I fairly often come across links in comments where people clearly intended to link to to a page elsewhere, but their link is to the very thread they are commenting on.
chrchr clearly intended to link to the show The Americans at some other page, perhaps Wikipedia or IMDB.
Are people confused how to create a link? Is there are bug changing some submitted links into the link to the thread after they submit their comment?
posted by ridogi
on Apr 21, 2014 -
There's a wonderful celebrity meltdown happening in Paris right now. I could put together an interesting post with basic summaries in English, but the best links would be in French. Does MetaFilter have a policy on non-English links?
My thoughts are to provide them, and offer an English translation of one or two key paragraphs.
(I would think this would have come up before, but didn't find one in the FAQs or through searching, but I might have missed this).
posted by kanewai
on Oct 25, 2013 -
A request: When possible, please consider using descriptive text in your links, especially when linking to Amazon or any other website that doesn't show useful information in the URL. [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus
on Jul 8, 2013 -
Do we know what post has the largest number of links ever? I would imagine this
current post would be a contender.
posted by Chrysostom
on May 2, 2013 -
Sometimes a big block of text with multiple links is appropriate for a post, sometimes some short descriptive text and a link and sometimes really all that is required is a single link. However it seems that in recent Meta posts the later gets short shrift, so with that in mind: Single link posters of Mefi, keep up the good work!
posted by Artw
on Mar 16, 2013 -
When browsings by tag the only page nav links are numbers which takes careful aim to hit on a Nexus 7. "Previous" and "Next" links would greatly ease finger-based navigation.
posted by llin
on Feb 24, 2013 -
I'm much more of a Green user than a Blue user. However, I came across an article that might be interesting for FPP submission that was published in December.
I realized that I didn't really have any way of finding out whether this particular article had been posted before, without knowing the keywords that someone might have used to describe it.
Might it be possible to create a 'search by url' function, either in the 'new post' page or somewhere else, to be able to paste in a url and see whether it's been linked to on MeFi ever? It seems like this might help cut down on duplicates (especially if it was part of the new post submission process).
...or am i missing something super obvious?
posted by softlord
on Jan 25, 2013 -
Some time ago (at least 2-3 years), there was an AskMe about "the best website for reviews of consumer products" or something
like that. One answer featured a blog/forum meant entirely for reviews of headphones. Anyone remember either the thread or the site? It was orange/tan and very minimalist. Possibly spun off SomethingAwful.
posted by griphus
on Dec 30, 2012 -
clydesdale request: a community-edited list of recommendations for AskMe questions that aggregate the answers in the discussoin thread and put them together in one place along with relevant links. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill
on Dec 10, 2012 -
The politics threads contain lots of comments that are single links to news articles. Also people post links to satirical sites like The Onion, which is fine by me. It seems to have become a thing to post the latter links as if they were real, though, with no prefatory "Satire:" or "Onion:" or what have you. I personally find this irritating, so I was wondering what the community consensus was. [more inside]
posted by dfan
on Oct 23, 2012 -
Do unexplained YouTube links annoy you? I don't mean FPs with a pattern of clearly identified YT links, or someone making a topical and fairly obvious post like "I like this version better"; but just an inline link
with zero context. [more inside]
posted by pla
on Aug 26, 2012 -
I've noticed that links that are incorrectly written seem to lead back to the thread rather than to the (usually easily guessable) URL. Is it possible to modify the behavior to enable the links to (usually) point to the right place? [more inside]
posted by Betelgeuse
on Jul 22, 2012 -
What percentage of FPP links get clicked?
posted by Trurl
on Dec 22, 2011 -
I seem to post a lot of FPPs that revolve around podcast or other audio content these days, and It's gotten me curious... how often do you stop and listen to the content in links of that kind? Is it more or less likely than the chances you would watch a video?
posted by Artw
on Dec 17, 2011 -
I'm really sorry, but I am nowhere near as computer savvy as the rest of you. Could someone please explain to me (with small words; talk to me like I'm four) how to make links? Possibly relevant: I'm never on a real computer, I only have an iPhone. (yes, weird, I know.)
posted by Weeping_angel
on Nov 27, 2011 -
Is it just me or has the number of single-link entries increased drastically of late? And if that's the case, how can we get it back to the old way of links-rich entries?
posted by TNLNYC
on Oct 20, 2011 -
A lot of good links on the blue, green and grey. But some of the better links are buried in the comments section of ask mefi, or even front page.
Is there any easy way to have a list of all of the links on mefi as they get posted in comments section come up in a news feed? [more inside]
posted by MechEng
on Sep 28, 2011 -
Is there any interest in a display mode that shows only the comments providing links? It might make a fairly convenient way to skim long messy threads quickly. [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges
on Sep 2, 2011 -
Is there a way to strip links from comments and posts I've favorited (for uploading into delicious or similar)? I tend to use favorites as bookmarks, but now I have thousands of favorites and no way to organize them.
posted by desjardins
on May 16, 2011 -
Extremely minor pony request: After I use the "link" button in data entry boxes on "Create a New Post
" pages, the view shifts to the very beginning of the text in the box. (The scroll bar goes all the way back to the top.) I tend to create posts which have a lot of links in them that fill up those boxes quickly. To find my place after creating a link, I then need to scroll down within the box. Would it possible to not have that happen? Can the cursor and view be left at the end of the link that has just been added instead? [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Feb 10, 2011 -
Is it possible to automatically prepend http:// in links in comments/posts when people fail to put them in? [more inside]
posted by that girl
on Jul 20, 2010 -
I study popular music, and needless to say I go to school with some pretty amazing musicians and song-writers, many of whom have MySpace profiles and websites with their songs on them. [more inside]
posted by MaiaMadness
on May 30, 2010 -
Have you guys considered checking submitted comments/answers for links to previous comments/answers (via a number/hash sign fragment identifier ) in the same thread, and converting such instances to links that would instantly "jump" to the comment rather than reload the entire page? In addition to increased convenience for readers, I suspect such a change might significantly decrease service costs for large threads (like the recent MetaTalk thread approaching 1500 comments).
posted by The Confessor
on May 24, 2010 -
Would it be possible to crank up the contrast between read and unread links in the "Contact Activity" column? Often half of the words are highlighted and it's a very crowded small space.
I have no idea if it can be done easily and if not, I can still squint.
posted by bru
on Mar 29, 2010 -
The welcome-back message on the front page reads 'x
links and y
comments posted since your last visit' (except, y'know, with numbers). But most posts contain more than one link. Would it be better to have it read 'x
posts and y
comments'? There's probably a downside I'm not seeing.
posted by box
on Dec 10, 2009 -
Where do you people find the things you post to the "blue", and how do you consistently find them before the rest of us? Specifically to those of you who make art or photography posts here on Metafilter, where do you first learn of the things you link here? Reddit? Stumbleupon? Digg? Certain blogs? Where is the bleeding edge of the internet? [more inside]
posted by Pastabagel
on Dec 10, 2009 -
I am not an idiot. So how did my first fpp (after 4 years of enjoyable lurking) end up with a link back to metafilter itself? [more inside]
posted by eleyna
on Nov 24, 2009 -