AnswerLinks

We’ve added a feature today that makes it easy for you to link words in your posts to definition pages on Answers.com. For example let’s say you mentioned someone like Artie Shaw or something like Turmeric in a post. If you click the AnswerLink “A” in your editor:

AnswerLinks will find words in your post that might benefit from a definition and ask you if you’d like to turn them into links like Artie Shaw and Turmeric. Easy as that!Answers.com gets their definition data from places like Wikipedia, Encyclopedia Britannica, and the American Heritage Dictionary. They are the default definition link that shows up whenever you do a Google search. There’s a little more information about this feature on Answers.com’s site.PS: This feature was developed by Alex King and is also available as a plugin for WordPress.org users.


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  1. Alex

    Wow! Thanks!

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  2. Rollin

    Sounds good. Will try. (Someone visit me, damnit.)

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  3. Graser10

    Hey!
    Nice job, wordpress!

    ~*~Graser10~*~
    The goofy goober! :mrgreen:

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  4. Ankur

    Sexy!

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  5. circulating

    I love answers.com…!! thanks for this handy nifty tool…

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  6. GreenPanda

    This is definitely helpful!

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  7. Andrew Alliance

    Cool

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  8. Michell Bak

    Sounds like a nice feature – thanks WordPress.com team!

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  9. Graser10

    Hey!
    This thing’s awesome! Thanks so much wordpress!

    ~*~Graser10~*~
    The goofy goober! :mrgreen:

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  10. dma1

    Thanks!

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  11. Chris Hoskin

    Sounds good, and I’ll use it.

    Would be really cool if the ALT text defaulted to “Answers.com: Definition” and the link defaulted to opening in a seperate window…..

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  12. timethief

    Thanks Toni :)

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  13. Austin

    Hey, there you go. I like that. It makes it easier. I link to definitions all the time.
    Thanks,
    Austin @ Sundrip

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  14. luna

    I’ve just used it…and it’s a nice feature. :) Thanks !

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  15. Brett

    Nice!

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  16. neath

    Excellent!

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  17. trollboy

    nice one! Thanks!

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  18. Aguair

    Holla!
    Thanks, It will prbably help some, but I still want more themes!
    ~Ag!~

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  19. Wolz14

    cool thanks

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  20. Len Gilbert

    Nice concept. I tried it in a test post about Wikipedia moving to San Francisco. Besides SF, Washington DC, New York, and St Petersburg, FL were all mentioned as was “Wikipedia”, founder Jimmy Wales, and London, but Answers only suggested a link to “Asia” that was buried in the text. The feature could still use some work….

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  21. Anurag Bansal

    Excellent….
    WP rocks…

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  22. iaoj

    Thank you Alex and WordPress.com. This feature sounds awesome.
    Great- Thank you:-)

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  23. Lyndon

    Cool beans! Thanks!!!

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  24. abarclay12

    I love Alex King. He’s a genius. I’d like to link all my questions in the future straight to his brain.

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  25. hardrockhideout

    Wow…that is a pretty cool feature. I may have to try that one out!

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  26. Dan Taylor

    Alright, I’ll have to check it out. I’ve been inserting links to wikipedia myself. Thanks.

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  27. Rod E. Smith, MSMFT

    you guys are the best — the tags have significantly increased my readership — and so now a hard copy newspaper column goes out on the web and readers pick up back issues whenever they desire, rather than my trying to find back issues and email the readers. Now they will get definitions too.

    Thanks,

    Rod Smith

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  28. Driver

    that’s really brilliant!
    but why not go wiki?
    anyway, LUV U GUYS

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  29. Pezster12

    thanx

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  30. grhomeboy

    Nice feature, thanks for providing this additional service. Much appreciated.

    Trust will add in boosting a blog’s readership [have not yet tried it, but intend to do so shortly - trust the answer will be opened in a new window] as opposed to abstract reader’s attention.

    Thanks again for thinking for us – ahead of us.

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  31. slimball2007

    I dont know how to use it but cool!

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  32. FXSmom

    That is really cool!! Thanks :)

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  33. livingjourney

    For me this is the best feature! I usually find all my own definitions and this has made it heaps easier.

    Thanks heaps WordPress!

    V

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  34. Scavella

    Oh, THIS is cool!

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  35. Sakib

    cool

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  36. Maverick

    great feature, However by default all of them open in the same window. I’d love to have an option where I can say it to open in a new window or the same window.

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  37. El Santo

    I haven’t found an application to use it yet … but it does sound like a nice feature. I like it.

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  38. കേരളഫാര്‍മര്‍

    Thanks a lot

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  39. miquie's crew

    COOL!!! thank you.

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  40. moscarey

    Thanks Toni, thanks alex. good work.

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  41. leylander

    Brilliant!

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  42. ellaella

    Seriously cool and helpful. Thank you!

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  44. alicia5

    You are always doing good tools for us. Thanks!!!!!

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  45. rayshan

    It’s a great feature and a great product placement strategy for Answers.com.

    Ray

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  46. Art

    That. Is. Awesome! Thanks!

