According to this help about comment formatting, the [chat] markdown should create a link to the site chat. While the name expansion worked, the link leads to the rather general chat.stackexchange.com instead of our chat.

Happened on this comment

  • Funny, the chat link in the comment you linked links me to the mechanics.SE chats.
    – anonymous2 Mod
    Jan 5, 2017 at 14:08

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This seems to be by design:

[chat] – link to the current site's chat site (http://chat.stackoverflow.com/ for SO, http://chat.meta.stackexchange.com/ for Meta SE, http://chat.stackexchange.com/ everywhere else, that last one showing a list of active rooms from the referring site), the link text being "{site name} Chat".

There is a feature request to allow behaviour more like what you suggest (Be able to specify a particular room in the chat magic link on Meta.SE) and a similar question on Meta.SE about this behaviour in particular.

  • It's a strange design
    – Helmar Mod
    Jan 6, 2017 at 0:55

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