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Forum hyperlink format; automatic naming

Discussion in 'Suggestion Box & Feedback' started by PyroSporker, Jan 14, 2013.

  1. PyroSporker

    PyroSporker Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Apr 3, 2010
    I know next to nothing about web development, but there is something I've been wondering for a little while. I know it is a small thing but is there a way to change the URL naming format for internal links? Possibly an idea to add to the list for a future update?

    When posting a link in a thread, that leads to another thread within androidforums.com, if you place the URL and let the system automatically parse, tag, and name the link, it only provides the thread title and no identifying features. Like so:


    Even though we are still within the same forum walls, whenever I place a link I always try to provide some baseline info along with the thread title. Which means I manually tag and build the link info everytime. Like so:

    Androidforums.com | Suggestion Box & Feedback - Forum hyperlink format; automatic naming - Post # 1

    Is there possibly a way that "internal links" can be further identified by adding extra info to the automatic naming convention?
    If not, it is no bother, since it is pretty easy to do manually. :)
    I just think it is always nice to let people know before they click the link, where they are headed to within (or outside) the fort.
    Which forum, which device, which thread, which post # (when applicable), etc.

    I also know that not everyone is as detail driven as I am about manually tagging their URL's.
    I can see things from other perspectives too - like maybe all that info is being left off to decrease the redundancy and eliminate extraneous info, while shortening URL's - my opinion is that some of the info may be redundant, but still helpful and possibly important for navigation.

    All that being said, its good to leave both the automatic and manual hyperlink tag option, and maybe it is determined nothing necessarily needs to be changed here. But if some more info can be automatically generated with the thread name I think it would be kind of helpful for everyone? (users, guests, guides, mods; all alike)
    Maybe its just me thinking outloud though...?


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  2. Phases

    Phases Community Manager

    Sep 9, 2008
    IT, Vbulletin and Xenforo Administrator
    Nashville, TN
    I just look down at the URL it would go to when I hover over, but yeah that's not a bad thought.
  3. SUroot

    SUroot Well-Known Member

    May 25, 2010
    UK Technical Lead; Desktop Support
    Riddlesden, West Yorkshire, UK
    If you link to a thread using automatic naming, then someone renames the thread, your name has gone and your link shows the URL in a not-so-neat fashion. You would have to overcome that too.

    Personally, I tend to manually name my links anyway for this reason. It looks messy, particularly in sticky threads otherwise.

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