Meta Stack OverflowHidden features of Stack Exchange?
[+152] [50] JosephStyons
[2008-10-07 18:56:56]
[ discussion hidden-features ]

What are some features of this site that you consider "hidden"?

For example, I didn't know about the RSS feeds until Jeff Atwood and Joel Spolsky discussed them on the podcast [1].

(13) rly, you didn't notice the RSS icon in your address bar? - Chris Marasti-Georg
(33) Chrome doesn't give the RSS icon on the address bar. - Lakshman Prasad
(28) Until you mentioned it, I never noticed an RSS icon in my address bar ever. sigh - Dan Neely
(1) @Chris - I know I didn't, until just now. On my screen there's probably about 70 icons ATM, and I probably use between 5 and 10 on a regular basis. The address bar isn't used in my browser very often because of these things called "bookmarks". If I ever noticed that icon before, I assumed it was some kind of Firefox gimmick for working with addresses and ignored it. - Steve314
[+139] [2009-07-29 11:07:00] Ólafur Waage

If you need to tell someone to do keyboard commands you can use the kbd HTML tag.


<kbd>Ctrl</kbd> + <kbd>Alt</kbd> + <kbd>Del</kbd>


Ctrl + Alt + Del

More here: - Web_Designer
(1) That's a standard HTML tag, though; it just has a really nice CSS style. - WChargin
[+130] [2008-10-07 18:59:33] akdom [ACCEPTED]

Attached Firefox/Internet Explorer search plugin. In Firefox, when you are on Stack Overflow, just click on the search dropdown (to the left of the search text field) and hit Add "Stack Overflow".

EDIT: SO-family sites now also support OpenSearch, as described in this question [1].


Does this only work on Windows? It doesn't work on the ancient version of Firefox on my CentOS box. - Paul Tomblin
(1) It has to support the "manage search plugins" option, and have discovery working. I'm using Firefox 3.0.2 on Fedora 9, so it definitely works under linux. It may just be that your version of firefox doesn't autodiscover. - akdom
Take a look a the originating post… . You will need to adjust it since that was for (if it doesn't still work). But you can manually add it with that. - akdom
(9) In Opera, you can right click on the SO search box and click "Create Search" to add it to your list of search sites. - Cristián Romo
(3) Cool, but nowhere near hidden. Lots of sites have this (more should!). And you can add sites yourself easily by generating the needed XML by searching a site for TEST and entering the resulting URL into - peSHIr
(1) It get's better if you assign a keyword to StackOveflow as search engine for Firefox (e.g. "so"). You can then type something like "so python+hidden" directly as URL into Firefox. - Cyberdrow
(1) Bookmark for quick search in FF/IE (or search engine shorcut in chrome) is, for searching: or for taggeg questions: - streetpc
(1) Cool - I just noticed in IE that the little drop down next to teh search box turns slightly orange when you're on this site. Sweeeet. - Sam Schutte
@Chris or on any other search box, for that matter. - Jouke van der Maas
[+105] [2010-11-07 17:56:31] Carlos Heuberger

Clicking on Days Visited or Consecutive Days on the profile page

clicking on Days Visited

opens a calendar that shows which days the site was actually visited.

shows a calendar

Nice! Never tried that. Good one. - Gabriel Guimarães
(3) @Gabriel - também gostei do calendário e valeu um Badge para mim (I also like the calendar and I got a badge for it) :-) "You've earned the Necromancer badge for Hidden features of Stack Overflow" - this message is great too, just right for Halloween! - Carlos Heuberger
Gaaah, just WHY are half of these features so damn hidden? I know why, Jeff likes hide & seek!... - romkyns
(1) It already says I visited tomorrow. Now I am tempted to stay off tomorrow to create a space time paradox. Either that or the official time zone is different than my local time, but where's the fun in that? - Karl Bielefeldt
I was on my 97th consecutive day when I forgot to visit ... almost got my fanatic badge... - Marlon
yeah me too marlon :(( - gsharp
Okay I actually discovered this by accident when I was trying to find out why my counter was reset...silly me for missing a day - prusswan
FYI: Your OpenID is actually still readable in this answer. - Emracool
[+88] [2010-04-15 00:39:51] OscarRyz

You can use:

All the votes ( negatives and positives ) you have had, and the question where you've got them.

