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Self-promotion inside of comments, sometimes OK?

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 ...
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Linking to the POSIX standard text (about editions and HTML fragments)

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 ...
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Self-promotion inside of comments, sometimes OK?

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 ...
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Linking to the POSIX standard text (about editions and HTML fragments)

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 (...
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How can I link people to arbitrarily specific points on a reference page?

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 ...
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Self-promotion inside of comments, sometimes OK?

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, ...
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What can we (normal users) can do with an accepted answer that contains dead links?

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 ...
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Linking to the POSIX standard text (about editions and HTML fragments)

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, ...
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Regarding links to U&L questions in answers, and the way they do/don't expand to the title of the question

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 ...
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Linking to the POSIX standard text (about editions and HTML fragments)

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 ...
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What can we (normal users) can do with an accepted answer that contains dead links?

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,...
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Self-promotion inside of comments, sometimes OK?

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 ...
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How can I link people to arbitrarily specific points on a reference page?

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 ...
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What can we (normal users) can do with an accepted answer that contains dead links?

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. ...
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