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Can someone point me to information on how exactly permalinks work?

More to the point: when I click on "link" it displays a link in a pop-up box, when I click 'close', does it make it into a permalink? If not, where do I paste that link? If yes, how do I undo it? Will be much obliged.

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Related: What's a permalink used for? – casperOne Feb 2 '12 at 17:59
Thanks! That link actually contained the information I needed on how to share those links. – malenkiy_scot Feb 2 '12 at 21:23
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Links there are shortened versions of a full link, with a reference to your user ID. For example, your question is:

For my account, the permalink for the above is:

It shortens /questions to /q and takes out the text at the end (the "slug"). If you're logged in, it will also append your user ID for Announcer, Booster, and Publicist Badges. If you don't care about that, or want the link to be anonymous, then remove your user ID:

Both versions of the permalink should be permanent as long as you don't delete your question.

The same applies to answers, showing an a instead of a q.

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The last ID is just your user ID. No condensing... :) – Tom Wijsman Feb 2 '12 at 18:12
@TomWijsman Thanks :) – Simon Sheehan Feb 2 '12 at 18:14
This is correct. They're quite straightforward referral links, they don't generate a GUID per-click on "link" or anything like that. – Matthew Read Feb 2 '12 at 18:23

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