Source: Jeff answer here [1]


(11) True, and you can also trigger reputation recalc there. - Shadow Wizard
@ShaWizDowArd used to be correct, but due to changes since his comment was posted, /reputation no longer has any effect on your reputation, it simply displays what you currently have. - Richard J. Ross III
@Richard as far as I know, it's still possible to recalc and it's still making changes in rare cases where it wasn't updated automatically. IMO this answer should stay. See here a related post. - Shadow Wizard
@RichardJ.RossIII I stand corrected, they removed the button. :( - Shadow Wizard
[+59] [2009-08-26 09:07:19] HuBeZa

URL tooltips [1]


(7) talk about hidden, I'm going to use this in every post now just to show it to people who edit them. - Gordon Gustafson
I didn't know how to do that in markdown until now. I always used an html <a> element with a title attribute. - Web_Designer
[+55] [2010-09-14 20:55:24] Gelatin

You can see the history [1] of what happened to a question by going to:{questionid}/timeline

In the details that are shown [2], a lot can be clicked to expand.

This also works on Area 51 [3].


[+54] [2008-10-07 19:50:59] Patrick McElhaney

You can see recently completed features [1] on Meta Stack Overflow. There is also a formally-maintained list [2].


this link is dead - Carson Myers
Updated the link. - Patrick McElhaney
if only we could hide everything that's not a feature, like retags. - Gordon Gustafson
(1) Good point. Updated the link so it only shows questions tagged status-completed and feature-request. - Patrick McElhaney
(5) And when noticing changes: consider adding them to the community maintained Recent feature changes to Stack Exchange. - Arjan
[+45] [2009-12-01 18:00:45] jmfsg

If you have 1000+ reputation, you can click the score of a question/answer and expand the net value to see the total of upvotes vs total of downvotes

Source [1]


Good addition. I wonder how casual users will discover this feature. - jjnguy
Well, how will the 1k rep users who don't visit meta discover the feature? - jjnguy
I think the low publicity is intended, Jeff was against this - jmfsg
(7) By misclicking (with the intention to vote). I just discovered it half an hour ago on SO... and wondered why it wasn't working on my meta account, until I found this. - splicer
@splicer, a good reason to upvote this post! - jmfsg
@Juan: yeah, you're right. done ^^ - splicer
@Justin Nelson, it's listed on the page. Granted, explicit instructions aren't provided, but a simple mouseover does the trick. - Pops
@popular kind of wondering but what's the reason for needing 1k rep to use this feature? - greatwolf
@Victor, you'd have to ask a developer for an official answer, but I think they once said it was to prevent too many database accesses. - Pops
@Victor Popular Demand is right, see this answer by Jeff. - Shadow Wizard
[+40] [2008-10-07 19:23:36] zigdon

#stackoverflow [1] IRC channel on freenode, and the SObot that will post new questions in the channel as they're posted.


(5) Quote from mibbit: Connections via mibbit are no longer supported on freenode. You may wish to consider using instead - Bob
never knew the IRC channel existed! great find! - staticx
(1) Except none of the support team is available when you need them :( - uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN
(2) @George: It's not a support channel! It's a mostly off-topic channel for socialising. (I speak as one of the very first people to come to that channel, back when it started in August 2008. It was founded by non-SO-staff, and even now, SO staff coverage is very thin; Geoff Dalgas comes in occasionally, but nobody else.) - Chris Jester-Young
Also, sobot is now in its own channel, #sobot. (zigdon is the owner of sobot, so, if he had an account on meta, I'm sure he'd update the post to say so.) - Chris Jester-Young
i'm there!! (well I've been there for a year now) - Evan Carroll
@Evan: how come you never reply, then? - uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN
I do, sometimes, I find #perlcafe to be more amusing. - Evan Carroll
(2) <byte_tongue/> - IAbstract
[+38] [2008-10-07 19:08:27] ベレアー アダム

You can search for multiple tags by typing them in the URL separated by %20. This does an AND search, i.e. only questions with all the tags you specified will be shown.

