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When you mention something, link to it!

I noticed that in the past days I commented this suggestion on several blogs:

A little suggestion to help your readers navigate more easily: When you mention a blog (or "something"), make it a link pointing there!

Example:
Instead of : In my last blog I wrote about how you can use XD01 in S/4HANA

try: In my last blog I wrote about how you can use XD01 in S/4HANA

Way better, isn't it? I think it's especially helpful as

1. People still struggle with navigation ( I do!)

2. The feature "incoming links" we had in SCN isn't there anymore.

Or do you see any reason not to connect content with links? (Happy to learn!)

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Joachim

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Dec 12, 2016 at 10:45 AM
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I'm pretty old but I remember this kind of behaviour was under the nice name of "Netiquette" in the past days, when internet was a green field and the air clean ;)

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[...] "do you see any reason not to connect content with links?"

Not really. Especially if you already talk about that content in your blog. Old platform or new, if you help people findung the content your talking about, the faster they are back to the current read instead of searching for the other stuff.

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In the old SCN when you paste URL the page name was automatically inserted as a link text. Unfortunately now this useful feature was lost...

Sample:

https://blogs.sap.com/2016/12/01/how-to-get-epm-protection-password/

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I think there is already an idea in the Idea place for that to bring it back. But that also means the author has to paste the url. The same can be achieved now with a click more and manually adding the title, but the core is, that some people don't add urls at all.

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Sorry, but it's not a "click more"

In old SCN:

1. Copy URL from browser line (automatically selected)
2. Select tab with answer
3. Paste in answer text

Now:

1. Select page name on the page with blog
2. Copy
3. Select tab with answer
4. Press Link button
5. Paste page name
6. Return to the tab with blog
7. Copy URL from browser line (automatically selected)
8. Return to answer tab
9. Paste URL
10. Press Insert button

How to get EPM protection password

And with URL's in blogs the result is unpredictable!

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Hi Vadim,

Though, I preferred the old editor, but the situation with URLs under new editor is not that critical. What I do is:

a) Type the text I want to use as a link

b) Copy URL I need

c) Select the text I typed, go to icon and insert URL.

Overall, not so bad... Nevertheless, once more, I agree that the old editor handled it better.

Regards,

Eli

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"Type the text I want to use as a link" - I want to avoid typing in most cases :)

In general in my answers I provide links to my blogs very often, I decide to paste raw URL!

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You can make it like this: 'Please, check this blog'. ...and inserting blog's URL under word 'blog'. I just wonder, if search engine is looking on URLs...

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I also end up just pasting URLs a lot. The fact that I have to chose between "Insert Link" and "Remove Link" when there is no link is starting to grind my gears. And after I pasted the URL my hands are already on the keyboard, so why waste precious SCN time quota?

In some cases I might just mention "there was a blog about this" when I'm too lazy to search for it. But for an author talking about your own old post and not linking make no sense. Why miss a legitimate opportunity to pimp your own content?

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That's what I usuall do, too.

And the fact that you now can freely choose which titel you give to your link (instead of allways having it convert to the blog titel automatically) could even be viewed as improvement...

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In the old SCN the link text was also changeable... But I never used this option :)

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I think there is already an idea in the Idea place

Haha, good catch - you made me search for that - and here's the probable link or whatever I like to call it...

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Putting Joachim's request into action, right here! :)

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As a side note - some links are pretty much invisible on SCN these days. For example, can you see a link in this post? (Double points if you are a Gen-Xer or older.)

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Unread link looks better :)

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Some links are pretty much invisible sometimes in some of the browsers, tested by the SCN team.
Luckily, the visited link improvement does not affect Firefox users. ☺
It is unbelievable - I am still using charmap in an internet forum in 2016.

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Yes, it's a question read/unread... 'Read' links are almost indistinguishable from the rest of the text :(

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Another shade of grey. Maybe they are going for the 50?

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I prefer Histoire d'O :p

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Oh, the link in the screenshot - yes, I can see that.

But 1st thing I just did was moving my mouse over every single letter in "As a side note - some links are pretty much invisible on SCN these days. For example, can you see a link in this post? (Double points if you are a Gen-Xer or older.)", indeed not finding any link... :-|

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I went a step further. I extracted the html content behind the text to see if there is an href tag. No link found :-)

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