1. Request

It would be nice, if will be script for share short links to comments on Stack Exchange sites, not long links.

2. Justification

I found out, that links to comments may be short. For example,

is the same link as

Second link is more preferred because:

  1. Some web forms has a limit the number of characters.

3. Desirable behavior

I open any page of any Stack Exchange site → near each comment I saw link, for example, clipboard → I click to clipboard → short link to comment will be transfer to my clipboard.


Here is a Greasemonkey/Tampermonkey script that should work. It is untested and unhosted at the moment. :

// ==UserScript==
// @name        Stack Exchange, Comment cleanup
// @description See stackapps.com/questions/7202/
// @match       *://*.askubuntu.com/questions/*
// @match       *://*.mathoverflow.net/questions/*
// @match       *://*.serverfault.com/questions/*
// @match       *://*.stackapps.com/questions/*
// @match       *://*.stackexchange.com/questions/*
// @match       *://*.stackoverflow.com/questions/*
// @match       *://*.superuser.com/questions/*
// @exclude     *://api.stackexchange.com/*
// @exclude     *://data.stackexchange.com/*
// @exclude     *://blog.stackexchange.com/*
// @exclude     *://blog.stackoverflow.com/*
// @exclude     *://chat.stackexchange.com/*
// @exclude     *://chat.stackoverflow.com/*
// @exclude     *://elections.stackexchange.com/*
// @exclude     *://openid.stackexchange.com/*
// @exclude     *://stackexchange.com/*
// @exclude     *://*/review
// @require     http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/2.1.0/jquery.min.js
// @require     https://gist.github.com/raw/2625891/waitForKeyElements.js
// @grant       GM_addStyle
// @version     0.5
// @history     0.5 Initial release, untested
// ==/UserScript==

waitForKeyElements ("a.comment-link", useShortLinkFormat);

function useShortLinkFormat (jNode) {
    var oldHref     = jNode.attr ("href");
    var commentNum  = oldHref.match (/.+?comment(\d+).+/);
    if (commentNum  &&  commentNum.length > 1) {
        var commentNum = commentNum[1];
        jNode.attr ("href", '/posts/comments/' + commentNum)
        jNode.append ('<small> sl</small>')
  • Brock Adams, thanks for a script! If I hover my mouse to sl, I see short link. But if I click to sl, page reload for me, but short link not transfer to my clipboard. Windows 64-bit EN, Firefox 51.0.1. Thanks. – Саша Черных Feb 4 '17 at 4:58
  • 1
    @СашаЧерных, Sorry, I slapped that script together quickly and forgot about your clipboard wish. Until I add it, you can right-click the link and select Copy Link Location to get it to the clipboard. ... Meanwhile, let me know if there are other issues. – Brock Adams Feb 4 '17 at 5:07
  • @BrockAdams I recommend searching on google copy to clibpoard javascript and you will find some code to copy to clipboard. – smileycreations15 May 9 '19 at 14:18
  • Thanks, @smileycreations15. But I stopped work on this script because I had a plethora of higher priorities and because it appears to be of no interest to anyone outside the OP. I'll probably revisit it now, though just for the sake of completeness. – Brock Adams May 9 '19 at 14:27

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