# Is there a short way to reference a question in the comments?

When writing a comment, is there a short-way to make a hyperlink to a question, without copying and pasting its address (or its title + address)?

For instance, in order to refer to question #74, instead of writing:

[Is Smoothed Analysis used outside academia?]


I'll just write

[CS.q.74]


or something like that? If no such shortcut exists, what is the easiest way to achieve the above citation?

• Use 'q/#': cs.stackexchange.com/q/74 – Kaveh Oct 6 '15 at 3:08
• We could try and purchase the domain cs.se... – Raphael Oct 6 '15 at 16:26

The shortest is to just write http://cs.stackexchange.com/q/74 in your comment. Unfortunately, the title doesn't get automatically inserted, so the link looks a bit ugly. There's no workaround that I know of: if you want to have the nice title, you have to insert it yourself, as you showed in your question. If you do that as an explicit link, you can omit the protocol and host name part of the URL (assuming you're referencing a question on the same site): [Is Smoothed Analysis used outside academia?](/q/74).
You can use /a/POST_NUMBER to link to an answer. Click the share button below an answer to see its post number; the link is of the form http://SITE/a/POST_NUMBER/USER_NUMBER, but the second number is only used to track users who share links.
• Thanks! I wasn't aware of the q/# option, which is helpful. Would be great if [q/74] would have automatically brought the title. I'll vote for the feature request. – Ran G. Oct 6 '15 at 14:08
• I usually use [here](...) or similar; there's usually no need to use the title (which, let's face it, is only sometimes really useful). – Raphael Oct 6 '15 at 16:27