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I've seen comments linking to other SE questions where the comment name is shown instead of just a meaningless hyperlink. How do I do that?

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    There's a "help" link to the right of any comment field. It has the answer, plus a link to this handy page that mentions a few other tricks most people aren't even aware exist. – RegDwigнt Apr 21 '12 at 21:52
  • @RegDwight I'd never seen that before—hidden in plain sight, I guess. Thanks! – zpletan Apr 21 '12 at 22:17
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You make a link with descriptive text like so:

[descriptive text](http:\siteurl.org)

For example, I can give a link to this very question this way. It works in questions, answers, and comments.

A hint to finding how people do things is to do an edit of the original text (but then cancel of course). Most of the markup that works in questions/answers will work in comments/chat, too.

  • Ah! Normally I would have just gone into edit mode and seen the markup, but comments don't have that, and the link format in posts is multi-line. Thanks! – zpletan Apr 21 '12 at 18:42
  • @zpletan: If you click the "help" link just below the "Add Comment" button, all the hints appear directly below the text box, including this formatting trick. – J.R. Apr 22 '12 at 11:28

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