I've noticed that sometimes a link in a comment won't automatically be hyperlinked.

For example, I added two identical comments to two of my questions and one was hyperlinked and one wasn't. (Although, looking at the crowd reaction, I don't think my questions are going to be around long enough for the links to work).

Does this have to do with the new site changes?

  • FWIW, you can manually linkify them yourself, with markdown code.
    – Wikwocket
    Jun 14, 2012 at 22:42
  • @Wikwocket is there a tutorial?
    – Atav32
    Jun 14, 2012 at 22:43
  • Yes, if you click 'help' under the 'Add Comment' button, you get a guide. See this post for more info.
    – Wikwocket
    Jun 15, 2012 at 0:17

2 Answers 2


For a URL to be magically converted to a link, you must start it like one. Typically this means you're going to need to start it with http://

Looking closely at your two comments, in one the link started with http:// and the other did not.

You can also link things using markdown, which you can learn more about on the advanced help page. Clicking the ? icon above most text entry fields, and then clicking the words "advanced help" will take you here.

This bar does not appear above comment fields, and they only support a limited subset of markdown.


The Markdown code wikwocket references is as follow:

The markdown code for creating a link is as follows:


Like so!

This works in questions, answers, comments, and even chat! Hyperlink ALL the things!

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