Our Link Directory offers [link] tags which are a customized way of handling links submitted by anyone who has access to writing here, our “Contributors” and “Authors”.

It works by converting a [link] to an actual link. For example [link url=”http://www.google.com”] would convert to http://www.google.com

As a minimum the [link] tag must contain the url attribute. If a url isn’t supplied then the [link] tag wont be converted. However, you can also use the title attribute like [link url=”http://www.google.com” title=”Google”] which will convert to Google

Finally, submitters can also create a description for the tag using the description attribute.

You can do this two ways.
Example A: [link url=”http://www.google.com” title=”Google” description=”A very quick search engine.”].
Example B: [link url=”http://www.google.com” title=”Google”]A very quick search engine.[/link].
Both of these examples would convert to Google – A very fast search engine.

When someone creates a [link] tag for the first time the link is checked to see if it exists and added to the directory. If it doesn’t exist it will be flagged up for the admin to check later.

The Google page rank of the site is also collected along with the user name and email of the person who created the [link] tag. All of this information is available from the Tagged Links section.

Finally, if a one creates a post with a [link] tag but doesn’t supply a description another user can come along later, edit the post and add a description. When they save the page the description will be added.