Hyperlink Markdown

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217 comments

  • PaulBags
    Be nice if we could use the embed markup:
    [Link text](http://example.com)
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  • JohnIcey

    100% agree.  I've been trying to see how I could stop posting massive links like this: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.5067192,-0.0876834,3a,75y,21.56h,95.16t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sYPRchxATiRav7KBHMbPFGg!2e0!6s%2F%2Fgeo3.ggpht.com%2Fcbk%3Fpanoid%3DYPRchxATiRav7KBHMbPFGg%26output%3Dthumbnail%26cb_client%3Dmaps_sv.tactile.gps%26thumb%3D2%26w%3D203%26h%3D100%26yaw%3D67.21981%26pitch%3D0%26thumbfov%3D100!7i13312!8i6656 instead of something much cleaner such as something like this.

     

    Really this is honestly a no brainier and should have been added ages ago. 

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  • Joey72806

    Yeah, custom links in markdown would be amazing. I could really use this feature.

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  • GwenBebe

    nice going with the rick roll

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  • nezvko

    Nick, that was the first thing OP said:

    "Now that Discord has the feature where it warns you when clicking an unidentified link, maybe it could be used to protect people who click on a Hyperlink."
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  • DoriSai

    It would come in especially handy in crowded chats or in detailed posts, both of which happen quite often in the groups I frequent.  It's really distracting to either have a bunch of links at the bottom or have a big link in the middle of someone's detailed post.  Also comes in handy for storytelling and roleplaying groups, links ruin the pacing pretty hard.

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  • Fluff Dumpster

    Referencing wiki pages when explaining things to new players, to various games, gets REALLY cluttered when you can't embed the link (i just googled it to see if it was in the works cuz i just had this problem). I'm 127% for implementing some variant of this in the client. 

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  • ezze

    Can't believe it's not supported (and all basic [markdown](https://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/syntax) syntax such as blockquote, headers, etc.)! I think it should be easy enough to have it all shipped in Discord.

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  • Arein

    Would be a great feature, especially for large posts. 

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  • furriephillips

    My very first Discord first post was to introduce myself to a new channel, included 11 links - formatted as I thought they should be - inline, so as to be unobtrusive, but it was like a text bomb going off!

    [kit-car-building](http://bit.ly/EagleRV)

    I was taking my lead from https://markdownlivepreview.com/

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  • Nicholas

    When I see these in the wild, clicking causes the real link to pop up in small text below the hyperlink.

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  • asher

    Yes please.

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  • Mikuri

    I'm surprise this simple feature isn't included yet.

    C'mon Discord, that would helps greatly to organise content!

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  • gogglebot

    The fact that this is still not implemented is bizarre. All these divisive UI changes and not this single UX addition. It would be *so* much easier to write welcome/information channels were this a thing. Not to mention for servers that heavily depend on linking outside sources, which for video game servers (e.g. 90% of Discord) is critical. 

     

    We already have the feature to notify when when a link goes to somewhere away from discord, if you're seriously worried about people posting dodgy links just make sure this always triggers. Perhaps override the "don't show this again" for hyperlink'd text.

    People already use link shorteners and there's nothing special implemented to protect from that. There's a limit as to which how much Discord can actually be responsible for what people click on. A popup, perhaps a permission to allow people to use markdown hyperlinks? IMO best option would be a little bubble when you hover over the link that shows where it goes: 

    Really I don't know what else you'd need. It's already usable for bots in embeds so it's not like its an implementation problem. 

     

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  • The Engineer

    I second this!

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  • YukiOnna

    Epigramx, were not asking them to completely hide links. We simply want to visually shorten them. The security portion would be covered as long as they leave the prompt portion in or even better if they add in hover to reveal link.

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  • Peter Boling (NPP)

    Adding my voice to this wall of pleading comments.  I really need this feature.  Please Discord.  Do it for the fans.  Do it for the mods.  Do it for the karma points.  It's very strange that it isn't already supported, but more importantly, we could have this feature in the future, and dispatch all of this awkwardness.

    I will be sharing this issue on all social media platforms until it is supported.

