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I noticed something on the SE sites and I don't know if others did (no MSO questions on it, though) so I'm taking it to the public.

If you access a Meta question, the address bar will show a structure such as site.stackexchange.com/questions/(ID number)/title-of-the-question. But if you access the same question by using the Community Bulletin, it adds ?cb=1 at the end of that address. I thought the number 1 referred to the position in the CB, but no, it's the same in the other cases.

Also: If you paste the address in chat, the system will usually one-box the question. But this does not happen whenever the address being pasted is the one carrying ?cb=1.

Is it intentional behavior? If not, perhaps it should be fixed. In any case, I'd like to ask to fix the one-boxing problem so I'll be tagging this .

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"I thought the number 1 referred to the position in the CB, but no, it's the same in the other cases." Looks like a flag (cb=true) –  NullUserException อ_อ Nov 19 '12 at 17:49
    
@NullUserExceptionอ_อ Ah ok :) I understand the correlation true=1, false=0, but what are you referring to/do you mean by "flag"? –  Alenanno Nov 19 '12 at 17:56
    
    
@NullUserExceptionอ_อ Ah! I got it! The system is basically saying "Yes, this was accessed via Community Bulletin", right? –  Alenanno Nov 19 '12 at 18:00
    
@Alenanno yep - this happens in a number of instances, all of which are ?flag=1 –  Rory Nov 20 '12 at 1:01

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