I would like to allow the user to view stats or add tags to links on a website but that's a very rare use case since most users would never interact with the links beyond just clicking on them to go to their destination. What's an unobtrusive way to present the actions without distracting the primary use case?
Let's say I have a link to UX stack exchange on a page, most users would click on the link to go to http://ux.stackexchange.com, but I want to also allow users to go to http://mydomain.com/link/1/ to view stats and tags associated with the link, or click http://mydomain.com/link/1/edit to add tags to the link. 1 represents the unique id for that link in the db. I currently handle that by displaying two small icons under the link on hover but I was wondering if there is a more elegant way to do that.