For example:

searches for both the 'windows' and the 'com' tags

Alternatively you can type the following in the search box in the top right for the same results:

[windows] [com]

It'd be nice if they enabled the word 'AND' but i'm happy to learn about this, thanks. - Lance Roberts
(7) You can also do "tag1 or tag2" in the URL. - Evan
(2) In fact, I think the "not" keyword works as well. - Evan
Related feature request:… - Patrick McElhaney
(4) [or] is now a tag so you can do [foo][or][bar] in the search box. - Dennis Williamson
[+37] [2010-07-04 12:20:27] Duncan McDougall

The nofollow attribute on your profile website link is removed at a rep of 2000.

Jeff's answer [1]


(1) Also mentioned in the podcast, episode 15 (2011-08-10, 30.1 MB, episode 100 in the old numbering scheme) at 43 min 00 secs. - Peter Mortensen
[+37] [2011-01-29 06:40:38] belisarius

Navigate to the last modification of a post

enter image description here

This is probably the awesomest of all things I have learned today. - jmac
Wow... you're telling me that I could have been doing this instead of doing CTRL-F and typing "ago"? :O - Doorknob
Sorry, what exactly is this referring to? I can't find this. - Kerrek SB
[+34] [2010-07-09 14:24:31] Andreas Rejbrand

I recently learned [1] that the Your Question/Your Answer editor has an auto-indent feature (in source code blocks): Try Shift+Enter.


(28) Actually Shift+Enter is a continue formatting command: I.e. it doesn't continue extra indenting within code, but it does add the first 4 needed spaces if you're already in code. It also adds the next numeric value for a numbered list, a copy of the first mark for an unnumbered list, and for both of the latter it "fixes" the other numbers/marks to be sequential/the same. It also continues > blockquotes. - Mark Hurd
@Mark Hurd: Great comment! You learn something new every day! - Andreas Rejbrand
[+31] [2008-10-07 23:15:51] Sam Hasler

It's possible to view the markup used to create any question or answer. (This may be useful if you wish to combine answers or quote part of the question with formatting.)

If the question or answer has been edited so that it has an edited X timeunits ago link, you can use that to view the revision history, then use the view source link.

If it hasn't been edited then you can still view the revision history, but you'll have to manually enter the url in your browser's address bar. For questions, take the number in the middle of the page's url; for answers use the link link for the answer to get it's unique number in the anchor of the url (after the # character) and then go to:

FYI Sam, I have quote (& credited) this post verbatim @… - bacar
(1) A feature like this should not be hidden. - romkyns
(17) I usually just click "edit". Now that even low reputation users can click edit, this is not very hard to find. - Brian
[+30] [2011-05-22 21:06:28] Gordon Gustafson

Wildcards in tag filters [1]

Adding *C#* to your ignored tags will ignore any tag that contains the letters C#, including C#-4.0 and visual-C#-express-2010. Likewise for favorite tags.

This is useful because there are often questions tagged C#-3.0 but not C#, so just ignoring C# wouldn't catch this. Its a really nice solution to ignoring all questions on a given topic.

You can even use it to ignore all questions not in your favorite tags by just ignoring * :D


[+27] [2011-02-07 11:34:19] HuBeZa

Tag links:


Syntax: [tag:tag-name]

Meta tags:

[2] (red because it's moderator only tag)

Syntax: [meta-tag:tag-name]

[2] /questions/tagged/status-planned

(11) There's also the [meta-tag:tag-name] syntax, and it might be nice to link to the MSO post in question here - Yi Jiang
More ways to link: - Web_Designer
[+26] [2011-02-18 05:04:33] Daniel DiPaolo

I just noticed today that asker comments are shaded just like the background for the user box:

enter image description here

This applies in comments to everything for that particular question too. It can be handy for context on larger pages.

