Purpose of username query string in links to posts?


#1

When I click the “chain-links” icon on any Discourse post, the URL given has my username at the end. For example:

http://discourse.soylent.me/t/category-definition-for-meta/4?u=whynolentils

I’m curious: What is the purpose of including usernames in these links?


#2

You’ll want to flag @codinghorror, he’s the coder. My guess? He uses it for statistics to see who is sharing links via the system since the link immediately redirects to the URL without the username.


#3

Yeah, I’m pretty sure it’s for referral count. This forum doesn’t make use of it, but others under the Discourse system might.


#4

Eventually there will be earnable badges for sharing links that get visited a lot. The querystring is so that you get credit for sharing and helping grow the community.


#5

Badges? But I never win anything :frowning: can there be a “super fan or soylent” people’s choice badge.


#6

…and now I see you’ve already won 4 badges. :wink:


#7

And here I was deleting that string so I could share simpler URLs. :stuck_out_tongue:


#8

@o@. ::gasp!!::
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