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A URL is fine if it is used as an example of where the problem occurs and is not spammy or overly self-promotonal. Removing URLs often makes the question harder to understand. A picture is worth a thousand words. Or in many cases on this site, an example makes it clear what the question is actually talking about. Removing URLs is OK, as long as it ...


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In general URLs should be in the form of example.com, example2.com, etc. Using the real URL is not necessary so it really should be generic in the question. If the visiting the URL is required to answer the question it should just be closed as changing the URL completely makes the question useless. Questions that require us visiting the site are not a good ...


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Thanks for the heads up. Flag 'em when you see them, edit the post accordingly, and we'll take care of the (former) user.


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Middle clicking on a link opens it in a new tab. No need to make it happen for everybody. The use of _blank to open links in a new window or tab has been discussed on the user experience StackExchange site. The consensus there appears to be that it shouldn't be used.


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I'd agree with Dan as far as being careful not to break context by cleaning these up, and it's okay if some don't match the rest. We had this problem on Stack Overflow, which prompted us to reject quite a few 'fake' domains through the blacklist. I'm setting a reminder to revisit this in a month, after folks have had a chance to do a little cleanup, and ...


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A couple of problems I see here: Answers typically correlate with what the OP used, so changing domains in the question would affect users' answers and their comments, which are not editable, and thus would break their references. (I can point to an example of where that occurred recently) The choice of the domain by the OP might confer a different emphasis ...


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It should be up to the user how a new tab opens, and having a consistent default to the same is really the only way to do that. If we create links with an alternate target, then users won't be able to open links in the same window, if that's what they want. However, they can easily middle-click, or right-click and select the destination that they want with ...


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Whether a question is site-specific or not, the biggest problem with including links to specific sites is the inherent temporal nature of the reference. If a question is related to a problem on a specific website, then presumably that problem will get fixed immediately after the question is answered. That means that once the question is answered, future ...


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The design updates have fixed this issue. Now you can see if inline code is hyperlinked:


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