(1) I just noticed that this applies to self answers, too. - lunboks
(2) this feature doesn't seem too hidden - ajax333221
[+21] [2011-01-29 06:39:22] belisarius

Modify tags in question (hidden area at right of tag list):

enter image description here

Note: This is only available with 10k rep or more.

(2) What's the difference between that and retag question that requires only 500 rep? - HuBeZa
(3) @HuBeZa It's the same function with another user interface. - belisarius
(1) @HuBeZa also the retag link is removed after hitting 2K. - Camil Staps
[+19] [2010-11-07 16:10:46] Gabriel Guimarães

Well, not only related to Stack Overflow but also AWESOME: ODATA for all Stack Exchange sites [1].

There's even some saved queries to know. For example, how much is still missing for me to get the X badge.

This is awesome!


(1) It is great, yes. Hopefully Area51 will soon be added. - Wikis
[+17] [2009-07-04 14:25:36] fretje

Stack Overflow Meta [1]

enter image description here


(29) meta sucks, never go there. :P - Gordon Gustafson
[+15] [2009-07-06 16:15:38] Sam Hasler

All the editing keyboard shortcuts act as toggles, including add hyperlink.

(9) I didn't even know there were keyboard shortcuts! - MatrixFrog
(2) what are the shortcuts? where can I find them? - Gabriel Guimarães
(5) @Gabriel: Hover over the buttons above the textarea and a tooltip will tell you what it does and what the keyboard shortcut for it is. - Sam Hasler
Thanks @Sam never noticed that. - Gabriel Guimarães
[+15] [2011-02-18 04:40:21] Dennis Williamson

When you search for a popular keyword [1] the search gets auto-converted to a tag search.

[2] - results: 6,560 questions tagged [3]

You can override that by prefixing a plus sign.

+hibernate [4] - results: 4,807 search results for posts containing +hibernate [5]
(some of which are not tagged [6])


[+14] [2013-04-05 07:39:18] Manishearth

Typing --- in chat forces a new section. Usually, consecutive chat messages from the same user are kept in the same box.

enter image description here

It is hidden in the transcript, but the separation between sections is still visible:

enter image description here

[+13] [2011-11-09 13:12:56] Shadow Wizard

You can write small text using <sub><sup> trick. For example wrapped with "single" <sub><sup>:

hello world

With two:

hello world

(7) Don't do that. It's an abuse of the markup, which is supposed to be for superscripts and subscripts. And it'll look horrible if you have multiple lines of text. - Mechanical snail
(2) @Mechanicalsnail I just shared something I've seen lots of times here, not my idea. But personally I think that since we don't have any <small> tag it can be useful to show small sized text. - Shadow Wizard
[+12] [2013-01-01 11:19:34] Shadow Wizard

Every site on Stack Exchange network has a "network login help" page, which run a few tests to check for the availability of certain necessary features in the user's browser.

To reach the page just append /network-login-help to the URL of any site, e.g. for the main site:

[+12] [2013-03-19 09:04:24] Shadow Wizard

Comment timestamp is a permalink to that comment: (need to right click it --> copy link address)

In the above example clicking that timestamp leads here [1].


(1) Adding comment so I can see this feature. - Kevin Panko
[+10] [2011-05-24 13:28:25] diEcho

On the personal profile page there is a Tags list just before Badges. There, some numbers are written before and after the tag, like

162 [1] × 302

When you hover on that tag you can see the total statistics of

  • How many questions you have asked within that tag
  • How many questions you have answered in that tag and
  • How many upvotes you have received in that tag

For example, if I hover on the [2] tag, I see these on the tooltip:

Asked 71 non-wiki questions with a total score of 56. Answered 230 non-wiki questions with a total score of 162.

