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Jul 27, 2014 01:02 PM

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I've seen a couple unanswered queries wondering what happened to the permalink that allows linking to a specific post within a discussion. I thought I'd post here for more visibility.

The linking function is accessed via the timestamp of the specific post, as shown in the photo. This has been in place for the mobile version of the site and now is part of the desktop format. It has been the web standard for several years in social media, blogs, commenting systems, to name a few examples.

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  1. This seems to only work for the first-level reply. Not showing up for the nested replies to the reply. I'm using Opera browser in Win7 on a laptop.

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    1. re: MidwesternerTT

      Hi MidwesternerTT.

      We just tested in Windows 7/Opera, and it's working normally for us on nested replies. Can you give us more details? For instance, what thread were you on where it wasn't working?

      1. re: DeborahL

        Just now, this old 2012/2013 discussion, trying to get the link for the recipe I'd provided. I had previously read the discussion so all entries were greyed/shortened when I started. I scrolled down to find my discussion and clicked on it to fully open it. I can see a link to my profile, but there is no pop-up link at the date/timestamp.

        I'm thinking the issue is perhaps not limited to nested replies, but perhaps related to whether the thread is previously read / collapsed / reopened?

        Edited to add - I don't see a pop-up link for my reply here or for the original post behind the date/timestamp either, although I do see one for the post just above from the MOD.

          1. re: MplsM ary

            MplsM ary - I'm sure the feature is working some of the time for some of the people. It's just not working all of the time for me (and I'd guess some others). Had you previously read the post? Are you using Opera/Windows7 combo?

            1. re: MidwesternerTT

              Yes, using Opera Windows 7 - works for me.

              1. re: MplsM ary

                Can we compare other settings? I've got popups set to "block unwanted". I changed it to "show all popups" but still didn't see the link popups, so changed back again.
                Opera details:
                Windows 7

                1. re: MidwesternerTT

                  Opera (copied from About Opera)
                  Opera 23.0
                  Version: 23.0.1522.60 - Opera is up to date
                  Update stream: Stable
                  System: Windows 7 64-bit (WoW64)

                  No extensions, virginal (installed just to check out your issue, actually)

                  Windows 7 64 bit but I don't think that's the issue.

                  Just to clarify, You are clicking the date, yes? Not right-clicking it?

          2. re: MidwesternerTT

            Huh, I didn't know there was even a pop up, because I never click on it, I always right click (CTRL-click on my Mac) and "Copy Link Address". That popup is nifty! Even if you can't get the popup to work, can you still right click on the date link to copy it?

            1. re: Chris VR

              Nope - Here's what I got when right clicking on the date/timestamp for your reply

        1. re: MidwesternerTT

          I can confirm: it works for me in Chrome/Win7 but NOT in Opera 12.16/Win7.

          1. re: drongo

            Your setup is much closer to MidwesternerTT than mine. Hmmmm.

            1. re: MplsM ary

              I think you've found the crux of it- Opera 12 is thirteen months and eleven major versions out of date, and is likely responsible for the problem. The most recent version of opera (23, as per your test) seems to handle the permalinks without issue. Midwestern and Drongo, if you update your browser to the most recent version that should resolve the issue.

              1. re: Engineering

                What's up with Opera and 11 "major" versions in 13 months? (And for an already mature product at that!)

                I now have Opera 23 on Win 7 and this feature now works.

                (Now I'll go back to Chrome, which is my usual browser!)

                1. re: drongo

                  Firefox also has a rapid development cycle, a version increment every 6 weeks. It allows them to quickly iterate and release new features and get feedback from real users on them. However, Mozilla maintains an "esr" extended support release version that's kept in place for at least 12 months, closer to 14 months with a 2 month overlap with the next esr version. They just switched from version 24 esr to version 31 esr. Don't know if Opera's doing the same thing, but as mentioned elsewhere, they changed their engine to be based on Chrome recently.

                2. re: Engineering

                  We've been avoiding the Chrome-based version of Opera. Our non-Chrome version was supported and getting parallel updates until just recently. Sigh.

                  1. re: Engineering

                    I have now updated to Opera 23. I still don't see the cute pop-up prompt box Edited to add - when I "hover" - I do see it when I left-click on the date/time. But I can now right click on the date/time line and "copy link address".

                    Would it really have been so cluttered to keep an explicit button/words in the template? I can understand CH Developers following the trend to add inclusion of the link behind the date/time. But if it requires a tutorial, it is NOT obvious.

            2. The new permalink seems to continue to befuddle. So I'm sharing some examples elsewhere (non-FB) to show where I've grown accustomed to it (and bumping up this thread). While not intuitive for many, it has made sense to me that clicking on the time stamp will take me exactly to the content that was posted at that moment. Maybe that helps reframe.

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