One of the board rules is there’s not supposed to be any personal insults outside of the pit.
There’s a feature on Discourse that let’s you link a thread to a specific post in another thread. And if you do so the title of the linked thread appears in that post you linked it to.
So let’s say you want to direct a personal insult towards me in Great Debates. You can’t post it because it would violate the board rules.
But you can start a thread in the Pit with the title “Little Nemo is a Butthead”. It’s the Pit so this is allowed. And then you can link that thread to various posts I have made in Great Debates. And all of those posts will now have a link to the Pit thread and say “Little Nemo is a Butthead”.
To link to a post you click the icon at its lower right that looks like two links of chain on the diagonal. It’s just to the left of the “…” icon.
When you click that icon, a box will pop up with a highlighted url that points to that post and gives you credit for it.
Click “Copy” in your browser however you do that. Then paste that into your other post in the other thread.
Here’s what it looks like: I went to the current last post in this other ATMB thread and put the link I got from the chain icon there into here:
When you go look at that post by following the link in this post, you’ll see that at the bottom of that post in gray there will be a link back to this post. Labeled with the title of this thread. That back-link is what we’re talking about. It was added to that thread automatically as a result of my post in this thread.
Any time you quote someone in another thread, it notifies them and puts a note of the link in that post. Also happens when you hit the figure 8 looking thing at the bottom of the post and copy that to another thread or post.
And the person you linked (me) gets notified, as I just did.
On preview, looks like this post is unnecessary, but since I already wrote it, I’ll post it anyway to let people know that linked posters do get notified.
I linked to your OP from the thread about the linking issue, so now you should see the link below it in grey. This is automatically generated by Discourse. That’s the link-back that Miller is referring to, it shows the title of the Pit thread.
If you click it, it takes you to the thread in the pit, where you’ll see the link I posted to your OP.
The back linking issue isn’t something users actively do, like cutting and pasting. It’s a baked in function of how Discourse handles linking to other threads. Anytime you post a link to another post on the board, Discourse creates a second link under the post you linked to, which leads back to your post. This happens automatically, and can’t be turned off, unless we disable it for the entire board. The automatically generated link shows the name of the thread its linking to. So, if someone starts a thread called “Poster X is a dickhead,” and links to their post in a GD thread, that post in GD will have a link underneath it that says “Poster X is a dickhead.” Which is a problem. Since the linking happens automatically, and can’t be disabled for only the BBQ Pit, we’re trying a rule about not allowing direct insults to other posters in Pit thread titles.