URL to a specific post in thread

Anyone know how to do it?

If you roll your mouse over the “Reply with Quote” icon, you can find out the ID Number of a specific Post (postid=xxxxx).

Now that I know that, how can I write a URL to link to it?

I know that I read about this somewhere, but I can’t find the thread with the search engine.


Type http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?postid=[post ID]#[post ID]


I’m not sure why the post ID has to be given twice.

I may be wrong, but I think the reason is that the first part is a query and the seconds part is a link.

The “showthread?postid=695256” part is a query to find and display the thread where the field named ‘postid’ equals ‘695256’.
The “#695256” part indicates a link to an anchor by the name of “695256”, which basically does a jump the that post.

So, you are saying, get me the thread that contains the postid=695256 and display it, and then move the post named 695256 to the top of the screen.

Was that as clear as mud?


The first instance of the post number is, indeed, a call to the vB software, and the second is an HTML code. If you’d like, you can replace the postid=23456 with threadid=12345, or whatever the thread is, just like a normal page link.

That explains why when I right click on “LOGGED” and copy the ID Reference, it doesn’t work. Gotta add #+postid.