I think I remember seeing a way to add a text link in a comment similar to when you post a link in a question/answer. I thought it was the same code but it didn't take.

[A Text link][1]
[1] (colon) http://meta.graphicdesign.stackexchange.com

This is what I entered in a comment, replacing (colon) with an actual :

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    When adding a comment, there should be a help link to the bottom right of the text box. If you click it, you get a few markdown tips, included how to format links.
    – toxalot
    Commented Dec 2, 2013 at 2:07
  • Jeez, never noticed that. Thanks for the tip.
    – ckpepper02
    Commented Dec 2, 2013 at 2:45

2 Answers 2


If you're asking how to enter links in comments, the answer is simply like this:

This is [a link](http://url.com)

Text in square brackets, then URL in brackets/parenthesis.

Your design is flawed because it lacks a [rotating cube](http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/25059665/CustomerForm.html), for more details see [this question](https://ux.stackexchange.com/questions/11229/is-this-rotating-cube-interface-user-friendly).

Your design is flawed because it lacks a rotating cube, for more details see this question.

Works in answers, questions, comments, and chat)

Super Secret Bonus

You can also add title text to the links by doing the following (also works in comments and chat):

[hyperlink](http://example.com "Look at this wonderful title text that pops up when you hover over the link")




As far as I know, the only secret markdown that works in comments/chat is listed here:

  • [meta] – link to the current site's Meta; link text is the site name (e.g. "Super User Meta"). Does nothing if the site doesn't have (or already is) a Meta site.

  • [main] – like [meta], just the other way around.

  • [edit] – link to the edit page for the post the comment is on, i.e. /posts/{id}/edit. Link text is "edit" (capitalization is respected).

  • [help] should be obvious. [meta-help] links to "What is meta?" (/help/whats-meta), [help/on-topic] links to "What topics can I ask about here?" (/help/on-topic), [help/dont-ask] links to "What types of questions should I avoid asking?" (/help/dont-ask), [help/behavior] links to "What kind of behavior is expected of users?" (/help/behavior). Link text for all of these is "help center" .

  • [about] and [meta-about] – equivalent to the FAQ version, but links to the site's About page. Link text is "about" (capitalization is respected).

  • [so], [su], [sf], [metaso], [a51], [se] – link to the given site. Link text is the site name.

  • [chat] – link to the current site's chat site, the link text being "{site name} Chat".

  • [ask], [answer] – link to the "How to Ask" / "How to Answer" page.

  • [something.se] – link to something.stackexchange.com, if that site exists. Link text is the site name. Use [ubuntu.se] for Ask Ubuntu.

Except for [chat] and [edit], and with the addition of [chat-faq], these also work in chat.

  • Thanks John, this is a great resource.
    – ckpepper02
    Commented Nov 25, 2013 at 13:10
  • +1, best answer-to-the-wrong-question ever! :) Commented Nov 27, 2013 at 22:55

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