302 is the sum of total questions and answers in the [3] tag
162 is the sum of votes for answers in the [4] tag


Recently I found one more hidden feature.

In the comment box, you can not notify more than one user, that is, you can not use @ more than once (until it is inside tilde). Doing so, you will get the warning below.

Only one additional @user can be notified; the post owner will always be notified


sorry can't see the point of making it bold. - Shadow Wizard you are right - diEcho
[+10] [2013-07-03 12:32:42] Shadow Wizard

While in the /about page aka guided tour of any site (e.g. Stack Overflow about page [1]) in the network, press the following keys in the following order:
This is known as Konami code, and will cause the site icon on top of the page to become the Stack Exchange Venn Euler diagram [2].

If on mobile device, the following should work: tap-drag up, tap-drag up (,down,down,left,right,left,right), and then tap thrice.

Kudos to Geoff for revealing the existence [3] of that easter egg. :)


Do you randomly test the Konami code in websites? :D - fedorqui
@fedorqui now I do, lol! But see the last sentence, Geoff posted answer calling us to action... so I viewed the source code, noticed the Konami and the rest is history! :-) - Shadow Wizard
[+9] [2008-10-07 21:36:27] Wedge

You can determine the total number of active users by looking at how many people have the "Teacher" badge (posted at least one upvoted answer):

(24) Is that right? I interpret the badge description as just users who posted at least one answer that was voted up, which should be number less or equal to the total number of users that posted at least one answer. Right? - peSHIr
[+9] [2013-05-07 13:26:39] hayd

Start a blockquote with >! for:


(3) This is literally a hidden feature. - Kevin Panko
[+8] [2013-07-10 09:18:34] Aziz Shaikh

View other users' privileges page by visiting /help/privileges/user/<id> URL. This page is accessible without any restrictions which seems to be by design [1].

Came to know about this feature from a post made by animuson [2].


I was about to add the same :) - hims056
(1) @hims056 too many hidden features already exposed, tough to find any more without the help of mods :) - Aziz Shaikh
[+7] [2009-01-01 02:29:38] flamingLogos

You can get a list of all of the questions and answers for which you've gained or lost reputation (along with the points up or down) in JSON format by pointing your browser at:

Substitute your user number for the ### in the URL. The 0 and 9999999999999 are the starting and ending times for the report in milliseconds (so this goes from time zero to several hundred years).

[Jun2009] Edit: This feature is apparently no longer supported, or the format has changed. Sorry.

(1) it doesn't work for me - Carson Myers
(5) But: there's a personal reputation report now. - Arjan
Yeap! no longer works. - Gabriel Guimarães
[+7] [2011-01-31 16:59:24] Justin Morgan

Associating your Stack Overflow login with another Stack Exchange site gives you +100 free reputation, just like that. I only just discovered this when I decided to set up a leatherworking site on Area 51 [1], but there's nothing I can find about it in the FAQ or elsewhere. I think they wanted to make sure people weren't motivated just by the reputation, but here I go letting the cat out of the bag. :)


@Arjan: Huh, cool links. I'd still call it hidden, though; I didn't even know those pages existed until just now. :) - Justin Morgan
(1) +1 because so many people have no idea about this bonus :) - Shadow Wizard
[+7] [2014-01-01 14:48:01] Shadow Wizard

Quick access to see user's review stats: daily, weekly, monthly and total, plus last time he/she reviewed.

URL format is:[review queue ID]/[user ID]

Review queue ID list:

  1. Suggested Edits
  2. Close Votes
  3. Low Quality Posts
  4. First Posts
  5. Late Answers
  6. Reopen Votes
  7. ? (future use, or maybe available on specific non SO sites only)
  8. Broken Links
  9. ? (future use, or maybe available on specific non SO sites only)

Some examples, using Geoff as model:

This is just raw data, unformatted and of course can be changed or taken down at any point.

