Here’s what I’m talking about.
When you link to a post by copying and pasting the url in the post number in the upper right corner off the post, you get a page displaying only that post.
That url contains the string “showpost”. If you just change it to “showthread”, that shows the entire page of the thread that post is in, positioned to that post.
Here are those two urls parsed.
This method doesn’t work quite correctly for me with Firefox. I have to scroll down one screen to see the intended post. IE works fine.
I’m running XP, Firefox 188.8.131.52.
I’m asking about this because Gfactor said it works fine for him on Firefox. Does it work for you or do you have the same problem? Please include OS and Firefox version.
One more note: this is a clever and handy trick. But it’s undocumented, and vBulletin has a documented method for linking to a post in context: http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/misc.php?do=bbcode#post