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Tip: Building a URL pointing to a specific comment in a Discussion, in CA Communities

  • 1.  Tip: Building a URL pointing to a specific comment in a Discussion, in CA Communities

    Posted 01-13-2015 11:54 PM

    Hello Everyone,

     

    You may want to point someone to a particular part of a really long Discussion thread. You can give them the URL, but if it is a very long Discussion, your colleague will still need to scan down the posts until they find the content you were referring to . . . if they find it.

     

    You can point directly to a specific part of a Discussion thread by copying it's URL link.

     

    For example, I could right-click the URL against the post that I want in this long Discussion, "Copy link address" and paste it into Communities:

    Tip - Pasting to a point in a URL.png

    Giving a URL which works:

    https://communities.ca.com/message/241730801#241730801

     

    but which has no description about what the thread is on.

     

    On the other hand, if you use my tip here:

    TIP: How to paste a Communities' URL and have it auto-title correctly always.

     

    to strip out everything from the "hash" on, then you get a nicely formatted URL, but it links to the top of the page!

     

    Best Way to Link to a Specific Post in a Discussion

     

    1. Write up the text of the location you want to point to. It could be a new heading, or it could be the original thread name.

    Tip: Paste into Notepad first to remove formatting, and repaste.

     

    I'm going to go in this case with:

    "WE HAVE A WINNER! ! ! >>> Update your Profile for a Chance to Win!"

     

    2. Copy the link address as per the above screenshot. Here that is:

    https://communities.ca.com/message/241730801#241730801

     

    3. Select the text in (1), use the "Insert Link" (Capital letter "A" with a chain) in the editor and paste in the full URL from (2).

     

    Tip - Pasting to a point in a URL2.png

     

    "Insert" and you now have a formatted link that goes straight to the comment in the Discussion that you wished to link to:

     

    WE HAVE A WINNER! ! ! >>> Update your Profile for a Chance to Win!

     

    I hope that helps.

     

    Thanks, Kyle_R.