Pastelink's Frequently Asked Questions

By Matthew James

How do I use this site?

To start, go to the create page and type the content you wish to publish in the large textbox. This can be a list of links, just text or a mixture of both.

Below this are four options (all options are optional):

Visibility - controls whether search engines can see your submission and whether a password is needed to access.

Expiry - choose when your paste should expire, or choose never if it should exist forever.

Edit Code - allows a passcode to be set, giving you the ability to change the visibility options at any time, change the access password and attribute your submissions to yourself. If you use the same edit code twice the submissions will be linked - a way of proving that the same person created each one. Make sure your edit code is written down and kept safe. You mustn't have the same edit code as anyone else!

You can then expand 'more options' and see 4 more options:

Link Options - controls the appearance of each link, they can be displayed as they are written or they can be tidied up into numbers, references or icons.

Referrer Info - controls whether the destination sites should be able to see that their users have come from your submission.

Strip text - If you turn this on, all of your content will be deleted if it is not part of a link. Use this to extract hyperlinks from copied text.

Custom URL - Enter any custom URL you would like and your paste will be accessible from pastelink.net/your-url . You'll just need to choose something longer than 7 characters and something that hasn't been used before.

When you're ready simply check the box to show you are not a robot and press publish and your paste has been created. Copy the address at the top of the window to view it anytime and share it to allow others to do the same.

And what can I do with it?

Create lists, bookmarks, blogs, anything else you can think of. See these suggestions for more ideas.

How can I make an account?

You can Create an account here

Once you've registered, you'll be able to manage your pastes and set up connections.

What are connections?

Connections are direct integrations with other services.

For example, Adshrink offer a link shortening service that pays out depending on the traffic you can bring to it. You can use this directly with Pastelink by linking your accounts. After that, you'll be able to create pastes on Pastelink as normal, but also be offered an automatic Adshrink link without ever needing to visit their website.

Can you explain the edit code system a little more?

The edit code has two uses, to allow changes after submission and as an identifier. As there are no usernames to go with it, the edit code must be very long to be secure. Once you have created an edit code while submitting a paste, make sure to keep a copy of it somewhere safe. The edit code is then encrypted through a one way method - impossible for someone to reverse it. This encrypted version is then shown publicly and is something you can use to identify yourself with.

Clicking the edit code on a paste will show a list of all pastes with the same edit code. Entering your unencrypted edit code into the edit box at the bottom of a paste will allow changes to be made or for the paste to be deleted.

My link has a space in it! Can I still use it on Pastelink?

Yes, replace each space with %20

How do I edit my paste?

Click the edit button at the bottom of your paste. You must have given a edit code when the paste was created. Enter it here to change the paste's content or link options, title or custom URL.

You can also create an account and edit your paste after logging in.

Do I have to include http:// or https:// for every link?

Only if a link requires https:// to work. If neither is present then all links will have http:// added automatically. Make sure they at least start with www.

Which links are converted and which aren't?

Generally, only those which start with http://, https://, ftp:// or www. will be converted. See this guide for a more in-depth answer with examples.

Can I stop a link from being clickable?

Yes, add << to the end and it will show as plain text. Example: www.google.co.uk<<
The brackets will also be hidden from view.

Why does hide from referrer not work for Google or Youtube?

It does, but as Google owns these sites it doesn't give a redirection warning.

Can I set a custom URL?

Yes, you can enter it when you create your paste by clicking 'more options'. You can also change it at any time by editing your paste using your edit code.

I forgot the password to one of my private pastes, can I reset it if I have the edit code?

Yes, check the delete password button on the page.

What is the maximum length of text I can submit per paste?

Currently this is set to 180,000 characters.

Is there a limit to how much I can submit?

Nope!

How does the password / edit code timeout system work?

Password timeouts are tied to specific pastes while edit code timeouts are site-wide.

I want to delete a paste I made but I didn’t create a passcode. Can this be done?

Contact us, you'll need to prove that you were the creator.

I didn’t write down my edit code! Can I can get back?

Sorry but no, once you submit an edit code we encrypt it though a one-way method called hashing. So even if we wanted to we couldn’t get it back.

By Matthew James

Software engineer & web development specialist.

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