Link generated by the "Share" button


#1

I’ve noticed that the “Share” button generates an http link with your username as a trailing parameter. I’ve been editing out the “?u=dingotush” when pasting a link in another topic, concerned that it might not then work for someone else, but I don’t know if this is necessary. Is it a bug in Discourse, or a feature for tracking who posted the link?

I’ll add one below without editing, can someone let me know if it works for them still?


#2

I clicked it. It works fine, and I can’t tell if there’s anything different about it if I reload the page without the user tag. Weird!


#3

I’m pretty sure its just for analytics/metrics for tracking various links and who shared them. @grotlover2 can correct me if I’m wrong.


#4

I believe is it is to check who generated the link


#5

Thanks for testing that. It is good to know it doesn’t cause any trouble. I’ll stop fiddling with them from now on!