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  • Piefanatic

    This really shouldn't be a bot/webhook-only feature, seeing that the majority of other platforms allow it.

    Probably reiterating this, but copy-pasting a Google link is extremely cumbersome, especially to mobile users who now have to scroll an entire screen just to get by one link when it could have been possible to make it as simple as "Cute puppers" or something of the sort. That screen scroll is further amplified if that Google link is directly to an image of 1000 pixels or taller, but I digress. There are third-party link shortening tools, like TinyUrl, but those just make the links even sketchier due to not being able to see where the link truly goes unless you have knowledge about that third-party's tool.

    There's even markdown that exists to negate a markdown from catching (which are the code blocks in back-ticks [`]) to allow the full link to still display without having it actually lead somewhere without a copy-paste into a browser.

    Why would we even need all these cool tidbits and not be able to use the more commonly known feature of hyperlinks without some specially coded bot to do it for you?

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  • ﮿Nick

    good idea

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  • Kirschi

    I'd really love to see that implemented. If the Discord staff considers this dangerous, there could be an option to warn from texts containing such links or even to not show them at all

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  • Doragon🐍

    PoliteKiwi,
    Bots can use hyperlinks [Name](URL)
    If u don't like this, use embeds and set url in title, example

    discord.py
    embed = discord.Embed(title='Go to YouTube',
    url='https://www.youtube.com/',
    description='New video guys click on the title')

    discord.js
    "embed": {
    "title": "Go to YouTube",
    "url": "https://www.youtube.com/",
    "description": "New video guys click on the title"
    }

    Check result

    Try Embed visualizer - https://leovoel.github.io/embed-visualizer/  

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  • Nicholas

    Machine Translation of Zero's comment from Portuguese:

    This will surely be so amazing, a tool that would surely make my life easier !! I am currently using discord with some friends to write a history, and organization is one of the keys, I want to do hyperlinks on the server to redirect some parts of a chat to another part of another chat (still on the same server), it would be incredible !!!
    You see, it's not cool to write a story and suddenly LINK or [number] (it's for a glossary), just a hyperlink would keep everything beautiful, beautiful and perfect!
    I'll love soooo much if this happens: D

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  • DigitalJock

    Perhaps this would be better written as this: full markdown support and then let us set what markdown features are allowed per-server, room, role, etc. Still, hyperlink support is the most popular requested markdown feature that Discord lacks, so that's a good start. Come on, Discord... hook us up with some better markdown!

    However much you decide to add, please give us control on who can use it and where.

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  • nimaid

    Webex Teams implements this with a hover-over preview. If Discord did something similar, in addition to the media preview links always generate in Discord, should make it clear to the user what the link actually does. Bonus points for also displaying the final resolved URL below the original if it redirects.

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  • Anonyx

    ....wow. I googled "how to hyperlink on discord" and this was one of the first results... two years old. two years and still nothing. sad.

    OP is exactly right— discord warns when going to unidentified links, so if you click on a hyperlink you can see the URL anyway if it's an unrecognized one or whatever. not to mention you can right click and copy link (or long-press and copy link on mobile).

    I can't see any reason why discord hasn't implemented this yet besides negligence.

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  • BunkDad

    A hyperlink feature is necessary for uncluttered text messaging. It should include a hover feature for the actual link, just as seen almost everywhere.

    Thanks!

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  • PaulBags

    Hm. We have code blocks and spoilers, what if we had markdown blocks?

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  • nimaid

    I would also love to see this! I use [hyperlinks](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperlink) constantly, because I am needing to reference [GitHub issues](https://github.com/tensorflow/tensorflow/issues/36910), [external media](https://tinyurl.com/y6r69b7f), [tutorials](https://www.wikihow.com/Cry-On-the-Spot), etc.

    EDIT: Guys, check this out. This issue is on the 2nd page, and only issues on the 1st page are completed. We need more votes on this to make it stand out as an in-demand feature.

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  • TazQuebec

    Yes please

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  • justinmreina

    pasting Dropbox links to content is embarrassing, they are so long

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