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How do I give someone a link to a specific answer or comment? I know I can, but the only way I can do it now is to go to my user's recent activity and grab the link from there.

Is there an easier way? Or a formula?

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Answers are easy: each answer has a "link" link beneath it, whose URL is the answer's. (See just below.)

For comments, the only way I know of (besides what you mentioned) is to check the HTML source code, but perhaps someone else can answer better.

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To link to an answer, click the link link just under and towards the left of the answer text. (h/t msh210 here)

To link to a comment, right click and save the link of the timestamp next to a comment. This is a relatively new SE feature. (h/t IsaacMoses here for the link to this recent post on meta.SO)

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  • Can anyone confirm? Is this a permanent solution? – Double AA Feb 6 '12 at 4:55
  • Nice discovery! I had no idea. It does work for me as well, FTR. – Isaac Moses Feb 6 '12 at 5:26
  • There's a new answer to the question you previously linked documenting this as a new feature as of Jan. 30, 2012. – Isaac Moses Feb 6 '12 at 5:34
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It seems I wasn't the first to think of this. See: meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/5436/direct-link-to-a-comment

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