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Including a link in text-only submission

Bondi Beach
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Links in the story text are included at the discretion of the moderator. Assuming the link is accepted, how do you include it in a text-only submission? By text-only, I mean you use the "Let me paste my text" function in the Submission Wizard.

So you give the moderator a heads up in the submission. Then do you go the whole a h r e f standard HTML tag (spelling out because links here are a no-no)?

EDIT: Submitting as HTML text is not an option.

Replies:   Ernest Bywater
Crumbly Writer

I haven't tried it (I don't post text files), but I'd code the link using the standard a ref="" command. Also, not that you're including the link to the note to the administrators, so they can change it if necessary.

Ernest Bywater

@Bondi Beach

Even if it's not a working link, but just the text of the URL people can copy and paste it into their browser to have it work

Crumbly Writer

@Ernest Bywater

Even if it's not a working link, but just the text of the URL people can copy and paste it into their browser to have it work

You also need to consider this in your blog entries. Generally, SOL disables external links, say those linking to the authors' website due to fears of abuse (i.e. Linking to a malware or bogus site). As a result, you need to list the full address, so readers can access it rather than making the link handle shorter.

Replies:   Bondi Beach
Bondi Beach

@Crumbly Writer

You also need to consider this in your blog entries. Generally, SOL disables external links, say those linking to the authors' website due to fears of abuse (i.e. Linking to a malware or bogus site). As a result, you need to list the full address, so readers can access it rather than making the link handle shorter.


I haven't had any of my blog links refused or deleted, and that includes the occasional link to my Tumblr blog. Links to a pay site are a total no-no of course, but otherwise I think you're OK.

bb

Replies:   Crumbly Writer
Bondi Beach

@Ernest Bywater

Even if it's not a working link, but just the text of the URL people can copy and paste it into their browser to have it work


A raw link in what will be a Notice at the beginning of the story is totally cheesy. If I can do a live link I want it to highlight the display text, not the URL itself.

I'll give the moderator a note. Plan A will be to do the link. Plan B if needed will be to have the Notice direct readers to my SOL blog.

The reason for this will be apparent when I post the chapter and the chapter title itself will appear to contradict the story's codes.

bb

Crumbly Writer

@Bondi Beach

I haven't had any of my blog links refused or deleted, and that includes the occasional link to my Tumblr blog. Links to a pay site are a total no-no of course, but otherwise I think you're OK.

Links to my story site are flagged as inactive, so they don't appear as a link. I have two sites, one commercial and one containing the free stories I publish on sites like SOL, so I doubt it's a commercial issue. However, like a lot of things, I doubt the restriction is universally applied. Instead, I suspect it's a case-by-case judgement call by each administrator who processes the post.

@Bondi

I'll give the moderator a note. Plan A will be to do the link. Plan B if needed will be to have the Notice direct readers to my SOL blog.

I was referring specifically blog posts, not within the context of the story itself. But I've seen it happen more than once, so I doubt it's a completely random fluke.

Bondi's solution makes sense, but since I've had active links inactived in the past, I simply don't submit them using display text anymore, instead listing the actual website (i.e. "www.crumblywriter.net" instead of "http://www.crumblywriter.net", rather than "My website").

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