I was linking to the tour page as I usually do in Markdown (square brackets followed by parentheses) when I noticed that typing "[tour]" was linking to the tour page by itself and the link in parentheses was just being displayed as plain text.

Is this a recent addition to the site, or have I just been oblivious to it all this time?

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    \$\begingroup\$ Did you know there's also [edit], [help], and [chat]? \$\endgroup\$
    – nitsua60 Mod
    Oct 21, 2016 at 2:31
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    \$\begingroup\$ I did not. This is a whole new world of tags. \$\endgroup\$ Oct 21, 2016 at 3:18
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    \$\begingroup\$ Years, at any rate. Most of the comment shortcuts have been around for a long time, long enough for several rounds of feature requests to ask for expansions. \$\endgroup\$
    – user17995
    Oct 21, 2016 at 4:49
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    \$\begingroup\$ rpg.meta.stackexchange.com/q/3301/4398 \$\endgroup\$
    – BESW
    Oct 21, 2016 at 7:29

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As far as I can tell, comment shortcuts have been around since basically forever.

The [tour] link got added sometime soon before June 6, 2014 (officially confirmed on June 11†), a short while after our About page instead became a Tour, and references to it got renamed accordingly over the next few months. Before then, however, we used [about] to refer to the same page, so it's not so much a new link as a new name for an old link.

Like TuggyNE and Nitsua60 posted in comments there's a bunch of post shortcuts like this, including one to every Stack Exchange site (our shortcut is [rpg.se]).

BESW reported this being implemented a whole week before the staff did. Upcoming, a new meta on whether BESW is a time traveler.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Maybe being a time traveler comes with the territory of being a gestalt entity? \$\endgroup\$ Oct 23, 2016 at 20:57

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