[+6] [2011-01-29 17:57:25] Niles

I can't believe no one has mentioned descriptions of Stack Exchange functions and data hidden mostly in tooltips. This came up most recently in this question about privilege percentages [1]. @Arjan commented "As always on these sites: when in doubt, hover your mouse over the text for more detail."


[+6] [2011-04-27 17:14:01] Lance Roberts

If you click on a question that was migrated, it takes you to the question on the site of migration. If you then click on the "migrated from" it will then take you back to the question stub on the first site.

And at the original one can also see the edit history prior to the migration (by, as usual, clicking the time next to "edited", if applicable). - Arjan
[+6] [2011-04-28 14:12:46] Daniel DiPaolo

It's not a very hidden feature that, on Stack Overflow, the HTML <title> of each question page will have the most popular tag prepended.

What is hidden is that if the person names the question with the tag anywhere in the title:

[Java] How do I do this thing


How do I do this thing in Java

It will not also prepend java - at the beginning of the HTML title!

[+6] [2012-06-21 18:58:46] user173320

While I answered this question in Stack Overflow: How does the Stack Overflow Search Input work? [1]

I found this hidden feature: If you type your search expression than clicking Ctrl + Enter it will open a new tab\window with the results for your search expression.

For some browsers you will need to allow popups in the site to make it work.

For the sake of completeness The keydown (javascript - jQuery)code looks like this:

function(c) {
    if (13 == c.which && c.ctrlKey && d.val()) 
        return"/search?q=" + encodeURIComponent(d.val()), "_newtab"), !1

Ummmm that is no hidden feature of stack overflow. That is just a feature of browsers in general.... - amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A
(7) @amanaPlanaCAnalPAnaMA. ummmm. Nope. try it at google. You can see they wrote code to make it work. - user173320
[+6] [2013-12-01 14:40:49] Shadow Wizard

Comment short links are now available: http://[site]/posts/comments/[id]

To obtain comment id you can extract it from the full comment link or use dev tools to inspect the HTML.

For example:

[+5] [2011-01-29 10:24:25] greatwolf

Shows recently upvoted answers from new users or users with low rep.

(3) Not hidden anymore.. - Shadow Wizard
[+5] [2012-12-13 14:07:13] Niklas

If you hover a username in the comments section of a question you get to see his (or her) reputation.

or 'her' reputation! ;)] - Dan Hanly Edit it! ;) - minitech
done. Let's be Politically Correct, people! ;) - Dan Hanly
[+5] [2013-05-29 22:39:58] Shadow Wizard

You can get raw view of post comments (either question or answer) by typing such URL:[post id]/comments

For example comments on this very question:

Working on all sites of course.

[+5] [2014-03-21 18:42:42] Martin

On per-site-metas, there is a tab for showing users by participation [1]. According to the tooltip it shows: Users most active in the last 60 days (combined number of posts, votes, comments and edits).

The URL [2] for this tab is http://meta.[site]

The main site does not have such a tab. But simply by removing the meta. part from the above URL, changing it to http://[site] you get another list of users. Although it does not seem to be documented anywhere, it is quite probable that it orders users by activity on the main.

It works even for Meta Stack Overflow (which, as it is not a per-site-meta, does have reputation tab and not participation tab in the list of users):


Hmm... I appear to be first in there - and I'm not that active on Meta so something is off in the calculation. :) - Shadow Wizard
@ShadowWizard Yeah, right. Over 10000 comments and 10000 votes, with 1700+ edits to boot. - cheap effective diet pills
@cheapeffectivedietpills true but still, there are surely others much more active! ;) - Shadow Wizard
[+4] [2012-09-21 16:56:21] ajax333221

Shortcut to the Advanced Search Options

Just search for an empty (or 1 character length) query and you will see the page.

Note: it is not recommended to link to this URL, use it for personal use only as this method of accessing might disappear in the future leaving a bunch of broken links.

[+3] [2011-08-24 12:33:05] razlebe

You can browse directly to answers you have downvoted using a hidden feature of the [1] page if you have the answer's unique ID (available on the Reputation Calculator [2] page).

