We planned to end support for Shortcut Links in Confluence 7.0, and intended to completely remove this feature in a future Confluence release.
Shortcut Links were introduced in Confluence 2.3 and provided a quick way to add links to websites in wiki markup. Shortcut links can only be configured by an administrator, are not easily discoverable, and seldom used by end users.
However, some customers had expressed disagreement for ending support for this feature. We would like to further understand the use cases of this feature, and the impact of ending support for this feature.
Any feedback about this feature is welcome! Kindly share your thoughts in the comments below.
If you strongly rely on this feature, we would really appreciate a 30-40 mins chat with you (please email email@example.com to arrange a chat).
Update 14 Aug 2019:
Thanks everyone for your feedback on this issue. We've heard you, and will make no changes to Shortcut Links in Confluence 7.0.