Originally Posted by mtbdudex
granroth - I've had hard coded links in my sig for years and they still work....
I've done both ways; just grab the URL and use that, or click on the post # and use that ....
Maybe it's when there is a link to some post in a thread and for whatever reason a post in that thread is deleted, then the link is broken/not pointing to correct location? anyway I'm not a web techie so beyond me, and I just read the posts by Bill (thx Bill again)
Yep, looks like all of your links are either thread links (which tend to always work), links to the first post of a thread (also always works), or use the old-school style of post linking using avs-vb
/showthread.php. That's one the reliable ways of linking to a specific post.
What I've found is that links to specific posts that use the new style URL, which include the page number after the thread name, are hit-and-miss. If you happen to have the same page settings as the person posting the link, then that'll always work. If you don't, then it'll sometimes work and sometimes not.
For instance, say I posted a link to your post like this:
If I go to that link without logging in, or with a different page view count other than 100 per page, then it'll show me a much earlier page than the right one. Sometimes it will switch to the right one and sometimes it will not. I can never predict in advance.
That's why I worked through the various ways of posting a link to a specific post, which actually work 100% of the time. It was incredibly frustrating.