What does 'convert links automatically'?

(47 Posts)
MogadoredMemoo Wed 02-Mar-11 13:49:11

That has started appearing below the message box??

HopeEternal Wed 02-Mar-11 14:19:10

Marking my spot as I came here to find out the same thing.

Doyouthinktheysaurus Wed 02-Mar-11 14:21:35

Yes, I was wondering this too.

I put a tick in the box, just in case it might do something useful but as far as I can tell, nothing happenedconfused

flowery Wed 02-Mar-11 14:26:49


Try it.

If you have a link in the message you have written, it will convert it to a proper link not just some text



For people who are rubbish at linking and can't figure out what to do with [[ this and ]] this.

Behold my mastery of links-with-alternative-names

Doyouthinktheysaurus Wed 02-Mar-11 14:33:06

Oh...I like thatgrin

<easily pleased>

Thanks Trillian

FellatioNelson Wed 02-Mar-11 14:34:08

so if you are linking to a whole website address it's easy but what if you are just linking a page - what do you type in? If you are going back anf forth between tabs then the top address bar disappears anyway. confused

FellatioNelson Wed 02-Mar-11 14:35:30

www.amazon.co.uk without

FellatioNelson Wed 02-Mar-11 14:35:49
Spammead Wed 02-Mar-11 16:35:23
FlamingOBingo Wed 02-Mar-11 16:41:13

Why do you need it, though? I mean, why would you not want it to be a link? Can't they just do it automatically?

Because when I do my clever linking with the alternative name, if the website automatically turned the linky bit into a link I'd be left with a bit mess

like this

Oh, wow, it's cleverer than I thought.

No idea why you would want it to not convert the link then.

I thought youd end up with


or something else horrid

SoupDragon Wed 02-Mar-11 16:44:47

It's probably just to help out those who are too thick to do a link the proper way.

FlamingOBingo Wed 02-Mar-11 16:46:09

But couldn't the techs just make it automatic without having to tick the box.

FlamingOBingo Wed 02-Mar-11 16:46:19


SoupDragon Wed 02-Mar-11 16:48:47

Not really because then things like www.catsbummouthsRus.com would convert to a link and it isn't one.

Yes I think they could make it automatic - and now I know that it works when I try to do a named link I don't see why they wouldn't.

Soupy I think it'd be funny for people to try to click on www.catsbumsmouthsareus.com

ivykaty44 Wed 02-Mar-11 16:51:38
FlamingOBingo Wed 02-Mar-11 16:56:13

So, SD? The interweb would hardly explode if that happened...but surely just irritating to have to always remember to tick a box before you press 'post' if you've put a link in it.

Tee2072 Wed 02-Mar-11 17:10:38

www.leyser.org/TeeBlog Tee's Blog

But does it do smart links?

Tee2072 Wed 02-Mar-11 17:10:54

Nope. Still need to code for those, I guess.

Maryz Wed 02-Mar-11 17:25:12
Maryz Wed 02-Mar-11 17:25:52

Oh, it did work, how exciting.

I still like the clever ones with words instead of all the crap.

And sorry, it isn't his cock, but was the longest link I could find blush.

Depends how you do the 'smart links' Tee.

If you do them like it says --> there it did it for me earlier.

Tee's Blog

balloonballs Wed 02-Mar-11 17:29:26
balloonballs Wed 02-Mar-11 17:30:48
balloonballs Wed 02-Mar-11 17:33:57

Bugger, I used to be able to do Trillian's smart links but my power has been diverted by the force that is Terry Wogan's cock.

SoupDragon Wed 02-Mar-11 17:35:41

Or, Flamingo, you could just put the link in properly to start with. I'm sure the internet won't explode if you do. hmm

Maryz Wed 02-Mar-11 17:35:43

I'm afraid to click on any of these links, I don't know what they are shock.

But I still think the really, really long ones are going to be irritating, so the space short-name is the best way just because I can do it.

Maryz Wed 02-Mar-11 17:38:30

gah, that wasn't a link. It was meant to be [[ website space short-name ]], i.e. the double bracket and space in the middle with a shortened name for the website system (as in follow the instructions to the right of the add message box) confused.

Mists Wed 02-Mar-11 19:37:07

Dammit I thought there would be a nice easy way of linking this essential one.

LeninGrad Wed 02-Mar-11 22:02:52

Oooh, just started a thread in chat about this.

I can't get those nice little lines under the link I've seen.

LeninGrad Wed 02-Mar-11 22:04:59

Don't get it

blog.iblamethepatriarchy.com/ my groovy link

LeninGrad Wed 02-Mar-11 22:05:25
LeninGrad Wed 02-Mar-11 22:05:42
HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 02-Mar-11 22:06:11


It's probably just to help out those who are too thick to do a link the proper way.


Beamur Wed 02-Mar-11 22:07:26

Like me! Thanks you Mumsnet for this new widget.

Maryz Wed 02-Mar-11 22:14:35

Now SoupDragon is going to feel all superior.


HermioneHatesHoovering Sat 29-Sep-12 09:46:05

Someone please explain in English how to do this, thanks confused

HermioneHatesHoovering Sun 30-Sep-12 23:36:43

bumping for an answer please smile

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 01-Oct-12 11:39:30

Hello HermioneHatesHoovering. Are you asking how to "do" links?

If so, you just surround the url you want to make into a link with two square brackets (two at each end).

So, if you want www.mumsnet.com to become a link, you type the symbol square bracket, square bracket then www.mumsnet.com then the symbol square bracket, square bracket.

If you look at Links at the bottom of any discussion thread (below the Add message box), you'll see it all explained.

HermioneHatesHoovering Tue 02-Oct-12 00:13:49

Hello Helen, No I understand about that, what I'm asking is for instance sometimes a linkwill just be one word, not showing the www etc but perhaps click "here" for instance. The word "here" would be clickable and takes you to whatever site. Does that make sense? So that is what I want to know how to do grin

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