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I don't think it's okay to link to your own site without disclosure, whether in a comment or an answer. I mostly agree with terdon's answer here. I see this as just setting a slightly higher bar: if you can potentially benefit from people clicking on the link, you should probably be letting them know, even in comments, and even for blogs. Of course, as with ...


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In most cases I prefer that the links be converted to text too; I'd rather see: I followed the instructions on the Arch Linux wiki than: I followed the instructions on https://wiki.archlinux.org/ I certainly don't see a problem with it; if you really want the URL you can mouse-over it, but it's usually clear where it's leading. On the other hand, ...


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I don't think it's automatically a bad thing to use a link with the explicit date (as long as it's current at the time!). The answer written here will probably be based on that particular version anyway, and if the standard changes, the answer itself is going to be wrong too, not just the link. Other than noting any changes, and updating the answers, there'...


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I feel it's OK for very specific cases. The trigger for this discussion was a user who had posted links to relevant posts on their blog as comments on various questions/answers here. Yes, they had not mentioned that the blog was theirs, but the posts they linked to were indeed relevant. I feel that if the following criteria are met, there is nothing wrong: ...


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I very much agree. This is a technical site, and we have a technical audience. Replacing the link text with something other than the URL should only happen if there's a significant improvement in readability/flow and if the text provides more information than the bare link. For links to wikis, bug trackers, and top-level sites (say, for example, https://unix....


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This is the difference between bare unadorned URLs and proper citations. Bare URLs suffer from link rot, are often undecipherable from the actual URL path once rotten, and are of no Earthly use to (say) people who actually own a copy of the standard on DVD. Proper citations do not suffer from these problems. A reader should be able to discount the ...


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I posted this exact question years ago, for the same reason. It's intentionally disabled because apparently some very confused people think that after they've filled out the question form, they should click the "ask question" link again to post, and get mad when instead it takes them to a blank ask question page. This only happens on the ask question page; ...


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The type of links you are referring to are constructed using the name attribute to the HTML <a> tag. The general idea is that you set an anchor like this: <a name="foo"></a> You can then link to that part of the page by linking to the anchor: <a href="#foo">link to foo</a> The only way of knowing whether a particular page's ...


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I'm quite new to this whole SE universe, so either my comments are uneducated, and therefore serve no value, or they are fresh eyes and could be helpfull. So, here goes... I think a link, answer, comment, or elsewhere, that is "affiliated" should be disclosed as such. If it meets the points set by terdon's answer, and it isn't disclosed, maybe a moderator ...


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Sharing links to legal content isn't a problem in itself, even if it's to a torrent on Pirate Bay. However, this may trigger the ire of some corporate firewalls. So I would recommend avoiding doing it on the main site. In chat, though, I think it's ok. If you link to “dodgy” sites such as Pirate Bay, be sure to warn people who might be tempted in clicking on ...


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First an important note: http://pubs.opengroup.org/onlinepubs/9699919799/ is the link to ISSUE 7 of the standard. ISSUE 6 is e.g. here: http://pubs.opengroup.org/onlinepubs/007904975/ If there will be a future standard, this will get a new URL. So there is no reason to assume the content will be changed so that the URL will point to claims that do not match ...


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Step 2 ... ... is to take the content of the page in the Wayback Machine and search for it (e.g., in Google or whatever other search engine you prefer).  Often you can find a new site that has taken over hosting the desired content.  By searching for "Advanced Copy is a mod for the GNU cp and GNU mv tools" in Google, I found SlackBuilds Repository ...


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I support using the undated link with a fragment identifier, and using the section heading plus number where possible as the link text or title, unless talking about a specific edition (for example, discussing changes or addressing a historical situation), while trying to keep the quoted text and links updated on a best-effort basis as a community effort. ...


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That’s not something I’ve noticed recently (and I think I’ve used question links in some of my recent answers...). One thing I have noticed is that questions are replaced by their title, whether the long or short URL is used: Is there ever a good reason to run sudo su? Is there ever a good reason to run sudo su? but answers aren’t (which sort of makes ...


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In general, if an answer fundamentally depends on an external link and is completely unusable if the link dies, this is not a proper answer and it should be deleted. This is a question and answer site, not a link collection. This goes whether the link is already dead or not. That being said, many legitimate answers on this site say “use this software”, and ...


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My rule-of-thumb is simply, "stick to the point." If your link (or what have you) is indeed relevant to what you are saying and is beneficial to the eventual reader's understanding, then "that's fine with me." You should of course tell me in context why the link is present, when it was last updated, what it contains, and why on earth I should click it. ...


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If the website developer added someway to hook into a specific element or section of a webpage then you could use the id or name attributes of those HTML elements as previously mentioned. If the developer provided no such mechanism, there is a service http://citebite.com/ which allows you to create a link which takes the person clicking the link to a ...


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In looking at that answer, someone has already tended to it by linking to the Wayback Machine's website where a backup of the original page is being maintained, so I don't see what the issue is there. In general Moderators do not possess the ability to unmark an accepted answer. The best I can think of is to edit the answer and put a message at the top, ...


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