I’ve run across a lot of Discourse instances lately where people are posting links they want to share. And I tend to fall into that category as well. But I wanted a way to make the process more uniform and keep things consistent in format no matter who posts the link.
I debated using the Discourse Links Category plugin but for my purposes, it’s too much and removes my ability to add my context about why I’m sharing the link.
That led me to this plugin: Basic Links. It’s very… basic. It gives you the ability to add a URL to a topic (within an enabled category) and then displays that link as part of the topic list as well as under the title of a topic.
See it in action: http://discussion.joebuhlig.com/c/links
There is a setting that lets you open the links in a new tab/window for the user. Other than that and adding the link, everything is normal.