Forum Moderation Guide: Managing Posts and Threads: Linking

Forum Moderation Guide: Managing Posts and Threads: Linking

This page is part of the Moderating Microsoft Forums series.

A common moderation question is how to manage links in forum posts. These types of links are commonly placed into posts:

·        3rd party links

·        Blogs, articles, and other web sites

·        Send to specific forum, not all-up

Guidance

The following guidance is to be used when determining the allowance of links:

·        Links to Microsoft blogs, Web sites, and forums are always acceptable.

·         MVP and other forum users that place links to 3rd-party sites are acceptable as long as they conform to the Microsoft Code of Conduct.

·        When linking to a Microsoft forum, the link should be as specific as possible. For example, if you refer a user to the Windows 7 Deployment forum on TechNet, provide a link to the specific forum, not to the main TechNet site.

·        Links can appear inline with the text or as a pasted URL. For example:

Link in forum posts like this

Link in forum posts like this: http://www.bing.com/

  • A pasted URL is clearer (where you're going to land), but make sure you include the name of the page if the URL is long or unclear.

 


 

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  • Karl Mitschke edited Revision 10. Comment: Removed references to Microsoft Newsgroups as they no longer exist

  • Ed Price - MSFT edited Revision 5. Comment: Changing the guideance on the links in forum posts.

  • yottun8 edited Revision 3. Comment: Added "Other Languages" and ja-JP version.

  • Zoltán Horváth edited Revision 2. Comment: Replaced the first sentence, just not to start a page with "back to". Tagging.

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  • Quote:

    "Do: Link like this

    Do not: Link like this: http://www.bing.com"

    I like to know, or let people know when I post  a link, rather than to be surprised by the "This".

    Jack MVP Moderator.

  • Hi

    Sorry, I made my comment above before I noticed the locked thread in the moderator forum.

    In any case, many 3rd party forums that I am familiar with solve the Readability issue by truncating the long  text that attached to the link.

    Example, on screen it looks like this,

    www.anandtech.com/.../b...ic-killer-2100

    While the actual link is,

    www.anandtech.com/.../bigfoot-networks-announces-3rd-gen-killer-nic-killer-2100

  • I also disagree with this guidance. I see not point in not making it obvious where I am directing people.

  • I agree that in-line linking can be more elegant and take up less space. However a disadvantage is that they can be easily missed by the reader - especially if you have poor eyesight like me. Let users have some discretion on this please.

  • Zoltán Horváth edited Revision 2. Comment: Replaced the first sentence, just not to start a page with "back to". Tagging.

  • yottun8 edited Revision 3. Comment: Added "Other Languages" and ja-JP version.

  • Ed Price - MSFT edited Revision 5. Comment: Changing the guideance on the links in forum posts.

  • Karl Mitschke edited Revision 10. Comment: Removed references to Microsoft Newsgroups as they no longer exist

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