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That's right, my friends. Internet links.
I know that probably the #1 reason that links are dead & html is stripped from descriptions is that we don't want to see photosynth.net turned into a spam generator. No links = no incentive to spam. Somehow we've got to get around that & just be willing to delete people who are abusing the system in the same manner that we delete people who upload nudity today.
I want the ability to link to other pages that are pertinent to the synth at hand. What is most important to me is the ability to hide the potentially (& probably) ugly URL inside of a shorter word or phrase such as Click "here" for more information., "Link", or Read more at "the Wikipedia article". (The words in quotation marks representing the links.) There have been several occasions where people are asking where in a synth something is & I have had the 'Share' link that would point them straight to it but I didn't want to post that long URL in the comments.
Also along this line, it is frustrating to be using up the character limit on some long URL. When we get the ability to mask URLs I would ask that the characters in the URL not be deducted from our character limit for the message.
And before anyone says it... tinyurl is a stop-gap, not a solution. At the end of the day a small amount of gibberish is not really any more desirable than a long string of gibberish.
I vote no gibberish at all. We must have designer URLs.
Thanks for the feedback. We have plans to add in a more robust way to add links to your comments, descriptions etc. And yes, the long URLs eating your character count should be fixed too.
If what you're interested in is pointing to an image within a synth, you can try editing the synth and adding a highlight (that is, if you created the synth in the first place).
Joshua, quite right. Highlights are a very welcome feature, but when I mention pointing people to a specific place in a synth above I am referring to commenting on other people's synths.
For more of my feelings on the current implementation of highlights see "Highlights Feature Improvements":