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  47. Julio Fragoso

    cmon guys

    this is insanely perfect !!

    thankz

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  48. ∂bsolutjoiz™

    Sounds really great! Now i need not go googling for definitions. Thanks!

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  49. enkerli

    Mentioned it in a blog entry before using it (or seeing this blog entry). It does look interesting though I wish it could be customisable for use with other sites (including our own blogs, making it a bit wiki-like). As it is, it looks more like a way to send traffic to Answers.com than a way to easily input links.

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  50. Jef Menguin

    Sounds good to me. Thanks!

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  51. IR

    This is great! I’m a huge fan of Answers.com. Look forward to using it lots.

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  52. salahudin

    WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW you guys pwn.

    how about a WIKI link/thingy like that??

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  53. Trish_Fan

    awesome feature =D

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  54. podniebem

    sounds great! pity it’s only for English

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  55. Nita

    Wow, this is great! I usually turn to the wiki for definitions and this saves me a lot of trouble!
    Thanks.

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  56. cronies

    Go ALEX KING¡

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  57. extremusmilitis

    Cool, nice one ;)
    Thanks a lot

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  58. Woeful

    As a librarian, I really appreciate this feature!

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  59. உதய தாரகை

    Wow…

    Nice feature…

    Thanks guys..

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  60. clems86

    cool Thanks!

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  61. Lijin

    Great Feature Guyss…. :)

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  62. letters

    Vielen Dank, merci and thanks all in one.

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  63. museditions

    Wow, I’m constantly linking to dictionaries, wiki, and ‘about’ mostly for tech and science terms for my philosophical audience. Super, Thanks Toni and Alex!

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  64. blayde

    Woohoo, nice feature, a wiki wouldve been great as well, but this is awesome nonetheless

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  65. Kunal

    this is a useful feature :)

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  66. s s

    i don’t know what to say, that’s a total knock-out. i was so surprised when i saw this icon in the tabs!

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  67. Santosh

    thanks guys

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  68. raymonde

    Good work guys! :-D

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  69. mittins

    now i can learn about what i write about :O
    first stop egregious.

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  70. dreamzmedia

    hmmmm….
    sounds ok but …. not too keen….will see how it goes for others first….

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  71. Bala

    Interesting, But it suggests only for very few things, rather if we can select the word and check for suggestion, it would had been great

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  72. kalesco

    I would have loved this feature with wikipedia :)

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  73. Ayu

    Sounds good! Now my bf won’t have to consult his personal dictionary again. (read=me!)

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  74. ideasmith

    Amazing…you think of things that we didn’t even realise we needed!

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  75. Chittaranjan

    Link? Or Pop-up showing the definition??

    Will try it out soon….Thanks

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  76. Monique

    Love it! After moving from my own domain, I think this is the one wordpress.org feature I missed the most. Yay! :)

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  77. michaeljung

    Thanks

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  78. Anne

    Can’t wait to implement this one. Thanks for yet another great feature.

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  79. susaneb

    …fun…I will try it and thanks for this!!

    Susan in Italy

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  81. abu ameerah

    nothing short of brilliant! thanks! : )

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  82. outeasy

    Now that is cool, thanks, heY!

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  83. Lady Luck

    Sounds terrific! I’ll be linking everything from now on! I wonder how many links one could get in a single post?

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  85. cotojo

    Thanks team, sounds like another great idea and very beneficial :)

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  86. trugiaz

    Cool stuff

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  87. Brent

    Interesting. That will save me about 20 seconds or so of work, the next time I link to answers.com…because as we all know, it is a huge pain to go there first to check if there is an entry for something even on there, and then copy and paste the URL of the search string into the WYSIWYG editor.

    Any WLW plugins for this yet?

    Sorry, my bad – it is no longer sarcastic Wednesday. Today is Thursday…

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  88. icedmocha

    Great idea. Thanks!

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  89. Carlos

    omg, that’s amazing :)

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  90. Manuel Reis

    Very very very very very Cool!, but you should have also a IMDb button…

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  91. centrocampista

    Handy! thanx WordPress :)

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  92. lukadium

    Nice feature,thanks Tony

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  93. invictus

    Great feature, thanks!

    Clue: If you get a “Sorry, we do not have any AnswerLinks to suggest at this time” at first, don’t give up and try again and again. It eventually finds the links.

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  94. MorningGlory

    Great idea,something I’m sure to use.When I ran it on my last two posts,it removed all the spaces after my punctuation marks.As a result all my paragraphs look like this one.With no spaces.Kind of hard to follow,don’t you think?It happened both times I tried it,so I have to think it has something to do with the AnswerLinks.Has this happened to anyone else?

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  95. Samuel

    Hmmm, nice.
    I would like something like this pointing to wikipedia :). I’m still doing that manually…

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  96. natanzuelo

    Nice, thanx :D

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  97. ramoody5

    thanks yo\

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  98. Red Kid

    nice!! =D me like it!! :P

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  99. msayed2004

    Nice , thanks

    But what about a wikipedia button (the English one or a combo box with all supported languages) ?!
    Anyway it is just a suggestion :-) .

    Thanks again.

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