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What to do with links to arXiv front end?

If it's been down for a few weeks it's too early (as you say) but a good idea to mention it now. Your query points to about 600 answers, this is a lot, so the hope, if it's once judged time to make a ...
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Privacy of software-generated links to questions and answers

Two points that I haven't seen highlighted enough in the rest of the discussion. The only (apparent) purpose of the userids in the permalinks is awarding Announcer badges. Badges and reputation may ...
17 votes
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Any policies around Dead links?

I guess I usually act as follows: a) If I know how to fix the link (typically, link points to an identifiable paper), I either edit accordingly, or add the link as a comment (I might even provide 2 ...
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13 votes

Links with IP adresses rather than website names

Do they work for other users? (When I tried the links, I did not get the files. But it's possible that I am the only person with the problem.) I think they aren't user-dependent; they are just rather ...
13 votes

edits with links to material under restricted access

There is a good reason for linking to a paywalled link. It is usually the official journal link. It is likely to contain the accurate citation information, it is likely to stay on the web for longer (...
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13 votes

Can (and should) Project Euclid links be replaced in bulk?

Let us collect here various formats of the links to Project Euclid which no longer work. (Some of those following links also appeared in variants with https instead ...
11 votes
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Is there a way to find which MO questions/answers point to which others?

This Google search site:mathoverflow.net OR site:math.stackexchange.com mathoverflow.net/questions/31222 OR mathoverflow.net/q/31222 produces a list of posts on MathOverflow and Math.SE containing ...
9 votes

edits with links to material under restricted access

On my opinion, links with restricted access are legitimate and desirable when there is no free link to a particular book/paper. After all, this is a site for professional mathematicians, and majority ...
9 votes

Forbid (or rewrite) proxy links in answers

It could be reasonable to collect some past examples of such proxies. This would help in assessing whether something like this is technically feasible. (And maybe also to which extent implementing ...
9 votes

Updated: Is it time to replace links to the UCDavis arXiv frontend?

As of 29 March 2022, I claim all the links in questions and answers to front.math.ucdavis.edu that predate April 2007, when the arXiv moved to the new, uniform ...
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9 votes

Citing papers in questions/answers

I would say that to some extent this could be simply based on common sense. And perhaps you could take into account your estimate whether you think that your answer (and the link/citation) might be ...
8 votes

Privacy of software-generated links to questions and answers

Privacy concerns are legitimate, even though I do not feel that one has any factual basis on which to make claims of spying or unethical behavior, whether on the part of individuals or corporations. I'...
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8 votes

Updated: Is it time to replace links to the UCDavis arXiv frontend?

I've reviewed your request and - while I'd generally want to say "yes, we can do this" - in this case, I'm sorry to say that I don't think it will be possible - at least, not without some ...
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8 votes

Hyperlink in a comment?

To make a link in a comment you can use the [text](url) syntax. (And, of course, you can use simply a bare URL - but I assume you want something nicer. Having some ...
7 votes
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Stable url for linking

The Internet Archive Wayback Machine allows you to save some web pages permanently as seen on at a given date and time. For example, I generated the following to save this page as it was before I ...
7 votes

What to do about gmane links in old answers?

I've managed to find copies of 6 links in 5 posts which were archived in the Wayback Machine, and they have been updated (thanks for reviewing!) I might have missed some, but the main challenge is ...
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7 votes

Updated: Is it time to replace links to the UCDavis arXiv frontend?

As some of you may have noticed, I have a script which repairs broken links / images, with some more options than the mass-replacement tool available to Stack Exchange staff. It can do all kinds of ...
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7 votes

Citing papers in questions/answers

I post my comment as an answer: it is definitely good to use the citation helper (see New feature - citation helper). It makes citation easy, and puts all the information needed into the post. Ideal ...
7 votes

Should we allow link-only answers that point to stable, well known and respectable sites?

I propose to adopt this policy: link-only answers should not be deleted, as a general practice. They are at least a partial attempt to answer, and contain useful information that should not go lost. ...
6 votes
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Is linking to comments possible?

To get a link to a comment, simply click on the timestamp next to it. (If it is your comment, be careful not to click on "Delete" by mistake.) For example, this is a link to the first ...
6 votes

Updated: Is it time to replace links to the UCDavis arXiv frontend?

At this moment, it is unclear whether a project like this should be done. (After all, until we heard from people running the arXiv frontend, we still should count as a possibility that it will be ...
6 votes
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Updated: Is it time to replace links to the UCDavis arXiv frontend?

Thanks for raising this one to our attention. We've now executed the requested changes on Math Overflow. However, it looks like, given the work y'all put in, this change set is relatively issue-free, ...
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5 votes
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Forbid (or rewrite) proxy links in answers

I've added a warning similar to what Martin Sleziak suggests: The warning looks for words1 that include the string proxy and later ...

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