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It's clear I'm outvoted, but every now and then I use shorteners here and would miss them. Some URLs are very long and, when linking something in a comment (say, a page from a book), they can really be an annoyance. So I'd suggest that: If shorteners are banned, then make urls not count towards the character limit in comments.


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There’s no difference for the person clicking the link, but there are minor differences for the person posting it, and for a hypothetical person who might read the URL but not click. The magic number that’s common in your two examples, 13855, is the database identifier of your post. When you visit a link of the first form, your browser is redirected to a ...


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Presumably$^1$ not, but it is most safe to use the permalink format suggested when clicking the share button. It sometimes makes a difference if the URL contains extra stuff (e.g. accidentally linking to a specific comment if the intent was to link to the question itself). -- $^1$ The word presumably because SE presumably will make sure that links work in ...


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