Titles to links within message board posts

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Implement the ability to give titles to external links on IMDb message boards, as with lists (e.g., [link=http://www.yahoo.com]Yahoo![/link] would just show "Yahoo!")
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Thanks for posting this. It is odd that it hasn't been implemented already, as it works on lists (which shares the bulk of the forum BBcode), so they have the regular expression needed.

It does make me wonder if they've not implemented it for a reason - perhaps they feel it'd be used for evil, as well as good (Rickrolling?) but it is already available on mos forum software and it hasn't caused the return of the Antichrist (yet).
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Yeah... Hopefully since it's not too difficult to implement, we'll see the change soon :-)
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If there's a reason that they haven't implemented it yet I would imagine that is is because it would be easier to hide malicious URLs (links leading to virus infected pages, etc.) that way. But such links are mostly posted by bots in spam threads, and are usually easy to identify by the language and content in the post. I very much doubt it would be a big problem implementing it fully, and as pointed out; many other forums has this ability already without problems.
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When IMDb originally set up the message boards, a user could use the [link={link}]{text}[/link] and [img]{image}[/img] BBcodes. Unfortunately, enough users abused this by linking to inappropriate sites and linking to huge image files. The huge images also frequently caused the message boards to crash.

I've seen multiple suggestions over the years to allow either or both. The IMDb has declined the suggestion in all cases.

I expect that if this thread is acknowledged, it will be with a Not Planned.
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I can understand wanting to keep the image function out of it, but I don't see much point in not allowing links any more.
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Doesn't the same thing happen with users posting tinypic/tinyurl links? People are always going to find ways of abusing the system. Does that mean that the majority - the "normal" users - shouldn't be able to benefit from a cleaner and more descriptive look with regards to links and such? :-/
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Yep, we are not currently planning to do this. We may revisit if/when we decide to overhaul our boards engine.
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Hi GraceFromSoCal,

There is not preview function on Get Satisfaction. Also, once someone responds to or likes your post, you can no longer edit it. This can be annoying.

The question you posed is extremely difficult to answer without more specific information.

Would you please respond to this post with the following information:
  • The name of the television show
  • A link to the message board; and
  • A link to one of the messages that you reference.
Thank you in advance for your assistance.
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GraceFromSoCal:

If the link that you found (in an IMDb.com board post) led to an IMDb page, the person who posted the link may have used a linking syntax as illustrated in these examples:

  [link=tt0903747]    -- makes a link to the Breaking Bad  title page
  [link=nm0186505]  -- makes a link to the page about Bryan Cranston
  [link=ch0074133]   -- makes a link to the page about the Walter White character
  [link=ur1000000]   -- makes a link to an IMDb user's profile

That syntax can make links to such pages on IMDb, but not to other (external) sites.
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Something I noticed about the posts in question is that they're relatively old, from 2010, so perhaps they were posted at a time when this feature was allowed? But...I've been on IMDb since 2002, and I don't recall ever seeing that feature!

Here's the permalink for one of the posts, on the "Disappeared" board: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1563280/board/nest/163012857?d=172775949#172775949

As you'll see, it's definitely not pointing to anything on IMDb, such as a show's title page or an actor.
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GraceFromSoCal:

The board post that you mentioned contains a link to a .com website. The link does not explicitly show the "http" prefix.  (However, the "http" prefix is included in the destination URL when the link is clicked.)

If I'm not mistaken, that linking style is no longer allowed for new links. We must now include the "httр://" prefix explicitly when we post new links on the boards.
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Hi GraceFromSoCal,

If I recall correctly, IMDb briefly reintroduced in 2010 the BBC code  [link={link}]{text}[/link] for message board around the time they created user lists. Unfortunately, this feature was probably abused. This BBC code still works in lists. The IMDb technical staff may be able to provided additional information.

These FAQs provide information on how IMDb has implemented linking in lists and on the message boards.

Frequently Asked Questions about Lists
http://www.imdb.com/help/show_leaf?listfaq
...

What kind of text formatting can I use is my descriptions?
We support formatting using [Square Brackets]. We support the same markup that we do in other website features such as our swiki content like the IMDb FAQ.

  • [i]italic[/i]
  • [b]bold[/b]
  • [spoiler]Spoilers[/spoiler] (What is a spoiler?)
  • [quote]Quotations[/quote]
  • [link]http://www.imdb.com/[/link]
  • [link=http://www.imdb.com/]IMDb[/link]
  • [link=nm2106835]Link to Cynthia Lea's name page[/link] (more instructions below)
  • [link=tt0093832]Link to Red's Dream title page[/link] (more instructions below)

How do I create a link in one of my descriptions?
You can link to name or title pages using our link markup. For example, here is how you would link to George Clooney's page:

  • Find the URL for George Clooney's IMDb Page: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000123/
  • Take the identifier which starts with "nm": nm0000123
  • Use our square bracket markup syntax to label your text:
    This is a [link=nm0000123]link to George Clooney's IMDb page[/link]
  • To link to a movie or a TV show, go through the same proccess, but look for the identifier which starts with "tt".
You can also create links for any URL:
Boards Markup
http://www.imdb.com/help/boards/markup



The markup code for the IMDb message boards and lists are based on BBCode or Bulletin Board Code (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBCode). The markup code for IMDb message boards and lists are slightly different.

If you look at the link (URL) for a person (name), character, title or company page, you will see a unique key or identifier. The general form is [link=key]. For instance:
[link=nm0000151] as [link=ch0001387] in [link=tt0111161] 
produced by [link=co0040620]
renders as:
Morgan Freeman as Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding in The Shawshank Redemption (1994) produced by Castle Rock Entertainment

In addition you can also link a user ID in list, unfortunately it does not always work for polls. For instance:
[link=ur1000000]
renders as Col Needham. The workaround for this is to use this code instead:
[link=http://www.imdb.com/user/ur1000000/]Col Needham[/link]

Col Needham is the Founder and CEO of IMDb. Col votes on the majority of the IMDb polls as indicated by the Poll Taker 1000x badge on his profile page (http://www.imdb.com/user/ur1000000/).

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