I learned from a meta post by HeyICanChan once that you can type [tour] in a comment and SE will convert that into a link to the tour page.

Is there a similar way to link to the help center?

It's common practice these days to link both in "greetings" comments to new users, but I have to copy the full URL link and insert that into the comment (using the [text] (URL) notation), which takes up space and isn't as quick as [tour].


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The comment formatting section of the editing help pages lists all the available shortcut links you can use in comments, including [help] for the help center. As of posting that is:

[meta] – link to the current site's Meta; link text is the site name (e.g. "Super User Meta"). Does nothing if the site doesn't have (or already is) a Meta site.

[main] – like [meta], just the other way around.

[edit] – link to the edit page for the post the comment is on, i.e. /posts/{id}/edit. Link text is "edit" (capitalization is respected).

[tag:tagname] and [meta-tag:tagname] – link to the given tag's page. Link text is the name of the tag.meta-tag only works on meta sites.

[help], [help/on-topic], [help/dont-ask], [help/behavior] and [meta-help] – link to frequently visited pages of the help center. Link text is "help center" (capitalization is respected). All links point to the main site.

[tour] – link to the Tour page. Link text is "tour" (capitalization is respected).

[so], [pt.so], [su], [sf], [metase], [a51], [se] – link to the given site. Link text is the site name.

[chat] – link to the current site's chat site, the link text being "{site name} Chat".

[ask], [answer] – link to the How to Ask or How to Answer page.

[something.se] – link to something.stackexchange.com, if that site exists. Link text is the site name. Use [ubuntu.se] for Ask Ubuntu.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks, this is really useful. I never knew this page existed before now (although I admit I never went looking for it). \$\endgroup\$
    – NathanS
    Commented Sep 6, 2019 at 13:48
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    \$\begingroup\$ I will go ahead and admit that I didn't know about this page, even having tried to find it, so I think this Q&A is useful to help people learn about one of the many secret features of the site. \$\endgroup\$
    – Someone_Evil Mod
    Commented Sep 6, 2019 at 14:12

Nevermind, I just figured it out. It's [help], which is converted into the text "help center".


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