(NOTE: Why you would do this anymore given that the answers are now hyperlinked directly from the Reputation tab is questionable, but it still works anyway.)

  1. Browse to the Reputation Calculator [3] and locate a line representing an answer vote.

    They look like:

    3 XXXXXX (-1)

    where XXXXXX is the answer's unique identifier.

  2. Browse to where XXXXXX is that answer identifier.

  3. You will be redirected to another URL in the format

    ...which is a link to the answer that you downvoted on the question YYYYYY. That URL you've been directed to is also the one you'll see if you hover over the "link" hyperlink on the answer that you downvoted.

(This actually works for any answer as long as you know the id XXXXXX, not just ones that you've downvoted.)


Nice! You can just search the reputation calculation page for instances of "(-1)" to find all the downvotes you ever cast. :) - Shadow Wizard
(2) @danny It would be more appropriate to post your alternative method as a separate answer rather than making such a radical edit to mine. I've rolled your edit back. - razlebe
[+3] [2013-04-05 10:01:47] Amicable

You can run queries against the database for any Stack Exchange site with the Stack Exchange Data Explorer [1].

I did not know about this feature, or see it linked, until I read a Meta Stack Overflow post which used this example.

Query for Most Common Comments on Stack Overflow. [2]

*Although now I know it exists. I've found the link in the footer.


(1) So its not really hidden then :P - Lix
(3) It's hiding behind a curtain but it's feet are still showing. - Amicable
[+3] [2013-09-03 13:53:15] Aziz Shaikh

View all linked questions of any post using the format:<post_id>

These could be further sorted as:

  1. Hot
  2. Newest
  3. Votes
  4. Active
  5. Unanswered

For example shows a page having all questions linked to/from " Chrome: Disable same origin policy [1]" post.


(1) That's not hidden when it is needed. At the bottom of the Linked column on the RHS of the Q&As there's a link "see more linked questions…", such as for the question you've used as an example. This feature is hidden, i.e. still available but unlinked, for Q&As with only a few linked questions that all fit on the RHS. - Mark Hurd
@Mark it's still useful as a standalone way to view linked questions, many of the "hidden features" here are available somehow otherwise people won't have much chance of finding them. :) - Shadow Wizard
[+2] [2011-04-13 21:24:29] Daniel DiPaolo

I was going to post a request asking for questions determined to be duplicates to be listed on the original question, but I found that there was already a feature request for it [1] and that it was [2] because you can find questions that are duplicates of this one by looking at the "Linked" sidebar [3]. Cool!

(Note: also appearing there, are questions, comments, etc. that link to this question.)

[2] /questions/tagged/status-completed

(1) As an aside: the "linked" section does not only show things linking to a question, but also links from posts and comments of the question itself. - Arjan
[+2] [2013-10-03 05:59:42] hims056

Putting a parameter ?lastactivity at the end of the question's URL will redirect you to the last activated (modified) post.


(1) Nice, did you find it yourself or after reading this? :) - Shadow Wizard
(1) @ShaWizDowArd - Nope. Actually today my internet connection is slow. And clicking on modified 1 min ago in the page redirected me to questionsURL/?lastactivity which I was able to see that in browser's URL bar. - hims056
[+1] [2011-08-31 10:26:16] Grzegorz Wierzowiecki

Shortening questions and answers URLs [1]

Let's assume the following URL to answer:

We can delete the middle text part, change the question to 'q' and leave only the answer number and still have a working URL : :)

Just try it! [2]

While this way is not recommended, it is supported and works - according to what @genesis wrote [3].


(7) Hidden feature? You can click on the link button under any question to get this link... - Kobi
(2) That's not really "hidden" - try the "link" link below the question! (This gives you an additional /168089 in the end, which can be safely removed - this number is you user number, it indicates that it was you who posted that link.) - Hendrik Vogt
@Kobi: Almost :-) - Hendrik Vogt
(1) @Kobi you mean "share". ;) - Shadow Wizard