Sunrise, if you’d like to link to a thread, follow Lobsang’s advice. If you’d like to link to a specific post, forget the hover part above (it doesn’t work with my browser) and just press the quote button. That will take you to a Post Reply page with the post in question already quoted in the reply window.
Look at the URL, which is displayed as the address. When I do this for Lobsang’s post above, I see at the end of the URL a string that says postid=4126752. That number, 4126752, is what you want to replace the NNN with in Arnold’s example, if you wanted to link to Lobsang’s post above. I didn’t find him naming kittens anywhere, although I did find skeptic_ev pondering that recently.
To link to her thread I wrote:
[url=“http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?threadid=216533”]link to her thread[/url]
And to link to her post I wrote:
[url=“http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?postid=4092706#post4092706”]link to her post[/url]