Links can be added in two ways.
The easiest way is to write or past the full URL into the post. If the link structure is correct, the boards will automatically turn it into a clickable link when the post is published or saved. For example: https://vid.me.
This is a feasible option for external links, when it’s necessary to use the full, absolute URL. (See Internal links section below.)
However, full URL links are a bit of an eye-sore, and especially if URLs are long. Plus they don’t work well when you’re trying to write nice prose, or at least clean copy. In this case, formatted links (using Markdown) are better.
The syntax structure for a formatted link looks like this:
[your link text](URL). That’s straight brackets around your link text, immediately followed by parentheses around the URL.
For example, to create the same CSF link above, we use,
[Vidme](https://vid.me), which produces Vidme. Much better.
f you’re linking to another discussion thread, a reply post, or any other page within this platform (such as a user’s profile), it’s better to use a relative URL to the ID number only.
For example, both of the following will work as links to the Help index page, but the relative version to the ID number is shorter and cleaner:
- Absolute URL:
- Relative URL:
The relative version drops the domain root from the URL up to the trailing fore-slash (required in the relative path to ensure the destination is found), and everything after the ID number, which are trivial characters. The boards only read internal URLs up to the ID number. This makes it possible to change discussion titles without breaking URLs.
Depending where you link too (a discussion, page, tag, user profile…) the URL path will use a different letter designator, somewhat like a website section:
d = discussion
p = page
t = tag
u = user profile
Each type of letter designation will use it’s own ID number set. So if your relative URLs don’t work after saving, ensure the leading fore-slash isn’t missing and the designator is correct for the type of destination resource it is. For best results copy the full link to the internal location, paste it into place, then edit out the extraneous bits.