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NetworkGuy Mon 10-Dec-12 17:28:47

... adding a way to link to a specific post. You have ways to report a post (which is how I've found out the posting number) but no simple way to get a link for posting on another thread. Ideally it would be nice to have a link like

rather than

Incidentally, I just tried the first link above on an iMac (OSX 10.6.8)

Link works fine using CHROME browser and shows the posting by BadgersPaws

Try it with Safari (the default Apple browser) and it does not go to the specific posting in the thread.

Probably a Safari issue, but maybe Tech can see if they know why only the second form (with the correct title) works, and shows the specific post.

TeeElfOnTeeShelf Mon 10-Dec-12 17:30:00

No. Not until they fix TIO and finish Local!!!

SledsImOn Mon 10-Dec-12 17:30:21

Ooh this sounds like a fantastic idea.

Nice work Network Guy.

SledsImOn Mon 10-Dec-12 17:30:44

Oh Local schmocal. grin

NetworkGuy Mon 10-Dec-12 17:33:19

FWIW the correct link (which will work on Safari) was

OK, I know TIO is stuffed, and certainly wasn't expecting it to get higher priority than a FIX but as something that could help if wanting to link to a particular post easily, and for all users, I would hope it would have your support, too, Tee (?)

GlaikitFizzogTheChristmasElf Mon 10-Dec-12 17:33:43

Stop distracting tech! TIO not working is seriously hampering my mning capabilities. And Hugh grant is here in 21/2 hours!

<Shakes box of biscuits at tech>

NetworkGuy Mon 10-Dec-12 17:37:15

boxes of biscuits are even more distracting...

You don't really think Tech will be looking here... only when MNHQ have decided it is a good idea (and they should!) will Tech get asked smile

NotWankinginaWinterWonderland Mon 10-Dec-12 17:40:32

Oh while we are asking for things can we lose the bold starring please and have a word based bold underline and erm italics please, just when you get five minutes....and some new faces also. blush

NetworkGuy Mon 10-Dec-12 17:42:45

You mean like [b] [/b] for bold and [i] [/i] to get italics ?

What's wrong with how it is at the moment ?

GlaikitFizzogTheChristmasElf Mon 10-Dec-12 18:20:51

Ooh, did you know that things in <> brackets disappears on the iPad app?

<arsewankcuntfuck> see, gorn!

GlaikitFizzogTheChristmasElf Mon 10-Dec-12 18:21:44


NetworkGuy Mon 10-Dec-12 18:23:29

Ooh, did you know that things in <> brackets disappears on the iPad app?

<arsewankcuntfuck> see, gorn!

It might only be 'gorn' on the iPad app !!!

SandWitch Mon 10-Dec-12 18:24:07

NetworkGuy Mon 10-Dec-12 18:24:34

ah ha - I would have been unable to see you mention a box of biscuits, too, if it had not appeared...

GlaikitFizzogTheChristmasElf Mon 10-Dec-12 18:25:19

Well yes! There is that. blush

Some of my funniest musings go in the pointy brackets! Poor app users are being deprived of that!

NetworkGuy Mon 10-Dec-12 18:27:05

will take your word for it smile

GlaikitFizzogTheChristmasElf Mon 10-Dec-12 18:28:36

<networkguy is the cleverest mner there is who doesn't use the app> wink

confuddledDOTcom Mon 10-Dec-12 18:32:55

I agree. It's rather mean that they can quote and we can't but we'd have quotes of quotes if we could BUT being able to link to a post we're quoting or to quote a post in another thread would be so much easier than trying to direct people to a massive thread and say it's on there somewhere.

BertieBotts Mon 10-Dec-12 18:35:19

You can do this by bookmarking the post and then reloading the page, it makes it go to the right post.

The fact that #links are broken in various browsers isn't something that can be changed by MNHQ though surely? I find that #links don't always work for me on Chrome on certain websites (MN threads are fine).

NetworkGuy Tue 11-Dec-12 02:02:54

Thanks BB - hadn't thought of bookmarking for that purpose, but it was some way to get a much shorter web link that I was after.

For example, on ThinkBroadband, they added some code to allow a link to the news item number so a link can be shortened to <domain>/news/i/<number> and then it gets expanded.

They've added a 'link' (for copying and pasting) with the description 'link to this item'

It's similar to Mumsnet allowing any word in place of a topic (such as 'site_stuff' or 'radio_addicts' etc) in Talk/<topic>/threadID-<text of subject> or
Talk/<topic>/ a threadID-<text of subject>
(the 'a' causes all posts on the thread to be shown, and in both cases you can delete the text as it's just the thread number that's important).

Tech (MNHQ) Tue 11-Dec-12 02:49:25

Hi, NW, you can indeed get to any thread as where NNNNN is the thread ID number. We find the id in the URL and then send a redirect to tell your browser to go to the "real" url of the thread. The bit of the URL after the # is a bookmark within the page and only relevant to the browser - it looks like Safari discards it on a redirect whereas the other browsers retain it and use it. I don't think we can do anything about that. Might be one for apple.

Just as an aside, as you know, if you use the correct URL in the first place - the one you get from "show all" on the thread, then append the message number after a # all should be well.

So should link directly to the message you posted before this one, in all browsers including Safari. That's because we don't redirect that in any way when we receive it.

BUT that doesn't help your desire for a shorter URL of course.

TeeElfOnTeeShelf Tue 11-Dec-12 07:30:39

This is why you aren't suppose to use <> for actions. :: :: is the standard because <> are coding brackets.

I am vindicated at last, at least for iPad App users!!!

(Also, I am at least as clever (and modest) as NG and I don't use the app either.)


NotWankinginaWinterWonderland Tue 11-Dec-12 10:13:16

No NetworkGuy I would like to be able to just highlight a full sentence and hit a bold key... much easier...I am being lazy with my requests, it takes me a5 minutes to bold a paragraph when it could take 2 minutes.

TeeElfOnTeeShelf Tue 11-Dec-12 11:19:07

Why does it take you 5 minutes?

*At beginning of paragraph and another at the end of paragraph.*

NotWankinginaWinterWonderland Tue 11-Dec-12 12:53:29

Oh does that work It didn't used to

Oh sorry I take it all back...........

I have no idea if it takes 5 minutes btw, I don't time myself, 5 minutes to me = an hour when typing thanks you

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